Where to Find Work Abroad (with links!)

Maybe you are absolutely baffled that people can support their travels across the world. Maybe you’ve worked abroad. Maybe, like me, you just like to have LITERALLY as many options as possible in life. It’s 2015 2016 people, the world is your oyster.

Ready to explore but worried about funds? Find where you can get jobs here || #explore #wanderlust

Teach English

While certification is advised in most countries in Europe, plenty of places will allow native English speakers to lead classrooms. Overqualified? You may be able to teach at a university. Use Dave’s ESL Cafe for current international job postings.

Where? All over the world, but Saudi Arabia, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam offer competitive pay.



It doesn’t have to writing, it can be editing, coding, virtual assistance, or a host of other jobs. I prefer using Upwork because it seems to be very reliable with low commitment on my end.

Where? Anywhere you have a wi-fi connection!


Be an Au Pair

You can be pretty picky nowadays with the internet. Using a site such as Great Au Pair or Care.com allows you to choose where and when you’d want to work.

Where?: All over, but Europe and the U.S. are very common.


Get Paid to Explore

With a scholarship! How many articles have you seen about travelers not using their degrees? You don’t have to let your $40,000 piece of paper go to waste. Here is a great compilation of scholarships that includes amount given and who may qualify.

Where? Mostly Europe and Japan although plenty of scholarships are not destination oriented.


Cut your expenses by …

Milking cows, picking olives, or changing sheets at a hostel. Workaway is by far the most reliable site for finding hosts. Be sure to verify whether or not meals will also be provided and what you need to bring (towels? toothpaste?) This is one of the BEST jobs abroad to get to know the trade of an area. Think Ecuadorian chocolate farm.

Where? Pretty much anywhere you can reach by plane, train, or boat.



Get a little experience before you leave -you’d be surprised at how often you use restaurant skills in real life. Three months is ideal.

Have a copy or two of your C.V.

If you plan on teaching English, have a professional picture attached to your resume.

JUST ASK! If you’re in a coffee shop in Istanbul and you think “damn, I’d love to work here.” Just ask. Because why the hell not?


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Ballin’ on a Budget: How to Start Saving for Your Big Trip Abroad


When you plan an exciting trip, especially your first one abroad, you might get overwhelmed with the idea of being able to afford it. The best offense is a good defense and I would definitely agree with that when it comes to travel. By starting early and keeping calm, you’ll have enough money saved up in no time.  Follow these steps on how to start saving for a trip abroad.

But before you start…

Think about what you exactly want and why you want it. Are you planning a 6 month backpacking trip through South East Asia? Do you want to meet new people or spend time roaming alone? Do you want to be able to rave in Ibiza or will you be living off of street food?

Audit yourself.

This should be the FIRST thing you do when you get serious about saving. Track what you buy for one day, one week, and one month. Take one or two items you normally purchase in each category ($150 in nails? Daily Starbucks? ) Be sure to set yourself up for success! Canceling your gym membership when you have never once done an in-home work out is NOT a wise choice. If you pay for cable but only use your Netflix, consider saving a couple hundred doll-hairs on that.

Hit up happy hour.

If you just love going out to eat and drink, that’s understandable and luckily still doable while planning a trip abroad. I’m a HUGE fan of the happy hour at restaurants because you get to munch, drink, and socialize.

Utilize your student ID card.

I can’t tell you how many wonderful things you can get discounted with a school ID. Not only great for clothes and traveling, but even things like Photoshop.

Let your friends know.

My friend told me a tragic saving tale of going to brunch on Miami Beach with a friend and friend’s friends. She was trying to keep it light, one mimosa and a salad. But when the bill came, since everyone was drinking a lot they decided to split it. Let your people know that you have big dreams and plans and they’ll do what they can to help.

Don’t be bougie.

Do you really need the SMART water when the local brand is 50% less? Not if you want to travel the world! There is no reason to be bougie, generic brands are 99.9% of the time the same exact thing as the “name brand” especially home items.


Go through it all, keeping a close eye on clothes or electronics. A $400 camera isn’t really worth that much when you never use it. Sell it and save it. As for your closet, keeping minimalistic clothing (neutral colors with a few pops of bright) will keep you from buying more clothes because pretty much everything matches. Stick with whites, blacks, greys, and the color pop of your choice.

Get serious with rewards.

They are there for a reason! CVS and Walgreens constantly battle it out for the best coupons and rewards. The cards are free AND they give discounts on wine often 😉

Buy in bulk.

I’m not saying you need to buy a 6-box pack of quaker oats, not at all. But staples like toilet paper, laundry detergent, and paper towels are items you use every day so why not save time and money?

Consider applying for a grant.

If you are a student, or seriously involved in a profession, you can win scholarships for a living stipend to study abroad. Keep in mind you should be very involved in the field you are applying in.

Write before you buy.

I’m SERIOUS about this one. It’s okay to need a coat when winter rolls around. It is not okay to buy the same boots in three colors, mittens and gloves, and ear warmers. Especially if you live below I-10. Making a list before every trip (grocery, mall, Walgreens, etc.) will save you from impulse buys.



Where will your savings take you? Do you have any savings tips? 

Ballin’ on a Budget – European Hotels Edition

Welcome to my new series “Ballin’ on a Budget.” In this weekly series, we will discuss how to spend and how to save while traveling. This week we focus on hotels in European cities, an often tricky and disappointing adventure. 

Want luxury for less without breaking your #budget ? Follow the series "Ballin on a Budget" || a tipsy gypsy life #travel

Whether you’re a backpacker looking for a night of rest and relaxation or a well-seasoned traveller who knows what she wants, we all occasionally desire a little luxury for less. Also known as “ballin’ on a budget”, the following properties make sure you feel pampered without the “I-just-blew-my-budget-on-the-second-week”guilt. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.


Barcelona, Spain
Hotel Market, Carrer del Comte Borrell, 68, 08015 Barcelona

Under $100.00 USD
Book here

In one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, Hotel Market is a romantically urban gem. Every room has a full bathroom (bubble bath anyone?) and drumroll please…. AIR CONDITIONING! Spending a hung-over July morning in Barcelona fanning yourself out of hotel the window is just cruelty, trust me, I’ve been there. You don’t even have to stray far from your temporary home, the restaurant is exquisite and the bar is even better.

 Want to ball out without breaking your budget? Follow the travel series "Ballin on a Budget" || a tipsy gypsy life #travel #tips Oh yeah, free Wi-Fi



Praha, Czech Republic
MOODs Praha, Klimentská 2006/28, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Book here

~$80.00-$100.00 USD
Praha, or Prague, whichever you prefer, is a city that doesn’t sleep. Absinthe, stag parties, and decriminalized cannabis adds to the persona. After all that adventure you might need a massage and a nice long bath. Get the best of both worlds (if that’s what you’re into, you little rascal) at MOODs Praha. Want to ball out without breaking your #budget? Follow the series ballin' on a budget || a tipsy gypsy life #travel #tips

Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Boutique Hotel View, Leidsekade 77, 1017 PM Amsterdam, Netherlands
About $100.00 USD
Book here

The perfect blend of culture and craziness, Amsterdam should be a must-see on any traveler’s list. It is one of the more expensive cities, although totally worth it, so accommodation can seem intimidating. This perfectly adorable boutique hotel is a classy little place with an awesome view- make sure to get a room over looking the canals for the full Amsterdam experience. Location is prime, putting you at walking distance of the Museum District and Vondel Park. If you couldn’t tell, Amsterdam is one of my FAVORITE cities that I hope to call home one day 🙂
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Paris, France 
Hotel Mayet, 3 Rue Mayet, 75006 Paris, France
~$110.00- $130.00 USD
Book here
Paris is another notoriously pricey town that shouldn’t be missed. Located in the Saint Germain des Prés district, guests can expect a quiet neighborhood with friendly locals. Each room was colorfully decorated by local the local artists André and JonOne. Besides the decor, a delightful mini-bar (yes, there is a pattern here…) is the star of the room. Free wi-fi and A/C make it that much sweeter.

Want luxury for less in Europe? Follow the series "Ballin on a Budget" || a tipsy gypsy life


Berlin, Germany
Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte,  Wallstraße 23-24, 10179 Berlin, Germany

 Under $110.00 USD
Book here

For those looking for less of a boutique and more of a all-inclusive ordeal will love the Park Plaza Wallstreet Belin Mitte. Take advantage of the fitness center because we all know how important staying fit while traveling is. The hotel bar is open until 1 a.m. and room service goes until 11:00 p.m. The menu boasts items such as “fried scallops on mango and papaya salad with cinnamon foam puree.” I’d say you’d be pretty satisfied staying in.

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Do you have any hotel suggestions? How do you stay on budget while traveling in Europe?