How many times do you stare out of the office window and wish that you had something to do and somewhere else to be? Have you yearned to book yourself onto a tour and see parts of the world that have previously been hidden? What about migrating to a new place?
Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. We’ve all daydreamed about those adventurous places in the palm trees and mountains. We’ve all thought about what it would be like to finish the day and settle on the beach with a cocktail or two, but what if you can make it happen for real?
Airfare is lower than it has been in years, and the idea of taking time off of work is no longer one that has your boss in a cold sweat. In fact, flexibility in the workplace is actively encouraged! People can now work remotely, which means that they can discover the world in a whole new way. It means you can keep up with your deadlines while you are not in the office - opening the entire world just for you.
There is nothing wrong with a little (or a lot) wanderlust. But you do need to consider what your career options may be. You may not have found the diplomat job options out there that could take you worldwide, but perhaps it’s time? With that in mind, here are ten jobs you can do while you’re out there and seeing the world. Get a pen and paper ready!
Are you someone who likes the outdoors? If that’s the case for you, you’re not going to be out of work that involves working on a farm. You can help out on ranches, or chip in as a farmhand. Most of these jobs come with a place to sleep along with your salary, so you’re going to be able to find something that appeals to your outdoorsy nature.
Being crew onboard a luxury yacht? What an adventure that would be! You could get some fantastic tips, and initially, it’s not easy to find work as it’s a demanding area of work, but the perks are very much worth it. Imagine blogging your adventures as you sail to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Spend your days of lounging in the sunshine and being paid to write about what you’re doing. That’s double cash in our books!
If there is somewhere in the world you are passionate about, why not start teaching people about it? Tour guide jobs come up reasonably often, and you can make money with a wage and tips, too - especially if you’re entertaining about it! The best thing to do is to try and learn some of the local languages. This way, you are going to be a more effective tour guide as you can interact with the locals while you show others around.
Oh, it’s the dream. Sitting in luxury hotels and in luxury locations with nothing to do but write about the places that are going to inspire. Being paid to write content about locations that you find exotic? That’s got to be the dream! Of course, it’s not always going to be straightforward. An editor can commission you, but the work and pay aren’t steady if you’re hired on a freelance basis. It’s not easy to get your pitch approved, either, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try. Use some of the skills that you learned in your job you’re currently in - you won’t regret at least trying!
There are websites you can sign up to that allow you to house sit for those who are away for weeks or months at a time. Not only will you be paid for your time, but you’ll also have a roof over your head and be able to make contacts who will rely on you in the future if you do a good job. The competition is high with this one, as you’re looking after people’s homes and possessions - they need to trust you! Get references and prove you’re an excellent choice.
If you head over to the Middle East, you can grab stunning perks as an English Teacher (foreign language teacher!). We’re talking free housing and a very generous monthly wage in return for your skills. You can source jobs with the right TEFL certification, and you will be snapped up. It’s always good to get a handle on the local language before you go, though!
Summer/Winter Camp Assistant
If you want to see some beautiful places and you can get a clean criminal background check, why not head to a summer camp - or even a theme park? You won't find the pay to be fantastic, but if you’re looking for a stop-gap before you head onto bigger things, it works.
Being good with kids is a must for this one, but an au pair abroad is going to see the world. Most are living in with the family, and you’ll get a monthly stipend and freeboard, which is fantastic if you’re looking to see the world. Previous experience is often a must!
If you have a foreign language under your belt, you’re going to find work as a translator to be extremely lucrative. You can use your skills to really impress, and it’s going to be much easier to find work if you have a degree. If necessary, go back to school. You can learn a lot and have much more to offer people if you are going to translate for others. You’d be surprised at how much work is out there!
It’s not easy to blog for a living, especially if it’s your own blog. However, that doesn't mean that it cannot be done! Go online and find websites where you can advertise your blogging skills, and then see what work is out there for you!