Was this the way you thought it was going to be?: The alarm goes off at 7:00, brush teeth and hair, quick cup of coffee – then the endless hamster wheel of commute, work, commute, bed. If you thrive on new, unique experiences, seeing the same people, same streets, same everything every single day is likely putting you on edge.
The best way to acquire an amazing collection of life experiences is by traveling. Maybe you take to the road a couple of times every year – nothing but a backpack full of essentials, a ticket and your GPS app and then you go back to your desk and your commute for months until you can escape again. Sadly, only the wealthy can jet from one exotic destination to another without worrying about keeping a job. But, is that really true?
How about earning a living on the road? Let’s take a look at five ways you can ditch the grind and live the life you want while making the money you need to live.
1) Teach English Abroad
Native English speakers are in high demand around the world, but particularly in much of Asia. Often, language schools ask for nothing more than a college degree, but if you want to ensure that you get a teaching job anywhere you land; look into getting a TESOL (teaching English as a second language) certificate. It’s the international standard for English teachers and gets your foot in the door worldwide.
Amway is an international powerhouse that has given countless people the opportunity to make a great living on their own terms. If you love making new friends, earning an excellent living by helping others, and have a talent for selling great products — Amway could be your ticket to travel! You’ll be free to travel the length and breadth of the U.S. while building a stable business.
3) Working on a Cruise Ship
If you want to travel the world in style, see some of the most fun destinations, and meet an endless stream of new and exciting acquaintances; apply to work on a cruise ship!
Sure, you’ll be working as many hours as you did at your desk back home, but you’ll be doing it on a floating luxury hotel that regularly stops at the most popular travel destinations in the world. Carnival Cruise Lines and others are always looking for help.
4) Be an Au Pair
Do you love working with kids? Being an au pair is a wonderful way to spend months in a new country — of course, you’ll be busy taking care of the kids, but you’ll also get time off to explore, travel with the family and maybe even learn a new language.
Interexchange is just one of many organizations dedicated to matching au pairs and families overseas.
If you have a marketable skill that’s in demand, then why don’t you start freelancing? You can quickly get started while you work your current job and slowly build your business until you can quit your job.
Writers, web designers, software engineers and similar jobs are all easily performed remotely, and payments can be made using Stripe or PayPal.You’ll set your own schedule and earn a living anywhere you land that has Wi-Fi access. Check out this Inc.com article for a list of websites that can help you get started.