As I mentioned last week, you don’t have to put your travel plans on hold because you don’t have the funds. There are a ton of easy jobs that you can get abroad that will allow you to live out your dreams of traveling the world.
When I was twenty-four, I moved from a teaching position in Japan to Rome, Italy. After two years with shy Japanese people, I was looking for something a little more saucy, if you know what I mean.
Within a couple of weeks, I secured a position as an au pair that paid for my room and board plus extra. If you want to get an idea of what that is all about, check out my article for Transitions Abroad magazine.
Working with kids isn’t your game? There are still a bunch of jobs that will get you out in the world collecting the stories you’ll remember for the rest of your life. There is one critical piece of information you have to remember:
If you are a native English speaker, whether you have a degree or not, you are in demand.
Here are some of the jobs my friends and I have done to travel the world.
Oh yes, English is the international language and someone has got to help people figure the difference between their and there. Rates and requirements for these jobs vary wildly from country to country. This job is so abundant that in many places you don’t even have to be a native speaker!
You can apply for these jobs from home, but more often, it is easier to find a position once you are in country.
The Working Holiday Visa!
I wish I had known about these things before I turned 35! These countries make it easy for you to come in and work in some cases for up to two years. What’s great is that many are abundant with farm work, restaurant, hostel and other low experience jobs that allow you to hit the ground running. None of these positions will make you rich, but you’ll meet a ton of friends from all over the world that are on the same adventure as you are.
With contracts that last from 4 to 6 months, plus free room and board, working on a cruise line is an awesome way to see a section of the world and save money at the same time. With
Tour Guide and Sales
When I lived in Italy, the vast majority of my friends were tour guides. This is the perfect job for someone who loves facts, figures and history. Throw in a fun personality and a love for people and let the big tips roll in.
A lesser known job is a tour gatherer, this is the perfect role for someone who is great at sales and doesn’t want to feel tied to a schedule if a cool travel opportunity comes their way. I tried it for a day, and it wasn’t my cup of tea. Basically you are hired by a tour company to stand outside grand tourist destinations like the Colosseum and convince visitors to buy a package tour. For every person you convince, you get a portion of their ticket price. This job is not for everyone, but I knew quite a few people raking it in this way.
Let me be honest with you guys, I got so bogged down in work today that I actually contemplated not sharing this post. There is so much more I want to say and add, but you know what, a promise is a promise and above all, I say #getitdonemessy.
This week I’ll polish it to a shine for you, in the meantime, send me a quick note if you have questions. I love the one on one chats.