Living abroad and traveling can be expensive. Flights, accommodations, and sightseeing can add up.
However, there are a few ways you can save. In fact, you can even get paid to travel and live in another country.
There are opportunities all over the world to make money while traveling. You can find everything from teaching in another country to hospitality jobs on every corner of the globe.
If this is something you’re interested in, we can help you get started. Here are seven ways you can get paid to travel in 2022.
If you’re a native or near-native English-speaker, there are many opportunities to teach abroad. English is a high-demand language, so you can find positions worldwide.
When it comes to English teaching programs, there is no one-size-fits-all model. Sometimes, programs are run by a local government, and other times, a private company hosts them. Additionally, some programs pay for airfare and accommodations, while others give a modest monthly stipend.
Some destinations and programs are more lenient and only require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Other programs require a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. Both are similar, but a TESOL certificate gives you flexibility if you want to teach in your home country when you return from abroad.
You can also make teaching English abroad a career and get a master’s degree in TESOL or TEFL.
Ready to teach abroad? Check out this job position in China from our job board!
Another option for getting paid to travel that many people don’t know about is house or pet sitting abroad. This type of job is ideal for people who want to go abroad short-term and save money on accommodations.
You might be wondering, how in the world can I find a place to house sit across the globe?
Keep in mind that these services often have a membership fee and require a background check. At the end of the day, it is a job that you’ll need to take seriously. However, it is a fun way to experience life abroad and get paid to do it!
An excellent option for young adults between 18 and 30-years-old to live abroad with a host family is being an au pair. This job isn’t lucrative, but it’s a way of living in another country without high costs.
Typically, an au pair lives with a family abroad and helps with light household tasks and caring for children. In exchange for these services, the family provides language and cultural exchange opportunities, free board and lodging, and pocket money for the au pair.
You could lead a trip abroad if you have experience being a camp counselor and working with teens and kids. Many organizations seek individuals with international and camp counseling experience to lead camps and study abroad trips. Even better is that these opportunities are generally fully-funded and offer a stipend.
These are usually summer jobs that last a few weeks to a few months.
You can find the latest jobs as a camp counselor and trip leader on a directory like Go Abroad.
If you’re already settled in your career, you might be able to take your work abroad. Some professions and companies are lenient when it comes to remote work. The pandemic has made it even more plausible that employees can take their work on the road.
A few things to consider when planning to work remotely are:
Asking your manager or boss to let you work remotely abroad can be intimidating. However, the more you plan those details out ahead of time and go into the meeting prepared, the more likely you’ll be able to do it.
Here are some additional tips for asking to work remotely.
An alternative to trying to get an existing workplace to let you work remotely is to find a job that is already remote. Many jobs are fully remote, which allows you the flexibility to get paid while working abroad.
A few professions that offer fully remote options include:
You can apply for most of those right through our website, with COVID-19 forcing many companies to go remote, so there are many more options these days than those listed.
If working abroad virtually isn’t your style, there are plenty of careers where travel is an integral part of the job.
One of the most well-known is being a flight attendant. In this profession, you are constantly traveling to new destinations. So while you will be working most of the time, you’ll have some time to get out and explore the places you’re visiting. There are also perks like free or discounted flights and bonuses for close family members.
Another travel-oriented job is being a cruise ship worker. This job provides free room and board and has opportunities for many skillsets. Even when you’re not exploring a destination, it’s fun to interact with the crew and guests from around the world.
Other jobs with travel perks include travel agents, international aid workers, foreign service officers, and more.
Do you have a culinary background? Check out our international chef job postings.
You can find this position and more opportunities for living abroad on our international jobs page!