By Jimmy Sonberg 04.10.17
It's the dream of all keen travellers, right? It's what people imagine as the perfect life (if that really exists). The ability to travel and work, work and travel, to keep your trip going and going. That's what it's all about. But how do you do it, and is it truly possible?
When it comes to the reality of work and travel, you simply have to be flexible, there's no way around that. If your vision of work and travel is you swanning around, posting images on Instagram and somehow becoming rich because of it, you need to just give up now. The short-but-sweet fad of being paid to Instagram and becoming rich from blogging is most certainly coming to a close. So don't set the bar too high. Get whatever work you can that's going to give you the flexibility to do it short-term and have plenty of time to travel. Something like Au Pair work is brilliant as many contracts are for a few months and then you can move to a different family in another part of the country. Remember the main goal here, you're working to travel, not travelling to work.
Funding your travel through flexible work doesn't just happen overnight. It certainly doesn't just fall into your lap. You've got to look ahead and plan where you're going. Throw some feelers out to different companies or organisations who look as though they can make it happen. Unfortunately, you won't be able to just turn up and have the dream traveller job on your doorstep. There are companies out there that really can help make this a reality, just do a bit of research on where you're wanting to go and look into some work and travel companies.
Many travellers or backpackers think signing up with a recruiter means you'll be tied to a boring 9-5 job and being paid very little. This is far from the truth. I met with some recruitment agencies here in New Zealand who were gagging to get some backpackers and travellers onboard with them. They loved the flexibility of travellers, especially in the hospitality industry as people typically work on events or one-off shows. Backpackers stay on board with an agency, and as they travel, they contact them for work in new locations. Genius really!
Travel and work no longer need to be separate entities, they can be used together to make your dreams come true. Be sure to look into the visa requirements for each country so you don't do something that'll get you kicked out! Using work to travel is a lot easier than you think, so with a little guidance and assistance, you too can be a Nomad Nanny or a Travelling Tradie.