Travelling as a personal trainer

Travelling overseas is dreams come true for many. Taking weeks or even months off work to explore foreign lands and cultures is an inimitable experience. However, it is not a cheap one. Costs of an overseas trip can be brought down significantly if you are able to work while travelling. Personal training is one vocation that allows you to do so.

First of all, you must become qualified before jetting off. A personal training certification is highly useful. You will learn the skills to become a personal trainer and will graduate with a Certificate III in Fitness, a Certificate IV in Fitness and a qualification as a trainer that will be recognized Australia-wide. Furthermore, you will get personal trainer certification that is recognized internationally.

Once you are all qualified, it is important to do a fair amount of research. Different cultures have different attitudes towards health and fitness, which may be surprising. People in some countries may only wish to work with a trainer of a certain gender while others may not wish to exercise outside. Language barriers can obviously make working hard so ensure you choose a country or region where you feel comfortable with the language.

Chatting to other personal trainers who have travelled is a great way to get an idea of how to go about it. They will be able to fill you in on the finer details like the average wages and difference in training methods. Observing training methods in different countries is a great way to learn alternative styles and trends. A small amount of time personal training overseas could see you leap years ahead of other trainers who have stayed in Australia.

Working as a fitness instructor on a cruise ship is another option worth investigating. It provides job security while also ferrying you to a number of exotic locations around the globe. It often involves working on the ships for months at a time and then having an extended period of when you can work back in Australia. Cruise ships provide you with a huge array of different people with varying levels of fitness. It means you are forced to get the best out of everybody without excluding anyone which is a huge challenge but great for skill development.

Sarah Paige is a freelance writer who is interested in health and wellbeing. Although only a pipe dream for now, Sarah hopes to get her Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate IV in Fitness.

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