Scoring a Job with Travel Time
Travel is an easy thing to love but a more difficult thing to do between money, planning, and of course, getting time off. At times, figuring out work and travel can be like a difficult puzzle to solve. After working a 9-5 that had very limited PTO, where I was the only person in the IT and marketing departments (meaning I was essential to the company), I came to realise that a job that didn’t allow me to travel just wasn’t for me. Now, a lot of people like to tell their secrets about how to start a travel blog and become a full-time traveller, but from writing skills to marketing to everything in between, that’s just not for everyone. So how do you score jobs that let you travel?
Ask About PTO and Vacation
This is my secret weapon. It’s never good to go into an interview without any questions, so here are some for you to ask:
- What is your vacation policy?
- Do you provide PTO?
- How do you feel about telecommuting if I’d like to take a vacation?
- Long-term, would I be able to transfer to another office?
People like my mother would scream at the thought of asking “risky” questions during an interview but let’s be honest: if you’re going to get a job only to find out you can take five days off per year, what’s the point? You want a job that can give you a good life and if you’re a travel junkie then that’s not going to cut it.
Of course, be reasonable. Take one or two vacations per year, not one per month, because the company hired you to work.
You’ve probably already considered this but let me tell you again: work on working remotely. If you do code or do any design, writing, or anything else that can be freelanced, work on creating a business that would be enough to support you and your lifestyle. Consider networking on Fiverr and letting friends know about your services. It’s a slow process that can seem very daunting but if you’re doing what you love and it gives you the flexibility to go wherever you want, then it’s definitely something worth considering.
You can also consider teaching your first language, especially if it’s in high demand like English. Some companies include Vipkid, Cambly, and TwoSigmas, but the better gigs often require a degree and some experience. My favourite would be italki because you can teach and learn any language and people will choose you based on your ability, personality, and rate.
9-5s aren’t always year-round, and jobs that let you travel are often seasonal. Take for example the most common seasonal job: teaching. If you teach in America, you’re granted a good few summer months to yourself easily while keeping a decent salary, depending on where you work. Another type of seasonal job is in anything weather-related, such as lawn care and landscaping, hospitality, and sports. Securing a job where the company shuts down for at least a few weeks will be ideal to take some time to travel.
This is probably the most self-explanatory but finding a job abroad is a great way to get international experience, even though you may not be able to go to a different country every weekend. I have to tell you, though, that teaching English in an Asian country is your best bet of living abroad and saving. A lot of people prefer to go to Europe and Latin America but in turn, many of the schools and companies there pay very minimally if they pay at all. Actually, I have a lot of friends who pay to have jobs there. Gross! Additionally, skilled jobs are difficult to get because you need to be sponsored and again, many people in hot areas are willing to work for less.
If you’d like to save up and work abroad, working in Japan, China, South Korea, or any other Asian country is definitely the best way to go. If you can score a different job, then cheers to you!
Another option is to go abroad, make friends with business owners, and then return with a nice job offer in hand. However this can be a bit risky if it doesn’t work out. Of course, there are more ways to volunteer or work abroad but they may not be as profitable. I’ve found a lot of opportunities on Worldpackers.
While the internet may be boasting about travelling full-time, even getting a decent-paying job that allows travel is not easy. However, experimentation and determination are both key elements of finding a job that’s right for you and your lifestyle.
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Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Ramblings & Advice