The vast majority of individuals will wait until retirement to travel and explore the globe. Without the need to work and earn a salary, there is ample free time for a retiree to visit far away destinations and spend as much time as desired in international locations. For those that are still in their income-earning years or have yet to save sufficiently for retirement, earning some dough while traveling may be the only viable option to see the world. Below are five ways to get paid to travel, or at least earn money while visiting international locales.
Travel for Work
An ideal way to combine work and travel is to find a position that requires being away from home part of the time. This obviously will cut down on the ability to enjoy visiting foreign locations, given the time that will be needed to perform job duties, but it could offer an appealing balance between income and adventure.
Jobs that travelers might want to consider include being a pilot or flight attendant, working on a cruise ship or consulting job with clients in international locations. Working for a large multinational firm can also lead to temporary positions overseas, such as assignments for a year or two to help develop a new market.
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) could be an ideal way to use what comes naturally for most Americans (reading, writing and conversing in English) to land a job where English is not the primary language. Teaching ESL overseas will likely pay better than it would in the U.S., especially for overseas assignments that allow workers to continue to earn their salaries in U.S. dollars.
Individuals seeking a balance toward leisure over income when traveling may want to consider other government-related opportunities in addition to ESL possibilities. The Peace Corps is one of the best known government agencies that offers the ability to "volunteer" for overseas positions, though basic cost of living expenses can be covered. The Peace Corps divides its posts into three primary regions: Africa, Europe and Asia. Volunteering can also lead to important contacts overseas and paid positions with related organizations or other private employers outside of the United States.
Write About Travel
Traveling and writing about one's experiences is going to be among the best bets to truly enjoy traveling and getting paid for the experience. Basic blogging activities can keep one plenty busy, but this isn't likely to pay very well, if at all. Freelance opportunities also exist, but better job security can come from paid, full-time positions with leading travel magazines or organizations that need individuals on the ground for travel research and local know-how.
The teleworking trend continues to get easier. Many companies are letting individuals work at home because it saves them the need to spend on physical office space and related expenses. Working from home can also be much more efficient, as the employee saves on commuting time. Certain companies don't even have a need for local employees and this can really free up where an individual chooses to live. Writing, financial day trading and web development activities offer plenty of freelance opportunities.
The Bottom Line
Being independently wealthy would certainly be desirable for individuals that are focused on vacationing across the world. For others, there may be a necessity to get paid while traveling. There are a number of options, depending on the extent to which one may wish to balance earning a living with exploring the continents.