World travel can seem out of grasp for a lot of people; very few have the time or money to pursue it. The closest some get to living out their dreams of travel are the daydreams they fantasize. Contrary to what you might first think, it is possible to further your education or career while traveling abroad. Access to the internet, which is increasingly prevalent even in less developed locales, can open up a world of possibilities for the world traveler. Unique opportunities exist all over the world for native English speakers if you’re looking for a more traditional job.
Let’s take a look at some things you can do while you’re globetrotting.
Earn college credit online
The college experience may be a valuable aspect of attending a traditional university, but it's not for everyone – especially those who are looking to go back to school later in life. Online courses offer a great alternative to attending classes on a campus. Colleges like USD online allow you to earn a bachelors or work on your masters while following the same material taught on campus. A computer or laptop with access to the internet is all you need to work on your education from anywhere in the world.
Teaching English abroad
With the growth of technology, the demand for English lessons in non English-speaking countries has exploded. If you’re in the field of education, you may be able to find work to support yourself while you immerse yourself in another culture. In non English-speaking countries, English teachers can be in high demand. Even if you don’t have a degree in teaching, you can still find work in this field; if you’re able to pass a certification test, your chances of being chosen increase substantially. Keep in mind that you may still require a four-year degree of some type to work in particular countries.
Travel blogging and social media
If you’re the social type, you can earn a living by documenting and sharing your travels with others. Startup and overheads can be relatively low; at the most basic level, you only need a camera, computer and access to the internet. Along with interesting stories, good writing skills will help push your content above the competition. A knack for social media is also a major plus when considering this field. Through a combination of blogs, videos and social media, generating a loyal following is possible.
Freelance web design and administration
Online tools have evolved to the point now where the need to be physically present in an office environment is disappearing. The collaboration that takes place within a traditional work setting can just as easily be done on the other side of the planet – and often is. Someone in the freelance web design, marketing or administration field can generally work from anywhere on the planet with internet access. A laptop loaded with tools of the trade is often all you need to make any spot on the planet your personal office.
Modern technology has allowed for opportunities that were not present even a decade ago. The ability to work, research and collaborate over the internet has opened up a variety of new ways to improve or support yourself anywhere on the planet. These four ideas are just a few examples of careers and professions you can follow while traveling on a full-time basis!