So you’re travelling through Europe (or even the world) and finally arrive at a location that you just feel that you need to stay…longer… that is, not as a tourist. Here are a few ideas for jobs that are quite easily available for 3-6 months or more, where you might not get rich, but you’ll pay for your stay.
If you are a native English speaker or have a very good command of the language, becoming an EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher is an easy job to have pretty much anywhere on the planet. You can prepare for something like this before you travel by taking a 1 month intensive TEFL or CELTA course. Some academies have their own training programs like Vaughan Systems, which includes a free 2 week training course and very competitive pay. A lot of travelers give private classes to friends or post adverts, and can earn up to €25 an hour (if you’re thinking of doing it in Madrid, for example). So speaking English can be a passport to travel if you’re interested in teaching it!
Hostel (Live in)
Imagine you find that perfect location and the hostel to suit… why not ask them if you can live there for a month or so in exchange for work? There are a lot of hostels that offer guests to stay and work minimal hours, which may mean cleaning or checking people in, or just making the beds in the morning a couple of times a week. Sounds good, no? I’ve been in hostels in which artists have offered to paint a cool design on a wall to the owners and got a week’s stay for free.
(Unofficial) Tour Guide
There are many tour companies that offer Free Tours and Pub Crawls which can be loads of fun. Are you fun and outgoing? Next time you do a Pub Crawl in that perfect city, why not try asking the guide what requirements you need to help them out? You never know, there may be a vacancy with your name on it. This kind of job is quite temporary anyway and usually quite seasonal. How does getting paid to take guests to bars, entertain and get free drinks sound to you?
Travel Writing / Blogging
If you have a knack for writing great content, then this could be for you. It won’t matter where you are, so you can keep moving around the globe. Once you have your website up and running and start adding valuable content about your travel experiences, people will start to follow you. It is important to network while you travel, look for deals and things out of the ordinary that followers will find interesting. Once you have a following, you can start to sell advertising space to businesses, maybe ones that you meet while you are on the move. As a travel writer you will get as much as you put into it, so remember to manage your time well!
Probably the best if you want to learn the native language (and if you like kids, of course), then this is for you. Becoming an Au Pair surrounds you in the daily life of a host family so you will really get in contact with the local culture. They are usually live in so you won’t have to worry about accommodation or expenses, but you will normally be expected to help out with cleaning and cooking. There are many websites like aupair.com where you can create your profile and search for jobs in specific areas.
So with these new ideas in mind, your next trip will probably end up to be an experience of a lifetime! Don’t be afraid to try out new things while travelling, it’s always “life changing”.