With most travel on hold due to covid-19, now is the perfect time to think about employment opportunities that will allow you to travel more. If you’re not in the career of your dreams, then it’s possible to change so that you can live the life you want to. I know many people who have travelled full time for years, ticking off a giant list of countries and attractions that they’ve managed to visit while earning an income. You don’t need to choose between moving forward financially and living a life full of travel. Here are 3 jobs that allow flexibility to travel so you can start making your way through your bucket list when the world opens back up.
- Working Remotely
This is the ultimate job for traveling long term because all you need is an Internet connection and a computer to work anywhere. I’ve worked remotely for almost 9 years now, and so my current set up is that I have a desktop computer at home and a laptop which I can take with me when I’m traveling. I like having the desktop at home because I can move through more complicated tasks faster, and I also like the posture I have when using it. If you’d like to consider a more powerful computer for at home use, then you can click here to learn more about some desktop options. Once you’ve got your computer situation sorted, then you’re going to want to think about what type of remote work you’ll do. Would you like to work for yourself, or for a company? The good thing about working for someone else is you can start earning money in a matter of days, if you’d like to set up your own business it can take months or even years to see the returns. There are so many great resources on how to get started, but my favourite has been the book The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. It’s filled with plenty of examples of people who have made remote work well for them.
I would never suggest that anyone becomes a teacher solely for the great holidays as it’s a very demanding job that requires a lot of passion. However, teachers do get a wonderful amount of paid time off each year. Depending on the country, it’s not unusual to see a full two months off during the summer holidays, with long holidays around Easter and other country-specific holidays. This can be a great way to make a difference in children’s lives, while also enjoying a decent amount of leave each year to be able to explore the world. You can combine your love for travel and teaching by taking up an international teaching position in a foreign country. This can work well because you get to live the expat life while being in close proximity to new countries you can explore, making it less expensive to go somewhere new when compared to flying from home. Some popular expat teaching countries include China, Thailand, Japan and South Korea, but you can find positions in almost any country in the world!
- Seasonal Work
If your chosen employment is seasonal work, such as working in a ski-field, then you can use this to your advantage to travel during the ‘off season.’ The downside of this option compared to the other two, is that you wont be earning an income during the off season. What some travellers do in order to compensate for this and to ensure their finances don’t suffer too much, is they choose to do back-to-back seasons in opposing hemispheres. This means you’ll enjoy employment for most of the year, with decent breaks in between seasons to be able to travel yourself. You can also choose to do seasonal work in the form of cruise ship jobs for set periods of time, allowing you to build up a ton in savings before taking the time off to enjoy yourself.
Hopefully these three types of employment that allow the flexibility to travel inspire you for a potential career change.