How To Travel and Live Internationally

How To Travel and Live Internationally

International travel is often highly coveted and largely viewed as unattainable. However, there are some great opportunities to travel and live internationally.

International anything can still be pretty expensive, but that doesn’t mean it’s unaffordable. You just might have to work as you go. I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite ways to travel and internationally to help you find ways to book your trip of a lifetime.

4 Opportunities to Travel & Live Internationally

  1. Workaway.info
    1. This website connects people who want to volunteer anywhere in the world with host families. In exchange for work, you are usually offered room and board for free. Each Workaway Host has different stipulations for work required and services/payment offered in return, though, so make sure you read the details before you get in too deep.
    2. Pros: Most diverse options regarding type of volunteering and locations; time requirements can be short or long term.
    3. Cons: No travel cost reimbursements, accommodation may not be the best (no 5 star hotels). 
  2. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
    1. Internationally renowned, WWOOF connects people who want to volunteer and work on organic farms in over 100 countries. This is perfect for those who want to go country hopping in South America or Europe!
    2. Pros: Large amount of country offerings; duration of stays can be as short as a few days or as long as a few months. 
    3. Cons: Travel costs are all on you; the work is all about playing in the dirt (that can be good or bad!). It’s also nationally structured, so country hopping can be tedious to plan with each WWOOF’s country branch. 
  3. Au Pair

    1. Au Pair in America specializes in non U.S. citizens or residents au pairing in the United States. Although I have not personally used them since I’m an American citizen, I’ve heard great things about them from camp friends!
      1. Pros: They take care of your health insurance, U.S. visa, and training.
      2. Cons: Most au pair positions are more work than play; au pair stays are long term and not conducive to lots of travel.
    2. AuPair World has au pair position listings for all across the world. I’ve used this site/service multiple times, and I’ve enjoyed each of my experiences
      1. Pros: Much like a dating site, you can set your preferences for what kind of family/experience you’re looking for; free (no membership fees) to sign up as an au pair. 
      2. Cons: Being a non-EU citizen au pair be difficult when it comes to visas; travel costs probably won’t be reimbursed by the family; the messaging system isn’t the best, either. 
  4. Summer Camp (working in U.S.)
    1. Pros: 3 months of work at a summer camp can let you explore parts of the U.S.; you can extend your visa for post-camp travels easily; visa and transportation to/from camp are taken care of by the agency; a variety of roles/specialities are available; amazing summer tans; you’ll leave with lots of friends from different places!
    2. Cons: First year pay might be minimal, if kids aren’t your deal, it’s not a good fit. 
    3. Some agencies you can go through to find a summer camp job in the U.S. include:
      1. Camp America
      2. CCUSA
      3. Camp Leaders

Of course, this is not a master list of how to travel and live internationally. However, these four options typically do not require specific education/degrees, offer a good work/free time ratio, and let you experience a country for an extended period of time. 

How I Travel & Live Internationally

Personally, I’ve been an au pair three times and those experiences have allowed me to explore most of Western Europe and Great Britain. Also, I’ve worked at summer camps for 4 summers now, and those experiences have gained me so many international friends who I get to visit and stay with when I’m in Europe or Australia. 

These experiences have shaped how I view the world, friendship, technology, and cultures. Every time I boldly step off a plane, I am humbled by my experiences and the people I meet. It’s one thing to be a tourist for three days, and it’s another to live with locals and experience the highs and lows of life together. I can’t recommend these experiences enough (especially to anyone in their 20’s!). 

If you have any questions or suggestions about how to travel and live internationally without a degree or at little to no cost, make sure to drop a comment below!

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