Ah, the holy grail of full time travel – how to make money travelling the world. If this is something that you have wanted to pursue for like, forever -then rest assured you are in the right place.
I’ve travelled the world with my husband since we started dating and that was over 14 years ago! For years we lived in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France, heck we even spent 8 months travelling around Europe in a camper van we renovated ourselves. My husband even spent 2 years not working, at all! Not because he couldn’t, but because he didn’t need to.
I think it’s safe to say that we are long term travel experts and I’m going to share with you 3 realistic ways that you can make money travelling the world.
Why work abroad?
Working abroad was one of the first things that I did when I graduated from University and it has become one of the best decisions that I ever made.
Imagine going from a cubical in your normal every day life to moving across to the other side of the world, meeting new people and cultures.
Becoming part of communities or working and travelling around a country, eating delicious new cuisines and just generally having the time of your life. Imagine doing that for several years!
Working abroad not only lets you earn money but also lets you travel to locations on a long term basis. You can stay put in one place or spend a few months exploring and then move on. It’s really up to you.
There are jobs for everyone whether that’s working in an office for a year or tending bar and picking fruit a few months at a time.
Maybe you work online and want to travel constantly or maybe you want to do something completely different for a couple of years.
There really IS something for everyone. So what are you waiting for?
3 Ways You Can Make Money Travelling the World
Working Holiday Visas
Working Holiday Visas are the easiest way for you to travel the world and make money. It also happens to be our favourite option!
By having a Working Holiday Visa it enabled us to live in Australia, Canada and New Zealand for several years at a time.
What we love about going down this route is that you get to make friends, become part of a community and travel in a new country (and neighbouring countries) whilst making good money.
My husband and I even saved enough money whilst living and working abroad to go on an 8 month long trip travelling Europe afterwards! Imagine living abroad, exploring an amazing country, earning money and then being able to continue your adventure somewhere new!
Whether you work on a farm packing fruit and veg or in an office or bar, there are so many great ways to earn money and explore amazing countries.
How to do it?
Depending on what country you come from the rules vary, but generally you can get 1-2 year Working Holiday Visas in each country from the age of 18 to 30/35.
The main countries that participate in these schemes are Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan.
The lesser known countries are Hong Kong, Ireland, South Korea and Singapore. Most of Europe is covered but it depends on what passport you hold.
Choose the country that you want to visit and then head to their governments website for the entry requirements. Going directly to the governments website is usually where you apply and the cheapest way of doing so.
Teach English Abroad
There are a few different ways that you can teach english to students all over the world.
Teaching students in a classroom in a different country
You teach students online from your laptop anywhere in the world.
You will need to apply for a TEFL or TESL qualification for a majority of these jobs and may also need a bachelors degree. These qualifications teach you the basics of teaching English as a foreign language.
Obviously you need to have an excellent grasp of the English language. Once you have the right skills you can then apply and work almost anywhere. The most popular places to teach english abroad are Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, South Korea and Japan.
Some of the jobs abroad supply you with accommodation so it’s worth checking out what package you can get or want. Upon receiving a job offer a sponsored work visa will need to be applied for. The school may help you with this so check with the company you apply for.
How to do it?
Once you have received your TEFL or TESL qualification (Sometimes called TESOL or ESL depending on which country you get it) you can search for jobs online. Below are some resources for job searches and gaining your qualification.
Palfish – you can either teach lessons or just free talk. All students are from China and you can teach from your phone using the app.
Dada – teaching kids from age 4-16, you just need to be a native English speaker with a Bachelors degree to apply.
Have you ever wanted to just travel the world and work from anywhere? Whether that’s sitting by the pool, in a cafe or just in your garden on a sunny day?
Then working remotely could be the answer. If you already work from a computer then it is highly likely that you can work remotely.
With this option you will still work in your existing role (or take on a new remote one) and work your normal hours just in a different location. Your day to day lifestyle will change and you may need to adjust to new time zones for meetings or phone calls. But your level of freedom will increase allowing you the opportunity to work from literally anywhere.
I think this is a great option as it means you still have your full time income, and it’s especially good if you actually like your existing job.
How to do it?
You can either start off looking for a remote job online – using LinkedIn or normal job search engines.
You can try and change to a remote role in your current job. The best thing is to approach your boss and discuss the situation. Offer to do your role from home for a few days a week and test it out.
This is your opportunity to show them how productive you can be outside of the office and wow them. Once they can see how amazing you work remotely then you can shift into being full time if they are happy. Once this change has been made you are free to travel the world. It may take some adjusting and determination but in the long run it will be worth it for the freedom.