Travelling the world... and working?

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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of travelling the world whilst working? Looking for some tips based on the idea of travelling around to different places and earning enough to get by and fund transport etc whilst not being in any committed job as you’d be moving quite often.
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omgg yess i also need to answer to this!
this is one of my biggest goals in life, to travel around the world while earning
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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of travelling the world whilst working? Looking for some tips based on the idea of travelling around to different places and earning enough to get by and fund transport etc whilst not being in any committed job as you’d be moving quite often.
I work on cruise ships, and in the last three years I've visited over 50 countries. It's not quite the situation you've described of working in one place for a while before moving on, but if you're looking to see a good chunk of the world while earning cash then it's worth considering it.

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yeah i thought of that too but then true it will take alot of time and patience to save and travel.
ive seen different ways i can earn and travel at the same time and most of them were like babysitting, looking after the farms, or teaching english (if ur first lanuage is english) but these arent the kinds of job that i would want to do or more like i would be allowed to do.
still looking for other better ways since this is the first thing on my bucket list (travelling to as many places in the world as possible) and i actually have a list of countries which i would like to visit first
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UK citizens can get a working holiday visa for Australia for an initial 12 months. Allows you to work up to 6 months with one employer e.g. bar work, office work etc. If you want to stay another year, you need to do 88 days of work in your first year in certain areas - usually fruit picking or regional work. Great way to combine some work and travel but you need to get the visa before you turn 31.
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use skyscanner they find the best deals for cheapest
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wow that sounds amazing ! i love travelling too but im a bit young to go on my own and travel so waiting for the time to be allowed by my parents and till then ill be finding different ways of doing it so that im ready when its time
well, best of luck finding ur way to travel the world
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I worked in Australia for a year, just doing waitressing, but i was enring $25 an hour. I wokred part time and made $2000 a month so still had loads of time to see the country too!
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I've seen this done well and badly.

My cousin actually somehow got a permanent job with good holiday doing HR type work in Australia, saved for like 9 months then had easily enough money for loads of work-free travelling.

But I've also seen people working at a hostel getting free accommodation, but pay was pitiful and they had run out of savings so were having to work for like 4 weeks before getting together enough for a weekend away, and they really didn't know how they were going to get back to England at the end of it. Some were also working quite long hours doing multiple jobs.

I've also heard varying things about fruit picking - both that it can be good but also that if the weather is hot it can be absolutely brutal work, especially if its pay per basket you pick. I'm also not sure if accommodation is always provided? However in some places both meals and accommodation definitely are provided and they get a great community feel. I guess it depends where and when you go.

I guess my bottom line advice is: make sure you have some money to spare and a backup plan. You don't want to be in the situation where you need the money to eat/get back home!
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Sounds like a great strategy. If you get a rubbish job you have the ability to just walk away, whereas if you find a great job with a good community (or even a high paying job like my cousin) then you're set!

Not sure if I’ll do it though, depends what happens with uni and stuff this year :dontknow:
Ah fair enough. Remember its pretty much always easier to travel when younger though!
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Yeah but "one day" you'll have a summer job, then an actual job, then a partner who also has a job, then maybe children...

Sooner, not "one day"!
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I work on cruise ships, and in the last three years I've visited over 50 countries. It's not quite the situation you've described of working in one place for a while before moving on, but if you're looking to see a good chunk of the world while earning cash then it's worth considering it.
what is ur job? i heard that cruise ship staff dont leave the boat
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what is ur job? i heard that cruise ship staff dont leave the boat
I work in the on-board retail stores. As a general rule, the jobs available to people from Western Europe and North America like the concessions (retail, spa, casino and photographers), entertainment and youth/activity departments all get a lot of time off the ship. For example the on-board stores and casino are always closed when the ship is docked, so we get as much time off the ship as the guests. The low-level service jobs like housekeepers and waiters get very little free time to go ashore, but these positions are staffed almost exclusively by crew from poorer regions of the world, mainly India and the Philipines and to a lesser extent South America and Eastern Europe. These jobs aren't even available for westerners to apply to most of the time.
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Or you can look for a relatively well-paying job with loads of holidays like me, then you can be travelling all the time. I do have a full-time job and I have not changed it for years.

In 2018 alone, I visited Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Mexico, India, Russia, China, North Korea, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Chile, Antarctica (which would also be the UK if you consider the fact that it's also the British Antarctic Territory), Peru, Panama, Germany, Cuba, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the United States, Brazil, Paraguay, and Canada. I also went to 2 music festivals.

I don't even live near a global transport hub. If you live in a city like New York City, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, Qatar, Vancouver etc you'll find it even easier and cheaper to travel around.

Or, the continental hubs, such as Lima, Bogotá, Panamá for Latin America; and Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney on top of the ones mentioned above for Asia-Pacific.

I imagine, however, that things would be pretty complicated if you're not single. Also, as you can see, I tend to just rush through things, and my vacations are usually very packed and tiring (eg sleeping at airports, getting back after midnight, waking up at 2am to catch a flight etc).
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Or you can look for a relatively well-paying job with loads of holidays like me, then you can be travelling all the time. I do have a full-time job and I have not changed it for years.

In 2018 alone, I visited Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Mexico, India, Russia, China, North Korea, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Chile, Antarctica (which would also be the UK if you consider the fact that it's also the British Antarctic Territory), Peru, Panama, Germany, Cuba, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the United States, Brazil, Paraguay, and Canada. I also went to 2 music festivals.

I don't even live near a global transport hub. If you live in a city like New York City, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, Qatar, Vancouver etc you'll find it even easier and cheaper to travel around.

Or, the continental hubs, such as Lima, Bogotá, Panamá for Latin America; and Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney on top of the ones mentioned above for Asia-Pacific.

I imagine, however, that things would be pretty complicated if you're not single. Also, as you can see, I tend to just rush through things, and my vacations are usually very packed and tiring (eg sleeping at airports, getting back after midnight, waking up at 2am to catch a flight etc).
woww now thats what i was really looking for!! it would be lovely if i get a chance to visit as many countries in a year as possible !
would love to know more about ur experiences
if u dont mind can i ask what kind of a high pay job u do? which lets u travel soo much in a year
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woww now thats what i was really looking for!! it would be lovely if i get a chance to visit as many countries in a year as possible !
would love to know more about ur experiences
if u dont mind can i ask what kind of a high pay job u do? which lets u travel soo much in a year
I'm just a teacher. But international schools pay a lot more when you're international. And living in a low-cost country making UK (non- London) money means all my money is basically devoted to travelling.

A lot of people do the same teaching at language schools (usually people who don't have the qualifications or the experience but are white or are holding a passport from a white-majority English-speaking country), as they offer very flexible schedules and many do just go on an unpaid holiday because they want to. Buy they pay a fraction of what a private school would.

In fact, I often stumble upon teachers while traveling (even when I went to Antarctica). I also know people who work for companies like Expedia or running a YouTube channel who travel extensively. Workinh on a cruise like someone mentioned above is also an option, and you can be anything on a cruise. There are even schools on boats. Personally, I would find that a bit too boring but some might enjoy it.

Alternatively, you can join the navy. You frequently travel around the world with them, and in some cases, live on an overseas military base. The tour guide at Antarctica used to live in Antarctica for 2 years as a child because her father was in the Chilean military.
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I'm just a teacher. But international schools pay a lot more when you're international. And living in a low-cost country making UK (non- London) money means all my money is basically devoted to travelling.

A lot of people do the same teaching at language schools (usually people who don't have the qualifications or the experience but are white or are holding a passport from a white-majority English-speaking country), as they offer very flexible schedules and many do just go on an unpaid holiday because they want to. Buy they pay a fraction of what a private school would.

In fact, I often stumble upon teachers while traveling (even when I went to Antarctica). I also know people who work for companies like Expedia or running a YouTube channel who travel extensively. Workinh on a cruise like someone mentioned above is also an option, and you can be anything on a cruise. There are even schools on boats. Personally, I would find that a bit too boring but some might enjoy it.

Alternatively, you can join the navy. You frequently travel around the world with them, and in some cases, live on an overseas military base. The tour guide at Antarctica used to live in Antarctica for 2 years as a child because her father was in the Chilean military.
oh okay, thanks alot for sharing your experience
this sounds much easier than other ways and is also interesting !!
and just to make things clear, are u trying to say that international schools pay u higher than schools in the UK? since ud be considered an international teacher?
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oh okay, thanks alot for sharing your experience
this sounds much easier than other ways and is also interesting !!
and just to make things clear, are u trying to say that international schools pay u higher than schools in the UK? since ud be considered an international teacher?
International schools anywhere pay more than state schools in the same country, at least for international hire. Typically, expats in any field are paid better than local workers in the same field.

Whether the particular international school pays more than UK school depends on the actual school. Personally, I'm paid more than someone in the same situation at a UK state school, but I'm somehow paid more than some of my colleagues with the same level of education but more experience than I do.
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International schools anywhere pay more than state schools in the same country, at least for international hire. Typically, expats in any field are paid better than local workers in the same field.

Whether the particular international school pays more than UK school depends on the actual school. Personally, I'm paid more than someone in the same situation at a UK state school, but I'm somehow paid more than some of my colleagues with the same level of education but more experience than I do.
What do you teach? (if you don't mind me asking )
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I was (a pupil) at an internationl school for a while, and the teachers do indeed get paid more than teachers in state schools. Ideally I'd like my post-degree job to be one which involves a lot of travelling, but for smaller jobs in the meanwhile I'm mostly considering photography on a cruise ship, or perhaps TEFL. But really, anything that pays!



That's cool to know, actually When you say summer, though, which months do you mean?
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