Jobs for travellers? If you are reading this you have been thinking, like me, about changing careers or working remotely. Probably, you want to travel more, improve your lifestyle or just be able to spend more time with your loved ones or to indulge in your favourite pastime. Does this sound like you? Whatever the reason, let me first tell you a short story.
A young man and woman from two opposite sides of the world meet. They fall in love, get married and start their new life together. After a few years, their first son is born. Their joy is even greater when their daughter is born a couple of years later.
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”Anthony Brandt
Fast-forward 13 years, now mum and dad are a bit older; still young enough to play with their kids and do physical things together but inexorably less vigorous than when they were 20. Things will only get worse as they age more and more.
This little (true) story is not meant to depress readers but simply to address the fact that the time we have to enjoy being with our children is extremely short, in the grand scheme of things.
Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about the need to squeeze as much quality time out of the next few years we have at our disposal before Ethan and Stefy leave home to chase their own dreams. It’s awesome to see them growing up into adults and shaping their personalities and desires. To know that as parents we have a huge input into this personal growth is quite humbling and sobering. It makes me want to give them the best chance to be exposed to a complete educational experience before they choose their own calling in life. I personally believe that travel is an important component of that experience.
I only wished I had the means to travel as much as I desired when I was young. Unfortunately, my family and work situation didn’t allow me to explore the world back then.
Things changed when I reached my 20s though, and I’ve never looked back ever since. Oh, the exhilarating feeling of getting lost in New York, the breathtaking joy of seeing a Van Gogh painting at the National Gallery in London, or the deep inner calmness of smelling pine wood in a forest in Sweden.
“To travel is to live.”Hans Christian Andersen
And what about getting to know all the fantastic people I met in my journeys? After close to 25 years I’m still in contact with some of them, who have become my best friends. My personal knowledge and self esteem grew at the same rate as I was visiting new places and learning more and more. Going abroad made me want to learn other languages, which I did.
I can’t honestly think of one single contraindication of travelling, only pros. I know I am a better man thanks to travelling and getting to know other cultures and people.
Now I want my kids to experience the same. With us by their side.
WHAT’S THE PLAN
With this in mind, we’re planning to spend more and more time travelling as a family in the next 5 years or so. Obviously, I won’t be able to have a classic 9 to 5, full-time job, if we are to travel extensively. What then? Well, this is where things get interesting, I believe. I need the perfect job for travellers.
But which one?? I’m going to describe a few alternatives below but, first of all, let me tell you that for the past 12 months I have invested into updating and upgrading my skills. In December last year I finished a business course that gave me a graduate certificate, a tangible proof of the skills I have learnt over the past 20 or so years during which I have worked as a salesman, marketer and manager. It felt great to finally be able to prove my experience on paper too!
Then, at the beginning of 2019, I started looking at skills that would allow me to get a job for travellers, that is, to work remotely. However the question was, where could I find courses specific to our future work needs that would also allow me to study remotely and at my own pace? Many times I have started courses, only to find them too time-consuming and incompatible with family life. I also found many courses were very expensive and didn’t teach me the specific skills I needed to be job-ready. Personally, I was interested in computer skills, specifically coding, but many computer courses were very general in nature and therefore cannot land you a well paid job immediately.
After doing a lot of research and talking with potential employers and colleagues, I zeroed in on a number of very specific courses. Some of the courses I have started and am currently undergoing are: CS50, an online Computer Science course by the Harvard University that is free to take through EDX, a front-line developer course at freecodecamp.org, again a free course, and now I am planning to expand on the things I have learnt with some more IT courses.
IT COURSE PROVIDERS
Some of the education providers I will be looking at are: EDX, Coursera, Blockchain Council and Udemy. All of them have great courses that teach you current skills needed in jobs such as front-end and back-end developer, cloud engineering, game programmer, digital marketer, blockchain developer, etc.
These are skills that are in high demand. If you undertake such courses and pass, you won’t need a degree to secure good, high-paying jobs. For example, an Amazon Web Services certificate could lead to jobs paying as much as $136,000/year! I’d happily tell my boss that I’m willing to negotiate if given the chance to work remotely. Or what about learning Cybersecurity? Again, jobs in this field are extremely well paid, up to $210,000!
FREELANCING AND MORE
Another way to make money that I have been researching is through the Fiver platform. Here people go to look for professional services such as graphic and design, proof reading, voice over, data entry, online lessons and many, many more. A typical job starts at $5 (hence the name Fiverr) but there are also premium jobs that are more expensive. If you have any type of skill that can be sold online you could become a seller and offer your product or service to the world. I like Fiverr very much and have used freelancers found on their platform many times.
Alternatively, Michelle and I could work as English teachers while we are overseas. I know we might need to get a TESOL certificate but that doesn’t scare me too much. It’s not too long a course or too expensive. Make sure you researched the requirements needed to teach English in the country you plan to stay in.
Even better, I’d love if I could grow this blog up to a point where we can make a living out of it, but that might take a few years to happen, if at all. Either way, we want to find a way to make this a reality and are fully determined to change our circumstances so that it does indeed take place.
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”Vincent van Gogh
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
The jobs mentioned above can typically be done whilst travelling the world, although different time zones might make things a bit more difficult. Still, they beat a 9 to 5 job any day of the week, if you ask me!
This very job flexibility is what drew me to these ideas in the first place. Who wouldn’t dream of being in Italy sipping a Limoncello whilst overlooking the Amalfi coast whilst working on their laptop for a few hours? Then move on to the next destination. Talk about goals!!!
Please share your tips here below if you’re already travelling or have travelled as a family for an extensive period. How did you achieve that? What were the challenges? The rewards? Would you do it again?
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