If you spend 11 months of the year saving money in order to have a 3 week holiday at the end of it, is it really worth it? Wouldn’t you rather spend the whole year travelling rather than spend just those last 3 weeks enjoying yourself? It’s not necessary to have loads of money to be able to travel the world, you can work whilst you’re travelling and get the best of both worlds. All you need to have is more desire than fear and you’re ready to go!
Some of the following options allow you to work permanently abroad and others are temp positions which you can take on whilst perusing your journey. So here are our job suggestions if you want to travel around the world.
What are you good at?
Take a moment and think about the things you’re good at and what you know. Is there some skill or talent that you know and could teach to others? What about languages, sport, guitar, or anything that comes to mind! We’re sure you’re good at something and you can use it to earn money whilst travelling around the world.
Become a photographer
Whether you are a professional or semi-professional, if you love photography, you have some knowledge and creative strike and that’s all you need. Maybe the hostel where you’re staying need some new photos for their website, or the surf school on the beach needs some photos for their posters. The photos you take along the way can also be used for promotion too so keep them safe!
Offer guided tours
You don’t have to be born in a place to become a guide there. Maybe your mother tongue will come in useful when giving a tour in another country. All you need to do is find out about the best attractions, learn some history or anecdotes about the city and be good at talking. If you love architecture it could be related to that, or what about a food tour showing them the best places to eat? The possibilities are endless.
Travel by house sitting
Did you know that you can actually get paid to stay in other people’s houses? Take care of the house, the plants or the pets while feeling right at home in a new city. In some cases you can even get paid to do it!
Become a diving instructor
If you’re a natural swimmer, one option could be to become a diving instructor. You will have to spend a bit of money to first get the license but once you’ve got it, you’re qualified to work all over the world.
If you’re fortunate enough to know more than one language, you can earn money online as a translator. It’s a great skill to have and there are many job offers available in translation. If you prefer to talk than to write, you can also do this offline as a promoter or interpreter.
Go fruit picking for a season
Picking cherries in Canada, apples in France or mangos in Australia are all paid jobs you can do for a season. And it’s not so bad spending the whole day outside in the sunshine surrounded by nature. Often you get free food and accommodation and in some cases an hourly or daily wage.
Work as a freelancer
If you have skills or knowledge which enables you to work remotely, there’s no need to stay at home or in the office. You can make the world your office.
With these options you often don’t receive money but you will get free food, accommodation and an authentic experience. What better way to get to know a country than by staying with locals and eating, working and relaxing with them? This alternative is great if you’re not sure about where to go or your destination has a high cost of living.
Sell in the market
Are you creative? Do you have handy skills? Why not make use of it and sell your own work in the street or in markets? It could be anything from bracelets, notebooks, drawings, clothes and more.
Become a flight crew member
If you work for an international flight company you will be travelling almost every day of your life. You may not spend long periods of time in each place but at least you will have time to explore something new every day of the week.
Get yourself a working visa
If you are between 18 and 30 years old, this is an option for you. An agreement between certain countries that you’re able to stay there and work there for a certain period of time.
Work on a private cruise ship or boat
If you’re on a cruise ship the options are endless, you could be a cook, dancer, electrician, fitness instructor and the list goes on. Cruise ships have many different kinds of job offers to choose from. If you’re a sailor and you know how to drive and look after a boat, there are many private cruise options too where you can live and work on a private boat.
Work as a diplomat
Work you like to work in embassies and consulates all around the world, representing your country? You can train yourself to become a diplomat. In this role you can change your country of residence every two three or four years, with good working conditions, high salaries, accommodation and paid trips.
Become a volunteer
You can volunteer abroad to help developing countries to build houses, educate children or many other things. Volunteering often comes with accommodation, food and sometimes financial air which you can get from the European Voluntary Service.
Work for an international hotel chain
This is an easy way to open doors into new countries. If you’re working for an international hotel, chances are sooner or later you will have to travel for work.
Au pair for a family
Being an Au Pair means you get the chance to live with a family in another country and help to take care of children, in exchange for housing and food and often some weekly payment. It’s a great choice if you want to experience another culture, learn a new language and live abroad.
Become a travel blogger and write about your trips
Whether it be, on your own blog or for other platforms, writing about your travels and offering trips to others is a great way to earn extra money. For your blog to be able to pay you, you need time and patience. But remember that with hard work eventually comes a reward.