[Wanderlust Tips July 2019] Everyone must have once daydreamed of dropping everything, packing a bag and travelling the world. However, money can be a big issue and not everyone has the courage to quit their jobs, meaning that the travel dream remains just a dream. However, this article will change your mind. In addition to those tourism specific roles such as tour guides, travel agents, travel bloggers, you can absolutely do the following jobs that will allow you to earn income while exploring the world.
WORKING ON YACHTS
Working on a cruise ship requires you to have a strong “stomach” metaphorically and literally, as you are going to have to spend a lot of time out at sea. If you don’t have the right skill set, you can initially work as a steward, but if you can equip yourself with artistic talent and the correct qualifications, you can go down the route of more specialized jobs for instance, chefs, engineers, bartenders, singers or even captains. Whatever your role, these jobs allow you the thrills of travelling on splendidly luxurious yachts across the vast turquoise sea, enjoy the fresh air and make a home anywhere you go. Moreover, with the benefit of having accommodation and food provided, you will still have a great amount of your savings to spend on whatever you wish.
Becoming a photographer helps you discover and take lots of photos of breath-taking scenery, friendly people and beautiful everyday life everywhere in the world. Some people can work for themselves and sell their photos through popular web sites. Others often work on a freelance basis. To incorporate your travel dream, it is a great idea to consider becoming a travel photographer or a photojournalist for newspapers and large agencies like National Geographic or AP because they are always on the lookout for full-time photographers. Working as a photographer allows you to take trips across the world to take photos of everything from luxury restaurants and resorts to cultural and tourist events.
Au Pair is a term used for somebody who is sponsored by a foreign family. As an Au Pair, you can take on a share of your “host” family’s responsibility for childcare for a few hours after school, you could be asked to do some housework, cooking, cleaning or perhaps the gardening. In return for this, you will be provided with accommodation, food and also receive a monetary allowance for personal use. Some families also require you to take part in native language and cultural courses so that you can better integrate into a new environment. It can be said that this is an excellent opportunity to help students who are not financially qualified, to study and practice their skills as well as discover a new part of the world.
Hotel reviewers secretly act as overnight traveller to scrutinize and evaluate the quality and service of the hotels. This occupation not only allows you to travel the world but also experience stays in luxury hotels and resorts whilst sampling delectable cuisine. After checkin, the expert hotel reviewers will begin scrutinizing every single amenity ranging from premium categories like swimming pools, spas, restaurants and recreational areas to the smallest items like toilet paper, shampoo and shower gel. Everything will be documented and photographed for use in the reviews and of course, there is no preference or bias. These reviews will affect hotel ratings for prospective travellers.
True to its name, your main task for this job is to represent a business or a brand by travelling all over the world to find new and impressive fashion designs to deliver to the factory. However, this job is not merely “buying”, you will play a vital role in bringing fashion to the public, you want the clientele to feel the beauty of the items. You will be responsible for deciding whether the products discovered at boutiques, shopping centres and worldwide famous markets will be loved by your potential customers or not.
Proficiency in a foreign language and the ability to speak various languages fluently is an instant ticket out of your home country. The easy-to-apply jobs include foreign language teachers, diving instructors or yoga teachers. From East Asian countries with close cultural backgrounds to distant South American countries, teaching or classroom assistant roles are always available for those who can speak foreign languages fluently and possess basic teaching and training skills. If you are serious about working as a diving instructor, you can start with a quick and inexpensive course and have a certificate from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
In addition to the teaching-related jobs, you can use your foreign language skills as an interpreter. Language experts are always required in political or business meetings, international conferences or multinational companies; thus, working as an interpreter is a great opportunity for you to have a career and travel the world. Although the work sometimes requires you to work from a small space in a specific location, a short-term business trip is often enough for you to get a feel for a place. In order to become a good interpreter, you need a foreign language certificate, a degree in translation, and extensive knowledge in the fields of science, politics, law and economics.
You do not need to be a world famous singer or artist to be on a world tour. As an event organiser, whether working with sound, lighting, finance or logistics, you will also be able to travel with the rest of the team, setting up stages, organising different events and festivals. It’s a good idea to start your business by organising small-scale events before you assert your capability and participate in important events around the world.
WORKING ON AIRPLANES
With around 30 to 50 flight hours per week, regardless of distance, meeting passengers and crew from all over the world is ideal when working on airplanes. Whether you are a pilot or a flight attendant, the “job above the clouds” will give you the opportunity to set foot in many different countries, explore the surrounding landscape and learn about culture. What’s more those long-haul flights will leave you with a lot of time to catch up on your sleep. Additionally, crew members have the opportunity to receive many incentives for instance, free flights or promotions on super cheap air fares.
Not only do you contribute a hugely important part of your energy to the community, but also the social activities presented by the role, give you an opportunity to explore new countries and communities. It is a truly inspirational role, hearing stories from the heart from forgotten distant lands or from people experiencing terrible living conditions, this vital role in the community can help so many people overcome difficulties and instead look towards a bright future. You can start-up your business by signing up for volunteer projects in the country before travelling and participating in volunteer organizations for example, Save the Children, Oxfam, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. To become a volunteer, you need to possess relevant knowledge and qualifications needed in the field of education, agriculture or health, etc.
Lan Anh | Wanderlust Tips