The world is a big place with countless places to explore. That’s why so many people often add “big vacation” to the list of things they would do if they won the lottery, and for good reason.
You can spend years in one single country and not see everything. There’s always an untraveled path, hole in the wall restaurant, or cultural experience out there waiting for you.
Some people decide to make traveling their full-time gig by working throughout their adventures. With the power of the internet, just about anything is possible. If you’re looking to travel and work in order to support yourself, look below for some recommendations.
The Job Options
Traveling isn’t free, although you can definitely get by without spending a ton of money, but you’ll still need a way to support yourself somehow.
To see if you’re qualified to teach English, perform the following test. Make sure you’re a native English speaker by reading or writing in English or double checking where you parents came from. Can you check that off? Great.
Step two is much easier. Take your fingers, put them on your wrist or neck and make sure you have a pulse. Still good to go?
Congratulations, you are now qualified to be an English teacher in many parts of the world. Some places require you have a college degree or certification like TEFL or TOEFL, but that is not always the case.
You can work locally in an academy, school or university or take your English skills online and teach English to adults.
The Digital Nomad
Once again, we can thank the internet for giving us so many options for work. Many different places of employment are now moving their job force online, meaning you can hop on that too.
Writing, editing, data entry, IT, engineering, teaching, virtual assistant, customer support, marketing, and community management are just some of the many jobs you can find online that offer remote work. You might have to change around your hours and invest in a better laptop, but it’s a fantastic way to earn money from anywhere in the world.
Your Own Business
Being your own boss means that you can take your work anywhere you want with you. If you want to travel this could be your best option.
This option requires a bit more work when it comes to getting everything set up. Start with a unique domain, a mobile friendly website, and get a little help from Google for ads and SEO guidance. It usually takes a few years for an online business to even turn a profit and you might have things going slower, especially if you’re traveling at the same time.
But fear not, there are plenty of people who have turned their online business or website into their full time job and are able to see the world while doing so.
The Red Tape
Before you hop on a plane to the next hot European destination, we need to go over bureaucracy of all this.
One of the more important things to know before going to Europe long-term (after understanding what to pack for the time of year) is knowing what the Schengen Area is. Established in 1995, the area is borderless travel for 26 countries which are all in Europe. What that means is if you’re going from Spain to Germany, you won’t have to pass through passport control.
Europe as a name gets tossed around all the time as a term that covers all countries on the continent. For travel purposes, this is fine. If you’re going to Europe for the summer, you can travel to Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway and the UK without any problems.
Let’s break it down further, however. Italy, Slovenia and the UK are all part of the European Union but the UK is not part of the Schengen Area. Norway and Switzerland are part of the Schengen Area but not part of the EU. Ireland uses the Euro and is part of the EU but is not part of the Schengen Area.
If you’re planning on staying in any country in Europe for longer than 90 days (except Albania), you will need a visa. The majority of countries will make you apply for a visa before coming over, like Spain and Italy. Some countries, like France will let you apply for a visa once you’re inside the country.
Check with your destination country’s visa and passport policy before traveling. Failing to meet the requirements could result in denial of entry.
Also, never overstay your visa or that 90 day period. Some countries don’t mind as much, but others like the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland are notorious for cracking down on people that overstay by even a day.
Travel Within Europe
European travel is incredibly easy. They have plenty of planes, buses, trains and car-sharing opportunities for you to get around the country in. As a non-EU citizen, however, you may be subjected to different requirements and regulations traveling within the continent.
Also, starting in 2021, all Americans will have to apply for an ETIAS, an electronic visa that allows you to travel to European countries.
The decision was a long time coming and is relatively quick and painless (it will be able to be completed in less than 10 minutes), but is still a new step for travelers that will be checked throughout all airports.
Thanks for the guest post, Clarissa Caouette!
Clarissa is an enthusiast for all things outdoors, although she doesn’t get out as much as she would like. By day, she is the proud owner of a residential cleaning company, keeping her indoors most of the time. Clarissa is hoping to head to the Land Down Under in the near future. When not working (which is rare), Clarissa can be found with her family in their home just outside of Nashville, TN.