“I want to travel longer,” says everyone every time he or she travels.
Nobody wants his or her travels to come to an end.
We are all looking for ways to take more days off work and actually enjoy this thing called life, and we all dream about being able to spend more time abroad.
The unfortunate thing is, our pockets wouldn’t be able to handle the shock.
It simply isn’t feasible for most people to take weeks, months and possibly years off, with no work in between.
If you can, you’re probably rich. You can stop reading now.
The rest of us are in luck, though.
You job hunt all the time back home.
You might even be on the job hunt now.
Whether you’re tired of your current job, looking for something different or are unemployed, have you ever stopped to think you may be looking in the wrong places?
Maybe you’re in a rut, and really don’t know what you want to do. But you obviously need to work until you’ve figured that part out.
Perhaps you just graduated from university, and aren’t ready to dive into a career at the moment.
Well, maybe you just need to look into going on an extra long holiday. Maybe even move your career overseas.
It’s really not as crazy as you may think. I promise.
Tons of people are doing it, and they’re not rich, special or lucky. They are really no different from you.
There are plenty of opportunities to work abroad, both short-term and long-term.
Some of these positions may not appeal to you. Some might sound more like your dream job.
Here are 13 of the coolest and easiest ways to find work abroad:
1. Au Pair
This is for people who love kids and want to travel the world while taking up a few nanny jobs.
This position is a way to really get to know a true local family. You get to help them out and live like they do.
These positions are usually paid, and you live with the family rent-free.
Many places in Europe, the US, Canada and others participate in au pair programs.
Do some research on your country of interest and make your way over there.
2. Working Holiday
Where are you from? Have you researched whether you’re eligible for a working holiday visa in another country?
Probably not, but that’s OK. I’m here to tell you that you should.
What better way to live and experience another country than by getting a working holiday visa and moving there for a year (or more)?
You are still working and traveling. It’s the perfect job to have abroad.
If you’re from the US, there are plenty of opportunities to get a working holiday visa.
Are you from Australia? There are working holiday visa opportunities for you, too.
Many countries offer this awesome opportunity, so just Google it and check out what you can find.
What types of jobs are there?Tons.
You can do anything from fruit picking, mining, working at a hostel, serving at a restaurant, gardening or working in construction.
The list goes on.
There are tons of random, seasonal jobs you can do around the world.
I have met plenty of people who’ve walked into a bar and started that night.
Some have found jobs at hotels. Some were fruit pickers in Australia.
The luckier ones found gigs performing at bars. Others managed hotels at night.
Again, the list goes on.
A variety of other random jobs are out there. You just have to search for them.
People are willing to take you in, give you work and throw you a few bucks.
That’s all we want, right?
I have ranted about teaching English overseas enough.
You will have to check out other posts to see what this is all about.
I can give you tons ofinformation about teaching English anywhere in the world.
Also, if you feel you might not be qualified enough to teach English, think again.
Try going to different language schools and seeing if they will hire you.
Sometimes, they are desperate enough to hire anyone with a decent knowledge of English.
5. Yacht Crew
This is a job I learned about on my travels.
People need staff for their yachts.
Yes, that’s correct.
You could live on a yacht and drift to a destination with the folks who hired you. You also get paid mad dough.
Check it out for yourself. If you love boats, this is an amazing catch.
Too bad I get seasick.
This is a broad term, but that’s because many jobs can fit into this category.
What are you good at?
Can you be a surf instructor, kiteboarding instructor or yoga-Pilates teacher?
One of the more popular ones is actually a diving instructor.
You would be surprised how many places are hiring diving instructors who know English.
Think about it.
Diving is a sport that needs to be effectively and clearly explained to newbies for safety reasons.
Some are paid, and some are volunteer-work exchanges. Either way, this is a pretty sweet deal if you love to dive.
A quick Google search with the type of instructing job you’re interested in will pull up results.
If you’re already abroad, hit up a yoga studio, dive shop or any other place you want to work at.
7. Tour Guide
Perhaps you’re already abroad. You know the place pretty well, but your wallet is getting thinner as we speak.
I’ve met people who are tour guides in the destinations they chose to live in.
You’re getting paid to show off a city you love.
Knowing another language besides English would be helpful.
8. Peace Corps
If you can commit, the Peace Corps offers awesome benefits. It’s like you’re getting paid.
It’s technically a volunteer position, but with your necessities paid for, transportation covered and possibilities of loan forgiveness, you’re hardly shelling anything out.
Human rights activism, giving back to the community and other amazing help for the world come from NGOs.
They appeal to people in all fields, and (of course) are needed around the world.
Many are paid positions. Although you won’t be making it rain, the help and love you will be providing will be priceless.
10. Doctors Without Borders
An example of an NGO is Doctors Without Borders.
Are you in the medical field, or wanting to get into the medical field?
This is perfect for those with the knowledge. They can help others in need across the world.
This is anawesome resume boost for those studying the field.
On a similar note, if you’re looking to become a nurse, check out worldwide nursing opportunities before settling up at the old folks’ home down the road.
You might end up there quicker than your patients do.
OK, I don’t mean this if you have a drum set collecting dust in the corner.
You need to be a bit better than “decent.” Depending on where you are, you can certainly find paid gigs around the world.
Just go for it.
Use your feet to find these jobs. Roadie jobs can help, too.
12. Digital Nomad
This is me. I have become a digital nomad.
Who would have thought?
I promise I did it by accident.
Really. I did.
However, it’s the coolest job ever.
The best part is, many jobs can actually be done without being location-dependent.
Can you do your job from a computer, and a computer only?
Then why not become location-independent and get your butt on the road?
If you can do your job anywhere, why are you sitting in the same exact place?
If that’s OK for you, go for it.
Purchase your plane tickets now. No excuses.
I can do everything from my laptop.
WiFi is available everywhere. (God bless technology.)
I get to make my office where I want it, when I want it.
If you don’t have a job in which you can just pack up and move, consider looking at the jobs you can do that only involve a computer.
I have already written some great tips aboutworking onlinethat you should check out.
Google is your friend, people.
How do you think I find out half the things I know?
Yes, I have met some people who have helped lead me to information regarding particular topics.
But overall, the Internet has provided the information I need.
It seems silly to say it, but really: Use the darn Internet, people.
I can’t sit here and do all the work for you.
Hopefully, some of these tips will encourage you to research where you can find a job abroad.
Sometimes, a position might not be online. So if you have a bit saved up first, just go to your destination and find work once you get there.
It will work out.
Show up in Australia and find work within 48 hours of landing.
Find a yacht staff job requiring no hospitality experience and little experience on a boat.
You can find a job teaching within four days of landing in Bangkok, and you can even turn down a few offers.
(Oh yeah, that’s me.)
When you get on the road a bit, you learn that there are so many opportunities out there.
You just have to find them.
Not up for a “real” job? No problem.
Why not work a bit for free food, shelter and other benefits?
Perhaps you can just trade your time for something else, like a house.
There are plenty of ways you can travel for practically free without getting a “real” job.
Still think you’re broke? Are you looking for ways to save money while you are traveling and working abroad?
Duh. I got you covered.
Here are somebudget travel tips that are sure to keep some extra change in your pocket.
It’s all up to you, my friend. The opportunities are out there.
Where will you find a job abroad? What will you be doing?
Are you working abroad already? Share your awesome work abroad experience.
This post originally appeared on “Where In The World Is Nina?”