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July 16, 2015

How to travel the world for Free

Full time backpacker Part 1

One of the real pluses in running hostels is the people you get to meet, from the guests who secretly want to be backpackers but arrive with suit cases and no backpack, to those who arrive with a rigid plan on what they want to see and do and who are trying to do it all in a matter of a two week annual holiday. To the guys who reek of travel (I mean that in the nicest way) these guys have been everywhere and have been backpacking for months if not years, and to the guys who are being paid to travel……I know I can hear the question  “How do they get to travel around the world for years, ‘living the life ‘and getting paid to boot”?

I have been lucky in the years I have been in this business to meet a good number of these lucky few and I have asked them to add a few details on how they do it and with luck and hard work you may be able to do the same. I have split this blog into two as there is a fair bit of information contained within each topic. See part 2 for more ideas on How to travel the world for Free

 

Individual name: Beth Vessel bethvessel@gmx.com

How to travel the world for FreeWhat do you do in simple terms?  

I am a ‘Blogger’

What does this entail and how do you get paid? 

I write blogs for both my own web site and for others, in return I receive payment from these other entities or and at times I am provided in lieu of money with free accommodation in hotels/hostels. My web site is also monetized whereby I display and endorse products I trust, the real advantage for me is that I have no real direct costs to create the product, simply using what little grey matter I have, I also have the luxury in that I have no responsibility at all in answering support questions on the product or in the despatch of an item, the product provider takes care of all these things and I simply get paid a fixed amount for each unit purchased.

When did you start doing this?

From late 2010

How do you get into this?

I simply fell into writing and started by offering my blogging skills to hotels and hostels for free accommodation and free food, in return I would write a 750 word post on my time at the venue detailing the location, venue amenities and the staff.

What equipment do you need?

You have to have passion in what you write and it should come from your daily experiences, so you should always be carrying a camera to document your travels/findings. I carry a smart phone which I also use as a Dictaphone. You have to have your own web site or and blog site, access to a computer and ultimately access to the internet to publish your blog

What would you say are the abilities you need to do this?

You simply must love telling a story and follow the basics of all story-telling, you must have a start a middle and an end, simply fill in these sections with script and pictures that is both informative and interesting and you have cracked it as a blogger.

 

Individual name: Ronny Baker ronnybaker@gmail.com

How to travel the world for Free 2What do you do in simple terms?

I am an IT worker

What does this entail and how do you get paid? 

I write design and build web sites, conduct SEO and organise social media strategies. I advise companies on how to structure a full market strategy incorporating both social media and web based applications and sites. From building pages on the most common social media pages, listing on Google Places, Google search, and Yahoo. I get remunerated directly from my clients where ever I am in the world and have bartered with hotels and hostels whereby I improve their Web presence and in return l receive free accommodation and food.

When did you start doing this?

10 Years ago

How do you get into this?

I started straight from school working with a web building company. I started travelling about 5 years ago, combining my work with my love of travelling. I work on a project to project bases for small SME around the English speaking world, the beauty is I am not restricted to working in a single office. I also work for a number of smaller hotel and hostel chains, I am lucky as I can build my desire to travel into my client’s needs.

What equipment do you need?

A lap top and a smart phone.

What would you say are the abilities you need to do this?

The mind set to continuously follow market trends and foresight to adapt to change

 

Individual name: Wayne Zamora wainezamora@gmail.com

How to travel the world for Free 3What do you do in simple terms?

I work in hostels or as a tour guide

What does this entail and how do you get paid? 

Working in a hostel can encompass many different aspects from simply running the reception area, to cooking and catering, bar work or simply as an entertainments manager, the latter is where you would try to promote local tours or the events arranged by the hostel. There is normally no salary for the job you get paid with free accommodation and either staff discounted food and drink or a limited amount of free food and drink. As a tour rep the salary can be a pittance and you have to commit to a specific period, the hours are longer but you do get to see more of the country.

When did you start doing this?

I worked in my first hostel some 3 years ago

How do you get into this?

I was backpacking around Australia doing odd jobs here and there and staying in hostels, when I realized I was working just to pay for my digs and food and thought what the hell why not work in hostels which I love and get paid for doing what I really enjoy….meeting new people and having a ball at the same time.

What equipment do you need?

Nothing

What would you say are the abilities you need to do this?

You have to be outward going and have the ability to listen

 

Individual name: Cathy Khumer cathykhumer@mail.com

How to travel the world for Free 5What do you do in simple terms?

I teach English

What does this entail and how do you get paid? 

In Thailand you need to study and pass a teaching course e.g. TEFL and ‘officially’ already hold a bachelor’s degree, (this is un-officially ignored in some of the provinces but is shown in a much lower salary). Payment comes either from agents (never the safest route) or directly from the school and private students.

When did you start doing this?

3 and a bit years ago 

How do you get into this?

I first worked as a teacher in South America and then decided to see the world, or at least those parts of it where I could arrange a short teaching contract in advance. So far I have worked in South Africa, China, Cambodia and Thailand.

What equipment do you need?

None really but it is always a good idea to have a note pad with you.

What would you say are the abilities you need to do this?

If you have a teaching background then with luck you already have what you need if not then you need to know in your own mind what age group would you feel most comfortable in working with. The ability to communicate is what good teaching is all about.

 

For the second part of How to travel the world for Free click here

 

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