How do you travel? OMG You live abroad!? How do you afford it all?
Short answer: I work.
Long answer: I’m always working my Travel CV.
Travelling is expensive. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Even if you’re able to budget like a pro – the fact is – it takes money to travel. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you were able to actually get PAID while you travel? Well, I’m here to tell that it can be done. And more than that, I’m going to show you how I do it myself!
My Travel CV
Summer 2010 – Isle of Wight – Holiday Park Entertainer
Summer 2011 – Albufiera, Portugal – Kids Club Instructor
Summer 2012 – Sarigerme, Turkey – Kids Club Instructor
Summer 2013 – East Coast USA – Circus Skills Instructor
2014 – 2016 – Osaka / Kyoto, Japan – English Language Teacher
October 2016 – Present – Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain) – Social Media Executive
How I Traveled the World
Summer seasons 2010, 2011, and 2012 – Europe
I knew from a young age that I was born to travel. I easily get bored with my situation, and am always ready for the next adventure. But, I’ve always been awful at saving money. No money = no adventures. So, when I was 18 and leaving college, I started auditioning for professional performance jobs (I studies Musical Theater), that would allow me to live somewhere new, here in the UK. I landed a job as an Entertainer on the Isle of Wight for the peak summer season. Safe to say, this experience was not what I expected. The park was very badly managed, I hardly got to perform at all (the whole reason I took the job), and the staff I worked with wanted nothing to do with me. This could very easily have been the end of my work/ travel dreams. But, as my Dad told me-
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do”
And so, I persevered, and the next year I landed the job that would change my life. I got a position as a Drama and Singing Coach for a performing arts kids club in a popular hotel in Portugal. That summer was amazing. I had already lived away from home for a year now (at dance school), so was unphased by the move, and able to fully immerse myself in the experience. And while the experience was still a big learning curve for 19 year old me, it was amazing. So, I repeated it the next year, same job – just different country. This time I was jetting off to Turkey for the season.
Summer season 2013 – USA
Finally, I was 21 years old, and so the time had come for me to visit the USA (there’s no way I was going there without being able to explore the nightlife!). And so, I began my application to American summer camps. When one day, I received an email asking for applicants to a travelling circus camp – well, safe to say I replied faster than I could type. I then spent 3 months of my summer break travelling up and down the east coast teaching my new found circus skills to kids. The best summer of my life. Still.
A “real” job – Japan
As I approached my university graduation, it became increasingly clear that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. (Really, I was hoping that the world needed a new Vampire Slayer, or pirate captain – but hey). That looming black hole of nothingness, also known as adulthood, was creeping ever closer – and I wasn’t happy about it. My brother had been living and working in Japan for the last 2 years, and was having the time of his life. We have pretty similar personalities, so I took a deep breath and applied for the same job. Before I knew it, I was on a one way trip to Osaka, to begin my 1 year teaching contract with an English School. Little did I know, I would love it so much that I signed up for another year! During my time in Japan, I traveled extensively around the little island, without really having to save up very much at all. 2 years of unforgettable adventures!
Unexpected Adventures – Tenerife
And now, I’m living and working on the tiny island of Tenerife. If you haven’t heard of the island before, it’s just off the north coast of Africa, and owned by Spain. This move was completely unplanned, as I stumbled across the job while looking for any work that allow me to save money for more travels! I’m here working as a Social Media Executive – a job which I was only able to get because of this blog, so thanks for the help guys! Now that I’m so close to both Europe and Africa, I’m hoping to have many new adventures! In fact, the first is already booked – a week in Barcelona to celebrate my 25th birthday!
While many of my jobs had very specific skill sets – there are all sorts of positions out there you can find to fit your own abilities. The main thing that holds most people back? Fear. Believe in your skills. Believe in your courage. Believe in yourself.
Have you ever worked abroad? How did you get your job? Share your stories and tips in the comments below – let’s help each other travel the world!