Travelling the world is one of the best experiences you will ever have in your life, however the downside is that it rarely comes for free. Unless you can score a lottery win at some stage, you’re going to have to seriously save up before you go, or fund your travels on the fly, earning some money as you travel.
Working overseas isn’t as easy as it sounds, because there are many laws and regulations in different countries, and they vary from place to place. It’s a good idea to check out the working laws in the place you’re going to ahead of time, and seeing if you will need a working visa.
Despite that little hiccup, there are many jobs you can do whilst you’re travelling. You will find countless digital nomads the world over nowadays, which is basically a person who is working virtually, with an internet connection, and living in a foreign country, usually moving around from place to place. This is a great way to fund your travels, as well as enjoying a set career.
Freelance travel writer or blogger
Now, before you think this is a very glamorous job, let me tell you it isn’t. Freelance writing, especially in the travel field, is a very competitive business and you won’t be earning much money for at least a year; even after that your wages are likely to be low compared to other creative fields. Despite that, those who truly have a passion for writing will find this helps them get by when travelling. You could even set up your own blog and find ways to earn revenue from that.
Grabbing a few bar shifts in passing places as you travel is a good way to earn a little extra pocket money, however do be aware that bar work and waiter work is often what falls under the category of working illegally in many countries. You need to check out the rules and regulations first.
Australia and New Zealand are prime spots for fruit picking work during harvest season, and you’ll find plenty of other travelling friends doing the same thing. You could meet new people doing this, earn some cash, and probably get a great suntan at the same time!
If you are fluent in another language then why not make some cash out of your skill? To be on the books of a high quality company you will probably need a degree on top of your fluency, but this isn’t always the case. You could even work as a translator on a freelance basis online.
If you have a passion for photography then you could sell your pictures online for cash. Again, you’re unlikely to hit the big time in terms of cash in this area, but money is money at the end of the day.
If you have childcare qualifications then registering as an au pair and working as you travel is a great way to fund your adventure. You will usually be placed with a family and work for a set amount of time, before deciding whether to stay or move on.
You will need a good quality internet connection, but working as a freelance virtual assistant is basically a PA role, and usually comes with a good level of pay compared to some other travel-easy jobs.
Teaching English overseas
If you have a degree (not always needed) and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate then you may find you are able to pick up a job teaching English as you travel.
These are just a few ideas of jobs you could do as you move around the world on your travels, helping to fund your adventures.