12 Ways to Leave the Philippines to Travel, Live and Work Abroad Legally

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If you’re reading this and thinking that you don’t have the money to travel, don’t have the skills, or that you’re simply not brave enough to take the big step of leaving the country to explore the rest of the world – then read this for some great ideas for how to do it yourself!

Due to some challenges in traveling with a Philippines Passport, here are some clever, legal and even profitable ways you can take to leave the Philippines, before packing those bags and making a run for the airport! Here are our tips to pass the immigration in NAIA or international airports in the Philippines.

Please also note that you don’t need to hire a travel agency to help you with the visa because you can do it directly at the embassy or online. Below tips are only about Tourist visa and NOT work visa.

Here are the 12 Different ways you can do to leave the Philippines (legally) and live a sustainable travel lifestyle!

1. Work on a Cruise Ship

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The world’s biggest cruise liners are hiring Filipino crews in various positions through relevant agencies. Bartenders, chefs, waiters, entertainers, and dealers are among the popular job opportunities.

We recently traveled on a 16 day Antarctica cruise with Hurtigruten and most of the staff were Filipino! Talking to them about their jobs and their lifestyles, most said that it was the best job they had ever had and that this particular cruise company was the best to work for of them all!

If you think this is for you, go to any relevant travel agency and apply. They will process all your requirements including your Visa to your point of entry. Checkout POEA website for current openings

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2. Become an OFW in the Middle East or Singapore

An Overseas Filipino Worker is a Filipino citizen who braves a life abroad to earn a living (not traveling), hence the term. Filipinos can be found working in almost every country in the world, thanks to our high level of to education, high level of fluency in English and our willingness to travel to the other side of the world to earn a good living and experience a different way of life. Engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, administrators, housekeepers – we Filipinos are widely accepted the world over as some of the best workers on the planet. Some of the most popular locations for Filipinos to become Overseas Foreign Workers are The Middle East, USA, UK, Europe, Israel, Australia and Canada. If living a stable life, with a career, a home, and a salary is your focus, rather than traveling the world, then this would be a very good option for you.

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3. Study Abroad in Europe, USA, Canada or Australia

This could be a perfect time for you to earn another degree or take your graduate studies and leave the Philippines at the same time!

If you can meet the visa requirements and have the financial means, you can apply for a student visa in another country, like Australia and many others. Many Filipinos are also using this approach as a stepping stone for finding a job and permanently moving to the land down under. Check out Australia Embassy for more details.

If the financial side is a challenge for you, many universities and organizations are offering scholarships to Filipinos. Here’s one example:

“SHARE is an EU Grant funded project with an overarching objective to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality, competitiveness, and internationalization of ASEAN higher education institutions and students, contributing to an ASEAN Community beyond 2015. The main aim is to enhance cooperation between the EU and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and to create lasting benefits from the harmonization of higher education across ASEAN. They provide scholarship grants not limited to Tuition fees and living allowances.”

4. Teach English all over the world!

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Get your TEFL certification online, and this is your ticket to your new life as a Filipino TEFL teacher abroad. TEFL stands for Teaching of English as a Foreign Language; it’s an English Teaching Certificate that will allow you to teach English in different countries in South East Asia and South America.

Check out this article for more details if you’re considering this option: How to become a Filipino English Teacher Abroad (and earn up to $25/ hour)

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You can also join this Facebook support group – TEFL English Teachers Worldwide

5. Go Backpacking in South East Asia for six months.

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Leave your job, book your plane tickets, grab your bags and leave the Philippines for the Southeast Asia backpacking adventure of a lifetime!  Visas are not a challenge, as ASEAN countries give a visa-free entry for Philippines passport holders with valid stay from 14-30 days. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity throughout your journey. You can find different volunteering and backpacker jobs, here.

There are many ways to make sure you can escape for longer too, like staying in cheap hostels and shared dorms, where you will meet all kinds of fellow travelers – Best Backpacker Hostels in South East Asia and the World

Check out this Guide to Backpacking in South East Asia if you choose this way to leave the Philippines. You can also read all our DIY Travel Guide articles around the world.

SM Monkey Section DividersWhichever way you choose to leave the country, make sure you have proper travel and health insurance. As responsible travelers, it’s our responsibility not to rely on other countries’ health systems to look after us. We use World Nomads, which covers everyone, including Filipino travelers, on both short and long term trips, all over the world.

SM Monkey Section Dividers6. Get a Job That Allows you to Work Remotely

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Software developers, IT Support, Helpdesk, Encoder, Graphic Designer and SEO analysts are among the popular remote jobs that hire Filipinos. Several platforms that offer remote jobs are preferred cost-effective collaborations between businesses and professionals. Projects can be big or small, which determines the pay you will receive for working on the project. Since you don’t need to physically be an office, you can move abroad temporarily and just work from the comforts of your hostel bed, all you need is a decent internet connection. Once you have a job, start thinking of the countries where you want to stay temporarily.

Check out our List of Visa-Free Countries to Visit for Philippines Passport Holders in 2016

Start your own online business

Another great way to leave the country and travel the world, although not as easy as it sounds, is to become a blogger or similar kind of online entrepreneur.  It takes a lot of work, and the learning curve can be steep; the old saying, “You’ll work twice as hard when you work for yourself” is absolutely true, but the rewards can be monumental.

Check out this article – How to Start a Travel Blog and Earn Money in 6 months and this article – How to Make Money from Travel Blogging (Monetize your Travel Blog)  These two articles contain everything you need to know about how to make money from travel blogging and all of the advice can be applied to other on-line businesses too.

7. Migrate to Australia (or Canada. Canada’s nice too!)

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Australia and Canada are the top two countries where Filipinos are migrating to. Both countries have different immigration programs, select the program you think is most appropriate for your current status and credentials. All programs are based on a points system. You can do self-assessment if you meet the minimum number of points for the program. Having close relatives in Australia or Canada can help speed up the process, some of the programs give you extra points for this. Language test (IELTS – not the same as TEFL) is required for both, set your appointment if you decide to apply for any of the programs.

Here are the two useful immigration links – Immigration and Visas to Australia and Eligibility to Immigrate to Canada.

8. Go on a Healing Retreat in Bali

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The past year has been so intense, and it has consumed a lot of energy from all of us. It may also have broken some of your relationships due to misunderstandings and disagreements on certain political issues. A retreat will help to clear your thoughts and a healing journey in Bali is a great option. The Balinese tradition of the wellness retreat gives you back the harmony of your mind and body. You can also go to India!

Here are some accommodation options to help you stay longer in the perfect piece of paradise – Best Luxury Hotels in Indonesia  and Best Backpacker Hostels in Indonesia

9. Be a Volunteer in Another Country

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Sure you want to leave the country, this is the first reason why you would want to be a volunteer abroad. Before you find a volunteering gig, you should really have a second reason, something that drives you. Whether it is because you want to change the world, you want to learn new skills, or you want to save money while traveling, you need to find that reason because this experience will change you.

Find out which suits you from this List of Volunteering Opportunities Around the World.

10. Marry your Foreigner Fiancé

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There’s something inherently romantic about falling in love with someone on the other side of the world, but do make sure that it’s really for love, and not just for a visa. We’d hate for you to fall into one of the many Misconceptions of Filipinas with Foreigners!

11. Live abroad for FREE by becoming a “House Sitter.”

House Sitting is exactly what it sounds like – Looking after someone else’s house while they are away. Homeowners can register their property on websites like Trusted House Sitter, where potential sitters can then search the listings for house sitting opportunities all over the world. So what’s the catch? There isn’t one – You live in and look after the person’s home, which can often include their pets like cats, dogs, even horses! This is an amazing way to spend more time in a country and really get to know the local vibes, culture, and people. Best of all, you’ll have the privacy of your own home to explore from, rather than a shared hostel dorm room!

Read our guide here on how Filipinos can become Housesitters abroad.

12. International Training or Foreign Assignment from BPO job?

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If you’re working in a multinational company, there’s a huge chance of an opportunity waiting for an on-shore foreign assignment. Set a one on one meeting with your manager and discuss this right away. Make sure to leverage your skills and experience to convince them of your suitability for a position like this.

In the end, your decision to take a break from the Philippines depends on your life and travel goals amongst other things. Anyway, for whatever reason and whatever drives you, just get out there and travel the world!

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This article was written in collaboration with Jaypee Licudan, a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. Follow his personal blog: The Rustic Nomad. Kach and Jonathan updated the article with more information for 2017 travels.

Comments 36

  1. It can’t be denied that it has full of contents that can be helpful to many. Your opinion is respected. Cheers! 🙂

  2. Hi Bert! It’s relevant given the timing when the article is published, he’s already a President elect. 🙂

  3. It’s far from a propaganda. There were no false claims or anything. All just for the love of travel! Cheers! 🙂

  4. It’s a mixed reaction from different readers but most find it really helpful for their future travel plans. 🙂

  5. Wow!this inspired me!I’ve been wanting to work and live abroad.just wondering,till when can i use the promo code for TEFL?

  6. Hi Jaypee (feeling close haha)! This is so interesting! To me, this got some spice in it, somewhat double meaning in a way, but full of information in the end. Sharing this in my timeline!

  7. Hi Maxz, we can also write something like, “Duterte is the New President, Why you Should Visit the Philippines now?” Doesn’t mean a political figure has been mentioned in the title or article, it’s politically motivated. I hope you find any of the 12 suggestions useful for your future travel plans. 🙂

  8. Hi Joanna, the aim of the article is to share loads of information regardless of their reason to travel. It just happened that this is timely and it shouldn’t be the only reason to travel. 🙂 This is not a click-bait article like other websites are doing, Many are using titles like, “Why you shouldn’t visit (Place) but the content says otherwise. Cheers!

      1. i am an ofw, we plan to go home for good by next year but we are now reconsidering our plans. i really appreciate all the information you presented here.

  9. This blog is not political and only gives travellers ideas how could they live, work and travel around the world. But i think more reliable articles should be read first with the newly elected president specially the quote “Donult Trump” of the East. Thank you.

      1. Yeah, surely will! 😀 just don’t get surprised how filipinos reacted with this blog. We were all fed up with black propaganda from previous weeks. It’s just sickening. Can’t blame the followers from disliking it specially when ppl outside the country don’t know the real scenario happening in Philippines. But yeah, according to President-elect Duterte, “we must heal” and “peace na tayo” 🙂 we are waiting for your return! Hope you’d feature the incoming improvements in our country in your next articles specially in tourism. Mabuhay!

  10. Unfollowing Two Monkeys because of this post. Masaya magtravel pero the title ng article – kailangan bang ganoon? Kala ko ba travel resource yung article. ☹️

    1. Hi Ces, many like Duterte and even some don’t like him, that shouldn’t be their reason in leaving the country. We should travel the world and be proud Filipinos. Cheers!

    1. Hi Dave, we won’t. 🙂 The article has a good load of information if they want to leave the country for the purpose of travel or a long term goal.

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