Nowadays, we are living in a golden age for travelling. Never was it so easy for a traveler to cover the whole world on a shoestring budget. Actually, you CAN travel for free but, granted, you’ll often feel deprived. If you’re not in the mood to be always wondering where your next meal or ride will come from then this is not for you. Let’s focus then on some solutions that allow you to cover your expenses while travelling.
Have a go at hostels
Hostels are a generally very informal, budget-friendly lodging place, where guests are invited to share resources. Usually offer both dormitory style as well as private rooms. Being accessible options, they cater especially to young people but not exclusively.
Depending on the location, they might offer different events and social activities to their guests, organized by hostels themselves or local partners.
Hostels have become spread around the world as travelling becomes more and more accessible for the average individual in many countries. They offer a down-to-earth option for lodging seeked by a lot of people.
Hostels usually keep it low cost by cutting in services usually done by personnel in hotels. Frequently, the owner can be the only hostel staff and other seasonal needs are covered by temporary workers.
Usually, hostel job availability is related to weather and the season. Your chances will increase if you get there just before peak season, before everyone else.
Hostels trade work for accommodation and free or discounted meals (and drinks). One can earn some extra cash through commissions from promoting tours, excursions or other events at local bars, restaurants and shops.
One should not expect to get a wage though it is possible. It is for someone looking to extend their stay somewhere and looking for a minimal cost of living while abroad, since you eliminate most of the expenses of travelling.
Also, you get to know people from all over the world and will get to practice your language skills.
You may get along really well with the hostel staff and manage to nab yourself a job but don’t always count on that as a given.
Create a CV
Though the option above definitely happens often, if you plan to cover a lot of the hostel circuit, it might be a better option to invest some effort into creating a especially crafted CV than to approach the hostel manager directly and expecting a click to eventually happen, all of a sudden. It will be way more effective as it will allow you to apply for jobs in advance.
In this regard, Travel Weekly have shared their ten tips to set up a CV fit for the travel industry. Are you unsure whether too much travelling (is that even a problem?) will make a dent on your CV? In this article, you can figure out how to make travel look good on your CV.
Things to Consider Before Applying
Eligibility to work abroad
Confirm you are eligible to work in a given country you intend to visit. To be able to work in Europe, for instance, will require either a European passport or a working visa. Not having either will put you in a tougher position and you might very well have a hard time applying online.
However, that might not be too much of an obstacle and you may very well land an informal, cash-in-hand job or as a volunteer.
What type of person are you?
Are you a 24-hour party animal or a more introspect kind of person? Maybe you’d prefer to do a bit of soul-searching at a surf hostel instead of leading drinking games amongst guests. Be sure to give a thought about this before applying and feeling out of place afterwards.
How good are your language skills?
Having a good command of English is most definitely a must-have in many countries when the moment of hiring people comes in. However, having at least some conversational skills in the local language may well be required in some places.
What other skills do you have to trade?
For sure, the most important skills you can feature, applying for a job at a hostel are being flexible, open-minded and, of course, hospitable. However, you can boost the chances of landing a job if you happen to have other skills useful to the hostel in the long run. If you have worked in hospitality, restaurants/bars, or customer service, you most likely are able to interact with other people with a friendly attitude.
Make sure to mention if you have had experience with reception, cash handling, cleaning or other directly related experience. Also, social media management, filmmaking or photography will make you a great asset to have on board. You can bet you’ll play very different roles during your worktime:
- Reception (checking users in and out and providing information and local directions);
- Socializing with Guests;
- Promoting/Planning Events.
Search for Jobs Online
If instead of wandering around, applying to random jobs as they pop up, you want to live for a while in a given place, you’ll need a more pro-active attitude.
A good place to start your job hunt is HostelWorld. You can filter the hostels by city and go through ratings and descriptions to find hostels you’d like to work in. You’ll get the contact info, directions and links to their respective websites, where you can reach them. If they don’t a website, maybe you can trade a brand-new one for accommodation? Send a short, concise email with your CV and ask them if there are any vacancies available.
Other good options for people looking for paid jobs are:
For people looking for work-exchange instead:
Some Facebook groups also bring together people looking for jobs and hostel managers/staff. Some examples are:
Don’t forget: to have success finding work you need to network and get yourself out there!
If you follow the route described above, be sure to try out Hand2Hand!
Hand2Hand offers yet a new way for travelers to earn extra money with little effort.
All one needs is a smartphone, some time and bargaining skills. Found some interesting local item? Do you have access to expensive, in high-demand, items? Look no further: take some photos and post some offers on Hand2Hand, to be delivered on your next destination.
You can also pick the most relaxed approach and just have a look at which products people on your next destinations are requesting. Bid on as many products as you wish on price and date of delivery. After being notified about the buyer having paid the price you set up, pick the item and you’ll get the funds transferred to you, after meeting the buyer and delivering the items.
Without much effort, you can easily get enough pocket money to extend your stay at your next destinations. What are you waiting for? Download Hand2Hand here and give it a spin!
Till next time,
the Hand2Hand team