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1. Posted by SDlance (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

hello all im new to the forum and am wanting to begin travelling for about a year or sooo beginning at the end of the year or early next year.... my first stop will be australia and then off to europe and central and south america. how many of you have worked while travelling and how hard is it finding a job in foreign countries... being from the usa i speak english and also some spanish and am quite the rookie on travelling so any input is greatly appreciated. i will mostly be going solo until i meet smoe fellow travellers, thanks again

- lance

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For many of us (commonwealthers and a few other nationals), working in each other's countries is pretty easy for we can get what's called a "working holiday visa" with little hassle. After we get a working visa finding random jobs in seasonal work, like restaurants, bars, hotels, fruit picking very easy. I've done it in Australia, New Zealand and England if you need some more specific advice. But unfortunately for Americans, working holidays are not as readily available. This is changing however, and I know Americans can now get one for NZ at least. I'm not sure about Australia, but it's something to look into. If you can get a working holiday visa, then finding a job once there is no problem.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

hey Lance,

Also, you could consider teaching English as a foreign language. As you speak some Spanish also, then great options for you would be Central and South America, as well as Spain obviously :) It's a lot of fun and a great way to get work if you aren't able to avail of a WHV.

Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina are two of the more popular places to get work teaching English. In Santiago, check out the listings on I taught business ENglish here for a little while and it was good fun, although the pay is pretty low and you might find that you have to teach privately on the side or get another job such as bar or restaurant work to actually earn anything significant.

Hope that helps :)

4. Posted by TheSpade (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you visit the UK you'll get bar / restuarant / hotel / hostel work pretty easily if you have some experience. If not blag it. :)

5. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Lance,

Working while travelling might just not be as difficult as everyone thinks, as long as u do enough research, find out all the channels through which u can find work, it's possible! You might not have a work permit, but if you're just finding work for 6 mths or less, that's no problem!

Like the previous suggestions, you could find waitressing jobs along the Coast of Spain like Marbella and Ibiza, where English-speaking travelers can easily find work for summer.

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