Whether you’re a ramblin’ man...or, a woman for that matter... you can’t just set off into the sunset in any old which way. We’re here to tell you that there’s a way to do rambling right, and set you off with 8 ways to make you next trip more unique…
1. Go on a road trip
What’s the best way to travel? Get yourself a sweet ride, and start planning the ultimate road trip. That way, you can work entirely to your own itinerary without having to worry about anyone else. The freedom of the open road is yours for the taking.
What will you need? A reliable set of wheels. You’ll need plenty of petrol (maybe some extra in a jerry can). Plus, an updated GPS. Add an awesome playlist, and a travel buddy who has a decent singing voice. If you need some moolah to make your road trippin’ dreams a reality, then you can consider travel loans in Australia, from Latitude Finance.
2. Plan a stay via AirbnB
Airbnb is a mixed bag. But, you sure can find some really out-the-box places to stay. Scratch that, forget that the box even exists! You can stay in an igloo, a crypt, a seashell palace, a mud hut, or even a cave. Airbnb has it all. You can also rent out your own home via AirbnB whilst you travel - it can be a great way to fund your trip.
What will you need? Do your research and check reviews. You’ll also potentially need a ‘roll with it’ attitude, particularly if you chose to rent a room in someone else’s home.
3. Crew a yacht
Ahoy there me mateys! Ever wanted to crew a yacht? If you can land a paid gig as a captain/as part of the crew, it might be a closer reality than you otherwise might think. Knowledge of seamanship certainly won’t go astray, but if you have culinary, mechanical or navigational skills you might also make the cut based on that alone.
What will you need? Relevant experience, the ability to take orders/play well with others, manual dexterity, and perhaps most importantly - your sea legs!
House-sitting sounds like a major win-win. You get free accommodation in exchange for keeping a house occupied, watering the plants and collecting the mail - not really too much to ask for. But, responsibilities can vary. Keep in mind that reputation is everything.
What will you need? Use websites that are well-known and check out feedback from fellow house-sitters to gauge individual situations. Communicate clearly about expectation of duties. Make sure you have plenty of great references, and set up a winning online profile as a house sitter.
5. Become an Au Pair
Granted, it might not be for everyone, but being a nanny (aka Au Pair) can allow you to see the world. If you love kids this may be a good option for you.
What will you need? Childcare experience, a working with children/criminal check, a driver’s licence, a good deal of patience and an inquisitive mind.
6. Join the circus
Every wanted to swing on the trapeze or swallow a sword? One of the most unconventional ways to see the world would have to be via becoming a circus performer.
What will you need? You’ll need to be super fit and talented. You’ll also need a lot of dedication, and be able to handle rejection well. Plus, you should possess a distinct lack of fear. Dancing and singing skills are prerequisites. You will need that ‘star-quality’, and be happy to live your life on the road.
7. Teach English abroad
Teaching English abroad is the expedient way to bring your travel dreams to fruition, without needing fistfulls of cash. Whether you are doing on your gap year, as a volunteer or as a more permanent job, there are many locations around the world where your mastery of the English language is quite the commodity.
What will you need? Obviously, to be able to read and write in English. Completing a TEFL, or other relevant certification wouldn’t hurt either.
8. Join the Peace Corps
Joining the Peace Corps might have to be the most extreme way to go about travelling. You won’t have any say in the location or quality of your site placement, but you will be able to manage worthwhile projects helping disadvantaged communities, and even learn a new language in the process.
What will you need?
You will need to be flexible, be prepared to ‘live like a local’ and be able to commit for a period of at least 27 months. You will not be afraid of hard work and be genuine about making a difference.
Rambling, the right way
Travelling need not mean a traditional stay in a hotel, a ride on a tour bus, or even a plane ticket. There are so many ways to see this wonderful world of ours… the more intrepid the better. So, which way will you chose to ramble?