Work at a hostel
Hostels are invariably always looking for new staff who are willing to work in exchange for a free accommodation and food. Case in point? In Punta del Diablo (Uruguay), TNT bumped into Charlie, a 20 something British backpacker who pitched up at El Diablo Tranquilo (one of Punta’s pioneer hostels) intending to stay for four days and… never left. Then there’s Tom who rocked up in Nashville for Music City’s annual Country Music Festival and ended up staying in NashVegas for the summer working at Nashville Downtown Hostel, in between busking (if you’ve got the skills to impress people, this is a fun way to make money) gigs. But don’t just rely on hostels: if you’re a practical type staying in an Airbnb property, talk to the owner and ask if they need any help with home improvement in return for free board.
Get a job with an international company that has offices overseas
If you’re convinced you want to work abroad for the long haul, apply for a job with a company that keeps on shuffling its employees around the globe. HSBC, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Morgan Stanley plus too many oil and gas companies to mention, are all open to sending staff abroad. And, if you’re single and/or child free, chances are you’ll shoot straight to the top of the queue as you have no serious ties or commitments at home, to cause your employer concern.
Working on a cruise ship is a fantastic way to earn a lot of moola (food and ac-commodation is provided, plus you’ll have no expenses at sea) while getting a taste of the world - and networking with hundreds of people (both passengers and crew members) from around the planet. The job opportunities are endless too: cruise ships are calling out for shop staff, bartenders, chefs, casino staff, per-formers, DJs, hair stylists, massage therapists and more… One word of warning: if you suffer from sea sickness, then working on a cruise ship isn’t something you should consider.