Unless you are lucky enough to not need to work while you're traveling or you run a business from the road. You will need to find a job along the way.
There is no doubt that finance is the biggest reason people hold off on their dream. Before we make that final decision to pack in our jobs and sell almost everything we own, we question. How will I find work traveling? Where will I find a job? What will I do for work?
Research! if your anything like me you will be googling non stop. Reading and asking questions. Facebook Groups are a great place to find information. Ask questions to people in the same position as you, how they found work. You maybe a family or couple, others will be in your position.
Whatever your job is, you will usually have multiply skills from that one occupation. Don't limit yourself to what you think you can do. Be open to new challenges and what ever life opens up to you. Stepping outside our comfort zone can bring some of the best experiences. Check out our three month's on a cattle station here 🙂
You could still do your old occupation in a new location
Think Outside The Box
Example 1: I worked as an Assistant Nurse in age care. As well as the obvious skills, I clean, make beds, deal with people from all walks of life and served food. Making me a good candidate for a housekeeper. As we know tourism is a major industry in Australia.
I did in fact go from nursing to a hotel Laundry, housekeeping and receptionist. Then on to being a gardener, all on the five star resort of Hayman Island.
Making morning tea on a cattle station is also new to me. Feeding hungry Jakaroos and Jillaroos at mustering time.
Sue, gardener on Hayman Island
Teaching myself to bake
Example 2. Larry, from working as a mechanic became the utilities manager on the island. Dealing with a reverse osmosis plant for the islands water. The sewage and overlooking the power in the form of large generators. From this, Larry has found work on a remote cattle station working as a bore runner. Also helping out at a winery and driving farm machinery.
Keeping the cows happy
Emu on the Bore Run.
We have compiled a list of resources to help find work while traveling. They maybe useful to some of you.
Some of these we found online, others people have been good enough to message us with. Having asked the question in one Facebook group a lady sent me her list. Also when we first started our journey a young couple also working as they travel, sent a message with a contact. I'm very grateful for those that are good enough to share 😀
HelpX: is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation. Find out more Here
Farm sitters:Farm Sitting can vary from simply checking the mail and watering the plants to herding sheep and assisting cattle deliver calves.Check out the site here