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06/13/2014 10:59 am ET Updated Aug 13, 2014

Gap Year: 14 Ways to Work While Traveling

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Congrats to all of the new grads! If you're looking to put your career on hold and TRAVEL before you dive into a committed occupation, here's list of ways to do it!

After all..

"You're not a tree, if you don't like where you are: move."

I get it: you don't hate your city, but want to travel in your 20s... yet you don't have years worth of savings...

Fear not, you can work AND travel. Do it! Here are your options:
 
1. TEFL - or Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  
Maybe you'll pick up a language abroad too.  

2. Be an Au Pair abroad.
It's more common than you'd think. You can interview with hosts families online with Au Pair World.

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3. Contract Work.
Some countries provide contract work for "work and holiday." These jobs are very competitive, but worth a shot if you have the resume to back you up. Try One Shift Jobs in Australia.
 
4. Work at a hostel or hotel.
You don't have to pay for accommodation. Perks: you'll meet lots of other travelers!
 
5. Bar-tender/ Restaurant Server
Can also be very competitive in bigger cities, but do-able.

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6. Peace Corps
Requires an application process and a two year commitment, but you get to play hero.

7. U.S. Department of State *Careers Representing America*
Also requires a competitive admission and serious commitment, but it's a nomadic lifestyle of luxury.
 
8. Get a career with an international company that has offices overseas.
They're always looking for young folks that don't have serious obligations at home, and can go abroad.

9. Create a career that allows you to work from home.
Home can be overseas if you feel like it. Try copywriting, marketing, and social media. Photography and videography is always trending. Works for Me

10. Apply for graduate education overseas.
Use scholarship funds, loans, etc to pay for it as you would pay for graduate education domestically.
 
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11. Pursue international careers in entertainment.
Be a dancer on tour, play basketball or volleyball overseas, or try BMX in Nitro Circus.
 
12. Work as a travel guide.
Congratulations, you get paid to give the gift of travel!
 
13. Work on a cruise ship.
Would you like to be a chef, host, skipper, or dancer on a cruise ship?
 
14. Seek sponsorship for your talent.
If you're truly a phenomenal photographer, adrenaline junkie, videographer, or writer -- you could work for GoPro, a magazine, or just have costs covered by travel companies as a blogger.
 
The websites Helpx.net and WorkAway list organizations for which you can volunteer at in exchange for meals and accommodation.

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This week marks two years since my graduating from UCLA; it's when I traded corporate entertainment for a one-way ticket to Sydney. I thought I was going to be stuck in a career selling my soul to climb my way up the corporate ladder. Why not take a #TravelBreak to see the globe for a year? I did, and well... I haven't stopped traveling since.

If you'd like to hear more about my experience working abroad, or those of my friends, check out TRAVELBREAK. We connect travelers... your story or photo could be featured!

Needs some tips on saving up before your trip? Stay tuned on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for updates such as "12 Shameless Ways to Save for Travel in your 20s" and "12 Travel Tips to Ballin' on a Budget."