Best backpacker job

Depending on your passport, you can apply a working holiday visa in the countries you visit. Why would you want to work if you’re on a holiday? Well, the sad fact still remains that traveling is not really expensive. It *can* be inexpensive, but if you’re traveling in a country that has a pretty high cost of living, you’re left with no choice but to take on a job if you want to continue traveling.

What are the jobs available for backpackers? In Australia, I’ve seen plenty of part-time work open for travlers: servers, bartenders, construction work, shop assistant, nanny, house cleaner, etc. It can range from the usual to the unusual. This list of the best backpacker jobs I saw at the Lonely Planet website certainly makes for one interesting backpacking trip.

Smurf, Nouméa (New Caledonia)
I helped sand the boat for a friend of the hostel owner. It was blue and after a day, so was I. Walking home a boy yelled out, “schtroumpf!” which I learned later meant Smurf.

Dead body, Tokyo (Tokyo)
Lying under playground equipment with a head covered in fake blood, I practised zazen meditation and realised I would never be a star on Japanese tv.

Medical experiment, Melbourne (Melbourne)
Signed up as a subject in a drug test for treatment for a socially-communicable disease. Clean bed for a week, no need to keep food in my backpack in case of dormitory thieves. Come out with a wad of dollars and slightly green nipples.

Read the complete list over at

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Ah, I can just hear the stories…“I was once a dead body in Tokyo…”

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

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  1. sarah says:

    “I was once a dead body in Tokyo…”

    Haha! Yeah, that’d be a GREAT line to say, eh? I can picture everybody’s eyes growing wide as they say “HUH?!” Haha! Thanks for sharing this!

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