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The ideal life of a traveller is to live on the road, away from the responsibilities of the 9-5 job and a gigantic mortgage, to explore every inch of this earth we live on, all 195 countries, to experience a culture so rich your mind gets lost in translation. Life on the road is a dream for some. The question always comes up, how the heck can you afford to keep travelling and moving from place to place?! Work and travel is the answer if you want to travel long-term.
These jobs might not be exactly what you would call your ‘dream job’ but take into consideration that you are able to travel the world and by doing a little work, you’re earning your money to pursue experiences of a lifetime.
Here are 5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term
1. Teaching English Abroad
One of the most common jobs you may have heard of is teaching English. It’s one of the most powerful jobs you can have abroad and probably the one with the best incentives. A lot of people I met in Europe had some sort of qualification towards teaching. There may be a lot of people with this, but let me just tell you there are plenty of jobs to go around!
Job offers are everywhere, such as India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Colombia, the list goes on and you only need a TEFL qualification to apply. It’s such a small investment compared to the kind of money you can make teaching English. You can save thousands of $$$ whilst only working 30 hours a week, living in a nice apartment and eating out at restaurants. Some jobs will come with 3 month which is a fantastic amount of time to get to know the place, the locals and all the secret hideouts, and it’s the perfect answer to how you can travel long-term.
2. Working in hostels
This is a great option if you want to get your accommodation free whilst you travel. You may only work a few days of the week which gives you plenty of time to find another job to buy food and save for the next upcoming trip. Plus, the hostel is a great home base for you to start looking for work. I have stayed in hostels where they advertise one-off jobs for backpackers so it’s a great place to find one and meet loads of people. For example, accommodation is very expensive in London so if you are a backpacker there then maybe you should consider doing this.
Also, ask them if you were able to work a few more hours for some cash in hand if you couldn’t find another job to supplement your food. The perks of working in this environment are you get to meet like-minded travellers and share your knowledge and listen to theirs. It often means you always have a big bunch of fun people you can do day trips with or go partying with too! You may also meet some potential lifelong friends and future travel buddies!
3. Au Pair/Nanny
This is the job I did for my entire UK visa. Although when I first arrived I was certain I would be an Au pair for only a few months then move onto being a nanny (more hours, more pay) but I enjoyed being an Au pair because of the flexibility. I worked 25 hours for £100 a week. Food and accommodation were free so your weekly wage is yours to spend, to save, whatever you would like. If I needed more money for holidays coming up I got extra cleaning for household homes, ironing, babysitting or walking the dog. Only working 25 hours means I had been able to do lots of trips and to hang out with my friends a lot more than if I was a full-time nanny.
You do hear of the odd nightmare job so be safe and don’t be afraid to do some research on your own.
I wrote a big blog post on how you can get an au pair job and what to expect and look for when searching for one. Being an au pair has it conditions though as families usually seek workers from age 18-30 and predominantly females. If you want to take it a bit more seriously and become a nanny earning the big money then usually a qualification in childcare is a must and another way you can travel long-term.
4. Fruit picking or working at the local farms
Plenty of people do this as it’s a great way to get outside and make some easy money. You get to spend your days in the sunshine (most of the time) while getting paid for it. Australia and New Zealand always are on the lookout for fruit pickers at the right time of the year. Check out Nomads world to do a bit more research as to what seasons are when and what fruit can be picked where.
5. Work on a cruise ship
This job is becoming popular very fast. You earn a lot of money and get to holiday in some of the most beautiful places in the world while working! You might have contracts that range from 3 months to one year. This is a great option if you wanted to save a good amount of money and holiday on the way. Working on a cruise ship can be very hard work as some jobs require you to work 6 days a week and some ask for 7 days a week. There is a great E-book by Derek Earl Barton called Working on a cruise ship and get paid to travel. It’s a great place to start if you are seriously considering this type of job!
If all else fails then become a digital nomad! Okay, this may take a long time as you usually have to build up an audience but it is possible with lots of hard work and patience!
So what are waiting for? There are plenty of options for you to work and travel at the same time so there are no excuses! If you have any questions make sure you leave them below and I can help point you in the right direction.
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