How will I earn money while traveling?

3Saphan Bhumibol at Dusk – Bangkok, Thailand – Photo: Mike Behnken via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Saphan Bhumibol at Dusk – Bangkok, Thailand – Photo: Mike Behnken via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

When I suggest to people that they should consider giving up the 9-5 grind in the U.S. and slow travel (staying weeks or months in a location), some respond by saying something like “I’m not rich, how am I gonna make money of I’m in ____?” (fill in the blank with the country of your choice).

My response is “Why can’t you do the same thing there that you do here?”.

Most of us are going to have to work well until our 60’s. I’m not denying that. But why not change the location where you do it? I work in I.T. and plan to look for jobs where I can work remotely. But not everyone can do that.

Lets look at a few jobs people do here, that I say you can do anywhere…

Server in a restaurant?  They have restaurants in every country of the world. Imagine working in an Irish Pub in Dublin.

Welder? I’m pretty sure there are welders needed all over the world.

EMT? Ditto. Cashier? Yep. Do you see my point? Even if you are “stuck” in a job right now, I believe you can still travel, you just slow travel. If you are a bartender here, tend bar in Bangkok. There a lots of English speaking restaurants there.

The thing is to stop looking for reasons you can’t and figure out a way you can.

Many people start their traveling life by teaching English in foreign countries. There are organizations that will walk you through the entire process.
I heard about Language Corp from The budget minded Traveler Podcast episode 50.
Check it here: http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/podcasts/
This allows you have a job before you go. Check it out!

Out resources you might check out for jobs overseas :

U.S. State Department

Nomadic Matt – Working Overseas

If you are over 30, check out these tips I found on the global-goose.com site.

I hope this post will encourage you to start considering the possibility of traveling the world.

I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes I like:

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

 

 

 

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