Work & Travel – A helpful list of resources

Experience Work & Travel   Why work & travel at a young age, or any age at that? To be able to go somewhere and live there for an extended period of time is a way to truly experience a new place, its people, and the culture. Many of dream of doing this as much […]

Experience Work & Travel


Why work & travel at a young age, or any age at that? To be able to go somewhere and live there for an extended period of time is a way to truly experience a new place, its people, and the culture. Many of dream of doing this as much as we can however when a work routine with a set amount of holiday kicks in this get a lot tougher. With some companies successfully embracing remote work and the ability to use your digital skillset online from different locations it really is exciting to see how work and the office will change in the upcoming years. We really do live in exciting times.

Below we will run through a list of some helpful resources to get you started on your Work and Travel adventure whatever you may choose. We work our way through

1. The Work Exchange Experience
2. How to get a cruise ship job and the experience onboard.
3. How to Work at some of the most Amazing Festivals in Europe – Oktoberfest, Running of the Bulls, La Tomatina and more.
4. How to get a job working in Hostels working abroad. Which can be so much fun
5. Teaching English abroad. Experiencing new cultures and sometimes saving money.
6. Digital Jobs, where to find them and what are the best resources
7. We have a list of getting started guides for exciting cities around the world and more
8. Making money online. Explore some of the options. But just remember we all seen a 1000 ads saying I made 10 million dollars selling spatchulas online, and while this may be true for some i.e Wallmart and a few others the important things are to: Constantly be learning, Thinking for yourself, trying new things. Once you find something that you love take it deeper for it is this that will give you more confidence and the ability to not only try new things but also have a tangible skillset for which you can charge money in return for value.

Anyway, that’s just my 2 cents. Have fun, keep learning an feel free to reach out at any time.

The Work Exchange Experience:

Helpful Resources
Live Seasonal
A list of exciting Travel Jobs and Work Exchanges from around the world. Browse through all the information and opportunities and find a location that most intrigues you. Then go do it.
Kona surf company and a work exchange in Hawaii
Volunteer in a Colombian hostel and stay for free
Hostel job in a London Hostel with travel blogger opportunites
Surf jobs with SaltyWay in Portugal
Hostel jobs in Rio with Discovery Hostel
Work Exchnage in Costa Rica by the beach


Find opportunities in more than 100 countries to travel exchanging your skills for accommodation.

Helpstay is a community that lists free volunteering opportunities abroad. Sign up with them and connects with hosts needing work done.

Work Away
Volunteering, working and cultural exchange around the world. Integrate and help local communities in over 155 countries.

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.

The Experience
Whether you are looking to exchange a skill for free accommodation and meals or looking to learn a new skill and culture work exchanges are an exciting part of travel. Through finding an opportunity one is able to turn a 2 week trip into a 3 month adventure – And when you start to live in a place for an extended period of time this is when you get a feel for what its like to live there meeting and connecting with locals.

How to go about it
There are some awesome websites out there that are great and specialize in these sorts of adventures. Please have a look at the helpful resources below and see if they can help.

How to get a job on a Cruise Ship

Top Companies who hire

Viking Recruitment
Careers with PG Cruises
Work and Trael with careers with Princess Cruises
Royal Carribean International Shipboard Careers
Norwegian Cruiseline Shipboard Emloyement

Helpful resources

Cruise ship jobs
All cruise jobs – The global cruise job board

The Experience – as written by Tom, 28, South Africa

As far as life on a cruise ship… I tell everyone almost the same thing. There honestly is NOTHING like it on land. You work and live with the same people for 5-9 months at a time, you party with them, you go to port with them, and you make amazing relationships with them. But then you leave them. The crew has their own bar “back deck” where the fun people show up to every night. Drinks are super cheap, there’s always music, it might be caribbean or latin 5 nights a week, but there’s music. You get to meet other people from outside your department and your division and that is the best part about the job in my opinion. After 5 years I can basically go to 60% of the world and have a free place to stay before I know someone from a ship. Each ship is different as far as actual parties, but they do theme parties at least once a month… most ships about once a week. A lot of people dress up and many a time there is free booze… can’t complain about that one.

The job itself depends completely what you are applying for. No matter, get ready to work 7 days a week for 5-9 months (once again depending on what position). We claim “days off” as the days we aren’t working in port so we can go to the beach or just sleep in and not have a worry about what time to show up, because we don’t start until about 5pm. No matter the position, it is a lot of work, but it pays off. The hours are definitely not like land hours. We do not work 8-5. My usually sea day (not in port) may consist of: 9-1pm 2-4pm 5-8pm and 10-midnight. They are varied hours throughout the day, but you usually don’t worry too much about it because… well you can’t go anywhere.

The countries completely depend on the ship you get. I have been lucky enough to travel around the world…literally, but some people are not. Many ships are obviously in the caribbean because it’s the cruise destination with year long great weather. However, many ships go to Europe. There are more and more going to Australia, New Zealand and Asia and during (american) summer there are more and more ships going to Alaska and Canada. I wish I could tell you where to go… but that’s basically up to the cruise line you get hired to.
All in all I have been there almost 5 years and I love every minute of it. Yes I don’t get to get off in every port because of work, yes I work 220 hours a month (minimum), yes the guests can be super annoying; but.. as I stated I have been to 40 countries and over 125 different ports around the world thanks to this job. I have met people from ALL around the world who I honestly can consider my friends and they consider me theirs. Worst case scenario, you have some terrible guests, they are gone in a week (or 2 depending on the itinerary). This life is not for everyone, but at the same time, if you are unsure if it’s for you… then you should try it. If you absolutely hate it, you can always resign and leave early, or just wait out your contract, enjoy the ports and the beach and then not go back. If you love it… well you can be like me and do for 5 years or more!

How to go about it
Alright here’s my advice for you. I work for Royal Caribbean. And to be honest, the way I got hired is not exotic or even exciting. I honestly went to and found the “careers” link at the bottom of the page. I know every cruise website has a careers place to send off your resume too, but there are other options. From talking to other people on ships, many people use hiring partners, namely those from countries other than US, Canada, or England. Many of us from those 3 went straight to the website. If you happen to be from somewhere else, I highly recommend finding a hiring partner. They might charge you a bit of money; but depending on where you are from and what position you are looking to apply; there are people honestly lining up for those positions. These are the back of house (cooks, cleaners, housekeeping, etc) places where you basically HAVE to have a hiring partner to get to the front. If you are interested in front of house (youth staff, cruise staff, sports) then apply directly through the website; they are always looking for people. If you happen to be a dancer, each company hires through an outsourced company. I don’t know the names of them, but you can find them online anywhere and you would actually apply to them and have an interview with that company before you had auditions with the cruiseline. As far as Shoppies or working in the Spa, they also are brought in by other companies and not directly the cruiseships. I don’t know the shops company, but once again, you can find this or a hiring partner will get you to the front. But the spa is a company called Steiner where you would apply to.

Festival Work in Europe:

The Experience
Helping out at festivals around Europe is an eye opening experience. A few years ago I had a stake in a company that would set up Hostels at festivals and events around the world. So essentially we would build pop up villages at the likes of Oktoberfest, the Running of the Bulls, Euro Cups etc. It was incredible to get a chance to live in a new city while we worked to put things together meeting all the locals and getting a chance to feel what it was like to live there. Then during the festival meet people from all around the world – these were the pros.
Here is a short write up from a friend of mine about working at Oktoberfest:
After 3 exhilarating months of traveling around Europe last year, my finances were running low. But I was determined to reach Oktoberfest and rock the Stein’s.Just when I thought I was going home I came across who were working with Hostival to build an affordable accommodation village in Munich for Oktoberfest.

It was a great experience, we built a village using Marquee’s and modular containers and created an atmosphere for the guests. Their were about 20 of us running the village with new awesome people from around the world arriving every day and leaving as friends.
The work schedule was such that we ran reception, took pub crawls but had plenty of time to get into the Oktoberfest beer tents. Which I soon discovered is very much Disney land for 20/30 somethings and dirndl’s are some of greatest items of clothing ever invented.
It was an awesome experience but it is full on, you will be exhausted by the end of it, but probably have a few hundred more friends and memories for life!

Just a word of advice this is not for everybody , budget hostel living. But I was able to extend my trip by 1.5 months and not have to spend huge money on Oktoberfest accommodation.

How to go about it
There are many companies that will hire for the festival season big tour companies such as Contiki, Busabout and TopDeck will keep you working pretty much all of the summer. Festival companies such as Stoke travel, PP travel and festivals all around will have temporary positions for the bigger festivals. The best way to apply for these is to apply directly through the website or try to speak to someone at the company – see the links below. Just remember this is not for everyone it can be very hectic and at the end of the events you will definitely need some down time.

You can follow the same advice for volunteering or working at Music festivals and others. Always remember the legal restrictions and do your homework here.

Festival travel jobs in Europe

Check out our friends at Stoke travel for the first option.

Festival Season – Oktoberfest, The Bulls, La Tomatina, San Vino and countless others.
Contiki Jobs with Contike tours Europe
Busabout Jobs in Europe primarilyy
Stoke travel Jobs
Jobs with Topdeck Travel
Life before Work Jobs – Travel Photographer, Tour leader and more

Oktoberfest Jobs

Stoke travel at Oktoberfest
PP Travel at Oktoberfest
Festivals all Around and help at Oktoberfest

The Running of the Bulls
Stoke travel at the Running of the Bulls
PP Travel at San Fermin
Festivals all Around – Help at Oktoberfest

San Vino the wine fight
Stoke travel at San Vino

La Tomatina
Stoke travel at La Tomatina

Hostel Jobs:

Find out all about Hostel jobs around the world here

Helpful Resources

A list of exciting Jobs and Work Exchanges from around the world. Browse through all the information and opportunities and find a location that most intrigues you. Then go do it.
Travel around the world. Work in local hostels along the way. Create you profile, Pack your bags and Go Travel! It’s Free

Find opportunities in more than 100 countries to travel exchanging your skills for accommodation.

Hostel world
The best place to book hostel accommodation. It also provides a definitive list of hostels from around the world. Research and Contact

Work exchanges on liveseasonal The Experience
Working in a hostel gives you a chance to meet people from all over the world. You truly get the best of both worlds you live in a city and get to know what local life is like while meeting both locals and travellers on a regular basis.
Jobs and Work exchanges in hostels range from reception, to cleaning to tour guiding and countless other positions. It can be lots of work when you facilitates are busy and as many a traveler enjoys a drink or two can be a little roudy sometimes.
Having worked with and run pop up hostels around the world I truly look back on these times fondly and most of all appreciate the network of friends I have from around the world. I am slowly but surely trying to get a chance to meet up again in everyones home country.

How to go about it
The best way I always found to get a job while traveling was to do my research and initiate contact before I go. If I am planning to go for an extended period I would have a visa and make a short list of possible options using hostelworld or hostelbookers to get an idea of how the particular place perceived. I would then apply call them up and apply online. This sets the bal in motion and the hostel now knows who you are. Keep following up and looking for as many opportunities as you can, with these types of positions its best to play a numbers game but be strategic in highlighting your skills and personality. Once you land go visit all the places directly and see if they are hiring. This was how I was mostly able to get all my travel jobs. Just remember there is usually a high and low season in the Travel industry. Be persistent.
These are just my thoughts but make sure to do as much research and preparation before you go to make your life easier upon arrival.
All the best

Hostels who hire in Europe
Multiple Cities
Generator Hostels now hiring for multiple cities in Europe
Work with Equity Point Hostels
Work with St Christophers Inn in great cities across Europe
Work with us at One Hostel the 2nd best hostel chain worldwide in 2016

Teaching English Abroad:
Helpful Resources
Dave’s ESL cafe
This is the ultimate Teach Abroad job board. The internets meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers + students from around the world.
ESL Starter
ESL starter offers international teaching placements in some of the best places to teach abroad. For over 10 years, we have helped people embark on new journeys & achieve life-changing experiences.
20,000 ESL Teaching Jobs by Oxford Seminars Your next job could be your greatest adventure. Our graduates explore the world , collect experiences of a lifetime and are in high demand.
TEFL Heaven
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Tefl Worldwide Prague
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Government Sponsored programs
Teach English in Chile – Ministry of Education Chile
The Experience by Sarah, 25, Canada
Glasses are clinging and the smell of garlic is in the air. People are out an about with kids in strollers and although it might be almost midnight on a weekday. Each bar is packed displaying an assortment of tapas and bottles of wine. Where is this place you might ask? Well, welcome to Logroño!

When I first found out that I’d be teaching English at a Spanish High School in Logroño I had no idea what to expect. Logrono is the capital city of Spain’s wine region “La Rioja.” I knew that it was a small region in the Northwest of Spain not too far from France. However, what I didn’t know that this would be one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Logroño is famous for a street named “Calle Laurel” and although it’s only a little more than 200 meters long, there are over 65 restaurants and bars. These are seriously some of the best tapas in Spain. Not to mention it’s also fairly inexpensive with most starting around 2- 3€ for a tapa and a glass of wine can cost you well under 1€. It’s fair to say that I a lot of time exploring Calle Laurel and trying to find the very best of tapas or ending a workday with a glass red wine. However, even after living in Logroño for a year I didn’t even come close to trying every bar and although it’d be hard to pick a favorite. Although a few of my top choices would be eating a garlic roasted mushroom topped off with a shrimp at Bar Soriano, toast with goat cheese, Serrano ham and raspberry jam at Blanco y Negro and a shrimp and pineapple kebab at Juan y Pinchamé, and not to mention a wine slush on a hot summer day at Taberno del Tio Blas.
Logroño took me by surprise and would consider it as one of Spain’s most underrated places to visit. Located between rolling vineyards and just a short trip to San Sebastian, Bilbao or Pamplona it’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat, explore its cathedral and historical quarter or take a walk on a stone bridge over the Ebro River. If you’ve finished eating your way through Calle Laurel, there are also many other beautiful cities to visit or go wine tasting. You can take a short 20 min bus to Laguardia, a medieval city dating back to the 10th century and wander its cobblestone streets or go wine tasting at Ysios Winery, designed by the famous Spanish Architect: Santiago Calatrava Head over to Haro which is famous for its Wine Festival every summer in which locals have a wine battle. \nAnd make sure not to miss out at Bodega Marques de Riscal, La Rioja’s oldest vineyard designed by Frank Gehry and is made to look like a glass of wine.’,’2015-04-11 11:08:48′,0,”,’the-land-of-wine-and-tapas-1′,397,’
Logroño is very laid back and friendly (maybe because of the large amounts of affordable wine and tapas). You can find most of the locals hanging around Calle Laurel or strolling around the city. It is also located on the famous pilgrimage “Saint James Way” to Santiago de Compostela.’,’The best way to get to Logroño would by Bus or train. You can find information on how to get by Spain’s bus company Alsa or by train with Renfe The only negative thing about Logroño is that it only has a small airport with a few flights per week. It is better to get to Logroño by other bigger cities such as Bilbao, or Pamplona with destinations to other European countries and offer flights with low budget airlines such as Ryanair or Vueling.’,’
I shared an apartment in the center of the city with two other international students. If your looking for a place to stay, I’d recommend to stay near the city center. If your on a budget I’d check out airbnb, or couch surf with a local’,’

How to go about it
I worked as a Language Assistant teaching English at a public high school with a program offered through Spain’s Ministry of Education called “Auxiliares de Conversaci ón.” I worked 12 hours/week with a stipend of 700€ per month. If you are looking work abroad in Spain I’d recommend applying to this program, which has placements over all the country. You can apply towards the end of December beginning of January -conversacion-extranjeros-espana.html
Eat as many tapas as you can Also, to blend in with the locals to order wine in Spanish red wine is (vino tinto) and white is (vino blanco) and rose (vino rosado) If you really want to show your stuff, to order the house wine which is usually the cheapest option you’d like to ask for (vino de la casa) To step up a notch crianza would be your next best bet which are aged around 1 year in oak barrels. Feeling a bit fancier, go for a Reserva, aged for a minumum of 3 years and are the winemakers usually select the best grapes. The crème de la crème would be a Gran Reserva are aged the longest and are the best picked grapes. They are aged at least 2 years in oak barrels and 1 year bottled, however some can be aged for about 10 years which comes with the price. Cheers!
My experience living with other international students was great! We celebrated many holidays together or would often have roomate dinners. Since both of my roomates were French we made a lot of crepes, which was a plus!’,’I really enjoyed teaching English, it has overall been a great experience which has allowed me to travel around Spain and Europe.

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The Experience
When you hear “successful” people speak profoundly about the journey it took to get to where they are: there is a reason for that. It is the struggle, the hustle, the mentors, the connections and the education that truly shape you. Being able or even having the desire to live and work around is not for everyone but those that like to travel and experience new faces and places it is truly spectacular.
I was fortunate growing up and I was able to go live and work in Ski towns during uni holidays, I trained in Thailand, I worked on oil rigs, I had a stake in a business that set up hostels at festivals and events around the world I learnt something from all of it both good and bad but I can honestly say that once I started to develop my digital skillsets is when I truly started to feel more and more comfortable – I now had a tangible skillset one that people would pay well for but more than anything it was the creative freedom that I had given myself. The abilty to take any idea I had in my head and express it through a website, drive traffic to it through marketing and see very quickly whether something was in demand or not. While I still have a long way to go in so many aspects of life I can wholeheartedly recommend giving yourself a digital education
How to go about it
While you see a lot of sites or youtube videos preaching start an online business and travel the world you really need to know what your doing or you will get schooled fast. While I believe that

everyone should learn to start an online business it is often a good idea to start learning a digital skillset so you can truly capitalize on building an online business as you are constantly building a new skill. There are many options out there WordPress, Online marketing , programming, design to name but a few. In the beginning one can also leverage of platforms such as shopify if you would like to sell a tangible good. If you are going to rely on the money generated from the business make sure to have some sales or traction before we you get going. If you are not relying on the money lets face it there are so many countries that are cheaper to live than Canada, US, Aus or the UK
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