Do you want to travel the world and get paid for it?

Sick of your 9 to 5 job and want to travel? 
Fascinated with the idea of seeing the world while earning a living or possibly obtaining a career? Fancy a shot at becoming a TEFL teacher?
If you answer yes to the majority of these questions then I’d quit your dull 9 to 5 office job, sign up to a TEFL course, and get your arse on a plane to whichever country you’re dreaming about.
·         Do you want to travel the world and earn a living?
·         Do you fancy trying something different and exciting?
·         Are you craving to see the world but can’t think of a secure way to do it?
·         Do you want to escape and be free from your country?
·       Are you planning a trip around the world, but are worrying about spending all your money in the first two months?
·         Would you like to meet people from different cultures?
·         Do you have a burning desire to live abroad, to really experience life?
·         Have you had enough of your boring life at home?
·         Would you like a job where you actually get job satisfaction?
·         Do you dream of seeing the world?
When I left England in 2003 I wanted to try teaching English abroad. I never expected it would turn into my career. I did a course, booked a flight to South America, and just went without any job prospects. It took me a while to find a job, but when I got my first opportunity the next one followed. In two years I taught in Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, and Thailand. TEFL changed my life and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to really experience living abroad.
What’s the worst that can happen? You get to China and realize that the food isn’t really like it is down your local Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. You turn up in Brazil and see that there is a rainy season too. You get to Ecuador and get mugged on your first night (like I did).
Who cares? There’s a whole world out there to explore. And the best thing is that the TEFL industry is booming; students need to learn English, academies and schools need teachers, you need a new life.
So what are you waiting for?
Why am I telling you this? Because I was the same eight years ago; I knew I wanted to travel but was unsure how I’d stay afloat (financially). The only teaching I’d done was help my little sister (who is also now a TEFL teacher) with her maths homework. I love teaching. I love living abroad. I’ve just got married to a Spanish woman, so I must be hooked.
All I’m saying is try it. Sign up for a demo or on-line course to get a feel for it. If you have an open mind and some patience then you can teach. You’re already an expert on your language; you just need to learn the rules.
I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t enjoy it. I used to do IT Recruitment, and I’ve never told anyone to try to get a job in that industry.
If you’re still in doubt then leave a comment or drop me a mail. I’d be happy to give you some advice. Good luck.

8 thoughts on “Do you want to travel the world and get paid for it?

  1. Bernie

    Really liked reading your blog. You had some really good insight. I am preparing to leave the rat race behind and head to Prague to take a TEFL course and stay and look for a job. I'm taking the course in August. Can't wait to begin my adventure. Saving $ in the meantime and getting ready to head overseas. It's a dream. I'm hoping my qualifications will make me more marketable since I am not EU. I know I will have work visa issues. I am a college graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. Worked as a tutor of kids and substitute teacher but after I couldn't find a permanent job I took a corporate job in sales. While there I worked as a Corporate Trainer for 4 years. I am back in sales but I am also a volunteer as a tutor in ESL so I have some experience. What do you think?

  2. Hi Barbiedoll,

    Thanks for your comment. Sounds like a good plan. Prague is supposed to be amazing and you'll have fun doing your course there. You're right that you'll have some issues as you are not EU, but there are plenty of North Americans teaching in Europe. You just have to be patient and get yourself about. Where are you thinking of working?

  3. Love your blog, which I found on GoAbroad. Great articles, as I'm reasearching ways to leave the US and live abroad. How did you decide on your first destination? I'm not sure where I would like to teach but I'm definitely looking into all of this… Thanks for all the valuable info on your blog!

  4. Hi Lily,

    Glad you like the blog. I originally wanted to teach in Mexico, fancied learning Spanish while having an adventure. I couldn't find work there though so headed down to Ecuador and luckily found work. I chose that part of the world mainly for Spanish, but also for all the countries in South America that I wanted to travel round. Where are you thinking of going? Are you qualified?

    Any more q's just let me know.


  5. Hiya Barry,

    I've just found you blog and really love it! It's so upbeat and a very interesting & informative read – you've done a fantastic job with it, well done!

    I've been offered a job in Guayaquil, Ecuador and am currently trying to decide whether to accept or not. Although the school sounds brilliant, I feel quite daunted about living in Guayaquil as I've heard a lot of bad things about the place(crime) and am worried it's going to put a dampener on my time there. I want to be able to participate in life there but am just worried that I'm never going to feel comfortable cause of all these horror stories!! I don't want my fear to hold me back from going out there though…do you have any advice or suggestions? Have you ever been to Guayaquil? I speak Spanish and blend in with skin colouring so hopefully that'll help a bit…!! Hope to hear from you soon!

    Nix 🙂

  6. Hey Nix,

    Cool comment, glad you like it! I never went to Guayaquil, but I have heard bad things too, crime and dodgy characters. I had a few problems in Quito and it did put a dampener on my time there. Saying that I was a bit of a muppet and went out on my own when I shouldn't have. I wasn't as street wise as I am now, but that's mainly because I got screwed over a couple of times. Do you know anyone else out there now? What's the job like?

    I wouldn't let horror stories put you off going (you can get mugged in most parts of the world these days). At least give it a try, just be careful, you can always leave.

    Where are you based anyway? Why do you want to go to Ecuador?

    Any q's then let me know.



  7. Hiya Barry,

    Thank you so much for your reply! It was very helpful and I decided to take the plunge and go for the job!

    I'm currently based in the UK – newly qualified esl teacher, so this will be my first formal stint abroad. The job looks good and the school seems very supportive with a good range of resources. Now I've just got to get used to planning so many classes a day!!

    I chose Ecuador just because I love the Spanish language and all things Hispanic!

    I think I've read almost every post on your blog now – I have become an avid follower and am looking forward to your next entry!! Keep up the fantastic work!

    Thanks again 🙂


  8. Hey Nix,

    Congrats on going for the job, you might as well, as I say you can always leave. Sounds like you're on to a winner. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on.

    Glad to see to like the blog so much, comments like that make it all worth while. Keep your eye out for my book when it comes out.

    Good Luck.


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