Apologies for the silence.
Recently we’ve moved from a transient life on the road to rural living in the Highlands and ended up halfway up a mountain in the French Alps.
Internet and time have become valuable assets, both hard to procure.
With every move, there’s a new a job and new set of skills to learn and challenges to overcome. Certainly it stands true that life never gets boring.
Grab Life by the Proverbial Balls
Seasonal work might seem like gap year domain but in reality anyone can get into it.
In terms of work, hospitality is the most obvious transferable skill but others include, childcare (nanny and au pairs), massage/sports therapy, instructors (yoga, ski, surf etc), house and pet sitters, maintenance jobs, cleaning, receptionist, translating and teaching.
There’s no age limit on these jobs. Look at us – 27 and 34 and still falling on our arses as we crash (in style) down a mountain at colossal speed.
What’s great about these types of jobs is that accommodation usually comes with the job and living costs are lower because of that. So money doesn’t need to be a massive deterrent.
After putting off travelling and working abroad for years because of family commitments and thinking we would never have enough money, let us say its quite liberating to finally realise our dream.
When we met for the first time we became each other’s catalyst to take our lives back and get on the travel train or plane/automobile/goat. Anything that moves really.
Taking The Plunge
So how do you take that first step?
Websites like www.seasonworkers.com is probably the most user friendly when applying for seasonal jobs. We got our ski lodge jobs through this site and everything you might want/need to know about seasonal work is on here.
Another is www.trustedhousesitters.com where you can start your journey as a pet/home sitter for sometimes months at a time. If you start local and get good recommendations at home then you will get more offers from further afield!
Volunteering through www.workaway.info gives you a list of host families or hostels you can work at while they provide you accommodation and sometimes food as payment. There is a sign up fee but it’s small and you get access to lots of unique volunteering opportunities that you dont have to pay a fortune to do.
For teaching English as a foreign language for both native and non native speakers websites like www.eslcafe.com is a good way to get in touch with schools and organisations. You don’t always need to be TEFL or TESL qualified but if this is what you want to do it can’t hurt to do one before you travel.
Follow Me and I’ll Follow You
Travelling as a couple can also be an achievable goal in whatever field you choose.
The biggest problem with having no base is finding the time to stop for a moment. The ability to grasp on to some of that elusive time ‘to ourselves’ has become somewhat of an artform. Date nights become any time you can get some alone time…
For this reason working and travelling as a couple is a real test. There might be some romanticised image in your head about facing the world together but sometimes they will annoy you and you will argue and you might want get far away from one another…
Talking to each other is vital, especially when your non-stop working, exploring and socialising together. It’s a great thing to take stock. Life’s too short to not get on – it’s all about that positive mindset and supporting one another.
Other Bits and Bobs
Helpful titbits include make sure you are talking to reputable employers before you accept anything. Do your research and never pay money to work somewhere.
Do expect to pay money for flights or uniform but you should always know exactly where your money is going.
Leave time to sort of any jabs, visas and/or insurance before you go. It takes a lot longer than you think, especially if you go as a couple.
Just don’t be put off by not being young/outgoing/rich enough. Life is none of these things, life is doing the things that make you happy. Fly to the moon travelers!