Gap Year: 14 Ways to Work and Travel

14 Ways to Work and Travel |

Congrats to all of the new grads! If you’re looking to put your career on hold and TRAVEL before you dive into a committed occupation, here’s list of ways to do it!

After all.. “You’re not a tree, if you don’t like where you are: move.”

I get it: you want to travel, but you don’t have years worth of savings.

Fear not!

You can work AND travel at the same time. Do it! Here are some options:Click To Tweet

1. TEFL (Click) – or Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Maybe you’ll pick up a language abroad too.

2. Be an Au Pair abroad.

It’s more common than you’d think. You can interview with host families online at Au Pair World.

3. Contract Work.

Some countries provide contract work for “work and holiday.” These jobs are very competitive, but worth a shot if you have the resume to back you up. Try One Shift Jobs in Australia.

4. Simultaneously work and travel at a hostel or hotel.

You don’t have to pay for accommodation. Perks: you’ll meet lots of other travelers!

Research hostels worldwide at Hostelworld!

5. Bar-tender/ Restaurant Server

Can be very competitive in bigger cities, but is still do-able.

6. Peace Corps

Joining requires an application process and a two year commitment.  Once you get on the ground, however, you learn to really assimilate into a foreign culture while satisfying your desire to do good.

7. U.S. Department of State *Careers Representing America*

Also has a competitive admissions process and requires serious commitment, but enables a nomadic lifestyle of luxury.

8. Get a career with an international company that has offices overseas.

They’re always looking for young folks that don’t have serious obligations at home and can go abroad.

9. Create a career that allows you to work remotely. 

When your career is dependent on technology, not location, you can work and travel wherever you like. Try copywriting, marketing, and social media. Photography and videography are trending, in-demand skill sets as well.

10. Apply for graduate education overseas.

Use scholarship funds, savings, and loans to pay for an international education just as you would domestically.

11. Pursue international careers in entertainment.

Be a dancer on tour, play basketball or volleyball overseas, or try BMX in Nitro Circus.

12. Work as a travel guide.

Congratulations, you get paid to give the gift of travel!

13. Work on a cruise ship.

Would you like to be a chef, host, skipper, or dancer on a cruise ship? Work + travel options.Click To Tweet

14. Seek sponsorship for your talent.

If you are truly a phenomenal photographer, adrenaline junkie, videographer, or writer, you could work for a magazine, or just have costs covered by travel companies as a blogger.

The websites and WorkAway list organizations where you can volunteer in exchange for meals and accommodation.

This week marks two years since my graduation from UCLA and trading a career in corporate entertainment for a one-way ticket to Sydney. Why not take a #TravelBreak to see the globe for a year? I did, and well… I haven’t stopped traveling since. - Work and travel for free. Photo by Ty Schmitt

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The Gap Year’s Worth It: How To Include Travel In Your Resume
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  1. Mike Rodriguez July 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Not everyone wants to travel on their 20s… there are 30s travellers too.. like me… and i also work overseas 🙂

    • Stephanie Be July 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Haha I think people should travel in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and onward 🙂

  2. Géraud July 23, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve recently followed you on Twitter, and you followed me back… I know, this is amazing… But tanks for that 😉
    Then I’ve had a look on your blog, which is pretty well-done.
    A sentence in this article got my attention, as a journalist : “If you’re truly a phenomenal photographer, adrenaline junkie, videographer, or writer — you could work for GoPro, a magazine, or just have costs covered by travel companies as a blogger”.

    Would you have exemple of companies offering that kind of perspectives ? In which countries ?
    You can write me back on my email directly, if you feel like of course.

    • Stephanie Be July 24, 2014 at 4:10 am - Reply

      Hi Geraud,

      What I’m referring to is professional travel bloggers, professional athletes, videographers, and photographers whom reach out to sponsors and fund traveling.
      This is essentially what I’ve recently started doing.



  3. Tom Farrington November 22, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Hey Great Post. I took the leap of faith myself recently, deciding not to start a teaching career right away in the States and to travel to Indonesia and keep a blog website about my adventures. It takes guts to break the mold and leave your home (I was the first person in 3 generations to leave!) I still haven’t been able to make money from my blog, but I am not worried about it. If it’s meant to happen then it will. For now I am just enjoying the ride and loving writing and traveling. Keep up the inspiring work, Thanks!

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