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Work and travel in Retirement

Work and Travel in Retirement: What you Need to Know

There are many different ways that you can work and travel in retirement. Does this sound appealing? Continue to earn while you travel around Australia from town to town. You might even think about funding your overseas holidays by including some work on the side while travelling abroad (with the right visas of course).  There’s so much that you can do to earn while you travel, whether you bring a unique skill set where you can work and share your knowledge, or you’d just like to enjoy something simple and social. Read on to find guides and recommendations on working and travelling both locally and abroad.

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Jobs For Retirees

There are many ways to earn while you travel during retirement. You could use your work life skills to earn extra cash as you take off on adventures. For example, if you’re an electrician or other trade, many regional and rural communities need you. If you’re an accountant, a hairdresser, a nurse or a hospitality guru, there’s often casual or contract work available.

Alternatively, retirees might like to do something different to what they did during their working life to earn extra money while travelling. You might enjoy outdoor activities like a farm stay, or fruit picking. Or you might like to make and sell arts and crafts.

Working Overseas in Retirement

If you’re moving away or travelling abroad, working overseas in retirement can be a thrilling experience, giving you the opportunity to meet new people from different cultures and backgrounds. If you have a skill to offer, you could mentor and pass on your skills to others. For example, if you’re a nurse you could teach carers and nurses those advanced skills that Australian health professionals train in. You might enjoy teaching English to students, or helping others with farming skills. No matter what your skills and interests are, working overseas will provide interesting opportunities while helping to fund your travels.

Volunteering in Retirement

You might also like to do some volunteering while you travel. This could give you the opportunity to cross off some items from your bucket list while helping others at the same time.

Have you ever volunteered abroad? There are hundreds of volunteer projects in other countries including Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and parts of Australasia. These volunteering projects offer a combination of cultural engagement and exploration. From teaching languages, providing health care or child care, there is much on offer. It could be your opportunity to make a small difference in the world. There are hundreds of volunteering websites online that can help to guide you in the right direction.

The Latest Work & Travel Information for Retirees

Browse the articles below to get the latest advice and ideas for working while you travel

Have you worked while travelling or do you know someone who has? Reach out to us as we’d love to hear your story.

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