Everyone has dreamt of travelling the world at least once in their life. For some, it’s just one of the things on their bucket list or a dream that they never pursue enough to come to a realization. Others are determined to turn this dream into reality, but struggle on how to achieve it – mainly because of their finances.
Seeing the entire world while saving money may seem too perfect to be true, but if you’re ready to invest some time and effort, it can become a reality.
One of the easiest ways to earn and save money while travelling is teaching English. It does require some dedication, as you need to pass a required course to be able to do it. But once you pack your bag and sit on an aeroplane on your way to an exotic country, you’ll know it was an investment well made.
When you pass your test, all you have to do is decide where you want to go first. If you’re looking to start as a volunteer with only the core expenses covered, the sky is your limit when it comes to choosing a location. Most countries take volunteers gladly, especially those who are native speakers who have a certification that proves their skill.
The World is Your Oyster
Choosing the right location is more important for those who want to earn a paycheck on their journey. Some destinations don’t offer good enough conditions to allow you to pay for both your travel and living expenses. According to many professionals, East Asian countries are the gold mine for English teachers. They offer lucrative benefits such as paid airfare, accommodation and a bonus at the end of your contract, which gives you a financially stable opportunity to explore their countries. Africa and South America are also great choices, but the jobs there are scarcer and you’ll need to do some research to find good positions. Europe offers some jobs as well, with a disadvantage of being more expensive, therefore much harder to be sustainable.
Living in Different Cultures
The biggest benefit of teaching while travelling is that you get to live in the destinations of your choice, rather than just being a tourist. You will be able to dive deeply into the countries’ culture, meet people and come out with beautiful experiences that will stick with you for life. That’s why you shouldn’t hurry to visit too many places in a short amount of time. Most people who pick this journey stay in one place for months, or even years before they switch to another location. The right period of time depends on your travelling goals, and also the job opportunities in your desired country. Naturally, if you choose to give private lessons, this factor becomes much easier because you are the only one in charge of all conditions.
Regardless of your chosen country, time period and all other factors, teaching English overseas is a beautiful way to explore the world, gain work experience and learn a ton about new cultures. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the local community, build new relationships, and in the end help people. All that while seeing every corner of the world you’ve ever dreamed of.