Traveling can be fun and exciting, but too often we’re met with excuses for postponing our travel plans: school, work, family, a sufficient budget–the list can go on and on… at the end of the day, it can seem like a luxury to just be able to pack your bags and go.
However, the opportunity to travel needn’t seem so far off. There are various avenues to travel the world and earn school credit or an income at the same time. Some programs set an age limit, so it can be useful to know what options are currently available. Without further ado, here are five ways to see the world. (Please note that this list is not exhaustive. This article is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.)
- Study Abroad – There are several exchange programs that offer the opportunity to study in another country. A list of programs can be found on the website of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USA StudyAbroad. Of special note are the government scholarships, both US and foreign, that can fund the trip. Additionally, colleges often offer study abroad programs, and some countries offer a stipend or fellowship for doctoral study.
- Overseas Scholarships – Continuing with our earlier theme, there are various scholarship programs, such as Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Marshall Scholarship. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in another culture while gaining valuable experience studying, conducting research, or teaching. It can also provide a way to spice up your resume.
- Working Holiday – Besides studying, we can also consider applying for a working holiday visa. US passport holders can visit countries like New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, and South Korea. At the time of this post, in New Zealand, young people ages 18-30 can apply for a visa that allows them to work for a 12-month period. Check the country of interest’s website for more details.
- Travel Blogger/Vlogging – In our era of Youtube and blogging, we can document our experiences and share them over the web. National Geographic offers a photo competition for middle and high school students to capture their experiences around the world. We can also consider contributing to Lonely Planet about our adventures traveling.
- Apply for Work with ‘Required to Travel’ in the Job Description – This might seem obvious, but it provides a viable way to travel while earning an income. Possible roles include consultant, tour guide, pilot, or flight attendant. Additionally, some decide to become digital nomads, working while traveling the world.
These are just a few ideas to get started. Have more to add? Share them in the comment section!