Being fortunate enough to earn money while travelling is a perfect way to experience a country in a way you normally wouldn't and increase the length of your trip! You are able to make friends with a variety of colleagues/people you may never have met or had the chance to speak to; learn a new language; earn days off that are spent in an exciting new country and live somewhere you have always dreamed of visiting. The jobs that are available can be hard work but are so worth it! You will learn a lot about yourself as well as making money!
Below are some opportunities that let you Work, Earn, Travel.
Teaching English to Kindergarten Students in Bangkok, Thailand
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a fantastic way to make money while seeing the world. It's highly available in over 50 countries and is favoured in places such as South-East Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Being able to speak and write English fluently brings many new opportunities to local people. So, there is a constant push for English Teachers and need for Native Speakers either by working in a school; after-hour learning centre; private tutoring or online teaching.
I managed to find work as an English Teacher at a Kindergarten very easily in Thailand. The job itself is fun, rewarding and lets you live life as an expat in a beautiful new country. You can make and save decent money from teaching and schools/language centres include plenty of holidays in your contract. It's an experience like no other, it was the best time of my life!
With my fellow English Teachers at my first school in Chonburi, Thailand
I would really recommend choosing which country you would like to teach English, then complete a TEFL course there first! TEFL courses are great because they build your confidence, scrub up your English grammar and show you how to teach.
Completing the course in the country you would like to live and work in makes more sense because the TEFL company will educate you on the culture, taboos and education system of said country. They can also help you find a job at the end of it!
I completed a 6 week TEFL course through 'Text and Talk Academy' in Khon Kaen, Thailand and loved every second of it. Our teacher Steve advised the class to make glossy portfolios with lots of pictures of us individually teaching as our C.V's - it showed effort and professionalism and worked out very successfully!
WORK & HOLIDAY VISA
If you're 18-30 years old, you may be able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa where you will be granted to relocate to a country for up to 12-24 months. You will have the right to apply for almost any job and work to support your travels.
The most popular destinations are Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. You are able to save money for future travelling; explore your temporary home endlessly and experience living in a foreign country.
But the point of the visa is to fund a 'holiday' so there are usually some terms and conditions. Meaning you may only be able to work for one employer for 6 months and/or you will need to have evidence before entering the country of sufficient funds to support yourself and for a flight home. Check with each specific country first!
Loadin' up the ute mate - in the hot sun, Western Australia
The best time to look for work is once you've arrived. Work is usually found through word of mouth, hostel message boards or online ads. Most people find work in tourism, hospitality, labouring, childcare, farming, and agriculture.
While on my Working Holiday Visa in Western Australia, I worked at the living quarters of a Gold Mine Site deep in the outback. I hunted and found the job by phoning as many companies as I could find until someone gave me an interview. My duties included housekeeping and running the bar. I loved working in such a remote place and met a lot of different people from all walks of life. It paid really well and my savings were topped up once more.