“I want to travel longer…”
…Says everyone every time they actually go travel.
Nobody wants their travels to come to an end. We are all looking for ways to take more days off work to actually enjoy this thing called life, and we all dream about being able to spend more time abroad. The unfortunate thing is our pockets wouldn’t be able to handle the shock. It’s simply isn’t feasible for most people to take weeks, months, and possibly years off with no work in between. If you can, you’re probably rich and you can stop reading now.
The rest of us are in luck though. You job hunt all the time back home. You might even be on the job hunt now. Whether you are tired of your current job, looking for something different, or your unemployed, did you stop to think maybe you’re looking in the wrong places? Maybe you are in a rut and really don’t know what you want to do, but obviously need some work until you can figure that part out. Perhaps you just graduated from university and aren’t ready to dive in to a career at the moment…
Well, maybe you just need to look into going on an extra long holiday or even move your career overseas. It’s really not as crazy as you may think. I promise. Tons of people are doing it and they are not rich, special, or lucky. They are really no different from you.
There are plenty of opportunities to work abroad for short-term and long-term. Some of these position may not appeal to you, and some might be your dream job. Here is the low down on all the coolest and rather easy to get work for anyone who is curious about moving and living abroad, but fears for the livelihood of their wallet.
This is for people who love kids and want to travel the world while taking up a few nanny jobs. This position is a way to really get to know a true local family, help them out, and live like they do. These positions are usually paid and you usually live with the family rent free. Many countries in Europe, the US, Canada, and others participate in the Au Pair program, so do some research on your country of interest and make your way over there.
I have ranted about teaching English overseas enough. You will have to check out these other posts to see what this is all about. I give you tons of information about teaching English anywhere in the world and a bit more specially about teaching in Thailand as well.
Also, if you feel that you might not be qualified to teach English think again. Try going to different language schools and see if they will hire you. Sometimes they are desperate enough to hire anyone with any decent knowledge of English. Or you could be a genius and do what Earl did when he was low on dough. He made his own language school overnight! What a badass!
Where are you from? Have you researched if you are eligible for a working holiday visa in another country? Probably not, but that’s OK. I’m here to tell you that you probably can.
What better way to live and experience another country than to get a working holiday visa and move there for a year or more? You are still working, and traveling. A perfect job abroad!
If you’re from the US, check out these opportunities for getting a working holiday visa.
Are you from Australia? There are working holiday visa opportunities for you too. Many countries offer this awesome opportunity so just Google and check out what you can find. Here is more information on working holiday visas for other countries.
What types of jobs? Tons. Fruit picking, mining, working at a hostel, at a restaurant, gardening, construction…. The list goes on.
Random and Seasonal
There are tons of random seasonal jobs you can do around the world. I have met plenty of people who have rocked up to a bar and asked if they needed some extra help and started that night, some have found jobs at a hotel, some were fruit pickers in Australia, the luckier ones had found gigs performing poi at a bar, others manned a hotel at night, and again, the list goes on. A variety of other random work is out there, you just got to search for it. People are willing to take you in, give you work and throw you a few bucks. That’s all we want anyway right?
This is a job I learned about while on my travels. People need staff for their yachts. Yes, that’s correct. You could live on a yacht and drift to a destination with the folks who hired you and get paid mad dough. Check it out for yourself! If you love boats, this is an amazing catch. Too bad I get sea sick.
OK, so this is a broad term but that’s because many jobs can fit in this category. What are you good at? Can you be a surf instructor, kite boarding instructor, yoga and Pilates teacher?
The most popular is actually a diving instructor. You would be surprised how many places are hiring dive instructors who know English in addition to other languages. Think about it. Diving is a sport that needs to be effectively and clearly explained to newbies for safety reasons. Many places are in need of instructors to train people in their native tongue if their English isn’t good enough. Some are paid and some are volunteer work exchanges. Either way, a pretty sweet deal if you love to dive!
A quick Google search with the type of instructing job you are interested will pull up results. If you are already abroad, hit up the yoga studio and dive shop down the street.
Perhaps you’re already abroad and know a place pretty well and your wallet is getting thinner as we speak? I have met people who are tour guides in a destination that they chose to live in. Your getting paid to show off a city you love, uhm, yes. Awesome! Knowing another language along with English would be helpful.
If you can commit, the Peace Corps give awesome benefits and it’s like you get paid. It’s technically a volunteer position but with things like your necessities paid for, transportation, and possibilities of loan forgiveness you’re hardly shelling anything out.
Human right’s, giving back to the community, and other amazing love for the world comes from NGO’s. They appeal to people in all fields, and of course are needed around the world. Many are paid positions, although you won’t be making it rain, the help and love you will be providing will be priceless.
Doctors Without Borders
An example of an NGO is Doctors Without Borders. Are you in the medical field or wanting to get in to the medical field? This is perfect for those with the knowledge, or willingness to absorb the knowledge, of helping other in need across the world with their medical needs. An awesome resume boost for those studying the field!
On a similar note, if you are looking to become a nurse. Check out the worldwide nursing opportunities before settling up at the old folks home down the road. You might end up there quicker than your patients did.
OK I don’t mean you that has the drum set collecting dust in the corner. You need to be a bit better than decent and depending where you are, you can certainly find paid gigs around the world. Just go for it! Use your feet to find these jobs or Roadie Jobs can help too.
This is me! I have become a digital nomad… Who what have thought?! I promise, I did it by accident. Really I did. However it’s the coolest job ever. The best part is that many jobs can actually be done without being location dependant.
Can you do your job from a computer and a computer only (printers and such things available at internet cafes are not cheating and totally allowed)? Then why not become location INDEPENDENT and get your butt on the road? If you can do your job anywhere, why are you sitting in the same exact place? If that’s OK for you, go for it, the rest of you may purchase your plane tickets now. No excuses.
I can do everything my from my laptop. Wi-fi is available everywhere. God bless technology. I get to make my office where I want it when I want it!
If you don’t have a job where you can just pick up and move, then consider looking at what jobs you can do that only involve a computer. I already have given some great tips on freelancing jobs you can check out to get you started.
Almost done, just a little more ranting though….
Google is your friend people. How do you think I find out about half the things I know? Yes, I have met some people who have helped lead me to research particular topics, but overall the internet is what helped provide the information I needed. It seems silly to say it, but really, use the darn internet people. I can’t sit here and do ALL the work for you. Hopefully some of these tips will encourage you to research where you can find a job abroad. Sometimes a position might not be online, so if you have a bit saved up first, just go to your destination and find work once you get there. It will work out.
Just in case you are still unsure of this whole job abroad thing, I have known people to…
Show up in Australia and find work within 48 hours of landing, find a yacht staff job with no hospitality experience and little experience on a boat, find a job teaching within 4 days of landing in Bangkok and turning down a few offers (oh yea, that’s me!), moving to another country with nothing lined up and finding work in construction, getting a job at a bar with no bar experience, and much more…
When you get on the road a bit you learn that so many opportunities are out there, you just have to find it. Also if you haven’t visited the site of the ultimate dude who finds odd jobs abroad, you probably should. If he doesn’t motivate you, then don’t quit your day job.
Not up for too ‘real’ of a job? No problem. Why not work a bit for free food, shelter, and other benefits? Or perhaps you can just trade your time for something else, like a house. There are plenty of ways you can travel for practically free without getting too ‘real’ of a job.
Still think your broke and are looking for ways to save money while you are traveling and working abroad? Duh, I got your covered. Here are some budget travel tips that are sure to keep some extra change in your pockets.
It’s all up to you my friend. The opportunities are out there…
Where will you find a job abroad? What will you be doing? Are you working abroad already? Share your awesome work abroad experience with everyone!