For many, deciding to get up and go travelling is the easiest step. Once you have decided to go, the next step is how are you going to fund your travelling whilst abroad? For some they plan a job and route in advance, for others they use working as a means to fund further travelling.
If you plan on working abroad, you will have two options when finding work. One is to secure a job before you go and the other is to get a job on arrival. But remember that finding work is not guaranteed. You could find yourself competing against other travellers as well as local job seekers, so you may have to persevere to secure employment. Whatever you do though, DO NOT pay for work otherwise you could find yourself being left out of pocket.
Getting a job before you go
If you are taking a career break, this may be your easiest option. If you work for an international company, you could write in advance to the branch abroad asking about prospects or speak to someone in your HR department who maybe able to assist you in securing employment.
Another option you have especially if you are a student is to sign up for an American summer camp or go on a Kibbutz. Both of these can be fixed up at home. Not only will they provide you with much needed money, but they will also introduce you to a circle of travellers.
If you are a professional of skilled person you may have the chance of prearranging employment. Nurses, plumbers, builders, hairdressers, motor mechanics, architects, teachers, divers and IT professionals may find employment within their profession by answering adverts in the local press and specialist journals or by registering with the appropriate professional association.
Getting a job on arrival
A lot of initiative will be required if you leave home without fixing up some sort of employment. Remember to have a smart appearance in order to dissociate yourself from the image of a backpacker, so pack yourself some smart clothes for that all important interview.
If you are looking for office work, you will need an up-to-date CV. Instead of carrying your CV with you, store a file on your email programme, you can then either forward the file onto the employer or print it out when you require it.
If you are a graphic designer and would like to showcase your portfolio to an employer, for obvious reasons you don’t want to carry your portfolio around with you, so instead create a CD of your work and take that with you instead. If you need to prove you have relevant qualifications in a certain field then photocopy your certificates and get them certified by your local doctor. If you have to exaggerate the amount of experience you have had or the time you intend to stay in order to secure employment, then so be it But DON’T lie if it puts you or other people in a dangerous situation.
You may find it easier to find work in country areas instead of cities, but casual work is always changeable and unpredictable, always be prepared to change. You may find you arrived to late for the harvest but someone further up the road maybe looking for restaurant staff. If you don’t succeed initially then volunteer to help out, not only will you prove yourself competent, but also you will have an excellent chance of filling any vacancy, which may occur in the future.
When seeking out employment, firstly look at the hostel notice board and local newspapers. Secondly sign up with several employment agencies and ring them every other day to see if they have secured you any work and lastly talk to your fellow travellers, you’ll be surprised as to what information they maybe able to offer you.
Many unofficial jobs carry with them an element of insecurity. You may not be protected by employment legislation and the work is available to you because the conditions are unsuitable to the local population. Do not hesitate to move on if situation becomes undesirable for any reason.
Working abroad in Asia
For a continent as vast as Asia there are not many opportunities of work open to the traveller in developing countries. Third world economies struggle to support their own population, let alone the hard up traveller.
In most of Asia you will find it better to concentrate on travelling, rather than find ways to boost your budget.
For more information on working in specific countries in Asia, please select from the countries shown below.
Working abroad in Europe
Legislation has existed for many years guaranteeing the rights of all nationals of the European Union to compete for jobs in any member country. But this does not mean all the read tape of each individual country has been done away with.
If you live outside of the EU you will still have to apply for a working visa from the embassy in your home country, for all countries you wish to work in.
For more information on working in specific countries in Europe, please select from the countries shown below.