CAPTION: Plan to see the world
So, you know that you want to travel the world but you’re not sure how you’re going to afford it. With more cheaper and accessible flights available now than ever before, the world map has opened up for many people in recent years. However, financing long-term travel is still an issue for most. Unless you’re one of the very lucky few, you’ll need to get creative in order to fund your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Read on for some of the different ways in which you can kickstart your journey right now, instead of spending years scrimping and saving first.
Turn your hobby into a career
Perhaps you’ve always written for fun, or you’ve been designing websites for mates’ projects for years now; whatever your hobby, you’d be surprised to find how easy it is to turn it into a lucrative career. With sites like Upwork, Fiverr and Outsourcely putting clients in touch with freelancers from all walks of life, it couldn’t be easier to start earning cash with your natural talent.
Once you’ve set up a profile, you’re good to go. As long as you market your skills well and are proactive about finding jobs, you’ll soon see the work flooding in. It’s a great way to keep earning money whilst you’re traveling and can even lead to other opportunities, like staying in specified freelancer spaces. These creative hubs provide the perfect environment for you to knuckle down and get on with some work but are also a supportive space in which to learn more about the freelancing lifestyle. This way of working provides ultimate flexibility, meaning that you can carry on traveling for as long as you like.
Caption: Hard work can feel good!
If you’d rather pay for your bed and board through good, hard work rather than cash, then there are plenty of ways to do so. Organisations like Workaway and Culture Go Go provide platforms through which travelers can contact hosts in different countries. Workaway focuses heavily on farmwork, gardening, homestays and community work, whereas Culture Go Go is more of a language exchange deal. This way of traveling means that you will truly experience the culture of the countries that you visit, rather than just passing through as another tourist. You can form real friendships with local people, learn more about the area in which you stay, and pick up some skills for life. It’s the ideal option for those who want to squeeze the most out of their trip and make some friends along the way.
Play to your skills
If you’ve successfully tried your hand in the casino before, then think about moving your A-game online. Playing online poker could be your ticket to international travel, with opportunities like Full Tilt’s Ultimate Player’s Trip out there. Global casino hotspots like Monaco, Macau and Las Vegas aren’t always accessible, as they tend to be prohibitively expensive and exclusive. By taking advantage of the big events hosted there, you can explore and experience even the glitziest of cities on a modest budget. Just as with any other occupation, getting involved can take you to the epicenter of the scene; it just so happens that the pro poker hubs tend to be in the most glamorous cities on Earth!
CAPTION: Teaching is the most rewarding job
If you’re a native English speaker, then you will always be able to find work. Teaching English as a foreign language is a skill that can be plied in almost every country in the world; it’s your ultimate meal ticket! Whether you take the fully qualified approach and study first before looking for work, or dive right in on a more casual basis, you’ll need to think carefully about where you’re headed. Some countries have strict requirements to fulfill before you can teach, whereas others may have a variety of different options open to you. Although you may never have thought of yourself as a teacher, this can be a fun and rewarding experience for anybody and everybody that will stay with you way past hometime.
Get on board
The cruise industry is booming as many people decide to vacation on board luxury liners and see the world in style. This means that there’s plenty of opportunities to work at sea, whether that’s as bar staff, a waiter, an entertainer, a chef, cabin crew or even a surf instructor! Jobs aboard cruise liners are popular, so you’ll need to put your best foot forward at the interview stage. However, this is such a fantastic and unusual opportunity to see the world from a unique perspective that it’s worth putting the effort in. It’s guaranteed to be a trip that you’ll never forget, and one which could even turn into a rewarding lifelong career.
If you’re sat at home now, wishing you were already out there soaking in Spanish sun, or riding through the plains of North America, or even sipping cocktails on a Caribbean beach, what are you waiting for? There’s nothing stood between you and achieving your dream!