If you like vacations abroad, you know that a travel is getting more and more expensive.
Plane ticket, hotel room:the prices are far from affordable.
But did you know you can travel without spending a penny?
On the contrary, you can even get paid to travel!
Here are 12 jobs that allow you to get paid while traveling:
It's a dream job for many people.
It's about accompanying groups of tourists on tours, in the most picturesque and historic places in the world.
Sometimes guiding can even mean variety, depending on what you choose.
There are 2 main activities:
1. You can become a guide in a dream place, like Barcelona, for example!
This consists of guiding French-speaking tourists in La Sagrada Familia, Barrio Gotico and Gaudi Park.
2. Otherwise, you can also become a guide for long trips.
There, it consists of accompanying tourists through several destinations and for an extended period of time.
These 2 options are a sure way to discover new lands and new peoples — while earning money.
But be careful, you have to be realistic:there are some disadvantages to being a guide.
Especially when it comes to job security:guides who work in a single tourist site are often self-employed.
This means that sometimes the days are not fruitful!
Indeed, some guides even offer free tours. They use their charisma to earn good tips from generous tourists.
Guides for long trips may have the chance to become employees in a tourist company.
A salaried job as a guide gives you more security. In return, you are also responsible for the logistical aspects, schedules, etc.
But above all, you must manage and solve all the small problems related to a group of tourists who travel for an extended period.
To be successful, you have to be able to be outgoing and outgoing — even on tough days.
Would you like to go work on an organic farm and be offered room and board?
Then, it is absolutely necessary that you discover WWOOFing.
WWOOF, or Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms in English, is an idea for an unusual paid vacation.
You volunteer to work on an organic farm (abroad), for a set period of time.
Most often, you find yourself in the company of other volunteers who, like you, are looking for original experiences.
The hosts (farmers) offer you accommodation and homemade meals.
The conditions are extremely flexible:you can stay as long as you want.
In addition, the offer of this type of volunteering is abundant.
On the other hand, it will be necessary to pay the transport to arrive at destination.
But, once there, you meet plenty of people who can accompany you to your next destination.
WWOOFing is not exactly a profession. But it's a great way to see the world — without sacrificing your bank account!
Teaching the language of Molière is one of the most effective ways to go on an adventure and get paid.
There are offers in the 4 corners of the world:Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Plus, most of these offers don't require you to speak the local language.
Indeed, many schools abroad are looking for native speakers to teach the "direct method".
This method consists of learning a foreign language by speaking exclusively in French — through concepts, imitation, etc.
Do you want to travel and do you have some capital?
So why not start importing and exporting?
You can go to exotic countries, in search of local artisans who make handmade products.
Then, you resell these products to French consumers.
Choose the products that make the reputation of the region:Italian leather, ceramics from Turkey, hammocks from Mexico, etc.
You can also invest in unique pieces that are hard to find in France.
Back in France, you can sell them to specialty stores, collectors or even on eBay — all for a nice profit.
The only problem is that you have to deal with all the customs regulations.
But when you resell the goods many times their purchase price, the effort is well worth it!
Working as an author for a tour guide sounds like a dream job.
We send you to foreign countries to discover new cultures, try local cuisine and test hotels.
But, in reality, it is extremely difficult work.
Deadlines are particularly demanding — authors often work 12-14 hour days.
In addition, visiting the most beautiful tourist sites in the world is unfortunately only a small part of the job.
Researchers spend most of their time writing articles, drawing maps of the places they visit, and entering tedious data.
Warning:with increasingly limited budgets and a huge pool of authors in search of adventure, the profession of tourist guide author is far from lucrative.
But you can still make enough money to travel and save a little.
Basically:if you choose this profession, you will quickly learn that "writing for a tourist guide is not a vacation"!
If you don't mind working while traveling, a great option is to become a cabin crew (steward or flight attendant).
PNC (commercial cabin crew) benefit from attractive salaries.
Plus, they have tons of perks and discounts for traveling or having their immediate family members travel.
Finally, cabin crew often have days off (the average working time is only 80 hours per month).
Working on a cruise ship is also a good way to visit exotic countries, while earning money.
As an employee, board and lodging are offered to you. But you often have to work long hours for little pay.
On the other hand, you will enjoy a good atmosphere as a member of the crew.
Indeed, the crew members have their own quarters, canteens, shops, internet cafes, fitness clubs and even their own organized activities!
There are several job opportunities on a cruise ship, some more interesting than others.
For example, being a diver is much less motivating than accompanying passengers on exotic excursions!
Running a travel blog for a living is not easy.
Of course, traveling the world is terribly exciting.
But implementing a blog that generates profits requires a lot of effort.
Indeed, building a profitable travel blog often takes more than 1 year.
To be profitable, you have to publish several posts a day and build a large base of readers.
In fact, most bloggers spend all of their savings just to get their blog started.
After acquiring readers, a good network and advertising partnerships, you have to manage the business on a daily basis!
Apart from travel and writing publications, you have to take care of the marketing, the development of your blog and the financial aspects!
As you can imagine, this is a job that requires a lot of time and effort.
To succeed, you really have to have a passion for travel AND a passion for blogging.
As an au pair or au pair, you work with a family abroad.
The objective of an au pair stay is to learn a language and discover a culture.
The advantage is that you are housed, fed and, in most cases, you even receive remuneration.
It's a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and earn some money.
But hurry up if you're interested!
Most often, the people selected for an au pair stay are students or young people who have just obtained their diplomas.
Moreover, most interested families do not even ask that you speak the language of the country.
It is even possible that the family will ask you to speak only French with their children (in order to improve their language skills).
If this interests you, there are several sites, such as Au Pair World, to make it easier for you to find a family abroad.
This job assumes you're good with a camera.
If so, the profession of wedding photographer may provide you with free travel opportunities.
And, above all, it's also an outlet for your artistic side!
To be successful, you must of course have talent and a bit of experience as a photographer
The big advantage is that wedding photographer is a job that pays well.
On the other hand, it is also a profession where there is a lot of competition. In addition, the initial investments are significant.
Indeed, you need a computer, a camera, several lenses, editing software, a portfolio, a website, etc.
But if you manage to land a contract for a wedding abroad, the remuneration is substantial (up to €10,000!).
Most of the time, the trip, room and board are offered by the bride and groom.
Once your mission is over, you can take the opportunity to extend your stay (for little money) and discover a new country!
International volunteering (VI) is not an experience to be taken lightly.
It requires a commitment that can range from a few weeks to several months.
Most of the time, these are developing countries — in rudimentary conditions.
Plus, you won't often see your friends and family unless they're traveling to visit you.
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There is a huge advantage.
It's that international volunteering is often such a rewarding experience that it transforms the lives of the people who participate.
Indeed, there are few opportunities for such total and intense immersion as international volunteering.
In addition, volunteering concerns all professional fields, and most countries of the world.
There are missions in the humanitarian sector, in business, in administration, in the field of medical prevention and in infrastructure.
The selection process can be long and extensive.
But if you are selected, you are offered a plane ticket, accommodation and, above all, a salary!
Open to young people aged 18 to 28, there are 2 international volunteer statuses:
- Click here to discover international volunteering in business (VIE) and international volunteering in administration (VIA).
- Click here to find out about international volunteering for exchange and solidarity (VIES).
As a last resort, you can always write a novel about your trip.
Who knows ? If you have a talent for handling words, you might write the next Around the World in 80 Days , Motorcycle trip or Farewell to arms.
And if your book is successful, it's the real gold mine (earning royalties, advances on your next books, etc.)!
Warning:despite their travels and literary endeavors, most aspiring authors never see a penny.
On the other hand, if you have the necessary talent and courage, you can travel all the time if your articles and novels are published!