Waking up to a beautiful Swiss landscape without a worry in the world, haggling at a noisy Moroccan bazaar, sun beaming down while I laze on a cruise to Fiji…the possibilities are endless! Once you’ve caught the travel bug, it is difficult to go back to a mundane life. If you are willing to think outside the box, there are opportunities to combine working and relaxing while on the move, without breaking your bank. These possibilities come with some disclaimers – hard work and a bit of sacrifice.
Sign up for a Working Holiday
There are several programmes available where you can apply for a working visa. Examples include Australia, United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan and Korea to name a few. This is normally part of a reciprocal arrangement between your country and the country you would like to visit and would depend on the passport you will be travelling with. Most of these visas have an age limit but would allow you to search for short-term work and travel during the weekends or after you have saved a bit of money. If you have to work, you may as well work overseas to experience a new culture.
Get a Job as a Travel Guide Writer
Fancy working on travel books like Lonely Planet and Frommers? This is not a job for the faint hearted as you will have to approach the task with military precision. To ensure you get as much information as you can, you will need to be very organized beforehand and plan your route before you go. Again, you will need to write quality articles to stand out from the many people applying for a travel writing job. If you are not successful, there are also opportunities as freelance editors or photographers.
Set up a Blog
Blogging is a great way to earn if you have the patience to build up a following. You can do this by researching about a topic you are passionate about and write good content which will bring someone else value. After you have built a following, you can start adding some advertisements and links to affiliates to generate some income. Examples include AdSense, ClickBank, Clixgalore and Amazon. Once you are receiving some passive income, you can use the money to travel to the destinations you have admired. At this stage, you can set up another travel blog and link it to the previous blog which has been generating a lot of traffic and start writing about your adventures. This will bring in another source of income. Remember, free content is a great way of attracting readers as most people like receiving something for nothing.