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17 Ways To Earn A Living While Traveling

17 Ways To Earn A Living While Traveling

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

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    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.

    Teach anything

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      If you have a certain talent, you can teach it to others. For example, you can teach dancing or playing an instrument in a foreign country.

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      Peace Corps

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        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.

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        Organic Farms Worker

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          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

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            Work and HolidayOn the same basis as Work and Travel, the program offers attracting opportunities, but they are only worth a shot if you have a great resume, as the competition is really high.

            Hotel Business

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              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.

              Bartender/Hostess/Restaurant Officer

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                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.

                Freelancing

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                  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.

                  Travel Guide

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                    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

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                      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.

                      Get sponsored

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                        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

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                          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.

                          Housesitting

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                            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

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                              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.

                              Pet Groomer

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                                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.

                                Massage Technician

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                                  Massagers work for tips and can change their place of work easily, so you can get hired at a hotel or as a freelancer.

                                  Match Two of These

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                                    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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                                    Published on November 8, 2018

                                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                    After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                                    But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                                    Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                                    Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                                    Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                                    Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                                    The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                                    1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                                    Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                                    With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                                    Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                                    Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                                    For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                                    Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                                    It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                                    2. Set your own boundaries

                                    Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                                    Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                                    Here are some important traits to consider:

                                    • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                                    • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                                    • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                                    These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                                    3. Continuously invest in yourself

                                    Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                                    You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                                    Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                                    Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                                    Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                                    It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                                    4. Document the value you bring

                                    Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                                    To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                                    A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                                    Here are some ideas:

                                    • joesmith.com
                                    • joeasmith.com
                                    • joesmithprojects.com

                                    Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                                    During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                                    5. Hide your salary requirements

                                    Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                                    But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                                    The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                                    Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                                    6. Do just enough research

                                    Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                                    Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                                    Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                                    Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                                    7. Get compensated by your value

                                    Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                                    Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                                    Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                                    You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                                    The bottom line

                                    You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                                    You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

                                    Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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