Have you done this? What jobs have you done? What percentage of your travel money did these jobs provide?
Working my way around the world is the travel i have decided that is best for me, starting in Holland and ending in australia, its sounds good to me.
What i would like to know is has anyone done anything similar? i.e. worked across the world picking up jobs as they went, even with the ineviatable language complications?
How easy would you say it is to pick up jobs abroad? Is being there with the willingness to work enough?
Also do many hopstels offer work to travellers? if so is there anywhere to find out this info before hand or will it be a matter of being in the right place at the right time?
I look forward to your replies.
Hello Simon 😊
I have stopped in places to work for months or a year to earn some travel money or to experience some of what it is like to live someplace rather than travel there. The places I worked were usually English speaking countries. I also worked on the US army base in Germany where everybody spoke English.
How easy would you say it is to pick up jobs abroad?
I would not rely on it to fund your travels unless you are going to stop some place where you have a work permit for 6 months to a year. If you are just picking up a few days work here and there then consider anything you get to be a bonus rather than a way to fund your travels.
Also do many hopstels offer work to travellers?
The simple answer is no. You would need to get lucky to find a few days work in a hostel with so many wanting to do it.
An option for you would be to teach English as a foreign language, if you plan to stop someplace for a while and if you are a native English speaker. As far as I have heard you dont always need any other qualifications, besides being a native English speaker.
Simon, working your way around is definetely feasible, as far as you're not too picky with regards to the jobs you are gonna take. Things that a fit person with a working brain can do are virtually infinite, regardless of the country you are. The best thing is asking locals for advice, don't be shy, there will be always someone who knows someone etc. Even in the poorest places you might be able to. That said, having a little back-up money is always a smart idea. I mean, don't leave home completely broken.
As for working permits... just ignore them. If someone needs you, he will give you that job permit or not permirt. This is a basic rule and applies to any single country on planet earth. No business man is keen to lose money to obbey a rule written by others.
Simon, I think your best bet is teaching English, as it is the second language in many countries across your route and, as has already been said, you won't necessarily need any qualifications to pick up work in European schools. You'll have to plan lessons in the evenings but it will give you afternoons free to explore.