You look at all the celebrities which get away with travelling and you think they have the best job in the world. And it is true, to a certain extent: Anthony Bourdain gets to taste the cultures and seems to always have a great time, Andrew Zimmern does the same thing and enjoys himself, while motorcycle addict Charley Boorman is always smiling and laughing at something.
All these guys seem to have a great time travelling, but they are all celebrities and earn from making these documentaries.
How can you, the average woman/student/man who wants to see the world before getting married can survive on the road. What are the ways to earn a living while traveling?
First, you need to know there are plenty of options for you, so if you don’t like your country or your city, just listen to that old saying (“You’re not a tree, if you don’t like where you are: move “) and hit the road. Before you do it, read this article and find out the best ways to earn a living while traveling.
Teach English as a foreign language
Teaching your maternal language shouldn’t be too hard, so you can earn a living while traveling by letting others know your own culture, by your language. If you are not a native English, things can be a little tougher, but you can still teach English if you really want to; all you need to do is pass some exams or find a place where they will accept you as a non-native. Another way to earn a living while traveling is to teach a popular language as a second language to children. In Asia, for example, you can teach English even f you are a Romanian or a Hungarian, while in African countries you get away by teaching French.
Sounds like commitment and it does require two full years of voluntary work, but it gets you there and pays for your accommodation, so it is a valid way to earn a living while traveling. Moreover, you get to play the hero role and can brag about it when you return home.
Organic Farms Worker
Work at WWOOFWWOOF (World Wide Organization of Organic Farms) provide accommodation and free meals to travelers in exchange for farm work. The working hours are between 4 and 6, so you have the rest of the day for yourself and you can explore, write, blog and do whatever you want to do.
Work and Holiday
Working as a seasonal hotel clerk or anything else in the tourism business can have many advantages, two of them being you get to have paid accommodation and free meals, plus you get to know a lot of other tourists, from all the world.
Working in a club, restaurant or other catering business can bring you some extra cash – actually, some plenty of cash, as you work for tips. Depending on which country you are, this can be great. And like in the hotel business, you get to know a lot of other travelers while you earn a living while traveling.
Working from home can let you travel at any time, provided that you make enough money to support the travel costs and you manage to keep up the good work while on the road. There are many copywriters, photographers and social media specialists who earn a living while traveling with the help of a laptop and an internet connection, so give it a try.
You know some people are paid to travel and talk about it in front of others? Yeah, it’s a dream come true and it is called travel guide. The tourism companies will pay you to guide other people. In other words, you will travel free and talk about the country you are in at the moment for your payment.
Work on a cruise ship
This is another way to be paid while you travel. Meals and accommodation are included, but so is the sea sickness, so you should first try a short cruise and see how things go, before you attempt to earn a living while traveling.
Remember those guys I’ve talked about in the heading? They get sponsors to sign their bills. If you are really great in your field or really lucky, you can earn a living while traveling by relying on your photography talent or on your blogging skills.
Be an Extra at Bollywood
Being an extra might not be really glam job, if you think of Oprah’s audience, for example, but what if you could act next to Aishwarya Rai? Acting in films and commercials overseas is a great way to earn a living while traveling, as many film production houses look for people who look life a foreigner. For example, in Asia, you would make some cash as the only Caucasian to show up at the auditions.
Houses also need someone to look for them when the “parents” are travelling, so why not earn a living while traveling by baby-sitting a house. You probably won’t be paid, but you get to enjoy the high life for a couple of days, months, even years. Usually the people who look for someone to watch their house by living inside it, or in the garden are rich and ready to set sail for long periods, so you can turn this into a real lifestyle.;
Sitting with anyone
Apart from houses, babies and pets also need a caregiver and in developed countries you can easily find someone hiring. For a baby, you do need some skills and you may be required to have a degree in foreign languages or medicine, but a pet only needs long walks, food, water and love, so you can earn a living while traveling by walking dogs.
Speaking of dogs, you can also learn to cut them. If you are skilled and can cut a dog for a show, you can make good tips, but average dogs also need to be cut and groomed and many people prefer to call the groomer to their house – all you need is a steady hand and a good cutting machine. And you should be a natural with pets.
Match Two of These
As I said in the first items, you can manage to find a job which requires you to work on part-time basis, leaving the rest of the day free. So you can also pair a couple of these job opportunities to earn a living while traveling. For example, you can work in WWOOF or house sit and keep a traveling blog.
Featured photo credit: The Travel-House via flickr.com
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