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How to get paid while travelling

By Evelyn Masaba

There are people who have such an unrivaled passion for travelling and seeing the world that, if you asked them to drop whatever they are doing and go to another country, they will do so with enthusiasm.

These very people will traverse the globe, going wherever the tide leads them to because they are courageous enough to do this. Travelling the world is not all fun and games though; you need money to feed, clothes and definitely the necessary shelter.

So, how do you do this while travelling and do not have a job?

Become an air hostess
It might not be as fun as it looks, but after all the working they get free travel benefits for them and their family. They get to see different places all over the world even if they stop by for a few hours. It is worth getting this not-so-regular 9-5 job that is also aligned with your passion for travelling.

Teach English
There are several foreign countries that need temporary English teachers and are always looking to hire someone that is good. The pay is usually good for you to easily live off as you take an adventure through your new temporary home in the meantime.

Destination wedding photography
There are couples getting married almost every weekend and they will need a skilled photographer to travel with them to wherever the location is. This will require you to actually be good at photography and artistic impression; you will also need expensive photography equipment. The fees you are paid always cater for your travel, food and sometimes board, making it easy for you to see new things while on the job.

Work on a cruise ship
They might be very rare in Rwanda since it is a landlocked county, but in neighbouring Uganda, for instance, there are several ferries and yachts that host parties and also take people to the islands for weekends; you can utilise the opportunities to feed your passion for travel. If that does not work for you, you can also apply to the cruise ships that dock in Kenya or Tanzania at the shores of the ocean for shops on board that will help you travel several countries while making money.

Monetise your travel blog
It might seem a bit too hard but several companies are always looking for fresh sites that can redirect traffic to their own websites through clicks and you can take advantage of this and work it in your favour. The companies would be willing to partner with you in advertising and sponsoring your blog if you give them substantial evidence on what they will get in return. Make sure you collaborate with those that are in the same field as you are, so that you can have articles about your travels that easily relate to their product and brand.

Au Pair services
An Au Pair is a nanny who comes in as an extra pair of hands that most wealthy families take along with them on their travels to help out with their children whenever they go to foreign countries. You do not have to learn the foreign language because most families want an English speaking person and in return you get to travel, pocket money, plus full board wherever they will be going.

Research for travel guidebooks
It might sound like a vacation but travel guide book researchers work long hours with short deadlines to meet, whilst being paid very little. On the sunside, you get to travel to several destinations in the world, learning new things as well as making a living for yourself.

Travel agencies
Every once in awhile travel agencies will need new information about different exotic locales they would want to add to their databases by sending someone on their teams to check and verify the situation in those countries. What a better way to discover new places that you just used to hear about while being paid for it?

Peace Corps
If you are willing to be far away from your family and sometimes in a very remote place with no internet or cellphone service, the peace corps will do just fine. You might have to really think about it before you do but once you do, you will be able to enjoy your new adventures, meet new friends, and at the same time make a difference in the world.
The corps will pay for your travel/living allowances and sometimes they help with your student loans.


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