And now for something a little different.
Working and living as a digital nomad is a great experience. You get to see the world, make some friends and (hopefully) some money as well. Whilst a large part of being a digital nomad is working digitally from anywhere, you might like to take a break once in a while and try something a little more analogue.
Below is a list of slightly different jobs that you can try your hand at whilst seeing the sights.
Hostel work: If your travels take you to any of the larger cities of the world consider working and possibly living in a hostel. It’s great if you love meeting people and don’t mind cleaning up after them!
Bar work: Get yourself down to one of the thousands/millions of resorts anywhere in the world and have a great time watching people drink! A great way to meet people and earn some money in a happy-ish atmosphere.
Work away schemes: You have to pay for your transport there but that’s usually it. The work is available all over the world and you can usually find something that suits you and your skills. Have a look at helpx to get started.
House/pet sit: It baffled me when I found out that people will let strangers stay in their house for free in exchange for ‘sitting’ it, I get it with pets – but just to watch someones house? What kind of sketchy place do you live? Still, there’s a market for it so why not take advantage of the opportunity. Nomador is a great place to get started.
Sell your skill: If you’re wicked at cutting hair, manicuring nails or therapeutically massaging people why not take it on the road. I’m not saying you’ll make millions but if you can find a hostel or 5 willing to let you advertise and take up a little bit of space you might find your niche.
Edit bad English (not mine): English is a popular language for tourists, badly written English is a popular language for non-English speaking people, help out all of the people by advertising and finding yourself some editing work. Restaurants, bars and shops all may need your help.
Become a music person: There’s always one with a guitar. If you’re the one try your hand at busking or, if you’re planning an extended stay, teach lessons.
Draw, create, sell: If you are talented with a paint brush, wonderful at whittling or magic at making things have a go selling them at any local markets or craft fairs.
Pick fruit or plant trees: The wages might not be amazing but often you’ll get board-bored? Somewhere to sleep and a bit of money on top.
Au pair work: If you can tolerate and even enjoy the company of children why not look into becoming an au pair? The work may be full on but you’ll get room, food, wages and the occasional day off to regain some sanity. AuPair is a good place to start looking.
Boat it around: Cruise ship work? Yacht work? Long hours, hard work, but a pretty unique way to see some exotic places. Start at allcruisejobs for an idea of what you can expect.
Street performer: Mime, act or sing your way to international fame and travel.
Tour guide: If you plan on staying in one place for a while, consider setting yourself up as a freelance tour guide and advertise your services in hostels and online. You obviously need to check for any permissions you may need before you start.
Conversational language lessons: Use your mother tongue to make money, advertise on social media or ask around in hostels.
Volunteer: You probably won’t make money doing this but you may be lucky finding somewhere that gives you a place to stay and food to eat. Also, what a really nice thing to do you lovely person.
Blog/Vlog it: This route might require you to have a bit of money to fall back on but it’s easy enough to set up a blog these days. Do whatever brilliant thing it is your doing and write about it or film it. Show off to all your friends, family members and the general public whose lives aren’t nearly as exciting as yours. I’m sure they’ll love you for it!
There must be a million and one ways to work your way around the world, some are probably amazing and others are probably the opposite of amazing. Share your experiences with your fellow nomads in the comments section and hopefully help someone have a brilliant digital nomad experience in the new year – even if you’re lacking digital skills there’s no excuse not to hit the road in 2017!