Today, we have a guest writing in Tripwoman, she is Raquel de Pasos de viajera.
After a complicated personal situation, being fired from work and leaving a relationship among other things, Raquel, took the reins of her life and after a great internal struggle, went on a first trip. This first step of going on a trip has changed her life, since for the last 5 years she has been traveling and working in the places she likes best.
That’s why today he tells us the first steps to take to travel without a lot of savings and work in another country.
I’ll leave you with her.
Basic steps to travel alone and live in a new country
You want to travel alone but don’t have any savings?
Do you think it’s a problem to travel without speaking English?
Have you thought about traveling alone but don’t know where to start?
I know that, at first, the idea of traveling alone may seem crazy, lonely and expensive. However, I can tell you from my experience and that of all the women travellers I have talked to, that it will always be one of the best decisions you can make in your life.
But how can I travel alone if I have no savings?
Easy, traveling slowly.
What do I mean by “travel slowly”? I mean spending long periods of time in one place. In this way, you will be able to work and get the money that will allow you to visit that site and all its surroundings.
How do you decide which country to live in alone?
If this is your first time travelling alone, I would advise you not to start by going to a very distant country.
So, if you don’t like the place or you don’t like it, you always have the option to go home and the flight wouldn’t be so expensive. In addition, for you, as a beginner, the idea of being in another country won’t present such a problem either, because, in reality, you’re not that far away either.
You don’t have a big time difference with your relatives and acquaintances, so you can keep in touch with them without any problem.
The first time I travelled alone I decided to go to Ireland from Spain. There is only one hour difference and the flight only lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.
In conclusion, if this is the first time you are going to live abroad alone, I would advise you to choose a country that is not far from yours and where Spanish or English is spoken.
What do you need to work in another country?
Before you buy a plane ticket, you will have to investigate the country where you want to start this new adventure.
You will need to know if you need a visa, if there is a special or compulsory work permit and what the requirements are to reside in that country for a while.
Depending on your nationality, your country of origin and the country you want to go to, the requirements will be different. That’s why every case is different and you have to look at your situation.
In Europe we are lucky enough to be able to travel and work without any problems in any country on the continent (although there are some exceptions).
The indispensable requirement is to obtain a Social Security number, which is unique for each country, with which you will be able to work and pay your taxes.
It is also important to open a bank account so that the company where you work can pay your salary or register and register at the doctor for when you need it (although this is not compulsory). It also depends on whether your company covers health insurance or you travel with your own private insurance).
Search the internet for this information, always trying to access the official pages of both the country of destination and the country of destination.
You can also go to the embassy for information.
On Facebook groups you can also find advice but always check the information they give you to be sure of the steps you need to take.
To be a little more specific, I’ll give you an example. Imagine that you are Spanish and you want to go to Ireland, since you are both from the European Economic Community, you don’t need a visa or any special work permit; moreover, they share the same currency, the euro, so you don’t even have to change.
currency. Easy, isn’t it?
The next step will be to look for the most reliable sources on the internet where you can get the most up-to-date information.
Which is the first one you have to look for? The Irish Embassy in Spain .
Once you know the official thing, search in Google other web pages or forums related to Ireland to increase this information and to ask to people who already reside there the consultations that arise to you.
When you make the decision to go to Ireland, you will have to find out how to get your Social Security number (in Ireland called PPS Number), how and where to open a bank account, search for hostel pages, find out how to get a card from an Irish telephone company etc…
As personal advice, I suggest that you write down everything you learn and any queries you may have in a notebook so that you can take them step by step and solve them.
On the computer, make a folder where you can save maps, links, a word where you can gather important or useful information).
Having everything organized will save you from looking for things a thousand times and having a more controlled feeling of uncertainty.
Do I need to speak English to travel the world?
I wouldn’t say it’s necessary, but it’s highly recommended.
If you want to travel as a tourist you may not need to speak English, because with sign language and using the
imagination you can get what you want: order food in a restaurant, check transport timetables or ask for directions.
If, on the other hand, you want to live a nomadic experience, living longer in that country, I assure you that speaking English will make your life much easier, unless you want to be in a Spanish-speaking country.
Nowadays, it is a reality that in any country in the world you can find English as the language of connection and this will help you look for work, home and make new friends among others.
Join an English academy as soon as possible, and immerse yourself in the language, listen to music in English, look at the
series and movies in original version with subtitles. Anything you can think of to improve listening will be appreciated later.
Is it possible to settle in an English-speaking country without speaking English?
It’s possible. However, you will need more help.
I assure you you wouldn’t be the first or the last to do something like that.
It is clear that, at the beginning, you will not be able to apply for jobs according to your studies; but if you are willing to open your mind, to be clear that this experience will enrich you and serve you better, you will get it.
You will have to adapt your CV to the country where you go and I advise you to join all the Facebook groups of “Spaniards in”, “Mexicans in”, “Latinos in” the city and/or country where you go. It will be a support group where you will be able to ask questions and learn.
a lot of the ones who’ve been there longer than you have.
In these groups you can even meet people and make new friends and you can also get them to help you with some translation in your early days.
What kind of work can I get without speaking English?
If the country where you want to live has English as its first language or any other than Spanish and you want to work there, without a doubt, you will have to apply for unqualified jobs that are not expensive to the public.
What kind of work do you think could be applied for by someone who does not speak Spanish in your country? Well, in this case it’s the same.
One of the most recommended options, which I personally also started with when I didn’t feel very sure to start from scratch in a new country is the option of being an aupair.
Contrary to what it might seem, it’s for all ages, not just young girls.
You just have to find the right family. If you want to know how to get a family to work with them as a nanny or aupair I recommend you read this article .
Starting as an aupair in another country gives you the free time you need to go to English classes and improve your language (which you also do by being with the children and talking to the family every day).
You can also travel on your days off and do not have to worry about looking for home or work, because at first everything seems like a world.
Once you have improved your language and feel more confident in that country, you can move on to the next step of looking for a job.
If being an aupair doesn’t suit you and the idea doesn’t convince you, you could look for other jobs such as “kitchen porter” or “kitchen assistant” in restaurants or hotels; waitress, to pick up tables or empty drinks in bars; housekeeper or cleaner, making rooms; shop assistant.
Most of these jobs will be in the hospitality sector.
Another option when you feel more fluent with the language to pass interviews you can apply for jobs in which you require Spanish.
One of your best assets abroad is also your language, so take advantage of it.
Spanish is one of the most requested languages in international companies.
If you want to know how to search for jobs with Spanish on the Internet, I advise you to read this article I wrote about it.
What should I look for first: work or housing?
Without a doubt, work.
The contracts of rent of housing are usually long, of 6 months minimum and, although you can finish it before and leave, I assure you that you will have had enough difficulty to find that place to have to look for another place again when you see that it catches you to the other end of the city of the work that you have obtained.
So start a few days or a week living in a hostel (it’s cheaper if you share a room at first),
Later on you will be able to see which are the neighborhoods with the best means of transportation and which are well communicated with that work.
To live in a place well communicated with your work does not have price and in principle you have the flexibility to go.
You work five days a week, so is better to live close to work and have to travel a little farther to go to other places when you’re free.
Following the example of Ireland, I would Google “hostels in Dublin”, “Bed and Breakfast in Dublin” and the variants you can think of and, from there, I would look at the links that appear.
I would look, of the lodgings that interest me, opinions in TripAdvisor, in the web of the lodgings and even, I would look for the name of the establishment in Internet in general and in the groups of Facebook, to see if someone has spoken of them and what opinion has caused them.
Once you start to move through all these websites, you will start to learn the name of the websites to search for rooms, as they will surely come out; in Ireland, there are: Daft.ie, Rent.ie, ie.easyroommate.com, Gumtree.ie, Myhome.ie, and many more.
Although you’re sure to know a lot of people in your own situation and word-of-mouth, it will certainly help you position yourself, like this
don’t cut yourself, say you’re looking for a room and you might get extra opportunities to
to get it soon. Be always positive and you will see how everything goes well. Courage!
I hope these tips will help you travel slowly on your own. Living alone in a country different from yours is going to enrich you in a way you can’t imagine.
You will live experiences that you will always remember. You will grow, mature and open your eyes. Go with an open and tolerant mind, ready to change and overcome challenges and challenges.
You are stronger than you imagine and you can with this and much more, but now do not believe it.
I always wish you the best and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to write a comment and we will help you.