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1. Posted by frozenpeas (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, this is my first post so please be nice :P

I'm in my final year of uni and at the age of 23 I feel that its about time I start making my mark in the world - I've done some backpacking in the past and while it was enjoyable and fulfilling I want to DO more...

All i really know is that I love travelling and meeting people, learning about their culture, sharing experiences etc...but for the most part it seems to be the domain of the privilaged or young.

How do people make a living when they travel? If you are on the road for 10 year or more - how do you keep funds coming in? What kind of careers can yoy make out of the lifestyle you live?

I'm asking because I just don't know - I don't want to just finish uni and waste away in an office like so many of my freinds but its a very real and frightening possibility...I love photograhy and writing so that might help somehow - but its still all very vague.

Has anyone actually made it?

2. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey i'm in the same situation
well what i'm doing is getting those temporary work
visa in the countries and you can work for a year or two and
then move and do the same. you shoudl still be able to work in a career job . i graduate in the spring and ill be a travel agent so ill just move around working in agencies and shit.
i'm 22. from manitoba canada.

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey rasberries and frozenpeas! (I feel like I'm a psychotic person talking to the food in the supermarket )

I am in the same situation. A lot of us are. Both on this site and in general, our generation seems to have been born with wanderlust, and a nasty case of it too! I just graduated myself. It's really not bad actually, just that we don't know what to do. No one really wants to chain themselves to a desk in a cubicle, but how do we make money to sustain our love of travel? I was considering the work visas as well, you know just go somewhere for a few months and work in no matter what job, and it'll be a good experience all around. Look into the work visas. I think they'd be worth it!


4. Posted by frozenpeas (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning on doing a full TEFAL course this xmas - combined with an english degree that should sort out any real work worries - but I'm not sure I'd want to make a career out of teaching english in the long term...

other short term possibilities would be working on varous types of boats either for passage on yaughts or for some serious cash on fishing boats...thats more about being in the right place at the right time though and isn't very dependable...

heh, gotta keep thinking about it

5. Posted by George (Full Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just a suggestion, but have you ever thought about travel writing.

6. Posted by frozenpeas (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

yes - but doesnt everyone want to do that?

I'm gonna write and take photos as i travel in the hope that I'll be able to publish something - but I'm not gonna look to that as a mainstay as its not secure enough. If it comes off then fine but you can't count on something like that.

7. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

When we started 17 years ago it was with the intention of doing a year of backpacking then going back to Canada and doing the usual married stuff... We had been married just over 2 years when we left in 1987.
And we've now lived in or visted over 30 countries, I have had 3 major career changes in that time, we have started a family overseas and plan on staying overseas the rest of our lives (most likely)... and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in Panama next year.

So I think I am sort of qualified to help answer your question... How do you do it...

Take an inventory of all your skills - can you sail/ski/dive/dance etc and at what level - in other words could you get yourself to a level where you could teach any of those skills, could you get a certificate or licence (sailing skipper, dive instructor)... Are you a magician, singer, comedian or even a juggler - but a good one mind you...

These are the sort of skills that can get you jobs in the resort areas of the world - animator in an all inclusive, teaching diving or sailing etc... The pay might be crap (think Club Med) but you get incredible experience and it can progress into resort management.

In our travels we have found people working overseas in almost every field - it's harder now than it was 17 years ago but major companies in banking, insurance, chemicals, petroleum etc etc quite often have expat positions - and these usually pay extremely well. Some friends of ours have lucked into overseas postings early in their careers and have stayed as expats others came into it later - because these are usually senior positions so you would need a good background in the field before being considered.

How did we do it... in the first year and a half I skipped a yacht for 2 months in New Zealand - no pay but room and board - saw areas we never would have any other way, got my dive instructors cert and taught diving, was a temporary secretary (6 weeks turned into 6 months), then more diving and management and then I was offered a position as a Director of a resort - never looked back - now I have my own marketing company (brand new and getting ready to launch) that hopefully will keep us overseas and reasonably well paid until we decide that's enough...

The hardest hurdle is taking off in the first place... if you have the guts to do that then you will figure out the rest...

It's a great lifestyle, not for everyone, certainly has its moments but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Hope this long diatribe helps, if you have any other questions, feel free.



8. Posted by pipe913 (Full Member 21 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

sell your soul to the devil,
work for a mining company or go fishing commercially thats what i ended up doing
work hard for short spurts of time you can always get by on the road with the catskills
im in about my 10th year of rambelling now its hard to go back to the routine when theres so much to see and do out there.

9. Posted by acetravels (Full Member 181 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

theres just so much more that people can do..visas and work permits r now not so difficult to acquire and obtain.. india has fast ppened up. lots of expats here..multinationals coming and setting up offices by the score..vast country plenty to explore and plenty of oppurtunities the whole worlds heading in our direction..come join the party..

10. Posted by seagreen12 (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

What is your degree in from uni?
I may have been really really lucky here, but I have worked on every continent, The key is finding companies that work from a central location that provides services in other countries.
I have three main careers I work as a hard hat diver,a field engineer, and I provide close protection security.
Briefly I quit high school in my senior year in florida and hitched to california 1979, I ended up getting a job as a laborer and crossed trained into diving in an apprentice program. after breaking out and having worked in Hondurous, mexico and florida, the company I worked for convinced me to get my GED ( a test you take for your HS diploma) and after doing that they said they would help with a trade school other then diving, I choose electronics after getting out I went to work for a large contractor in the bahamas, it was good but tech work lacked the physical aspect of diving that I enjoyed, I transfered to Pan AM a JV of RCA and went to work diving and doing tech work, this evolved into other projects, I had this desire to try anything, and I got a lot of good work done in hard places. over a period of time I just started making contacts and job calls would come in from companies to go to say Kazahksthan, Granted most of the work I do is related to military projects, and that in itself can be crazy (my present job included) it canbe frustrating and requires you to live in really austere conditions.
The British have a huge expat community, I presently work with several ex brit marines. The company I am with now evolved from another company that I was consulting to, the PM shared some ideas with me and then asked me to come on board, I am the third employee besides him and his wife. Our bussiness strategy is to provide short term project help in high risk areas. We can provide all kinds of skills. I plan on sticking with this for awhile. I have been doing this since 79 and love it. but it can be feast or famine, I have recently been married (5years) and my wife has no desire to travel.
I would be glad to answer any questions on or off line.