You’re done college and now you want to travel. You want to see the world. You want to learn a new culture. You also want to learn a new language. There’s just one thing stopping you- money. You need to find a way to make money. You need to find a way to pay down your student debt.

When it comes to what to do after college, there are many options to consider. In this specific series, we’re covering 7 alternatives to graduate school. Now it’s time to find work abroad and leave home for an extended period of time.

What if you want to work far away after college? Here’s how you can work abroad in the near future…

Start looking for work.

The sooner you start the better off you’ll be. I highly recommend that you check out Dave’s ESL Cafe and start looking for work right now. There are many different work opportunities and countries across the world. If you start looking now, you can pick and choose so that you end up with the gig that you want, in the country that you really want to visit.

The reason that you need to start working now is that the recruitment process is a bit more extensive as you can imagine. To hire someone to work in a foreign country takes a bit more work. You have to go through the screening process with the company first. Then you have to figure out all of the travel details. This is why it’s advised that you start looking for work abroad far in advance.

Consider traditional work abroad methods.

There are many options for finding traditional work post-college. You don’t have to teach English or start your own business. You can consider traditional work in the service industry or by working at a hostel. You won’t get rich from any of these jobs, but you’ll make enough money to pay your bills and stay on the road longer. I met many friends while traveling through Europe that were working random odd jobs. One dude was working as a party host. His job was to take tourists around to parties and drink with them. That sounds like a fun job for two nights. I don’t know how his liver has held up this whole time.

Try to start your own business.

You don’t have to start your own business, but it would certainly help to make more money while you’re traveling abroad. If you’re clueless about this process or strapped for cash then you need to read how you can start a business with no money. You can easily start making money on your own from your laptop. There’s enough information on the Internet on this that I won’t monopolize this post with tips for making money online. I will suggest that you start a small location independent business so that you can make money to afford your travels and expenses on the road.

Plan out your travel.

How are you going to leave home? What’s your plan? If you find a job with a company and sign on for a long-term agreement, then they’ll likely take care of all of the details. If you plan on traveling on your own and earning your own income, you’re going to be responsible for everything. Don’t let this intimidate you.

All you have to do is pick a location that you want to fly to, look for cheap flights, and book your trip. Once you get there you can easily find many close-by hostels, buses, and trains to take care of your travel accommodations. Trust me, it’s not that scary.

Leave home.

You just need to leave home. Pick a deadline. Buy your ticket. Just go. That’s what I did. I bought my ticket to Poland for the first week of September and just went. My family doubted me. My friends thought I had lost my mind. I didn’t care. I knew that I wanted to leave home and see the world. Traveling alone ended up being the most eye-opening experience humanly possible.

That’s how you can work abroad after college. Will you take this leap and move away for work?

A recap of the best options for life after collge:

  1. Kill your debt.
  2. Master a skill.
  3. Do nothing.
  4. Learn a new language.
  5. Create something.
  6. Start your own business.
  7. Work abroad.

Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko