If your mindset is something along the lines of, “I want to travel and I’ll do any job that helps me travel longer”, then this section is for you.
The good news is that there are a ton of opportunities if you’re looking to make ends meet while on the road. Here are some of your options…
Workaway is a website that offers volunteer and unskilled opportunities in exchange for food to eat and a free nights stay (in most cases).
They have random jobs including everything from teaching to bartending, farming and helping run a hostel. It’s a fantastic way to travel for a long time while working minimally and milking your money.
You won’t be able to fund much of your travels this way, but there are a lot of ways that you can build workaway into your itinerary so that you can extend the duration of your trip as much as possible.
Upside – One of the easiest ways to find work overseas, especially while traveling. If you’re planning on going on an extended backpacking trip and you’re looking for simple ways to keep costs low, this website is the best way to do it.
They have also recently released an iphone app so that you can find places to work nearby, and meet other people using workaway to fund their travels.
Downsides – Not something you can really put on a resume. While it will help you make ends meet while on the road, it’s not something that will get you much more than that. It’s good for the short term, but if you want to save money or build a career, this probably isn’t the route for you.
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.
As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as they call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.
Upside – Another easy way to find work abroad. If you’re a nature lover, and have (or want to cultivate) a good work ethic, WWOOFing is fantastic. Spend your days outdoors doing hard work and appreciating the silence of nature. In my personal opinion, this is done best when you immerse yourself in the farm for 30 days or longer. Live there and truly appreciate their way of life. If you have the time to do it, nothing beats sitting on a farm reading books after long hours of working on your feet ☺
Downside – It’s hard to make a career out of WWOOFing. You can use it to sustain your travels and live cheaply for a while, but it eventually serves it’s purpose. If you’re serious about your career, this probably isn’t for you (unless you’re looking to take a 30 day sabbatical and recharge the batteries for a bit). Either way, while WWOOfing is awesome if you have the time to do it, not the best option for the person who is career driven and wants to make money.
Being an Au-Pair is pretty simple – Watch someone’s kids. You’re a professional babysitter.
If you do this to travel, you can travel the world by watching people’s kids. Pretty sweet right?!
Better yet, being an Au-Pair does have a nice career spin to it. If you want to get into education, especially with young children, or psychology of some kind working with young children, you can use these experiences as a nice stepping stone into a very good line of work (that is also very rewarding and fulfilling).
Cons – Won’t make any money unless you do it for millionaires. Another good way to make ends meet and keep expenses low while living in a new country.
Basically there are two ways to become an Au Pair – through an agency, or finding a job solo.
If you want to use an Agency (disclaimer: you will probably have to pay a feee), you can head over to the International Au Pair Association.
Watch someone’s house and get paid to do it.
Yes, I’m serious. You can get paid to watch someone’s house – keep it clean, feed their animals, make sure nothing breaks – in exchange for a free place to stay.
The best part? Many of the houses you will watch are luxurious and have the best amenities you could ever ask for.
Downside? Once again not something you will make money or develop your career professionally for.
Upside? Unlike WWOOFing or Workaway, where you have to spend a lot of time working, while house-sitting you’re free to spend your day as you please with no responsibilities.
Assuming they have a good WIFI connection, you can use this as a great opportunity to learn how to make money online. Build a new skill set, start writing about your travels and make it into a blog, get active on social media, look for your next job opportunity even.
The point is, use this time productively. Use this time to better yourself and improve your life. If you do it the right way, it’s like someone paying you to go to school 😉
Why limit your hunt to places like workaway and wwoofing while traveling? Why not just ask people if you can work for them in exchange for a place to stay? In my experience, if you ask a hostel owner to stay there in exchange for helping out, they will usually say yes. If they say no, at least you tried. Volunteering yourself to odd jobs as you travel will open you up to new opportunities you have never previously considered. Become a YES person, and next thing you know you can be the token foreigner in a commercial!
Scuba, Surfing, Yoga, Meditation, Emcee, Massage Therapy/Reiki – Do you have a certification of some kind that you can put to good use? Want to get certified so you can use your new skill to travel the world? One of the best ways to do this is to become an instructor of some sort.
Whether that’s yoga, meditation, SCUBA, or others, it’s a skill you can use to show up in a new land and make money quickly. It’s the always reliable fall back plan.
Many of these can be learned on the fly while traveling as well. You can earn Scuba certification across SE Asia and then go get trained in Yoga and Meditation in the Himalayas of India!
If you are interested in picking up a trade it’s a viable way to turn your skill into a lifestyle that allows you to travel the world doing something you love. I know many people who have built great lifestyles doing this.
That’s all folks! These are all of the best ways that I know to make money while traveling. I guarantee that if you put your mind to it, there is nothing that can stop you from realistically pursuing any one of these paths for yourself.
Before you begin applying to jobs I suggest you check out two articles that will help you in your hunt.
Both of these will put you well on your way to find a job while traveling.
Best of luck moving ahead in your journey from here and let me know if this helps you!