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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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                        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                        3. Upgrade yourself

                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                        4. Talk to a friend.

                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                        8. Have a quick nap.

                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                        10. Find some competition.

                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                        11. Go exercise.

                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                        12. Take a good break.

                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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