Making money when you travel
For some, the urge to get up and go proves too much. You are supposed to carefully accrue a budget for travelling; saving up through the winter months ready to spread your wings on the adventure of a lifetime in some far flung corner of the world. It doesn’t always work out like that though, and many travellers embark on their journey with little more than a crumpled second hand guide book and a few clothes for company, not a bulging wallet.
There is no choice for these intrepid explorers – they must work while they are away to fund the trip, and depending on where they’re going, for how long, and how old they are, it is an entirely feasible course of action.
Age matters, because for a large percentage of countries, working holiday visas are awarded to those in the 18-30 bracket, meaning that, if you are in this demographic, you have a lot of options left open to you in your destination countries.
Among those that operate a policy of the 18-30 age bracket for working visas are countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay – as you can see, there’s no shortage of choice on offer!
Theoretically, you could seek any kind of employment if you are in possession of a working holiday visa, and many UK travellers choose to teach English abroad, work in agriculture, hospitality, retail, or, if they have enough experience, try their hand in the business world. Should you fall in love with a country, or meet the person of your dreams, a working holiday visa is a good basis to apply for sponsorship for a full working visa, which is available in many countries, provided you get the backing of a native company.
Feeling lucky? You could always chance your arm in the casinos on your travels, and, for this purpose, why not check out this guide on the best places to gamble around the world? From Las Vegas to Macau and Puerto Rico, there are many glamorous places in the world to roll the dice, but beware of draining your funds and having to end your trip there and then.
In the internet age you can, of course, work remotely. This means you could be working with UK companies via your laptop from wherever you are, and still technically be classed as working ‘from the UK’, as that is where you pay your taxes. For this style of ‘work as you travel’ there are other considerations however, including finding the right kind of place to work – basing yourself in a cramped hotel room may not be ideal, either for your posture or your concentration. There are an increasing number of communal office spaces that have been opened up around the world for these kind of remote workers, sometimes referred to as ‘digital nomads’.