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Get Paid to Travel The World

Updated on October 5, 2015

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Do This Job To Easily Live Overseas

Unless you're a great photographer or an amazing writer, teaching English is your best opportunity.

Why would anyone be crazy enough to fly halfway around the planet for a job teaching English?

I chose TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign language) as a way to travel overseas for longer than two weeks. The salaries vary by country so you have to pick and choose your own adventure. Salaries range from $800 to $4000 a month depending on where you go.

That $800 a month salary sounds scary, but with local prices you live like royalty. On the other end of the spectrum you can save to pay off student loans, credit card debt, or sock away for your IRA. For the best jobs you need be a native speaker and have any Bachelors Degree. Asia and the Middle East offer the best pay for the workload and savings ability.

On of the greatest epiphanies that hit me teaching overseas was lifestyle design. When you only work 20 hour weeks, you have time to explore other opportunities in life. You don't find yourself in a corporate grind bitching at your watercooler about your boss.

Corporate slaves are walking away from the 9-5 daily now. You can read almost any business blog and read about someone new that's gone freelance. They got fed up with the nonsense and walked away.

I took an online course from a company called I to I for $250. Best money I spent. It took me 90 days to complete the class in my spare time. Since then I've taught in China and Japan. I've visited Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia during vacations. My passport pages went from blank to WOW. Am I making a fortune, definitely not. Am I happier than a 50 hour workaholic with no free time, yes I'd say so.

Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan

The front of a shrine in Fukuoka, Japan
The front of a shrine in Fukuoka, Japan

What I Learned Outside America

You Learn Extreme Patience.

The world doesn't revolve around you and people live at a different pace. It will drive you crazy at first, since you likely get antsy waiting for your microwave timer to finish. Patience is a virtue and you need to learn it. I leaned it best in China, things never move quickly and there's nothing you can do about it.

Experiencing Life Will Bring Your More Happiness Than Money.

Sure money would be great, but then I wouldn't have the amazing stories to share with friends. In a past job I would ask my coworker how he was doing, the response was like clockwork, "just watching TV and catching up on bills." When did paying bills constitute life? It sucks, escape now while you're still young.

.All the Stuff You See on TV is a Waste of Your Time And Energy.

Nothing good ever happens on the news, why bother watching it. I can't begin to tell you how relaxing it is to stop following the minutia of national news.You don't control the world, stop acting like any of it matters. It doesn't. Talk to you family or spend time with friends.

American Isn't The Greatest Nation

America is great in many ways, but there's much our country could learn from other nations. Socialized health care isn't scary, a nation without guns isn't defenseless, and debt is truly destructive. I've experienced fantastic medical care for a $12 visit. I got an ER CAT scan for $70. Japanese, English, and Australians don't fear their government because they lack firearms. Very few Asians have debt, they save up cash and pay out of pocket. They often live well into their nineties. These are just three simple examples of positive differences you can experience living overseas.

Where To Find The Jobs

You can find teaching jobs by doing a simple google search for "TEFL Jobs". One of the most popular resources in Dave's ESL Cafe where jobs are posted regularly.

You can get a certificate to teach for less than $300 and in some cases $99. it will take you about 90 days to finish the online course. I to I and the British Council offer classes.

Be warned there are scams out there. Make sure you ask lots of questions. Never be afraid to turn down a job if it feels wrong. In this industry there are plenty of real jobs waiting to be filled.

Good luck in your job hunt, just be prepared for a simple interview and make sure your passport is current. You're likely going to get hired quickly and be flying within a few weeks. One year overseas can feel like five years, but nothing changes back home.

Enjoy living like Peter Pan and check out the world for yourself.

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The Great Parts

What's So Great About Teaching English?

You experience people who don't think the way you do.

You learn how to communicate in the simplest way possible.

You only work 25 hours a week, usually.

You experience new adventures and see things you never thought were possible.

The Horrific Parts

What The Downside Of TEFL?

You miss your family and that one year you signed on for feels like five years sometimes.

The pay is average at best.

I dislike teaching kids because they never listen. I get turned into a babysitter for 1-40 kids

When you get home you have to re-acclimate and you realize how much "real" jobs suck the life out of you. You find yourself asking, "What the hell do I do now?"

You make new friends, and then they leave when their contract ends. Friendships can be fleeting at best.

A temple in Japan

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    • Akriti Mattu profile image

      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I love your post and i endorse your message. I am a huge fan of travel :-)