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Work Your Way Around the World: The Globetrotter's Bible Paperback – June 7, 2014
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Guaranteed to give you wanderlust * Sunday Telegraph *
From the Back Cover
Want to travel the world but can't afford to?
This fully updated sixteenth edition of the classic globetrotter's guide is crammed with information and tips from people who are out there living their dream. Covering a whole world of opportunities, it reveals the best places to find work, how to get the necessary permits, tips for travelling safely and much more, including:
- practical information on a broad range of jobs from the everyday to the extraordinary
- up to date contact details for hundreds of jobs in exciting places that you can apply for right now
- advice from other travellers who have been there and done it
- help on finding and securing work whatever country you are in
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My advice: Do it while you're younger (under 60!)
Even if you travel on your savings and don't stop to work, it's nice to know you could stay a while somewhere along the way and not go broke. Peace of mind.
This book covers all the aspects of using a job to cover your travel expenses. It starts with the usual passport and tickets, then continues with employment agencies, cruise liners, language instruction, and countless others. Employment agencies probably have lists of European families who want English-speaking au pairs to teach their kids. However, if you want to work on a farm in Europe, that may be a problem. The author mentions that once an employer gets burned by a foreign worker, he or she won’t be warm to trying again.
Work Your Way Around the World goes through traditional “work abroad” schemes, and they include cruise ships and language schools, along with volunteer programs like UNICEF, Peace Corps, and the Israeli Kibbutz. If you want to work your way through the USA, there are plenty of volunteer programs where work permits are not required. However, what the book doesn’t cover is how foreigners can get work in the USA, legal and otherwise. It does mention the resorts and the soccer schools, but in order to work in Disneyworld, you have to go through legal channels. Legitimate employers in the USA will only hire legal immigrants, but if you want to be a waiter, bartender, or cab driver, then you might be able to get away with being in the country on a tourist visa.
One great thing about this book is that it makes no promises. The author gives information on fishing in Alaska, but makes it clear that the pay can be great or lousy, depending on luck. There’s always the chance that you might get to the job and find that it’s gone, or that the company has closed. Some jobs, like cruise liners, don’t pay much. Look at it in terms of immigration. If the restaurants in your city hire mainly foreign workers, there’s usually a reason why. Either they need their skills, or the pay is low. It can work either way for you.