Why pay for a holiday when you get paid to go on one? Dilvin Yasa has the details.

Spending a summer traipsing around the streets of Paris or getting some sun on the beaches of Barcelona is a dream for many, but the cost of having to pay for such an experience can often be a crushing reality.

Sure, you could wait tables in a cash-in-hand scenario, but such an arrangement will offer little protection should things head south with your employer, and you could end up seriously out of pocket.

Enter The Global Work & Travel Co, which can help set you up with a sweet little placement so you explore all of those European cities you’ve long had your eye on, but also get paid to do so. Options include taking on an au pair role in France where you can live with a host family and help take care of their kids (giving you a glimpse into real Parisian life) while enjoying days off to see all of those top sights you’ve been dreaming of. Obviously, this isn’t a role for just anybody; looking after little ones involves a great deal of responsibility. Not only should you love hanging out with kids, but you’ll need to be able to prove that you’ve spent time caring for them.

Enjoy a working holiday in France as an au pair, living with a host family for free. (iStock)

Are you particularly good in a subject such as math? Tutoring kids in Germany is also an option, travellers getting the choice between major, gallery-cities such as Berlin or Munich. Prefer someplace hotter (and preferably within a stone’s throw to the party island of Ibiza)? You can teach English in the stunning city of Barcelona, before taking your mad skills across the country to cities such as Madrid, Seville and Valencia. Just remember that most education providers require you to have completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course.

If you don’t mind a bit (okay, a lot) of Brexit chat, you can also head to the UK to sign up for jobs such as working as kids’ camp instructor, bar attendant or front desk ninja.

How it works

Admittedly, it’s not without cost. By signing up with such an agency, you will need to pay for your trip (it can be paid in instalments) but the good news is that you’ll always have support whether it’s help needed booking flights and arranging visas, or on-the-ground assistance once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Other fun jobs to look out for

Not sure if au pairing or teaching English is for you? Companies all across the globe recruit for the following jobs:

Crewing a yacht

Fancy sailing the islands of Tahiti on a superyacht? Companies such as Global Crew Network are always looking to match crew with vessels. You’ll need to be a solid team player, be able to rig, clean and maintain the vessel, or depending on the role, take care of passengers on the yacht or ship.

Take to the slopes by day, and party by night as a ski instructor. (iStock)

Leading tour groups

The perfect role for those fluent in two languages or more, tour leading doesn’t pay a lot of money, but it gives you the opportunity to spend your days exploring some of the top sights in any given city. You’ll also work with locals so that you grow a deep understanding about a county’s inner workings.

Working in a ski resort

Whether you score a role as a ski instructor, behind a desk at a chalet or working in a bar, this is a party lifestyle you’re signing up for with most in these roles working long hours throughout the day and getting buck-wild from dusk until dawn. Not for the faint-hearted, but oh-so-fun.

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