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Top 10 Struggles and Benefits of Travel Teaching


If you're thinking about becoming a traveling teacher, or just curious about what it's like, you've come to the right place. I've been on this journey for a while now, and let me tell you - it's not always a walk in the park, but it's worth it. Let me break it down for you:

Top 10 Struggles:

  • Lack of stability: Not knowing where you'll be living and working from year to year can be stressful, but it's also part of the fun of the adventure.

  • Finding housing: It can be a challenge to find a place to lay your head, especially in expensive cities. But with some research, you can find some options like housesitting, nomadic dwellings, or just short-term rentals.

  • Making friends: It can be tough to make new friends, but it's also an opportunity to branch out and meet new people from all walks of life. I use meetup to find my people and events I enjoy in each city.

  • Adjusting to new settings: Each school and district has its own unique culture and policies, but it's also an opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher. I get to learn what I do and do not like in a school/administration.

  • Managing finances: Budgeting can be tricky when you're not getting paid consistently, but with a bit of planning, it's manageable. And let's not forget the added bonus of higher pay as a travel teacher. I use Facet Wealth to manage my personal finances and retirement.

  • Maintaining organization: It can be tough to stay organized and on top of lesson planning while on the go, but with a bit of planning and a good system, you'll be a pro in no time. I have this awesome Data Collection and Management System that makes a hug difference!

  • Maintaining relationships: Being away from family and friends can be tough, but technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch.

  • Coping with homesickness: It's natural to miss home, but the world is full of new and exciting things to explore, and as a teacher I can always go back home over the summer and on breaks.

  • Dealing with unexpected problems: From car troubles to natural disasters, life is full of unexpected challenges, but that's what makes it exciting.

  • Maintaining work-life balance: It can be tough to separate work and personal time when you're living and working in the same new city, but with a bit of planning and self-care, you'll find the balance.

Top 10 Benefits:

  • Flexibility: One of the biggest advantages of being a travel teacher is the ability to choose where you work and when you work.

  • Better pay: Travel teachers often earn way more than teachers who work in a traditional setting.

  • Professional development opportunities: Working in different locations can expose you to new teaching methods and approaches, which can help you grow as a professional.

  • Personal growth: Traveling and living on the road can help you develop new skills and grow as a person.

  • Cultural immersion: Being immersed in new cultures and communities can be a rewarding and enriching experience.

  • Meeting new people: Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make connections with people from all walks of life.

  • Exploring new places: As a travel teacher, you have the opportunity to explore new cities and locations while working.

  • Adventure: Living on the road and traveling can be a thrilling and adventurous experience.

  • Sense of accomplishment: The challenges of being a travel teacher can make the experience even more rewarding when you overcome them. It's also pretty cool to have the diverse teaching experience that travel teaching can offer.

  • Flexibility in scheduling: As a travel teacher, you have more control over your schedule and can take time off when needed. I have two weeks of PTO to use during the school year. This is in addition to the regular school breaks. These days don't roll over so I make sure to use them and take time to care for myself.

Being a travel teacher is not for everyone, but for those who are up for the challenge, it can be a rewarding and enriching experience. And the best part is, you will be paid what you're worth, making all the struggles manageable. If you're considering becoming a travel teacher, weigh the struggles and benefits. Check out my travel teacher interest form in you want to know more about how to get started.


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