Travel around the World: Making Money on the Way
Aside from the safety factor, another discouraging topic is money. Being limited by finances is never fun. Thus, earning money on the road may just be the key to initiating a more extensive, exciting trip. Of course, this is often nothing like your average 40-hour job in a corporate office. But really, only so many enjoy the 9-5 cubical lifestyle 😉
After working at a desk at a nuclear energy company, I realized that sitting on a chair doesn’t run well with my system. I loved the stability of the job itself. That bi-weekly check always came in at the right moment- straight towards my student loan. Yet, those days I’d go home exhausted from doing absolutely nothing.
I was keen to explore my career options while visiting Google image locations. So, I took on several internships near and far. Since these works are generally unpaid, I opt for random side jobs that helped support my travels abroad.
Hope this list will help you as much as it did me!
1. Teaching & Tutoring
There are all sorts of teaching jobs abroad now. Apparently, Saudi wins the game with the highest pay out for those qualified few. But in Southeast Asian countries like China and Thailand, new grads may well be hired to teach English. From my understanding, average monthly wage can range from $1500 upwards with accommodation and one round trip flight. However, these companies tend to gravitate towards ‘white’ people more because there exists a false perception that links race with English teaching skills. Another thing to keep note of is your location when signing the contract- placements range from big cities to remote suburbs.
With digitization, it’s not too hard to get a job online teaching a skill. In this instance, English was what I taught to children in China using Skype. All sorts of online tutoring companies have been popping up lately and the pay isn’t all too bad. $25 dollars for an hour, much higher than your typical minimum wage. Yet, spots are competitive and needs aren’t too high. It can be rough to rake a livable wage off one site.
Do you have a skill set? It might be playing the guitar or doing yoga, a massage license or photography. If you can market yourself out there, it will be fun to take on a few clients near and far. While licensing in the West is often needed, a lot of countries aren’t as strict with your qualifications.
2. Consulting & Digital Nomad Jobs
Since most services can be accessed online nowadays, it is possible to take your desk job abroad. Offering consultation services to firms and individual through an online platform is not new. Motivational coaches and life coaches can simply set up appointments and deliver content via skype.
Remoteyear is a program I’ve always thought be fun to join. It takes on a group of remote-working professionals and goes on a year-long venture around the world while providing the needed co-working space. Though you don’t need a remote job to apply as they will provide guidance and resources to help get your employer on board with a remote work arrangement, the fees are just too high for nomads like myself.
You may not have experience with consultation but runs a 1 million follower Instagram account. Great! Apply to be a social media strategist and use your wizardry to help build brands and businesses.
Not going to lie, these days, computer engineers and designers takes the cake for flexible working locations. But for us liberal art students, there is light at the end of this tunnel 😉
3. Event Hosting and Public Speaking
There are tons of event hosting jobs when you mission abroad. If you are in with the right crowd, the hourly wage can range from $20-$30. In India, I was hired to host weddings and different functions. To be honest, you do have to be prepared for long days and rather strange roles, but it is a lot of fun to work with other foreigners while tending lavish events.
For one, I know a lot of clubs look for foreigners to spice up its night life or do relevant promotional work. This isn’t suited for all, but will cater to those who are interested in this scene and making some extra cash.
Public speaking gigs are harder to come by. This requires far more background qualifications as opposed to event hosting’s simplicities. However, if you’ve an engaging topic at hand, there are lots of opportunities to collaborate with schools and other institutions in providing you with a stage to facilitate discussion.
These are three big categories with various little branches of opportunities to their own. I’ve only listed a few options but there is so much more to this fiesta. Travel blogger Aileen has a comprehensive list of other money-making tactics while on the road.