So you've decided you want to move to Asia or just fund you travels, but how will you do it? There are many ways to make a living or just supplement your income while traveling. Here are some of the most popular and common jobs taken by expats in Asia, as well as some less common and more creative methods of making money.
Teaching English is the go to job for most people considering moving and working abroad, and for good reason. TESL, TESOL, or TEFL jobs as they are usually called are widely available all over Asia. They often require little to no experience or qualifications while helping you gain valuable experience and sometimes qualifications as well, not to mention providing valuable visas. Teaching jobs almost always provide free housing in the form or apartments or flats, free utilities, good salaries, and nice hours with plenty of time to explore and have fun. You can expect a few months off a year in the summer and winter as well as the occasional holiday off. Jobs are widely available and are always hiring, agencies are a good place to start because they will help you do everything, and once you have learned the ropes and made more contacts you can find easily find better paying jobs on your own.
Cruise Ship Jobs
Cruise Ships are basically miniature floating cities so there is a good chance you can find a job traveling the world on a cruise ship and doing the same job or career you are already doing. There are also so many entry level jobs anyone can apply for. Visiting job websites or cruise line company websites directly can point you in the right direction to finding these jobs. You will probably have small cramped living quarters and might work long hours but you will also get shore leave in amazing places all around the world. If you aren't sure where you want to go or just want to experience and many places as possible this is a great way to do that.
There are always countries in need of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to travel for free while helping make a positive impact on the people and places that really need it most. If you just want to see the big modern cities of Asia and don't like being outdoors, or if you can't do without some comforts of home this probably in not for you. But if you want to experience some amazing scenery, see world heritage sites, and really get out there off the beaten path volunteering is definitely worth considering. Volunteering could involve agricultural work, construction, environmental work, healthcare, education, and more. Travel and living expenses are usually paid, benefits are good, and pay varies from place to place and job to job. There are many well known organizations that offer volunteer work at many destinations all the time.
Now a days there is a lot of money to be made online. You can make a little extra spending money online or make it your full time job depending how motivated and serious you are. Travel blogging or just any blogging probably wont make you rich and is a lot of work but it can make you some extra cash for your travels, and I'm sure your friends and family will love to see what you have bee up to. If you have a particular skill you can also do freelance work online in fields like web design, graphic design, writing, marketing, advertising, administration, virtual assistant work, and more. You could even give day trading a shot if you are feeling risky or have a knack for that kind of thing.
Working Holiday Visas
If you happen to be from a country that has working visa arrangements with some Asian countries and if you qualify for one, you will be eligible to stay in that country for up to a year and apply for many different jobs. Honestly at that point not much different than applying to jobs in your home country once you obtain an appropriate visa. Japan, Korea, and some other Asian countries often have working visa arrangements with Australia, the United States, and some European countries. Keep in mind these type of work visas are issued in limited numbers each year and often have age requirements and various other requirements so you will have to act fast and do some research about where you want to go and what you want to do there.
As an expat in Asia you will often stumble upon random jobs that can make you a little or occasionally a lot of extra money. I have been offered a role in a Jackie Chan movie playing an extra as a bad guy in some foreign military and I have been offered money to hang out with people at bars and karaoke places just because they want to have a foreigner around. Not everything is exciting or lucrative sounding as those are, I am also offered lots of short term teaching and tutoring jobs all the time. There are plenty of other things you can find too. You can help out by picking fruit and vegetables on farms, you won't make a lot but you well get lots of delicious free food and have a fun experience. There is often seasonal work available at resorts, hostels, bars, and other places foreigners frequent. So be creative and keep your eyes open, there are always ways to make an extra buck.