4 Ways to Merge Travel and Work in Your Life
Seeing the world, or as much of it as possible, is pretty much on everyone’s bucket list. Who doesn’t want to go on a cross-country tour of the United States, drink wine next to France’s Eiffel Tower, or go scuba diving in Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef? For the most part, we all have the desire to travel abroad, but for too many of us affordability is our greatest roadblock.
What if, however, you could merge work and travel or school and travel together? What if you didn’t have to worry about choosing between paying for rent or going on a tour of Europe? These days, depending on the nature of your job, work has become very mobile. School, as well, is more technologically advanced and in some instances even remote.
Given this, here are some options to consider to potentially merge work and travel in your life:
1. Study abroad.
I can honestly say studying abroad was the single best experience I got out of my college career. I loved it so much I studied abroad twice, spending one summer in Greece and a semester in Italy.
Studying abroad is epic because it merges earning college credits with that travel experience you so long for. Depending on where you choose to study abroad, you could even travel to nearby cities (or countries) on weekend excursions. Take classes anywhere in the world, like Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, or Rome.
Providers like the Council on International Exchange (CIEE) send students all over the world with programs in nearly every field of study. Or, consider Semester at Sea, where you study on a ship for an entire semester and you dock all around the world. Check with your college’s study abroad office to see what options work best for you.
2. Intern abroad.
How many people do you know have interned in another country? Probably not many! Spruce up your resume with unique work experience by interning in another country and culture altogether.
You could work in politics in Ghana, earn entrepreneurial skills in Berlin, or apply your biodiversity knowledge in Monteverde. Intern abroad part-time alongside taking classes or immerse yourself in a full-time internship to get as much experience as possible. You’ll undoubtedly stand out among the competition when it comes time to apply to jobs back home.
3. Teach abroad.
Need to collect a paycheck but longing for a change in scenery? Consider teaching abroad! From teaching young children nursery rhymes in English to teaching university students in seminars, you could see the world and get paid to do it by teaching abroad. There are endless programs out there in incredible cities like Prague, Seoul, and Santiago!
Teaching English abroad gives you the opportunity to explore while also earning a paycheck, which is an incredible opportunity! In fact, I had a friend who moved to Chile to teach abroad for six months and she ended up extending her contract for an entire year she loved it so much. Get paid to travel and change lives while doing it through teach abroad programs worldwide.
4. Gain entrepreneurial skills in Europe.
London and Berlin are entrepreneurship hubs. Known for being start-up cities with eyes on the future, these locations are great for entrepreneurs to acquire new skills and explore. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, consider Entrepreneur Lab (dubbed “eLab”). eLab is a program designed to help young professionals like yourself foster entrepreneurship.
Bring your work abroad, whether it’s a new idea you want to implement or an existing business idea you want to scale and expand. eLab helps young professionals turn their goals into a reality. This program could bridge your desire to travel with your business goals.
When it comes to finding connections between education, work, and travel, there are a whole host of programs out there. Do a quick search on study abroad, intern abroad, teach abroad, or entrepreneur abroad programs and you’re bound to find the right fit.
Being an employee at CIEE, I happen to know my company offers students $8 million a year in scholarships and grants. If money is a hurdle for you, see if you qualify for scholarships and grants ahead of time. Many programs offer discounts to students and professionals in need.
Don’t let money, the fear of the unknown, or worry stop you from chasing your travel and work dreams. I can honestly say studying abroad was the greatest thing I did for myself in college. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I gained and the memories I made for anything. If you’re inspired to go abroad, you’ll find a way to make it happen. Good luck!