Long Haul: Working Your Way Around The World

Long Haul: Working Your Way Around The World

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It’s no secret that travel has gotten a lot easier over the last century or so. With the popularisation of cars, buses, and planes, there have never been so many ways to move yourself around the globe, and a lot of people are working hard to take advantage of this sort of change. Of course, though, while it gets easier to find a method of transport, affording this sort of adventure is a whole other story. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring an approach which can make it possible for you to work your way around the world, solving the problem of price once and for all.

The Work 

The first, and possibly most important, area to consider will be the job you do while you’re away. A lot of people assume that it will be hard to find work when they are in another country, though this isn’t the only route you can take, and there are loads of options available for those who are willing to be flexible. You can find some examples of the best types of job to go for when you’re trying to take this approach to life, making it easier for you to start hunting for the role which will carry you through.


Over the last few years, freelance work has been becoming increasingly popular. Enabling you to work from the comfort of your own home, a role with a company which hires like this could make your travel dreams incredibly easy to achieve, as it will save you the trouble of finding a new role in each location. There are loads of different jobs which can be handled like this, but you will need to know how to use a computer to be able to do most of them. You can find jobs like this on most recruitment sites.

Local Roles

There are loads of types of business out there which expect to get through employees quickly. Coffee shops, for example, will always be hiring new people, as their old team members find the next step in their careers. Finding work like this is often a matter of simply walking around and asking business owners. Language barriers can make this harder, but a lot of places like it when they have people from different places working for them, especially in tourist-driven places.

A Small Business

With options like dropshipping, digital products, and remote working on the table, starting a small business which can travel the world with you is surprisingly easy. The internet has opened the doors to this sort of approach, and a lot of people are working towards being able to live like this. While it won’t be as simple as getting started, and you will have to work hard to do well, it will be worth it once you’re able to fund your travel without having to lift a finger.

The Accommodation

 Once you have an idea of the sort of work you’d like to be doing, it will be time to focus on the accommodation you’ll be staying in. There are a couple of different ways to make this affordable, and you will want to avoid hotels completely, as places like this will be far more costly than they have to be. While you’re also on vacation, it makes sense to sacrifice comfort when you’re working very hard just to be out there, especially if it means that you can extend your trip or do less work.


Smartphones have significantly changed the way that people interact with one another. With apps like AirBnB saving people loads of time and effort when it comes to finding spare rooms to stay in, it makes sense to look down this route as one of your first options. The app was initially designed for people who wanted to find short-stay locations, but has adapted over the years to also cover longer stays, making it far easier for you to find a place to occupy for a month or two.

Traditional Renting

If you plan to stay somewhere for a little longer, using traditional renting can be a great way to ensure that you don’t spend more than you have to in this area. Finding a rent house website Malaysia or in another country which you like will make it possible to find a place which you can treat like your own home. This will always be more affordable than using a hotel, and is something which a lot of people ignore when they’re looking at long-term travel.


Throughout the course of human history, people have always been willing to offer a place under their roof in return for a little bit of work. Websites like Helpstay make it possible to partner up with people who are looking to take on a foreigner, but won’t charge rent, instead expecting you to help with some chores. The work being done in a lot of these relationships is very fun, offering the chance to give you a lifetime experience in the process. 

Finding Time For Fun 

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s crucial that you make enough time to enjoy yourself when you’re going down this route. It might feel like you have to put all of your time into earning, though this is rarely the case, as you will be able to live cheaply if you put the right effort into it. If you’re able to find a role which you enjoy, this will become a lot easier, and most people will benefit from avoiding things which they know they won’t like.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to start the ball rolling on your long-term travel. Working your way around the world is a great way to see as much of it as possible, with most people finding it hard to fund this sort of adventure without the right kind of effort. Of course, though, this just makes it worth putting even more time into planning it all.

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