Travelling is fun but it doesn’t come cheap. If you plan to travel for several months or more, you may need to pick up another job.
Working on the go has never been easier with technology that allows us to communicate from across the globe. Pick up a job that will help you financially and also allow you room to explore.
Freelancing is one of the most common means of making money while abroad. Many become freelance writers and marketers but there is so much more.
Almost any job can be freelanced like web design, software engineering, translating, data entry, editing, transcription and online tutoring. Freelancing is one of the most attractive jobs because IT Technology has made freelancing readily available so you can travel the globe without sacrificing your financing.
Find freelance jobs at a site like Remote.com.
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English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and countries are always looking to hire new teachers. Almost any country you can think of has a program that hires English teachers, and some countries even offer housing, medical insurance, and higher than average pay.
If you’re interested in becoming an English teacher, you can find jobs on international job boards like Serious Teachers. This is a portal for teaching jobs all over the globe, and it’s free to register.
Serious Teachers has been running for the past 13 years, so is one of the most well established job boards for international teaching gigs; registering for free means you can apply to jobs, and get email alerts once the jobs are published on their site in a specific country of your choosing.
30,000 teachers and administrators have been hired via this job portal, so it’s a good one to have an account set up on.
Work in the Hospitality Industry
The hospitality industry is vast and only limited by your imagination. If you want to travel the world, become a flight attendant or work on a cruise. If you want to stay in one country, search for jobs in tourism.
You can work as an English translator or lead tours in the city for native English speakers. Perhaps you can become a bartender, a waiter or a host at the local restaurant or bar. All country’s need English speakers in the hospitality industry.
Become an Au Pair
Au pairs are childcare workers who live with a host family. Your job is to babysit the child and teach them English. Many families seek au pairs to give their child better language skills and to expose them to diverse cultures.
Au pairs get free housing, good pay, benefits and an immersive experience in the local culture. A family will acquaint you right away with all of the local attractions, entertainment, food and travel.
Marketing jobs come in many forms. You can work as a marketing or public relations professional from your home if you can keep up with the occasional call or Skype meeting.
Meetings can be inconvenient because they’re more than likely scheduled by their time zone, not yours. However, if you are already involved as a marketer, this is a great way to stay connected.
Sell Hand Crafted Goods
Turn your unique crochet art into a viable source of income by using an online shop like Etsy. If you have an interesting craft you may be surprised how much someone is willing to pay for your skill.
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Work exchange programs span the globe and encompass any number of jobs. From tilling farms in South America to bartending in Greece, work exchange programs have it all.
In a work exchange program, you agree to work for a business in exchange for food, housing and sometimes pay. If you plan to participate in work exchange, make sure you have money stashed in your savings because your program may not pay much!
Check out websites like Help Exchange and Work Away (classifieds style lists of work exchange projects available around the world). These are good places to start when you want a nice, local place to stay; and to make an impact on a grassroots level, with all of your time and effort going directly to bolstering local workers and families.
Work as a Translator
As mentioned earlier, every country needs translators. English translators can work in almost any capacity.
You can translate books, brochures, blog posts and more in written format. You can also become a business translator in an office, translate for tours or record translated voiceovers.
Translating is a great way to sharpen your foreign language skills and keep you on your toes—as well as keep the money flowing in on your travels.
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