Working on the Road

One of the biggest arguments I hear from people as to why they can’t travel is “I have a job and responsibilities.” LET ME BREAK THE NEWS TO YOU – YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

Hey, if I can break away from my corporate roots at age 52, go back to school to learn a whole new field and then build a business with the sole intent of working on the road, well, so can you! I’m not saying it was easy, but it has been fun, and it has reinvigorated me. Not only that but once I got started researching, planning and looking at my Plan B options if this fell through I started to realize there are a ton of options out there.

It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by RV or backpacking around the world, there are options for you. Some are volunteering in exchange for campsites or room and board. Some are Freelance Jobs like I do, others teach, some write content for blogs, magazines or websites. Others do travel reviews and stay in some pretty nice places for free. Some are Photographers and I recently corresponded with a woman who wanted to bake fresh pies and pickled vegetables and sell them from her RV. (I was all over the pie idea…., if you’ve seen my belly you’d know why). 🙂

What about teaching English overseas, working for a travel agency leading tours, making beds at a camp resort, seasonal work for Amazon, gate guarding or becoming a Digital Nomad. How about a dog walker or sitter in an RV park so people can go site seeing. Did you check out Luxury Housesitters? Can you image someone wanting to pay you to watch their luxury house or mansion for three months while they are gone?

What about a cruise ship job or taking one of your skills, hobbies or your professional knowledge on the high seas as a guest lecture? What about working on a private yacht? It’s possible!

Here are some links to get started or find ideas that might suit you…….

Work On Wheels: Work for RVers and Campers! You have lots of choices: paid employment, working for an RV site at a campground job, volunteering, or operating a business from your RV. You’ll find help here. The Home Page has a ton of resources that will be helpful for you no matter your mode of travel or country.

Freelancers Union: The Freelancers Union believes all workers should have the freedom to build meaningful, connected, and independent lives – backed by a system of mutual and public support. Nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker. That’s 42 million people – and growing. We’re lawyers and nannies, graphic designers and temps, and the future of the economy. The Freelancers Union serves the needs of this growing independent sector. We’re bringing freelancers together to build smarter solutions to health care, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. We call it New Mutualism. You can call it the future. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t get something useful from their Facebook and site postings. They now have a classified section as well.

Cool Jobs: Well they say “the coolest jobs on this planet,” I can’t beat that.

Cool Works: CoolWorks.com has been central to the summer job and seasonal job market niche since 1995, an old-timer in web years, but we have a youthful, energetic, older and bolder spirit. We have a dedicated core of job seekers who use Cool Works to actively seek job opportunities in great places like national parks, various resorts, ranches, camps, ski resorts, and jobs on the water. They also seek volunteer and conservation corps opportunities to help better our world.

Workamper News: Workampers are adventurous individuals, couples, and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY part-time or full-time work with RV camping. If you work as an employee, operate a business, or donate your time as a volunteer, AND you sleep in an RV (or on-site housing), you are a Workamper!

Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.

Alliances Abroad: Leader of international recruitment for over 20 years, Alliance Abroad Group is in the business of connecting, enriching, and empowering the global community one person at a time. Promoting mutual understanding and enriching the global economy through cultural exchange. Information on Alliance Abroad Group, About Cultural Exchange Programs, Visa Information, Travel Medical Insurance for U.S. citizens going abroad.

BUNAC: BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programs. BUNAC is the work and travel expert and has been helping young people work and volunteer abroad since 1962. Popular gap year destinations include USA, Canada, New Zealand, Nepal, Australia, Britain, China, South Africa and much more.

Work Camping – Recreation Resource Management: Recreation Resource Management is one of the largest and most diverse private managers of government-owned recreation sites in the country. They manage over 175 sites in 12 states and have been in business for over fifteen years. Their managed sites range fro m campgrounds and day use facilities to stores, marinas, and boat ramps. Every year they hire about 500 seasonal employees to help mage these sites.

CLM Services: They have several camp host positions throughout the Western United States. CLM Services currently manages several hundred campground facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. The company, which operates under the names California Land Management, Northwest Land Management, Snake River Recreation, Tahoe Recreation, Inyo Recreation, Sequoia Recreation, Sierra Recreation, Mount Hood Recreation, and White River Recreation, serves the USDA Forest Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Inyo County, and a variety of other agencies in campground operations.

InterExchange: With programs in 20 countries around the world, InterExchange Working Abroad will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. From volunteering to teaching English to working as an au pair or traveling on a work program, Working Abroad will offer you continuous support during your time overseas.

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange Work Abroad Program – Their programs include: study abroad, teach abroad, high school study, and gap year programs; international faculty development seminars; summer work and travel exchanges; internships; professional training programs; and volunteer opportunities.

Workamping Jobs: This site is viewed over 1,000 times every single day by RVers and employers. Employers can submit listings for volunteer work camping positions, paid positions or a combination of both. Positions can be a seasonal, temporary, short or long term, full or part time. RV work campers can submit a job wanted ad to let employers know they are available. This site is free to use by everyone with no registration and no fees of any kind.

Amazon Camperforce: Looking for a fast-paced, hands-on job? Own an RV? If yes, then the CamperForce program might be for you! Take on Amazon Fulfillment as your next adventure and join a group of enthusiastic RVers this winter season to help fulfill holiday orders. They seek hardworking and dedicated seasonal campers for our CamperForce program. The program lasts 3-4 months in the winter and your responsibilities will be in the areas of packing, stowing, and receiving. Choose from one of our three locations in Kansas, Kentucky, and Nevada and join us this winter season with your RV. They pay a pretty decent hourly rate (typically $11-$12 p/h) with a chance for bonuses. They also pay for your RV park fees with all hook-ups for the duration of your work. Hey – free living and make an income at the same time.

RVParkstore.com: Help wanted postings for RV Parks and Campgrounds throughout the country. There is also a Jobs Wanted posting to find jobs in a specific area or job skill.

Snowbirds RV Trails – Comprehensive Listing of Job Sites: Stay at a great campground, with full hook ups, at no charge. All you need to do in return is 10 to 20+ hours of work per week for the campground owner. The work can be as hosts, office or store work, maintenance, security, groundskeeper, etc. Whatever a campground owner needs a hand with. It’s a perfect match when the campground owner, needing economical help, meets the RVer that enjoys people, the lifestyle, and staying active. If you have experience, it’s a plus, but it’s often not a requirement!

Jobs Abroad:  GoAbroad.com was launched to fill an information void in the area of international student travel. GoAbroad.com was conceptualized to provide a one-stop information center for students wishing to travel internationally. The site was created to link prospective travelers with organizations providing international opportunities. They know it’s not always easy working on the road.

Back Door Jobs — a guide to short-term adventures, internships, extraordinary experiences, seasonal jobs, and more — both in the U.S. and around the world. Includes sustainable living jobs, camp and ranch jobs, resort and hospitality jobs, and more.

JobMonkey.com — where job-seekers can find seasonal or year-round jobs working for employers who can offer you unique opportunities to travel the world, have fun, and earn decent money doing it. Includes such categories of employers as Alaska Fisheries, Cruise Lines, Casinos & Gaming, Land Tours, Ski Industry, and more. Future enhancements include an agent matching service and a job-seeker profile service. Free to job-seekers.

Kareeve.com — a job site with all kinds of seasonal jobs, ski resort jobs, employment and work in European ski resorts, soccer camps, and seasonal jobs around the world. Job-seekers can search job postings (by job type, job category, and location), but registration is required. No cost to job-seekers.

Lifeguardingjobs.com — a great resource for job-seekers looking for lifeguard and other aquatic positions. Job-seekers can search by jobs, state, and county. Free to job-seekers.

MountainJobs.com — dedicated to bringing together mountain employers with high-quality job-seekers, where you can search for a wide variety of professional and unusual jobs and internships and read company profiles. Free to job-seekers.

ResortJobs.com — search for jobs by location or keywords and post your resume for employers to view. Free to job-seekers.

SeasonalEmployment.com — a site to learn where, how, and when to find a seasonal job, both domestically and abroad. Job-seekers can search for jobs by keyword, industry, and location, as well as browse listings by job type. It’s also a great resource for basic career information. No cost to job-seekers.

SeasonalJobs.net — where job-seekers looking for seasonal employment can search for jobs (by position or location) and post your resume. Also, it includes additional seasonal employment resources. Free to job-seekers.

Season Jobs 365 — where job-seekers can find temporary work, summer jobs, winter jobs, working holidays, jobs abroad, ski and snowboard jobs, holiday reps, resort work, catering, and other seasonal work. Job-seekers can search or browse job listings by location or job type. Part of the One World 365 network of Websites. No cost to job-seekers.

SeasonWorkers.com — a job site covering all aspects of worldwide working travel and seasonal recruitment — including winter resorts, summer resorts, outdoor jobs, and TEFL positions — where job-seekers can search job postings (by job category and country) and then apply directly to whichever one interests you. No cost to job-seekers.

ThemeParkJobs.com — where job-seekers interested in working in the theme park industry can search for jobs (by keyword, location, and job type), register for a job search agent, and post your resume. Free to job-seekers.

Jobs for Digital Nomads and Freelancers

Digital Nomad Jobs: A site dedicated to providing resources and job links for Digital Nomads. A Digital Nomad is a person who travels at will while relying on technology to make their desired income. These people are almost exclusively business owners or freelance contractors, with a few “satellite employees” who can fit the requirements.

Upwork: Upworks created an online workplace for the world – connecting clients with top freelance professionals from San Francisco to Sao Paulo.  Anything that can be done on a computer can be done on Upwork. Freelance experts can tackle a range of projects.

Flexjobs: FlexJobs is the leading job search site specializing in professional telecommuting, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs.

Freelancers Union: The Freelancers Union believes all workers should have the freedom to build meaningful, connected, and independent lives – backed by a system of mutual and public support. Nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker. That’s 42 million people – and growing. We’re lawyers and nannies, graphic designers and temps, and the future of the economy. The Freelancers Union serves the needs of this growing independent sector. We’re bringing freelancers together to build smarter solutions to health care, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. We call it New Mutualism. You can call it the future. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t get something useful from their Facebook and site postings. They now have a classified section as well.

Freelancer: Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace by a number of users and projects. We connect over 20,289,175 employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions, and territories. Through our marketplace, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry, and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.

Guru: Create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer. Employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire. Search and apply for jobs that interest you, in any category. We make it easy to showcase previous work you’ve completed to back up your proposals. We also provide Job Matches daily, so you don’t miss out on an opportunity.

Fiverr: Is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services.

WeWorkRemotely: We Work Remotely is the best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.

Working Nomads: A curated list of remote jobs, for the modern working nomad. We curate the best digital jobs for those working on the road.

Virtual Vocations: This job board features only telecommuting jobs from technical writers to paralegals. Started by a stay-at-home mom frustrated with the job search for legitimate remote jobs, the company is still run by an entirely remote team. Plus, the blog has great tips, such as a recent article on how to take on a remote gig for the holiday season.

Dribble: Dribble is a great site for designers to find their next gig. There’s a location tab right on top where you can click “remote / anywhere” and be off to the races finding your next work-from-home gig.

AngelList: Have you always dreamed of working for a startup, but don’t live in a startup city hub? Head over to AngelList, a top site for startup jobs. When you search for a job on AngelList, click on “Job Type” and choose “Remote OK.”

Stack Overflow: Stack Overflow is a go-to jobs board for many top tech talents, especially web developers. Type in “remote” in the location field and you’ll find a list of more than 2,000 jobs that match.

Skillbridge (becoming toptal): Focused on connecting former top-tier consultants with short-term engagements for high impact corporations. The SkillBridge model is taking the traditional consulting world by storm. As a consultant, you can focus on only remote work and only on projects you are passionate about. Whether you bring e-mail marketing expertise or are a whiz at building financial models, the SkillBridge site and model is a remote-worker-dream-come-true.

 

RESOURCES

Too Many Adapter: Too Many Adapters is the leading source of technology news, information, and resources for travelers; a great website devoted to technology for travelers.

WebWorkTravel: Join us and connect to digital nomads around the world. Working and traveling is much more fun and productive if you surround yourself with other digital nomads who have similar travel plans.

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