Have you ever been on an incredible holiday, only to come home and feel a bit lost? When it’s time to head back to reality after an exciting adventure, many of us have mixed emotions. Some people are content with taking a once in a life time trip and look forward to coming home. They can ease back into normal routine and they are just as happy doing so.
Then there are people like me. Those who simply cannot sit still. You spend a few days at home, only to find yourself craving more adventures. It’s called wanderlust and it affects us all in different ways.
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney”
If you want to travel again but don’t have much money in the bank account, don’t worry. If you can save enough money to buy a plane or even train ticket, there are endless opportunities to live and work abroad.
I have a lot of experience in this field, as do many of my friends I’ve met in different countries, so here are 12 of the Best Jobs to Travel and Work Abroad that don’t require high qualifications, experience or degrees. Take a pick!
1) Tour Guide
Have you ever been on a tour and thought to yourself ‘Wow, this tour guide has the best life.’ I hear it every week in Croatia! Imagine waking up in a new place every day or two and getting to show people your favourite swim spots and restaurants, whilst making sure they have the best trip possible.
Becoming a tour leader is an intense process but extremely rewarding. Some traits required include being well travelled, be friendly and confident and of course have a passion for adventure.
Sound like you? There are many companies that open applications each year to employ new guides and if you are lucky enough to be accepted after an interview, you will be taken on a ‘training trip’ in numerous countries where you will study each place and become a walking history book. Busabout, Topdeck, Contiki, Fanatics and Travel Talk all need tour guides for their companies and you don’t have to be a specific nationality to score a job, although you do need to obtain a working holiday visa or own the correct passport.
Being someone who was mortified of public speaking during my teenage years and early 20s, I eventually overcame that fear when I successfully became a tour guide. (I spent half of the training trip shaking when doing speeches). I now work as a Busabout Tour Guide sailing Croatia during the European summers and can now rattle off 20 minutes of history from the top of my head, so you can do it too!
2) Au Pair
An Au Pair, otherwise known as a live in babysitter, is a fantastic way to live with a local family for free, as well as earning a small weekly wage. Your main role is to take care of their children.
You can earn between 75-100 euros per week, plus free food and accommodation.
When looking for a family to Au pair for, make sure you can differentiate between the families wanting someone to become a part of the family and enjoy life as they do (Yes, please), or the families looking for an extra Mother. (No, thanks)
If you score a great family like I did, you can expect your ‘work’ to be more along the lines of- helping with homework, practicing english, playing in the park and the beach, helping prepare some meals, going out for dinners with the family, drinking lots of vino with the parents, being included on family excursions and holidays, getting a day off (usually sundays) plus most evenings to yourself. Some weeks I barely touched my pocket money and managed to even save some money from this job.
Popular countries where you can work as Au pair and enjoy the culture include Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England.
Be sure to use a trusted agency like aupairworld.net
Click here to read about my experience of Living in Spain as an Au pair
3) Teach English
If you are a native english speaker, you already are in a great position for this job. In many countries, you don’t even need any qualifications (although recommended) due to the fact that your first language is indeed English.
There are different courses you can take online or in class rooms around the world, such as TEFL, TESOL and the more advance course, CELTA. Teaching english offers a great salary and often come with contracts, meaning your job is secure for periods of 6 months to 1 year.
4) Work at a Summer Camp
Ever seen those American movies where the kids get to spend all summer having fun at camp? Yep, it’s a real job, and for the camp to run smoothly they need people to help organise activities and overlook groups of children in beautiful locations surrounded by mountains and lakes.
5) Become a Bar Tender
Bar tending is a universal job that offers endless opportunities around the world, especially in the summer periods in Europe, The UK and Australia. Think of popular party destinations like London, Ibiza, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hvar, Split, Gold Coast and Byron Bay, where there is high demand for bar tenders who can speak English.
6) Work in a Hostel or Hotel
Ever been to a hostel and loved it so much you didn’t want to leave? I’ve met many people working in hostels who went as a guest and ending up staying to work as a receptionist, bar tender or cleaner. Many hostels, particularily in Europe and Australia, need people to help out during summer and its surrounding months.
Most people work a few hours per day, in exchange for a free bed and sometimes a small salary. It’s a great way to live abroad for free and you get to meet people from all over the world on a daily basis.
7) Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Canada, USA, New Zealand, the Austrian and French Alps. Have a love for pow pow? Chase the snow around the world!
What does it stand for? ‘Through the World Wide Organisation of Organic Farms.’ If you are willing to work anything from 6-12 hours per day on an organic farm, you will receive free accommodation with a host family as well as having your meals provided, leaving you plenty of free time to explore your surroundings. Think vineyards in France, olive groves in Italy, blueberry picking in Australia, bamboo cutting in Japan.
9) House Sit
There are people in this world who live a full time life of house sitting, moving country to country in the comfort of beautiful homes. You don’t get paid for this but you get to live in a house for free. Rent is generally the most expensive part of living home or abroad, so with that covered your living expenses drop dramatically.
Or, if you don’t want to leave your country, you can even house sit in your home state or city! A great example is Rachel and Shaun who run their house sitting business in Tasmania, living an exciting life of moving from place to place, but in the same state as their family and friends! Get some inspiration here.
10) Work on a Cruise Ship
Cruise ships need staff of all professions. Chefs, bar tenders, entertainers, singers, dancers, gym instructors, comedians and cleaners to name a few.
Some cruises are so big they represent a small moving ‘city’, and cities need all types of people to cater for their jobs!
Are you gifted with musical abilities or great at entertaining? I’ve met and seen many people travelling the world whilst living off the money they make from busking on busy streets. You need to be good at what you do, but if you do it right it can actually be quite rewarding. If you are into performing in front of different people and think you possess the correct talent, why not give it a shot?
12) Flight Attendant
Working in the air at 36,000 feet sound like your thing? Although your work hours are long and are across all kinds of time zones, you will benefit from layovers in new cities where you can spend a few down days exploring in between shifts. Imagine working every shift, knowing you are heading to a new country or city.
These are just a few examples of what is possible in this incredible world. If you head off with an open mind, you can turn your dream of travelling into a reality, plus live and work abroad.