5 Ways to Travel the World and Get Paid
So you're tired of the nine to five and want to see the world? Well, you don’t have to spend half your life saving up to get out there. There are many ways in which to earn and travel at once. But which one to go with?
To get the most out of the nomad experience, and your income, it’s important to consider what sort of travel you’re looking for and what skills you can bring to the table. Saying goodbye to the security of a job is scary, think things through and know that it will require some hard graft. But with the right approach there's no stopping you.
Consider the following top jobs that can take you where you want to go:
If you're a native English speaker teaching English is a reliable way to travel the world. In most cases you will require a degree and a certificate as well, but according to TEFL there are many countries in which you'll just need a certificate. Organisations will often help with accommodation and other aspects of your stay.
2. Work on a boat
There are a few options here, from cruise ships to private yachts. Work could be in a kitchen, cleaning the deck, or manning the sails. You'll meet very interesting characters, just be sure to pack your sea legs.
- Length: a few weeks up to many years
- Suited to: those comfortable with not touching solid ground for long periods
- Pay: sometimes you'll be asked to make a small contribution, sometimes you're paid handsomely. It depends on the situation.
- Here are some great links to check out if you're interested in working on a boat
3. Virtual Assistant (VA)
Being a VA is what it says on the tin. You virtually assist businesses around the world using often little more than an internet connection. This could be drafting emails, social media management, or much more. It's an easy one to tap in to with sign up websites that put you in touch with clients.
- Length: completely flexible
- Suited to: those with good computer skills and time management
- Pay: $15.57 average hourly pay in the US
- Here are some great links to check out if you're interested in being a virtual assistant
4. Au Pair
This work and travel option will involve some background checks, but once that’s done signing up to an Au Pair organisation can be relatively straight forward. Pick your destination and you’ll find yourself with free accommodation, and a fair bit of free time around childcare to get to know a foreign country.
- Length: usually a minimum of three to six months
- Suited to: fans of children with bags of patience
- Pay: can be $100-$500 per month with free accommodation
- Here are some great links to check out if you're interested in being an au pair
Not everyone can make a living out of writing, but if you’ve had a bit of practice, for instance a blog, writing can be one of the most lucrative ways to fund your travel. But it’s a competitive market, with many others vying to do the same. The most successful individuals that travel and write make sure they stand out from the crowd and specialise in an area. Choose yours and you can hit the ground running.