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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.

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                                    Last Updated on July 4, 2019

                                    25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                    25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                    Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                                    Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                                    1. Coursera

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                                      Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                                      Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                                      Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                                      2. Khan Academy

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                                        Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                                        Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                                        3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                                          If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                                          Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                                          4. Udemy 

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                                            Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                                            Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                                            5. Academic Earth

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                                              Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                                              Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                                              6. edX

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                                                Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                                                7. Alison

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                                                  Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                                  It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                                  8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                                    A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                                    Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                                    Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                                    ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                                    9. Stanford Online

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                                                      Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                                      Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                                      10. Harvard Extension

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                                                        Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                                        Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                                        11. Open Yale Courses

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                                                          Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                                          12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                                            Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                                            13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                                              Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                                              14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                                                Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                                                15. Codecademy

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                                                                  Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                                  The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                                  16. Code

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                                                                    Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                                    In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                                    Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                                    17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                                      The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                                      18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                                        Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                                        The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                                        19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                                          For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                                          Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                                          20. TED-Ed

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                                                                            Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                                            Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                                            21. LessonPaths

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                                                                              LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                                              22. Memrise

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                                                                                Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                                                Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                                                23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                                  The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                                  National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                                  24. Fun Brain

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                                                                                    Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                                    Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                                    25. Whyville

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                                                                                      Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                                      Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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