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The decision to work. - Working your way around the world

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  042
DATE:  August 07, 2001
TIP:  The decision to work. - Working your way around the world !
LOCATION:  Belgium

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Working your way around the world !

Sounds glamorous and a great adventure.
I am sure it is an adventure, but I am not sure it is glamorous.
Washing dishes, picking fruit, or cleaning up after people is
not my first choice on how to spend a day.

There are 5 choices or methods to work your way around the world.

1. Trade work for a place to live.
2. Work for money, and survive.
3. Work for money, and save money to continue traveling.
4. Return home and work, and return to travel again.
5. Have work that you can do anywhere, or by internet

You can work both legally and illegally, a black market type work.
To working legally in another country, can be easy of very difficult
according to the country. Lots of countries have no laws, or never
enforce the laws. Here are 4 ideas on what happens.

1. Pay bribes to avoid the law.
2. The legal system is not enforced.
3. Hide the workers from the legal system.
4. Work legally.

If you are going to get the work visa, then you are probably should live
in the country for a long time, maybe 3 months or more. If you just
want temporary work than you probably want to work on the black type.
There is a risk you will get deported, fined or even go to jail.
As long as you are doing work that no one wants, then the risks is low,
such as seasonal work, like picking grapes, or fruit.

This is a great option. Trade for cleaning the hostel, or live in a
home for taking care of the garden. Lots of possibilities. Lots of work
available with Agro-tourism or Eco-tourism. People trade free help on a
farm, or help research sea turtles for room and board. I have helped
a lot of hotels with websites for a free room. This is safe, and
since you are not passing money, it is considered legal most
of the time, and not much chance of getting in trouble.

This is what you do in the developing countries like most
of Asia, Central and South America. If they pay a daily salary,
and do not pay by the hour, this is a probably a hint of what you will
do. Survive! I do not consider this a great option, but it is fun,
and will allow you to stay a long time. But make sure you save
enough money to fly home. From Mexico to Argentina
the wagers per day for normal labor is between 3-15 dollars per day.
Hard to buy a plane ticket. But you can live nicely.

In the more expensive countries like USA, Canada, England, Germany,
Scandinavian etc you can work, and save enough money to continue your
The 2 major problems here is to make sure you live cheap enough. You
have to live in
a room that cost about 10 dollars a night. The second problem is
attaining a work
visa. I do not like bureaucracy, and tons of paperwork. It can take 1
to 3 months to get a work visa if even possible. You may be better off
staying at home, and
earning money, then return to continue traveling. It is easier then
dealing with all the
paperwork. Plus you do not learn to love countries by having their
treat you like a low class person because you want to work. So you will
need to plan a strategy whether to work with a work visa, or not.

This is the most common way people travel. Or you can choose a good
country, and a job, and keep returning after various trips. Example: I
choose Ireland because they have lots of jobs. Work for a 2 months. Then
travel for 4 months. Return and repeat. Most hobo travelers return home,
live with their parents for free.

I have met some people that had rental home, and traveled. Living off
the income from the rents. This works best in the developing countries
living expenses are very cheap.
Another possibility is to have stock investments, and buy and sell over
the internet. I have met 2-3 people that have done this. With the
creation of the internet some people can communicate with their
work from anywhere. I met a guy in Costa Rica that wrote
stories for a magazine, and e-mailed them to the editor in the
There are lots of internet business’s, but is very difficult to make

One of my favorite quotes:

“When the student arrives, the teacher appears”

In every country in the world there are jobs for people that want
to work, and are willing to learn, and not be too choosy. It may
take longer to find a job, and the wages may be lower than you
are accustom to, but the reward are tremendous.
If you go to a country willing to learn,
The teacher will appear to show you how to

“Work your way around the world”

My teacher appeared, and I found a book this week, that
I would like to recommend.

Work Your Way Around the World
By Susan Griffith 10th Edition was here.    X

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Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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