Successfully mixing travel with work is a difficult task that many attempt and only a few manage to do effectively! We have everything you need here!
You might wonder how people end up as professional travellers. But in a globalised world and economy, many professions and travel go hand in hand. As a skilled individual, you can't be contained in an office or cubicle. Instead, lead the life you want, a life of travel and adventure, where the new and spectacular are always just a day away. Here is a look at what it takes to lead a travelling lifestyle.
1. A Bevy of Professions
The reality is, there are a lot more professions out there that will support your travel habit than you might think. It doesn't take a degree to become a cruise ship employee. And teaching ESL only requires a bachelor's degree and an ESL teaching certificate, which can be earned online—though some are better and more recognized than others.
While flight attendants work long, arduous hours, the travel benefits they offer are perfect for those who want to travel often. Of course, the Peace Corps gives you a far different experience, as it's more about helping people where you're stationed than self-driven adventures.
2. Contract Work
headquarters. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, Amway and many more have contract jobs that can last from a few months to a couple of years in different parts of the world. In fact, for many companies, contract workers make up 50 percent of the workforce.
However, large corporations don't hire contract employees directly because vetting and background checks consume a lot of time; they typically use staffing agencies instead. So, if you have a specialised skill you think a company may use and want, contact a staffing agency or consulting firm.
But, as a contract worker, there are some limitations. You don't get any of the benefits a full-time employee gets, as you're not technically on that company's payroll. Instead, you're on the agency's payroll. So even though you may work full-time hours for the duration of your contract, you are not eligible for health insurance or vacation, etc. This may seem like a raw deal, but many contract employees get paid more than full-time employees for the same amount of work because they don't get the same benefits.
3. The Professional Traveler's Dream
Sure, anyone who loves to travel would rather just go to picturesque places, like Machu Picchu in Peru, Wulingyuan in China or Sunrise Peak in South Korea. But how do you pay for this? Well, some professional travellers have figured out how to get paid to travel. Travel blogs may seem like a dime a dozen these days, but some bloggers are actually able to support themselves while they travel the world.
Kate McCulley, for instance, is one such professional travel blogger. When she was 26, she quit her job and started a travel blog while in Southeast Asia. But she has no illusions about how difficult it is for her to make a living. She warns that most travel bloggers don't make much, or any, money for some time and that the hours a blogger must put in can be long, arduous and lonely. Remember, as a blogger; your content needs to be engaging and fun. Another reality of the professional blogger is that much of your time is dedicated to finding sponsors and advertisers to supplement your income.
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