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12 Clever Ways to Get Paid while Traveling the World

12 Clever Ways to Get Paid while Traveling the World

A bit shocked with the current rise of airfares? They have gone up not 3% or 5%, but 10%, and sometimes even higher! Here’s more, hotel rates have ballooned out of proportion. Yes, it’s sad, conventional traveling has become almost unaffordable to most of us travel junkies. But here’s the good news! There’s a chance you can travel for free! In fact, you can even get paid while doing so. Too good to be true? I know what you’re thinking, but its true. Below are clever suggestions you can do to get paid while traveling.

1. Work As A Tour Guide

Tour guide in Rome

    Photo Credit: Guido Schalkx

    If you love mingling and hanging around with people, this one is perfect for you. As a tour guide, you can see and study different cultures while leading tourists to iconic and historic places in the world. And you can have substantial income while enjoying foreign cultures. There are always two sides to a coin, though. Let’s look at the negative and the positive side: location guides (guides who operate in just one location) will most likely freelance. This means inconsistent paydays and your job has no security. Some (those who thrive on taking risks) offer free tours and charm tourists to give tips. Long-term guides, on the other hand, are better off with contracts or even full-time gigs from tour companies. If you want stability, take the second option. However, be ready to deal with planning, logistics, and the stress of managing a group of (sometimes, grouchy) tourists for weeks, or even more.

    2. Teach English

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      Latin America, The Middle East, and Asia have abundant jobs for English teachers. If you are bent on having a cultural and educational trip to a land that has mystified you for the longest time, teaching could be the gig that can carry you through. In many cases, you’re not required to be certified. Your students just need to know one thing — that you’re a native speaker. Visit eslcafe.com, and email some applications to schools in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and many other locations. I’m sure, you’ll end up being amazed by the number of interview invitations you’ll get.

      3. Turn Yourself into a Timeshares Ninja (simply put, sell timeshares)

      Resorts
        Photo Credit: Pierre Lesage

        Is persuasion your game? Yes? Then head over to Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Caribbean, or anywhere you can find major resort areas. You’ll enjoy a job selling timeshares. Resorts need salespersons who can better relate to potential clients, so they prefer Asians selling to Asians, Americans selling to Americans, Germans selling to Germans, and so on. You can look forward to having a huge income potential if you choose this route. Many sales professionals have earned enviable amounts, since this line of work has been proven lucrative, many times over. You can absolutely travel more often once you turn, Timeshares Ninja!

        4. Be a WWOOF’er

        WWOOF

          Photo Credit: Yuntian Wong

          Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms or WWOOF, is a non-traditional business. Volunteers trade their time and labor to help run a farm for accommodations and meals. (Most of the time WWOOF’ers do this with like-minded travelers.) Would you like to know more perks if you’ll pick this route? Terms are flexible with volunteers staying as short as they want, or as long as they desire. And it’s fun because there are numerous job opportunities to choose from. Yes, it’s true that you need to shoulder your own expenses flying to the farm, but once you’re there, many can offer a ride to the next destination. Now, that’s appetizing, if you ask me. While WWOOF’ing can’t be taken as a career choice, it is a wise way to explore the world without emptying your savings account.

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          5. Become a Travel Photographer 

          Photographer

            While my father is a professional photographer, I’m not. A novice photographer, that’s what I am. By using the adjective novice, I mean I’m an average camera handler. On the contrary, for those who are camera savvy, there’s a huge opportunity to sell travel photos they snap. One prerogative is to set up a ‘shop’ (yes, your very own) on websites like SmugMug.com. Via these platforms, you can sell photos either to a variety of travel magazines, or to business organizations with stock photography collections. Nifty, right?  

            6. Trade Specialty, Foreign Goods

            Fashion Vortex_Italian Leather

              Photo Credit: Fashion Vortex

              Planning to travel and happen to have small savings to use as capital? You can consider diving into the exciting world of import-export trading. That way, you can fly to more exotic destinations. While there, grab the chance to search for local, specialty, and handmade goods. These will attract travel-hungry consumers on the home front once you get back from your trip. Terrific tip: pick up goods that specific regions are known for. A few examples are Mexican hammocks, Italian leather, and Turkish ceramics. An alternative is trading in one-of-a-kind pieces; those hard to find items always create a stir. Normally, these products can’t be bought in bulk. Upon reaching back America, make your rounds in the stores, visit collectors, and maybe even hit up eBay for profits that can make you smile for months. Here’s one thing you have to take seriously about this hassle—figuring out how to navigate customs regulations—but, if you’re able to sell goods with prices several times over their original worth, the biz will automatically pay for itself.  

              7. Research For A Travel Guidebook

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                In case you’re the scholarly type and love researching, you can opt to work for a travel guide company such as Lonely Planet and Fodor’s. Many describe the job as exhilarating. Why, with you jetting off to numerous places to sample unique cultures, food, and luxurious hotels. To balance it, though, you need to be informed that the job entails hard work. A lot of guidebook writers and researchers blatantly say they are demanded to have hectic deadlines at times requiring 12-to-14-hour days. Enjoying sights is just a little portion of the job. They must churn out articles, reports, and maps of the places they’ve been assigned to and participate in extensive, tedious data entry.

                8. Try a Government-Related Post

                Teaching kids

                  Photo Credit: Rebecca Dru via Flickr

                  Aside from the possibilities mentioned earlier, people looking for a way to balance leisure over income while traveling may consider government-related opportunities. So far, the Peace Corps is one of the best known government agencies offering the option to “volunteer” for overseas positions. This agency operates in three primary regions: Asia, Europe, and Africa. Now, here’s the meaty part — records show that volunteers have been led to important contacts abroad, and have occupied paid positions with related organizations, or have other private employers outside of the U.S. hiring them after working with Peace Corps.

                  9. Become A Flight Attendant

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                    You can also choose to get a 9-5 job while country hopping. A great option is working as a flight attendant. These flying professionals make around $25,000 to $50,000 a year, and the freebies are great! They get fantastic travel benefits which include going on trips with family members if they choose to. The salary may be a bit on the lower ranges, but be reminded… the average time on the job for attendants is about 80 hours per month. Cool, isn’t it?

                    10. Work For A Cruise Line

                    Cruise ship
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                      Being employed on a cruise ship sends you to charming and mysterious locales for a good pay, like a flight attendant job does. There are a few key differences, though. The job usually comes with long hours for not-so-handsome pay. The good news is all expenses are handled by the cruise company, and of course, you’re given free travel. Crew members are offered their own shops, dining halls, gyms, Internet cafes, party areas, and organized activities that create a dandy and cool company culture.

                      11. Start A Travel Blog

                      Backpacking
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                        Professional travel blogging is a tough gig. Yes, traveling around all those thrilling places is a tantalizing part of the job, but it takes many hours of hard work to make it happen. According to reports, many travel bloggers pour in about a year to build their sites, and presence on social media before they can monetize their websites. (Almost all travel bloggers start out spending their own savings.) In addition, you must operate everything not excluding site growth, marketing, and finances. But if you love travelling and blogging, you’ll be able to work things out, and possibly even become famous.

                        12. Be a Freelance Blogger

                        Freelance blogging has become a lucrative business. Yes, it’s not just a job anymore — it’s a full blown business. The joys of being a freelance blogger are varied and many. One of my favorites is… …you are not dependent on any location where to do your stuff. You can work wherever you please, and whenever you want, as long as there’s Internet connection and a computer. Highly respected bloggers can earn as much as $300 to $400 per post, while mid-level bloggers can take home $90 to $200 per article.

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                        Published on November 14, 2018

                        Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                        Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                        With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                        For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                        In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                        Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                        Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                        It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                        For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                        Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                        Symptoms of Fatigue

                        Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                        • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                        • mental blocks
                        • lack of motivation
                        • headache
                        • dizziness
                        • muscle weakness
                        • slowed reflexes and responses
                        • impaired decision-making and judgement
                        • moodiness, such as irritability
                        • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                        • reduced immune system function
                        • blurry vision
                        • short-term memory problems
                        • poor concentration
                        • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                        Causes of Fatigue

                        The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                        • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                        • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                        • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                        • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                        Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                        Medical Causes of Fatigue

                        If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                        Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                        Anemia

                        Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                        Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                        There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                        This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                        Diabetes

                        Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                        Sleep Apnea

                        Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                        Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                        Thyroid disease

                        An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                        Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                        • Lack of sleep
                        • Too much sleep 
                        • Alcohol and drugs 
                        • Sleep disturbances 
                        • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                        • Poor diet 

                        Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                        • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                        • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                        • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                        • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                        Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                        Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                        • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                        • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                        • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                        How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                        Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                        1. Tell The Truth

                        Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                        To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                        Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                        The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                        One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                        • How you feel
                        • What time of day it is
                        • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                        • How your mind and body reacts

                        This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                        2. Reduce Your Commitments

                        When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                        If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                        When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                        Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                        3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                        If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                        Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                        If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                        Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                        Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                        4. Express More Gratitude

                        Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                        It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                        Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                        5. Focus On Yourself

                        Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                        There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                        But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                        We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                        6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                        Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                        Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                        The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                        Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                        7. Take a Power Nap

                        When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                        Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                        This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                        8. Take More Exercise

                        The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                        Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                        The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                        You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                        9. Get More Quality Sleep

                        To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                        Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                        My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                        10. Improve Your Diet

                        Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                        Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                        On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                        To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                        Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                        Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                        11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                        Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                        When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                        Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                        My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                        12. Get Hydrated

                        Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                        Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                        If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                        The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                        The Bottom Line

                        These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                        If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                        Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                        Reference

                        [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                        [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                        [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                        [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                        [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                        [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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