Does the idea of a 9-5 office give you the heebie jeebies? If you want a job that will take you out of the office, here are five options that will take you all over the world!
Wherever there is food, drink, and a place to rest your head, there will be work! Having skills in hospitality can take you anywhere in the world. From waiting tables to cleaning hotel rooms, on-the-job training can be easily provided for someone with the right attitude and willingness to work hard. If you need to pick up some extra skills on the go, Careers Australia have online study options so you can study while you travel. Combine your food and beverage skills with a great smile and a listening ear and you’ll be set to see the world.
Everyone needs help and what better way to give back to a community than volunteering. There are a variety of programs which could have you doing anything from building houses and schools to working with farmers in their fields. Volunteering is a great way to break away from the traditional workforce, gain a better understanding of different cultures and appreciate what you have. Many programs offer a place to stay and meals in exchange for your help, but beware of programs that ask you to pay to volunteer. Do some research before accepting any offers to ensure you aren’t being scammed!
Calling all health practioners! Yoga instructors, masseurs, doctors – no matter where you are in the world, there is always a demand for all types of health practices. After a long day of being a tourist, there’s nothing better than a relaxing massage or stretching it out with some yoga. Setting up in the more touristy areas or even working for local hotel will bring in customers who are tired from a long day and give you those much needed funds for your travels. As a doctor or nurse, be prepared for a lot of volunteering but it has its perks! Travel with portable medical supplies and areas with low access to medical support will welcome you with open arms. Housing and meals may be forms of payment for your services but the gratitude and appreciation will be rewards in themselves!
Freelancing isn’t all relaxing on beaches and sipping mojitos while you work. There are a variety of freelancing roles so depending on your skill set, the internet is your oyster! For the more creative type of freelance work, be prepared to work hard! Starting out may be tough but in the end it will reap its own rewards. For a steadier line of work, web/graphic design, online customer service and virtual assistants are great ways to support your travel and may only take a few hours a day.
Languages are a wonderful skill and are valued all over the world. No matter what language you speak, there will be someone who is eager to learn. There are many options in education to share your knowledge (and gain some yourself!) including private and online tutoring and having a TEFL/TESOL to teach your native tongue. Make sure you brush up on your teaching skills if you’re out of practice before you handle a classroom.
Before you drop everything to set off on a whirlwind adventure, prepare yourself for the road ahead with some transferrable skills so no matter what happens, you can always land on your feet. Share any jobs you know of that will take you around the world!