Working on your career break is one of the best ways of funding it. You get to work while you travel, and really get to experience a country and its people. The work can be hard but there's a lot to choose from - and you're guaranteed a change from your day job!
Here's an overview of your options:
- TEFL (see our separate TEFL section for more on this) - a great way to work abroad, plus you'll be bringing long-lasting benefits to your students.
- Working holiday visa schemes in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan. If you're under 30, this is the best way to work, travel - and make friends!
- Ski, snowboard or watersports instructor course, then doing seasonal work in fantastic resorts around the world. Ensure your certificate is internationally recognised.
- Yachting or sailing - get a Competent Crew certificate or other sailing qualification, and you will literally be working as you travel!
- Seasonal work - you could be teaching kids to kayak, working in a beach bar or catering in a winter resort, getting cash together for the next bit of your trip.
Don't forget, if you're on sabbatical from work (ie you've got an agreement that you'll return), you normally won't be allowed to do paid work on your career break. Check your sabbatical contract.
Doing paid work abroad probably won't make you rich, but it's a great way to make friends (with fellow workers or with your clients) and a fab way to fund your travels!