Of all dreams, few are as common as traveling. If you’re of a particular mindset, there’s nothing better than casting off the shackles of the every day and going on an adventure, always experiencing new things, and broadening your mind at the same time. While most people are bound by the realities of life, there are others out there who make travel their full-time lifestyle. Jealous? You needn’t be, because it’s a lifestyle that’s available to all. Here’s how you do it.
We’re in a golden age of travel opportunities, and this is especially true if you’re a native English speaker. Sign yourself up for a TEFL or CELTA course, and you’ll have the (non-English speaking) world at your feet. Whether you want to enjoy thrilling Thailand, get lost in the maze of Tokyo, or try your hand at living and working in a vibrant South American country, teaching English as a foreign language allows you to easily integrate into a new overseas life. Opportunities are everywhere, and the jobs can actually pay pretty well in certain countries.
To the Mountains
There are two types of seasonal jobs: summer work, and winter work. While summer jobs can be bags of fun, there’s nothing quite like working outdoors during the winter. For one, you’re normally based in stunning environments (these are vacation destinations, after all), and you get to enjoy all the fun activities of the area when you’re not working, too. Get yourself a ski instructor course qualification, and you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds: getting paid and having fun at the same time. With the qualification under your belt, you might find that teaching people to ski in Whistler, the Alps, or Park City is your full-time employment, and doesn’t that sound perfect?
A lot of people are held back from traveling as often as they want because they’re worried that they won’t be able to afford it. But in actuality, traveling the world – even the world’s most expensive countries – can be cheap, if you volunteer. Sites like Workaway and HelpX connect volunteers with hosts who need help. You won’t be paid, but you will receive food and accommodation, and what else do you need? You’ll also be fully immersed in local culture, and have experiences that you couldn’t pay for even if you wanted to.
Learn a Foreign Language
To give yourself the best option of traveling full time, you’ll need to learn a foreign language. If you learned Spanish, for example, you’d be able to work in many more countries than if you only spoke Spanish. You could arrive in South America, find work, then move on to the next destination when it feels right.
The internet has changed travel, and work. There are many location independent jobs that are done solely online; bag yourself one of these, and you can become a digital nomad, working in countries around the world. All you need is an internet connection!