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Earning along the way...

Hello to all.

I am just wondering how people earn along the way?

I'm in the very early stages of planning an extended trip (not sure where yet)...
Step one; ordered a 3m x 2m map of the world and intend to stick loads of pins in it of everywhere I want to visit a from there a route will materialise...

I am looking at selling the majority of my possessions (+/- £6k), renting out my narrowboat (current home) to provide a small residual income (+/- £300pcm)... or possibly selling it even (+/- £30k)!

There are a number of things (I feel) I need to buy before setting of on such an adventure (camping gear, panniers, stove etc etc)

But just wondering what people do to earn money along the way?
I currently work as a chef so easy to get work like that, but that also then means travelling with my chef uniform, knives etc (I wan't out of that trade anyway), wondering about teaching English as a foreign language? or perhaps doing work over the internet of some kind (but I'm no web designer).

Wide skill set, but very little in terms of qualifications.

Just wondering what others do to earn money along the way?
Also Visas for UK citizen vs. can in hand work?
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As you say teaching English is popular as are internet based jobs if you happen to be qualified for that sort of work but outside of your home country options are limited. Apart from the legality most jobs in developing countries pay little if you can find one, many people who travel long term have passive incomes from renting property and spend their savings returning home to earn more when the money runs out.
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As someone who taught English overseas for 4 years, I wouldn't recommend it for reliable transient work. I think if you go to the trouble of earning a TEFL certificate, it can be a very worthwhile and fulfilling job, but teaching English doesn't lend itself to the sort of work-as-you-go employment the O/P might be looking for.

I found that it would take time to line up interviews, gain a position, and then work hard to prepare lessons and teach. Once teaching, it's very much full-on and will require as much attention and work as any other full-time job.
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I traveled for 3 years back in the day and got seasonal work operating harvesting equipment on farms. Good money and accommodation and food supplied


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