Did travel make it onto your New Year’s Resolution list? We hope so! One of the best ways to travel more is to create a career that is location-independent.
We’ve teamed up with Worldpackers to outline a few skills that will put you on the right track. Their online community connects travelers looking to exchange their skills for accommodation with incredible hosts from around the world.
Life is all about meaningful experiences and with Worldpackers, you can improve your craft while experiencing the best of the globe.
If you own a smartphone, chances are that you’re already a pro at social media. While it may be all fun and games to you, companies are always on the hunt for social media rockstars. That said, there’s definitely a difference between Instagramming for personal use and managing an official brand page, so you’ll want to start bulking up your resume.
Alternatively, you can use your social media prowess for other types of jobs, such as teaching. Maybe assign students a homework assignment of creating a Tumblr post or use Pinterest as a research tool for assignments. Students can even upload course learnings via a personal blog and keep notes that way.
Print magazines may be a dying breed, but good writers will never go out of style. Copywriting, in particular, is a smart skill to master because it combines creativity with strategic marketing. Whether you’re drafting copy for a travel campaign or writing item descriptions for an e-commerce site, your ultimate goal is making readers do something.
The same is true of other forms of writing, such as blogging. While it’s not an easy fix for making money, there are many destinations that have low costs of living. Chiang Mai, for example, is known as a blogger hangout because you can focus entirely on running your blog while still having a comfortable lifestyle.
Yes, this is real! I actually have a very good travel blogger friend who recently became a divemaster and now lives in Egypt. Of course, you’ll need to first get your scuba certification and put in the hours before becoming an instructor, but when you do, you quite literally have an ocean of opportunity. The same is true for other skills such as Yoga, personal training, and life coaching.
To get started, take a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course. Most courses include an e-learning portion and four open dives to put your knowledge to the test. After logging more than 40 dives, you can apply to a PADI Divemaster course. Sure, it’s a lot of work to go from beginner to expert, but it’s fun, too!
Mastering a foreign language won’t just make traveling easier; it can actually launch your career. Similar to copywriters, language translators are needed more than you think. Maybe you grew up speaking another language or learned Spanish as an adult. Whatever the situation, look into jobs seeking language translation. Alternatively, you can use your bilingual skills to become a teacher abroad.
If translation services and teaching aren’t up your alley, consider becoming a tour guide. It’s rare to meet a tour guide who doesn’t know at least two languages, and since you’ll get to do what you love – travel – it might be the perfect gig. Like to cook? Use your language skills to host a dinner with EatWith.
If you’ve ever dabbled in the field of graphic design, you’ll know that it’s as much an art as it is a science. With more and more things going digital, graphic designers are a hot commodity among employers. Like any new skill, you might need to start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Many designers build their resume of work through sites like 99designs.
Another perk of knowing the ins and outs of graphic design is that it’s considered a bonus for many employers. Everyone from Social Media Managers to travel bloggers and nature photographers are encouraged to know at least a little graphic design to better their work. So, this skill can really take you places.
Want to work master a new skill AND work abroad? Head to Worldpackers for more deets on how to make it happen!