Would you like the opportunity to see what the world has to offer and experience new cultures? Then you are probably also wondering how would you be able to afford long-term travelling if you don’t have enough money.
If you would like to be an independent wolf who has the freedom to travel from location to location, then check below the following ways to make more money while you travel around the world.
- Freelance online
This is probably the most popular and the most reliable source of money if you want to travel the world without worrying about your expenses. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, becoming a digital nomad can be the best step you will ever take towards visiting the next exotic location.
You can pick up from a variety of choices including freelance writing, web and software development, design, photography, marketing and admin work. To test your skills you can start on a freelancing platform for the first few projects and then, after a while, you can find your own clients or partner up with an agency.
A word of caution, though; even with the ever increasing trend in freelancing, it can be tough to break into certain fields. Start your freelance business today and see how much money you can make over the next few months and then plan your travel budget accordingly.
- Corporate Work Abroad/ Work remotely
You don’t have to leave the workforce and give up a steady paycheck to satisfy your passion for travelling.
Another way to travel abroad without worrying about cash is to work for a company which offers secondments. You can temporarily transfer for a few months to another branch of your company, in another country. Another alternative would be to directly apply for a corporate job in a foreign country or a Working Holiday Visa.
Choose a career path that would allow you to travel from time to time to different parts of the world. This would not only help you travel but will also develop your skills, make you a more valuable employee and improve your career prospects.
You can be a sales representative for a large company, a consultant or flight attendant. If you would like a more ‘traditional’ job you can become a programmer, an auditor, an engineer, or a construction manager. All these jobs offer plenty of opportunities to travel internationally.
You might even be able to sort out an arrangement with your boss to work out remotely for a few months if you don’t need more than a computer for most of your work.
- Teach English Abroad
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is in great demand in countries such as Japan, China, South Korea or South America. If you are a native speaker there are plenty of opportunities for you around the world and in certain places, you don’t even need to have a special qualification to start teaching.
But if you are looking to get paid top dollar a Bachelor’s degree in Education or English and an English as a Second Language teaching certificate (TESOL) will go a long way. In addition, showing a passion for learning foreign languages and knowing a second language might shift the balance in your favour and improve your pay by up to 30%.
You can always supplement your income by providing some tutoring or editing services on the side.
Don’t be disheartened if English is not your native language. If you know a popular language like Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian or Mandarin, you can always look up for opportunities to teach.
You can also advertise and set up your own classes at local universities since there are plenty of students who are looking to learn a second language to improve their career prospects.
- Au Pair Services
If you love working with children, you can experience first-hand another culture by enrolling into an au pair programme. You will live with a host family which will pay you a small allowance for childcare and certain minor household duties on top of providing you with accommodation.
This type of work is ideal if you are looking to explore another country as a young woman who is a bit worried about travelling alone and being safe.
The rules and regulations vary from country to country, but in general, you have to be a young female aged 18-30 years old. Most of the countries will require you to have a basic understanding of the language, but you can improve upon by taking additional language classes in your spare time (for which you will bear the cost). On average you will be working 30 hours per week, with one free day.
- Cruise ships
Cruise ships offer all sorts of jobs and are an excellent way to earn some good money while seeing some of the most exotic and interesting places on earth. There are tour operators all over the world so you have a bit of flexibility regarding the destinations and the countries you would be able to visit.
Depending on your position you can earn a good salary and you will be able to keep the majority of the expenses low because the rooms and the meals are provided on board. Besides the travelling opportunities, you can enjoy an amazing social life and you will develop friendships and meet people from all over the world.
To start, check out the Careers section of any major cruise line. Wandering Earl has a great guide on how to land a well-paying job on a cruise and how to make the most of the life on board and of your travel experience.
- Tour guide
Many international tour operators sell group travel packages for which they need a tour guide. If you are looking to earn a steady stream of income, gain some valuable work experience and explore different parts of the world without spending too much money then you might consider becoming a tour guide.
This job will usually require a longer time commitment and you might have to sign a long-term contract, but you will be able to see new places without incurring any high expenses.
You can be a tour guide for a multitude of events and venues from castles and museums to hiking and backpacking. To have a higher chance of becoming a tour guide you will need a degree in hospitality or tourism. You might also consider getting an online tour guide certification from an Institute for tour and travel agents. The courses are usually 2-3 weeks long and will increase your chances of landing a job with a tour operator.
- Cafe/Bar/Hostel work
Lastly, there are many hostels who would be interested in trading some light housekeeping work in exchange for accommodation. Just research hostels before travelling and contact them to ask if they would be interested in this arrangement.
The same goes for being a seasonal bartender or a waiter, if you are willing to spend more time in a single location. Try to find a restaurant or a bar connected to a hostel and this can be a good combination to secure you a place to sleep and some side income while you travel.
Be on the lookout for popular places where the tips have the potential to be good, as these would make up the most of your income. If you enjoy manual labour, another alternative would be to sign up with the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WOOF) and work on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. You can choose to volunteer in over 120 countries. The only downside is that you will be expected to cover part of the costs.
These are the 7 most reliable ways of making money if you plan to travel around the world in the near future without breaking the bank.
Of course, there are many more ways of earning money depending on your skills and talents. Find the combination that works the best for you, test it, plan ahead, and start travelling!