9 Ways to Find Work While Traveling
BY: VIKAS AGRAWAL ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
So you dream of traveling the world before kicking the bucket. But like many others who set it aside, one thing has been keeping you from fulfilling your heart’s desire: lack of funds. Sure, there are ingenious ways to save money during a trip. In fact, you can find free things to do even in the most expensive cities like Paris and New York.
But have you considered working while traveling? This alternative has become a way of life for some digital nomads. They leave their home country, travel across regions or continents, and work odd jobs in those locations. If this sounds exciting to you, it’s time you explore your options.
Before heading out, make sure you have the right to work in the countries of your choice. European Union (EU) members, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will allow Brits to take on jobs without a work permit. But you will need to apply for a working holiday visa in non-EU nations.
Once you’ve settled that part, it is time to decide. Here are the top 9 opportunities that a digital nomad can take advantage of:
English academies are a thing, particularly in Southeast Asia. You don’t need a teaching degree to qualify, but some schools will require a diploma. Once accepted, you can follow the curriculum the institution has set or create your own syllabus. Use online teaching resources to enhance your lesson plans. The job can be rewarding, as employers usually offer good pay, flexible hours, and in some cases, huge bonuses to teachers.
Become a freelancer
From multinationals to startups, companies are now more open to hiring remote workers. According to PeoplePerHour, a United Kingdom-based online marketplace, the most in-demand skills are design, business support, web development, writing, marketing and PR, and social media. It is often free to join a freelancer platform. Sometimes it will entail a reasonable upfront cost. But the best part is that you will be allowed to report from anywhere, as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection. Depending on the job you snag, you will also need cool apps (I suggest the ones which startups use) that will keep working in the background for you.
Live the au pair experience
If you are a fan of slow traveling and staying longer in places, this one is for you. Take part in childcare and contribute to some house chores while receiving a weekly or monthly paycheck and taking the weekends off. You get all these on top of free lodging. Being an au pair also lets you interact with locals, namely the members of your host family, on a daily basis.
Register as a house or pet sitter
Alternatively, you can live in a house for free by joining a house sitting community. The basic idea is that you will perform duties to make it appear like the owner has not left the house. You will take charge of the general upkeep and security within the premise. Making sure the kitties receive their cuddles as needed can also be included in your to-do list. Should you ask for a compensation, you will need to secure a work permit from your home country first.
Work on a cruise ship
This job is not for the faint of heart -- and seasick. You are constantly working within your contract’s duration. You should know how to maximise sporadic breaks on a cruise ship. But the pay is insane, so you might want to try this for several months as a world travel fund-raising strategy.
Work in a hostel
If you are okay with sharing a room with several strangers without paying, pick this one. Some hostels and guesthouses offer this kind of program to foreigners. You will help with the maintenance, like changing sheets and replacing towels, for a few hours. The rest of the day, you can spend exploring the area.
Be a sports instructor
If you excel in a certain sport, then it is natural to want to pass on your knowledge and skills to others. But this time around, you will be teaching fellow foreigners as well as local enthusiasts. Scour the internet for opportunities to be a scuba diving, rock climbing, kitesurfing, or skiing instructor. You will be earning while also doing the thing you love -- in another country to boot.
Create and sell an online course
If you are feeling the entrepreneurial bug, you can also cash in on your expertise. One way to make money in a short time is to create and sell an online course. If you are a programmer, then design a course on iOS 7 app development or Swift programming (for Apple). If you are an Instagram influencer, get your creative juices flowing by putting up a workshop/webinar combo. What’s a bit hilarious is that you can find an online course that will tell you how to create and sell one -- and potentially earn through it.
Use your skills
Do you fancy belly dancing? Or do you have mad social media skills? See if you can cash in on whatever it is you are good at. Feeling rusty with it? Take an online course and upskill. You will never know when you will need it desperately in a land far away from home.
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