Whether you’re on the road for just a few short weeks, or perhaps on a longer world jaunt, and looking for a little purpose in life - or just a reason to get out of bed before 2 pm each day - you might find yourself falling for the allure of a travel job.
Sure, most aren’t exactly glamorous and they certainly aren’t well paid - if at all - but working with other travellers does build a certain sense of comradery, and you’ll get to make new friends all day long and probably hook up with some of them as well - definitely some perks to be had!
Aside from that, here are just about all the all the other great reasons to get a travel job we can think of.
A chance to burn off the beer belly
“Going backpacking is a great way to lose weight”... said no one ever. In fact, for most, the combinations of late night street food and endless Beer-O’Clocks takes it toll on the waistline.
With that in mind, getting a job on a farm gives you just as much chance to catch the rays as it does on the beach, but with the added backbreaking labour to counteract those calories. And, actually, it’s not always backbreaking - with the right skills you might find yourself driving a tractor, fixing machinery or even looking after the animals. All wonderful stuff we say.
You might actually help a good cause… or at least someone
Charity fundraising is another popular job in some parts. Pound the streets, practice your sales skills and know that the money you pull in is going to help a good cause. And, if you can afford to shell out a little money upfront, there are plenty of NGOs and organisations looking for help on a whole range of social issues.
And if that’s all a little bit too formal for you, even doing some private language teaching or hanging out at some language exchanges is a chance to help someone better themselves and their career.
You’ll build your confidence tenfold
Ever wondered why hostel staff are so goddamn outgoing? Trust us, they don’t all start that way. For many, it’s a skill learned after repeated nights leading the charge on the hostel pub crawl or keeping the banter levels high during Sunday night pub quiz.
And aside from the obvious benefits of being the centre of attention at any party - confidence and presentation skills are quite well favoured by just about anyone of those dreaded ‘real’ jobs you might eventually have to go home and do one day
You might actually find the career you really want
Of course, going home might never actually happen if you find yourself having a knack for, and most importantly a passion for the travel job you have. Many a hostel owner or tour company owner started life on the coalface, checking in far-too-eager-to-party travellers at 2 am, or whittling off interesting facts about beautiful church #3 or a city free tour.
If you’re thinking of sticking around, network, find other entrepreneurial backpackers keen to work on something and think about crossing the sacred divide from traveller to expat.
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