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Look at it this way: it’s a perfect opportunity to experience the world in a unique, genuine way and brush up your many skills. These simple yet brilliant hacks can help you become a clever little travel fox, with all the shrewdness it takes to tackle your bucket list one trip at a time!
1. WWOOF your way around the world
This memorable acronym stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, and it’s a perfect organization for those who appreciate a hands-on job that promotes sustainable values!
Find a host in any of their many communities, join their hard-working ranks to make our world a better place and at the same time have a taste of the cultures of the countries you’re visiting. It might not be the most extravagant of trips, but it will surely help you take a glimpse into the intricate workings of these countries and their souls.
2. Home-swaps for globetrotters
How do you feel about renting your own apartment in exchange for staying in the home of another person in a different country? The system seems to work, especially across the US, although the rest of the world isn’t far behind, as many have tried (successfully so) to connect with others all over the globe and arrange a swap and live in a community completely different from yours. This might require you to prepare a solid sum of money for food and amenities, but you will live, eat and reside with the locals, with all the perks of getting advice from someone who actually lives in the neighborhood!
A perfect opportunity for those responsible among you who don’t mind a vacation that is based on working for your rent, house-sitting is a tried and tested gig that many have used to quench their wanderlust. Not to mention that you’ll also earn a decent sum if you pick the right locations.
Moreover, Australia has embraced the pet sitting trend as one of the best, not to mention cutest ways to spend your days doing what you love, getting paid for it, and enjoying new cultures. If you already have experience, it will be all the easier for you to gain a trustworthy reputation, and you’ll be on the road in no time!
4. All aboard!
Cruises have become one of the best and simplest ways to up your mileage, and not just by joining one of those month-long cruises with lovely salsa and Thai-chi classes, but by actually working as part of the ship’s crew.
You can read online about others’ experiences, and find the best match for your skills. These ships are often in need of bartenders, dance instructors, fitness coaches, and photographers, among so many other employees, so you can take your pick and try your luck at applying.
5. Freelance on the go
If your job entails writing, programming, graphic design or any other work that can be done remotely (lucky!), you can organize a consistent work schedule and keep working while you travel to cover your expenses. The traditional idea of a ten-day-long vacation now has a new face, where people are encouraged to spend more time discovering different societies without abandoning their career.
You can go practically wherever you have an Internet connection, so pack your laptop and settle in your new home away from home without taking a break from work. In fact, this might inspire you to put in more creative inspiration into whatever you do!
6. Teach and travel
Another way to make a difference and utilize your skills is to find a teaching community in parts of the world you’d like to visit. They often require a basic license and some experience, but many of them are very open to newbies in the world of teaching and happy to welcome you into their ranks.
English is perhaps the most common choice, but you can also teach other languages, dance, art and any other skill that is considered a need. Who knows, maybe you fall in love with your new home and decide to refocus your professional path in an entirely new direction!
You see, travel cheap definitely is an opportunity when you want to see the worl and dont have a fortune to spend.
Thank you, Emma, for the lovely post. I’m glad my travel category got a new post (as I’m not that active over here lately) but I hope I can take some trips this autumn.
Read about my last travel – Rijeka, Croatia