I recently did a guest post for my good friend Ian Robinson on his blog www.howtotravelandwork.com << check it out, and have posted it below! See what you think!
A lot of people always think ‘How will I be able to work and travel’? Working and travelling is something that many people would love to do in life, however there is a stigma that people sometimes never get around to it or make an excuse for not doing it (time is not right, go next year, unable to afford it etc). When really all you need is your ‘WHY’ you want to work and travel–is it for the adventures, different experiences, learning about new cultures and job skills, new friends or a new perspective on life.
It is all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway…get out there and with the will power and initiative then anyone can do it…I have been doing it for the last 5 years.
Here are 3 quick tips for when working and travelling…
1) Network, Network, Network…before you go or as soon as you arrive, use sites such as www.couchsurfing.org, www.meetup.com, gumtree.com, tripadvisor.com, Transitionabroad.com, Escapeartist.com, virtualtourist.com, www.triptrotting.com for any information and advice from people that have been in your similar shoes. Ask them about potential work in the destination you are heading to and put feelers out for what work is available depending on your sector. Networking is the biggest tool when looking for new work in my point of view.
2) Use sites such as www.monster.com and www.seek.com and www.linkedin.com so that your cv is open and available for potential employers to get in touch with you. Otherwise depending on the line of work you are looking for you might want to use www.localist.com to then get a list of all the bars/restaurants and business’s in the area and then blast your way through them with a copy and paste email and cover letter and you will be more than likely to get something asap to keep you going while you search elsewhere!
3) When in a new city get out to the bars and other meetup places and get your face known so that you are meeting people who have lived in that destination and know what work is available, each person on average has a network of 250 people, meet just 4 new people in a day and then you have a 1000 person network at your disposal for potential work.
I have always lived my dream and made steps towards the bigger picture and found work pretty quick through the steps above, e.g. Turned up in NZ wanting to get paid to watch every game of the Rugby World Cup including the Final with zero contacts and achieved it!
Find out your ‘why’ and take action on it, learn from it and get out there and just do it! Enjoy the journey, have fun and say yes more!
p.s. If you need that extra push then here is a list of all the main travel sites for plane tickets so there is no excuses!