How to be an environmentally friendly scuba diver

In order to celebrate World Ocean Day 2019, we have decided to put together this guide on how to become an environmentally friendly scuba diver. Being a diver is one of the best ways to explore our underwater world, but there can be an impact on the ocean. It is our duty as scuba divers to ensure that we are scuba diving sustainably and not damaging the corals that we have came to see. But how can we ensure this? Read below to find out how.

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As a responsible scuba diver, it is your duty to leave nothing behind and to remove nothing from the dive site. Refrain from picking up a token shell, coral or anything else that might take your fancy when you dive. Even the smallest thing you remove can have an environmental impact. And the same goes for things you could leave behind. Pick up all your rubbish, ensure if you drop some kit you retrieve it and ensure the dive site was as it was when you leave.

Dive locally

The location you choose to dive in will also have an impact. Travelling to locations around the world will add to your carbon footprint and will put a strain on the environment. Choose a local dive site to practise and qualify as one of the main causes of scuba diver damage to marine wildlife is diver inexperience.Source

Choose a reputable operator

Whether you decide to dive at home or abroad, make sure to pick a tour operator that has a sustainability ethos. Enquire about their anchoring policies, as carelessly dropping an anchor can cause damage to coral reefs. Check if they are accredited by any environmental organisations, and ask them about their diver education practices. The more questions you ask and the further you push for responsible diving, the more likely the industry will change.

Be picky about gear

Did you know, that there isn’t an environmental certification needed for diving equipment? This means that it is fundamental that you, as scuba divers make the correct decisions when sourcing your kit. There are some options to choose battery-less equipment, opting for gear that can be charged by the sun or by movement. You could also opt for rechargeable batteries or if in doubt double check with the diving company to see which environmentally friendly equipment they would recommend.

Do your bit with every dive

You would be surprised at how much rubbish litter our oceans. A clever idea to combat this and to do your bit, even if very small is to pick up a piece of rubbish each time you dive. It can be as simple as a plastic bottle, to a beer can ring. Every time one diver brings back a piece of rubbish, that is one less item that could have a potentially dangerous impact on marine life and their environment.

Watch your fins

Fins can damage the underwater sea bed and sensitive coral reefs. It’s important to practise swimming in your fins before embarking on a dive. Finding a good technique is vital to make sure you leave your dive location untouched. Source

If you must hunt, hunt smart

We don’t want to condone or endorse underwater spearfishing. This is something that is essential for some communities who rely on the underwater fish for their staple meal but hunting as a tourist for the thrill of it, isn’t environmentally friendly or responsible.

However, if you are determined to give spearfishing a try, follow the rules and regulations for the region you are hunting in. Do not spear young, endangered or pregnant fish. Know your seasons and follow all advice given from your dive instructor. If you are going to do this, do it smartly and leave as little an impact behind as possible.

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15 of the Best Jobs for Travel Lovers

We know how it is, you love to travel but scrimp and save all year for that dream getaway. Maybe you’ve grown tired of squirrelling away year only to be able to enjoy yourself for a few weeks at a time? Why not make money whilst you travel? It’s completely possible, we assure you, here are 15  of the best jobs for travel lovers.

  1. Teach English as a foreign language

This is one of the most popular jobs for someone who wants to work while exploring the world. English speakers are sought after in many countries around the world and providing you have a TEFL certificate you will find many opportunities to teach and travel. You don’t have to be fluent in another language or have years of teaching experience, there is plenty of jobs just waiting for you from South America, China, Japan, the Middle East or teaching remotely online. Teaching English as a foreign language is a good job if you want to make travelling your career.

  1. Work in a government position

This is ideal for those who have studied subjects like International Development or Social Policy. If you manage to get a job in foreign affairs or with the consulate offices you can expect to have wide travel opportunities. However, you will not have a say in where you are posted, but this will open the door for a truly adventurous travel lifestyle.

  1. Become a tour guide

If you are passionate about the new city or country where you are living and want to share its cultures and history with others then maybe consider becoming a tour guide. You will have to be outgoing and friendly and know your stuff, but this can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

  1. Flight attendant

This is the perfect job for anyone who loves to travel and it is also easily attainable. Imagine a life of jet setting around the world and staying in a different location on a regular basis. You’ll also benefit from discounts flights with some airlines and a variety of locations you can transfer to. You’ll have to definitely be a people person, but regarding qualifications as long as you have experience in customer services or customer service or airline qualification then you meet the criteria for most airlines.  

  1. Work on a cruise ship

There are plenty of jobs on cruise ships, from bartenders, waiting staff, beauty therapists to entertainers. They are highly sought after, but if you manage to secure a job you will make a living by travelling the world and will also receive free accommodation and meals!

  1. WWOOF

If you want to give back then take a look at WWOOF ( World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). This initiative offers travellers a chance to do farm work whilst travelling, so you can finance your trip of a lifetime whilst on the move.

  1. Work as an au pair

If you love children and have studied or trained in childcare then working as an au pair may be for you. As an au pair you will often live with the family, look after the children and receive a small salary for your services. It is a great way to completely immerse yourself in another country, however, you will not make a lot of money and your time to explore will be limited as it will be dedicated to the children you care for.

  1. Teach yoga

If you have a niche skill such as yoga, then why not do something you love and get paid for it? Train as a yoga teacher and take your skillset on the road. You can take part in plenty of teacher training academies in India, Nepal or Bali, so why not transform your hobby into your day job?

  1. Bartender

As long as you have experience and the necessary working visas required you can become a bartender pretty much anywhere in the world. From a hostel in Barcelona to an Irish bar in Budapest, you can enjoy the nightlife and immerse yourself in a new culture all whilst earning money.

  1. Ski or surf instructor

If you love skiing or surfing, why not take a seasonal job as an instructor? Popular locations include Canada or Austria for skiing and Mexico and Hawaii for surfing. If this is your passion, why not look into making this the first step of your dream getaway? You can enjoy teaching what you love, exploring a new country and will be able to use your money to finance further travels.

  1. Work for an international hotel chain

If you work for an international hotel chain there are lots of opportunities for transfers to other locations around the world. If you can speak more than one language then this will open the door to new positions elsewhere. Inquire with your company about the possibilities and see if you can make this dream a reality.

  1. Travel agent

If you really love travel, then why not make it your career? Not only will you get to fulfil the travel dreams of others, but your company will also often send you on their holidays so that you can give your customer an honest review. You will often receive heavily discounted holidays for yourself and your family and may even receive free travel depending on the company you work for.

  1. Photograph & film travel

Are you a talented creative? Then why not make a living staying on the road full-time and sell your images and videos online? This job will enquire a small investment and some skill on your part but as long as you have perfected your craft you will be able to make it a realistic career option.

  1. Become a travel blogger

Becoming a travel blogger is more attainable than some may think. It will take time to establish yourself and you will have to start off working for free to gain a name and traction for yourself. You will slowly be able to make some money off this, but it is all about how you sell your blog and your brand. Everyone has to start somewhere and as long as you perfect your writing skills and follow basic digital marketing advice it can be an option for you, however, don’t underestimate the amount of work you will need to put in. This is a 24/7 job that will require you to be social media savvy.

  1. Freelance

You can pretty much become a freelancer in anything and work remotely. All you need is a laptop and a good Wifi connection and you’re good to go! From copywriting, web design, marketing or interpreting, there are so many jobs out there that you can be your own boss with. Many small companies have started off life like this and have built a name and following for themselves whilst on the road.

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How to save money for travelling

Summer is fast approaching and it seems that everyone is planning trips around the world. But just how are they affording this?  Here are our top tips on how to save money for travelling on a student budget.

Plan well in advance


The more you plan in advance, the longer you will have to save money. Once you know where you want to go and who you are travelling with your plans can finally take shape. Your budget will vary depending on where you want to go, it will all depend on the cost to get there and the extra costs of travelling there as a tourist. A trip to Europe might work out cheaper with flights, but travelling to South East Asia might be easier on your wallet when you get there.

Roughly add up how much you believe the trip will cost, by adding the cost of flights, accommodation, spending money and emergency money together. Now you will have an overall total that you need to save. So if you will need £800 to visit Thailand in June then start planning in October! Set aside a set amount of cash per week/month. A good way to do this is to set up a standing order with your bank account. This means that every week or month, the amount you set will be transferred automatically to your savings account so you can’t accidentally splurge it away at the bar!

There are always unexpected costs for every trip

Many countries will require you to have a visa, so this is an added extra to account for, just in case. Having back up money to cover unexpected costs is a clever idea to keep yourself covered.

If you get ill on holiday these costs can add up, make sure you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance. Or if you are travelling to Europe and are from an EU member country bring your EHIC card. However, remember that if you use travel insurance you will not receive compensation for the whole medical bill which means you will need to cover some of the costs yourself.

You will also need to budget for transfers from the airport to your accommodation, as well as any other public transport you will need to take during your trip. Always save up more than you need, as you never know when you might need to catch a taxi in an emergency.

Assess how you spend your money during uni

It’s hard to resist splurging the student loan on new clothes, a bar crawl and take away dinners. If you want to travel, you’re going to have to save. This can be achieved in little ways, like swapping your takeaway pizza for one from the frozen aisle, using your student discount to bag a new top or having pre-drinks in your house before a night out so you’ll save money at the bar. Every little bit helps and for every drink you don’t enjoy in the bar here, just think how many cocktails you can get in Thailand for that money!

When to go away

One of the benefits of being a university student is long holidays which are outside of school term-time. You can use this to your advantage to get a better time on offers on out of season. Below we’ve put together some extra tips on how to ensure you get the cheapest deal possible.

Best day to pay for flights: Tuesdays are the best day to book flights. This is due to many airlines announcing their latest deals on Monday evenings.

Best days to fly: As well as Tuesdays being the best day to buy a plane ticket, they are also one of the cheapest days to fly on. If you can’t fly on a Tuesday, choosing to fly on a Wednesday or a Saturday will also help you cut costs.

Best time to fly: Early morning flights are usually cheaper than any other time. You will be sacrificing sleep, but the money you will save may even allow you to pay for another night in your chosen destination.

Best time of year:  Choose to fly outside of term-time school holidays. May and October are the cheapest times of the year to travel, if you have classes then alternatively September and June are also cheaper than July and August.

Last minute: Many airlines will offer last minute deals, or drop their flight prices if the flight does not sell out. It is worth keeping your eyes peeled for these deals, but you could also end up losing out and having to pay more.


Use Budget airlines: British Airways, American Airlines, Emirates and Virgin are all very popular airlines. However, this comes at a cost. By booking flights with these major brands, you may be spending up to double on trips in comparison to a budget airline.

Choosing non-direct over direct flights: Adding a stopover to your journey can save you a lot of money. Don’t just see it as a waste of time. It can really make the difference!

Comparison websites: Using websites such as Skyscanner and Kayak allows you to compare hundreds of flights and get yourself the best deal. You can also sign up for deal notifications so you know when the flights are at their cheapest rates.


Now you have your location chosen and the flights sorted it’s the fun bit, let’s choose your accommodation!

Airbnb: If you want to take in the sites like a local and save money whilst travelling Airbnb is the perfect combination. Offering accommodation much cheaper than hotels you can find yourself staying in an ideal location for half the price. You will also have your own kitchen space which will save you money on eating out.

Hostels: If you don’t mind sharing a dorm, or you’re interested in meeting other travellers, hostels are another cheap form of accommodation! You can book in advance using Hostelworld or for many, you can just show up on the day. Some hotels even offer smaller dorm rooms or the option to pick a private double or twin room with a private bathroom!

Tips for Sightseeing


Once you get there and want to start sightseeing it’s best to look into the following ways to save cash.

Travel blogs: Follow a few travel blogs before you set off. Many will give you budget saving tips and ideas, as well as let you know the places you simply can’t miss out on.

Haggling: In many countries, it’s cool to haggle. Turkey, China and Morocco, are all known for having souks and markets, where you can test out your haggling skills. To ensure you get the best price, and you aren’t ‘ripped off’, haggling is sometimes necessary. Next time you are at a souk, offer a lower price than advertised and see how low you can take it from there. Never be afraid to walk away, chances are you’ll find someone with something similar a few shops away.

Free activities: In some countries, museums and art galleries will be free. There are also often travel companies that offer free walking tours that you will pay for with an optional tip at the end. Try a quick search for free things to do in the area and you’re bound to find plenty of stuff you can do without cost.

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The Top Ten Places to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Do you want to teach English abroad in 2019? Teaching English is the perfect way to earn money whilst travelling the world, making new friends and immersing yourself in a new culture. Once you have gained your TEFL certificate then your next step is choosing where in the world you can go. From the busy cities in China to getting off the beaten track in Georgia or maybe topping up your tan on the sunny Mayan Riveria is more your style?

From up-and-coming locations to popular TEFL destinations, here is our carefully chosen top ten places to teach English as a foreign language.

1. Japan

Japan offers well-paid teaching salaries, a unique cultural experience and a high demand for quality English teachers. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in Japanese culture whilst working in a Japanese city or rural area. English language teachers in Japan can expect to earn between $2,000 to $2,500 per month and may be entitled to free housing, Japanese language lessons, airfare reimbursement and visa assistance.

2. China

China is one of the most popular places to go as a TEFL teacher right now. There is a huge demand and you will expect to learn a lucrative salary that will enable you to live comfortably and whilst easily travel and save. You will also benefit from offers of free housing, flight reimbursements and yearly bonuses. The average salary you can expect to earn is between $1,500-$2,000 a month, with many teachers then making an extra income from one on one teaching sessions in the evening. If you want to save money, life comfortable and explore then China is the place for you.

3. Taiwan

Taiwan combines the best of both worlds, located just off the coast of mainland China it is a vibrant, culturally diverse country that offers the city of Taipei and lush forests and idyllic countryside. There are plenty of opportunities for TEFL teachers in Taiwan and the demand is high. You can expect to make from as much as $1,500 to $2,000 per month plus a yearly bonus. This is a good salary that will allow you to travel, save and live comfortably.

4. South Korea

South Korea is a popular location due to high salaries for TEFL teachers and the generous benefits offered, such as free accommodation, reimbursed airfare and yearly bonuses. You can expect to make between $1,800 to $2,000 a month and will be able to save money, travel and live in comfort as South Korea has a low cost of living compared to other Asian countries. Be prepared to work hard, the work ethic might be different to that of what you’re used to in your home country, with Korean high school children having to juggle a staggering 16 hour day of studies.

5. Mexico

Mexico is an ideal location for TEFL teachers with a low cost of living and high demand for teachers. There are opportunities throughout the country and you will have plenty of chance to take in the sights. Mexico is popular amongst backpackers are those who are planning to make some money to travel to Central America or South America. You can expect to earn up from $400 to $1,000 a month and benefits often include free accommodation and airport collection.

6. Portugal

Portugal is the perfect location to teach English in Europe. This hidden gem is often overlooked for its neighbour, Spain. However, Portugal boasts a lower cost of living, cafe culture, fine wines, picturesque beaches and tasty cuisine. There are plenty of opportunities for qualified TEFL teachers in both public and private schools. Your monthly income will be less and you might just expect to break even, so if saving is important, then this destination isn’t for you.

7. Indonesia

If you’re looking for a destination that promises perfect beaches, island living a multicultural feel then look no further than Indonesia. This country is fast becoming a popular location for TEFL teachers. A university degree is expected for most positions but you will be offered benefits such as housing and yearly bonuses. The cost of living is low, so the wages will represent this but you will have enough money to live comfortably and explore the 1,700 islands this country has to offer. Just don’t expect to make big savings like you would in China or South Korea.

8. Colombia

Colombia offers TEFL teachers Caribbean beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and world-class coffee! With security no longer an issue, this South American country is fast becoming a popular TEFL destination. You do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach but it is recommended alongside a TEFL certificate. The atmosphere in Colombia is laid bad, so don’t be surprised if your students are late or things run behind schedule. The cost of living is relatively low and you can expect to earn between $500 to $1,000 per month, which is more than enough to live well in Colombia whilst saving to money to travel.

9: Georgia

Not to be confused with the state in the USA, the Republic of Georgia is an up-and-coming TEFL destination thanks to the country’s growing number of language schools. Georgia is located between Europe and Asia in the Caucasus region. It is home to Black Sea beaches and the famous Vardiza Cave Monastery. Georgians are known to be welcoming and hospitable, and the country’s underrated food scene will both surprise and delight you. You can find paid positions in Georgia but most start off as volunteer-based. However, volunteers can expect to earn around $180-$300 per month in addition to free housing. That’s not to mention the extra $10-$30/hour you can make giving private lessons.

10: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world and offers a unique teaching experience for someone looking for a location off the beaten track. This country has a growing economy and a high demand for the skills of TEFL teachers.

To teach in Kazakhstan you will not need to have a university degree, but it is preferred. The cost of living is low and if you are good at budgeting you can live comfortably. Pay for positions can vary but some schools will offer the added benefit of paid accommodation and the reimbursement of your airfare.

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Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you want to see the world and experience new cultures? Well, you can do both and make a living out of it by teaching English as a foreign language! So if you’re ready to take the plunge and embark on the adventure of a lifetime this is the ultimate guide to teaching English abroad.  

Who can teach English abroad?

University/College Graduate

Teaching English abroad is one of the most popular ways that you, as a new graduate can go explore the world. It can be a great break from the grind of university life and can also help you take some time to discover what path you want to take career wise. Not only that but it will count as valuable career experience and depending on your career aspirations, it may help to boost your CV and be the added extra that helps you get that alluring grad job.

New or experienced teacher

Are you an experienced teacher who is ready for a new challenge? More and more teachers and education graduates are getting the travel bug. Your skills are in high demand around the world and not only could you improve your career prospects you could benefit financially.

Career changer

Teaching English abroad is the ideal job if you’re looking to change careers. It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your current career, teaching English is always an option. Many English teachers around the world have held previous professions and find that they are in high demand for teaching jobs abroad.

Why should I teach English abroad?

There are five simple reasons why you teach English abroad

  1. You get paid to travel
  2. You can completely immerse yourself in a different culture
  3. You will gain international work experience
  4. Opportunity to learn a new language
  5. You can make a difference in the lives of people around the world

What is the market like for English language teachers?

English language teachers are currently in high demand. By 2020 there will be 2 billion English language students in the world and somebody has to teach them!

China is fast becoming one of the fastest growing teaching English markets. With over 300 million people learning English there right now. The number of English learners in China is also expected to grow by around 15% every year so now is the perfect time if you want to explore the country as an English teacher.

How to teach English abroad: Your foolproof 5-step plan

Step 1 – Get your ESL certificate

To teach English abroad you will need to get qualified. There are a few different qualifications you can choose from;

  • TESL

Step 2 – Find out which country you’d like to live in

It can be hard to choose just one country, but being flexible can work in your favour. Having an open mind will open up more opportunities and allow you a greater variety of career directions. If you have a set country in mind, read up on their job interview techniques and the preferred application route for TEFL teachers.

Step 3 – Apply for jobs

The search for most TEFL jobs starts online. Many schools will interview you remotely over Skype. When applying to choose a reputable company. A good recommendation is to work with a company that won’t charge you a fee for helping you secure a job, this is often unnecessary.

Step 4 – Get your visa

It’s pretty much guaranteed that you will need a visa to teach English abroad. Research this thoroughly. There are some recruitment agencies and employers that will help you out with this process for a fee, it’s just up to you which route you want to go down.

Step 5 – Pack your bags

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Where can I teach English abroad?

We’ve decided the best way to get you inspired is to break this into sections, firstly starting with Europe and ending with the Middle East. The world really is your oyster once you are a qualified English teacher!



Most jobs in Europe are in private language schools that offer after-school and evening classes. Teaching contracts normally run for the school year from September to June. Public schools prefer to high EU citizens who can speak the local lingo, so this is something to consider.

There are also short-term teaching jobs available through summer language camps. You can also go down the private tutor route, however, this is a very competitive market so it’s a good idea to have another job as a backup.

You can only teach at an international or IB school in Europe if you are already certified or a licensed teacher in your home country with teaching experience.

When to look

February is normally the best time to start looking so that you can start for the new academic year in September/October. Plenty of jobs will also be available as the new year approaches and you sometimes get the odd last-minute openings.

Average wage

Each country varies and the wage will depend on your experience and training. There may also be deductibles if you are living in housed accommodation on campus. On average in the Czech Republic, you will make between $700 – $1,000 USD per month. For Germany it is between $1,100 USD – $2,2000 USD a month and for Spain around $1,250 USD – $1,850 USD a month.  



Asia is the perfect destination for ESL teachers. Students learn English from primary school so there is high demand. There are also government run teaching programs that look for TEFL qualified teachers for both public and private schools. There are many different types of ESL schools offering lessons from conversational English to Business English. There is also a huge demand for flexible online English teaching in Asia if you would like to build valuable experience prior to moving.

International schools in Asia will predominantly hire experienced, accredited teachers with an educational background or degree. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities with both international charities and local NGOs, but remember that these are often unpaid.

When to look

There is no set hiring season with opportunities available all year round. There are some exceptions however with the JET programme in Japan who start recruiting from April until June and again from October to January. And the EPIK programme in South Korea which starts is a recruitment drive in springtime.

Average wage

Wages again vary depending on the country and you will have to factor in the cost of living for Japan, however with the average wage in China you will be able to live comfortably and save money.

Japan averages $1,500 USD – $2,000 USD a month, China averages at $1,250 USD – $2,850 USD a month, South Korea $1,850 USD – $2,150 USD a month and Thailand around $800 USD a month.

Central and South America


Positions here tend to be in private language schools aimed at teaching adults. There are many TEFL providers that you can gain certification with that will guarantee a job placement so this is something to consider. There are also many volunteering opportunities if you want to gain experience. If you are already certified and have the experience you can also apply to international schools.

When to look

In South America, March is the start of the school year and is the best time to be hired. However, in Central America schools start looking for teachers in either June or July. Unlike Asia or the Middle East where hiring in advance is common practice, in Central and South America face-to-face interviewing is the norm, so something to bear in mind when applying.  

Average wages

The cost of living is substantially lower and the wages will reflect this. An average monthly wage in Mexico is $500 USD – $800 USD, in Argentina it is from $600 USD – $1,100 USD and Chile $750 – $1,000 USD.

Middle East


There is a high demand for certified English teachers in the Middle East. You will be able to pick from a variety of positions in government programs, international schools, private language schools, vocational schools or colleges and universities. If you have a lot of experience under your belt you can expect a lucrative salary and generous benefits package.

When to look

Positions are open all year round, however, the prime time for public school positions is during spring and summer.

Average wages

The average wages are high in the Middle East and you can expect to live comfortably. In Bahrain, you can earn from $1,500 – $3,000 USD a month. In the UAE $1,800 – $5,000 USD a month and Qatar $1,600 – $4,000 USD a month.

We hope this guide has covered everything you will need to know about teaching English as a foreign language. Are you teaching English abroad currently and have a story to tell? Get in touch with us here.  

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