All world wanderers have approached the same dilemma at some point in their lives. They want to see as much of the world as possible, but their budgets don’t stretch as far as they would like.
This does not need to be a reason for giving up on your traveling dreams, though. Instead, it may just mean that you will have to do a little bit of work to supplement your income and fund your adventures.
This is by no means a bad thing, though, as working while you travel allows you to experience even more of what the places you visit have to offer.
There are plenty of jobs out there that are suitable for travelers, so let’s take a look at a few that may be able to help you continue your adventures.
Let’s get this one out of the way first, seeing as it’s the job I did to fund my own travels earlier on in life. Freelance writing can be a great way to earn a little bit of cash during your adventures. Best of all, you have a lot more options available to you than I did back in the day.
In addition to trying to sell your articles to print publications, you can now create your own blog or sell them to online travel sites. Prices will vary enormously, but if you find success and build a name for yourself you can earn a remarkable income. Best of all, by writing online you can talk about your experiences while they are still fresh and then get them out there for others to see.
There is a huge demand for English teachers all over the world, which makes it an ideal career for those who want to travel more. Not only do you get to help people develop skills that may help them further their own lives later on, but you also work directly with the people whose culture you are trying to learn about.
Of course, there is a slight barrier to entry in effect here. You are going to need a TEFL (Teach English in a Foreign Language) qualification in order to land the best TEFL opportunities on the market and in some instances, be able to speak at least some of the language of the country you teach in. However, if you’re willing to put the time and effort into doing that you will find the rewards are enormous.
Becoming A Tour Guide
If your main passion in traveling revolves around finding out more about the places you see, becoming a tour guide may be right for you. Best of all, you can do it anywhere in the world as long as you have the skills and the desire to learn as much as you can about the places you show people around.
Ideally, you will need to be a confident speaker for this role, as you will need to keep your group’s attention during each tour. As long as you enjoy chatting and can project your voice you are off to a really good start.
A perennial favorite with travelers looking to fund their way around the globe is bar work. It’s one of the few jobs that isn’t massively impacted by cultural differences and you can do it without a high degree of training as long as you are personable, have decent math skills and can mix the occasional cocktail.
No matter where you are in the world, there are always going to be bars that are looking for part-time staff. You can use the work to pay your living expenses before moving on, then do the same again wherever you wind up.
Pilots/Air Cabin Crew
There are probably no other professions in the world that require you to travel as much as working on a plane does. You never know where your next flight is going to take you, which makes each one an adventure.
Of course, this job does have its downsides. You are committed to putting a lot of hours into the job, so you aren’t always going to stay in places once you land. In fact, you will be often running to board your next flight almost immediately afterward. However, you will see more of the world and the discounts you may be able to get through the job could make it easier to fund your private adventures.
Working On A Cruise Ship
Much like with cabin crew and pilots, there is not always going to be a lot of time to enjoy the destinations you arrive at when working on a cruise ship. However, you will still see plenty of the world while doing it.
These jobs are highly sought after for that reason. Better yet, your food and board will be covered as part of the job, so you can travel without incurring expenses while earning money to find your adventures away from the cruise liner.
This one may come a little out of left field, but it’s amazing how much money you can make through busking if you have the talent to pull it off. Make sure you are allowed to set up and then just play. People will come to you and you should be able to earn a pretty penny.
This goes for any other creative talents you might have too. Fancy yourself as a photographer? Then get plenty of snaps during your trips. You’ll find that plenty of people will want to buy them if they are good enough. Simply put, try to work out how your creativity can earn an income that will fund your traveling.