The 12 Best Jobs for Travel Addicts

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Sometimes, I dream of the digital nomad lifestyle (and other times, I dream of stuffing those words down the throats of people who live it). Unless you have a vacation home in the Hamptons, a private jet, and a trust fund, it’s a safe bet that money is one of the obstacles standing in the way of your travel dreams. But fear not, for there is hope! Here are the best jobs for those of you who want to travel the world without breaking the bank.

Flight Attendant

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Perhaps one of the most obvious choices for a travel career. Flight attendants go through rigorous training and work all kinds of hours, but employee benefits include discounted rates for you, and sometimes even relatives. It is generally harder for flight attendants on short haul flights to leave the airport, so if it’s faraway locales you’re looking for, try finding work with an airline that flies long-haul.

Related: Tips for comfortable flying

Tour Guide

Hands holding a map

Another obvious choice. Being a tour guide means being paid to travel to awesome destinations, and share your experience and expertise with others. The downside to being a tour guide is that you’ll spend a lot of time in the same place, but that can work to your advantage as well if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture. Being a “people person” is a must, and it’s also a bonus if you’re interested in art, culture, language, and history and passionate about sharing your knowledge with others.

Travel Writer

Travel writing can be a very rewarding career, but also a very tough one. Many travel writers are freelancers, selling stories to publications. Freelance writers don’t tend to have a lot to spend on travelling, so they have to make each story count. This job is very research heavy, and writers have to be skilled at conducting interviews and writing. But the job also involves a lot of travelling, and many travel writers love every aspect of what they do.

Photographer

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Photography is another tough but rewarding career. There are many different paths to professional photography; some photographers go to art school or get a degree in photography, others start later on, turning a hobby into a career, some photographers work part-time, while others take the plunge and go all-in, some specialize in destination weddings while others take wildlife shots, some even get their start on Instagram!. There’s no one way to get into this field, but each path is awesome in its own way.

Cruise Line Worker

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Cruise ships have a wide variety of jobs. Cooking, serving, cleaning, childcare, entertaining, and more are all fair game. One of the best perks of the job is that you’ll be on the move, all the time, as you work, and your accommodation and meals will be paid for by your employer. Explore on!

English Teacher

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Surely you’ve heard of or personally know one. English teaching is rarely seen as a permanent career move, but there’s work virtually everywhere, spanning a wide range of contract terms. Of course, the best part is that you’ll be paid to interact with and immerse yourself in different cultures. Sometimes, you’ll be called on to work with kids, but if you don’t like kids, there are positions for adult teaching as well. You’ll need a certification, and in some cases, a degree, to get hired, but one of the most basic TEFL certifications can take just a few months to obtain.

Foreign Service Worker

If you have or want to have a degree, consider pursuing international relations in university and working for the government. There are tons of travel opportunities in the Foreign Service, plus you get to learn lots of new skills, especially in foreign languages. You might not get a lot of choice as to where you’re being posted, but that can work to your advantage too, if you’re super adventurous and spontaneous.

Bartending or Waiting Tables

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One of the most common jobs for travellers looking to make a little extra or students who need a part time job is bartending and waiting tables. Make sure you’re of age and have a working visa, and you’re all set! Previous experience and a good attitude are nice, but not always necessary.

Au Pair

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Do you like kids? (More importantly, do they actually like you?) If so, consider becoming an au pair. Au pairs live with a family in a foreign country and receive payment in exchange for childcare and some housekeeping. If you want to strengthen your foreign language skills, this job is perfect, though prepared to be kept on your toes, because children are a handful!

International Aid Worker (NOT Voluntourist)

This is admittedly a less glamorous occupation than many of the others listed, as aid work often happens in small and isolated communities, where even the necessities of life can be hard to find. It can and will be physically and emotionally trying. But aid work is rewarding unto itself; you get to make a real difference in the lives of others and be a part of something that is larger than just yourself.

Freelancer

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As the world becomes increasingly digital and global, you can basically do anything online. Copy-writing, transcription, and web design are hot now, but really, anything goes. If you have a skill, there’s a person out there who needs your help, and all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.

Instructor (any kind, really!)

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If you have a skill that travellers want to learn, you’re pretty much set! Seasonal jobs, like ski patrolling and scuba instructing are popular. This does also mean you’re out of a job for half the year, though its up to you whether that’s a good or bad thing. Other skills are in demand year-round, like teaching cooking classes, meditation retreats, and mountain climbing.

If you had to choose, which career would you pick? Let us know in the comments below! Happy travels, wanderers!

7 Inspirational Quotes to Kickstart Your Adventures

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s time to buckle down and start going at full speed, or maybe it’s time to take a massive leap of faith. These are my favourite words of wisdom. Take this as a sign, and go chase your dreams!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am so grateful and happy to have been nominated by ThatSoBee for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you so much! I’m so proud to be able to carry on the legacy of Girl Power through my blog!

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started Live Wanderfully less than a year ago but I’ve been blogging for around two years. The earlier incarnation of Live Wanderfully, Chasing Noa, was in existence on Tumblr and I blogged as a way to journal my travels. Eventually, I realized that my passion was sharing travel information and experience with the wider public, and that was when I got serious about blogging.

2. What animal would you be and why?

Sloth. Honestly, who wouldn’t choose to eat and sleep all day?

3. What is your favourite season and why?

I feel like I’m writing an exam. “What is the molecular structure of ethane and would its boiling point be low or high? Explain your answer.” Just kidding. Anyways, my favourite season is autumn. The name itself is really pretty, the trees turn all sorts of beautiful colours, the weather is perfectly crisp and everywhere you go, you can smell a faint hint of wood smoke. Autumn carries the promise of better things to come, like the holiday season!

4. If you could offer any advice to new bloggers, what would it be?

Focus on content first. You can have the most beautifully designed website you want, but if there’s no quality content, nobody will ever visit.

5. Do you have any pets?

I, unfortunately, do not.

6. What is you favourite cosmetic product?

That would be the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the colour Cruella. Bold, red lipstick is beautiful.

7. What is my favourite social media platform?

Pinterest. Without question.

8. McDonalds or Burger King?

To be honest? Neither. I would rather have Costco junk food.

9. Who is your favourite singer or band?

Shakira.

10. Let the readers know a random fact about you.

Photoshop is my best friend. I’ve turned my friends into cereal, birds, potatoes, each other, you name it. They’re usually not as entertained.

Now I need to nominate 8-10 blogs to accept the award and answer the questions I answered above.

My Nominees (in no particular order)

 Chau For Now

While I’m Young and Skinny

Travel Pray Love

The Trekking Cat

Minna Memoir

Miss Wanderlust

Sea Salt Secrets

Four Blissful Feet

Gypset Brunette

Good luck to you all and happy travels!

Space Travel?

This week, we’re featuring a special post courtesy of our first guest blogger, Lisa! Hope you enjoy.


 

Space: the final frontier. Your mission is to go where no (552) man(s) has gone before.

Most of us can admit that we’ve dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring the mysteries of space at some point in our lives. If the spark for adventure is still alive within you, however, you’ll be very pleased to know that space tourism is growing, and may become an economically viable option within our lifetimes.

Dennis Tito, an American businessman, was the first tourist in space. After handing over a hefty sum of $20 million and hanging out in Russia for about a year, he was able to take off in April of 2001 and spend a week aboard the ISS. Since then, there have only been a few other cases of multi-millionaires travelling into space and spending time on the ISS, but interest in the industry is growing. Companies are promising some very ambitious projects within the next twenty years or so and are currently doing research into reusable spacecrafts and even space hotels.

Or, if you happen to have a lot of money lying around right now and have no time to wait for future aspirations, there are a few options open to you. Space Adventures, the leading spaceline company does not declare the price for a visit to space, but the cost is likely to be in the millions. Another company, Virgin Galactic, is offering trips to space for an up-front deposit of $250,000 – that is if your application is accepted and if they acquire the right technology. For a slightly less exciting experience, ZERO G is charging about $5000 plus tax for 5 to 7.5 minutes of weightlessness.

The allure of space will be ever present to us. While the final frontier has been explored, it is still far from being conquered. For now, we can only dream about the possibility that space travel will be the norm someday in the near future, and that we will all get an opportunity to be visitors to the most far-out travel destination.

(If you care about references, I have a few)

http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-tourism.htm

2016 Could Be the Year Space Tourism Takes Off

http://www.space.com/topics/space-tourism

http://www.space.com/11492-space-tourism-pioneer-dennis-tito.html

http://www.gozerog.com/

http://www.spaceadventures.com/experiences/

http://www.virgingalactic.com/human-spaceflight/fly-with-us/


 

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A good day in Toronto

Because it is now summer break and I can do things that don’t involve school, my friend and I met up downtown to wander around. Wandering is always a good idea.
We started at 10:30, with brunch at a location called Eggspectation. It’s a cute diner located right behind Old City Hall. The food is average but they do give you a lot of it for the money you pay. The service is great and the location is pretty nice.
After eating brunch, we wandered through Eaton. If you drop by Toronto, the Eaton Centre is a nice place to take a stroll but not to actually shop. It tends to be overpriced, even during the huge savings season that happens this time of year.
Heading west along Dundas, we saw a lot of major TO landmarks from a distance. The AGO is on the south side, there are restaurants on the north side, and we could see down the streets to the CN Tower, partially obscured by fog. We also wandered the southern part of Spadina, through Chinatown and the large dividers of green space down the middle of the street. Then, we went down into PATH, one of the nicest parts of underground TO. It was raining so we went mostly through PATH where we visited my two favourite places down there, Indigo and Papyrus, and from there, headed to Union Station.

Happy travelling!

-Chelsea

My travel bucket list

There are so many beautiful places in the world that I just can’t see all of them in this lifetime. There are a few places that I will absolutely try to go to, though.

Yellowknife, NW Territories, Canada
I would love to go here to see the northern lights. The area has prime conditions for viewing, plus there’s a bunch of aurora infrastructure.

Machu Picchu, Peru
It’s a clichéd tourist spot, but for good reason. The mountains and historical ruins are beautiful. Plus, I’ve always wanted to travel to Peru.

The Serengeti, Africa
This area is famed not for the landscape, but for the great migration of wildebeests that happens annually.

Tibet, China
Right now, Tibet is part of China, so even though I support Tibetan independence, I’m going to refer to it as part of China. The beauty of the Tibetan landscape and Tibetan culture is incredibly moving for me, even through just pictures. I’d like to go there after graduating.

Rio, Brazil
There’s just something breathtakingly beautiful about South America for me. Maybe it’s the culture and the everyday life. Maybe it’s the massive Jesus standing on top of a hill.

San Francisco, USA
I’ve never been, and it sounds like a great city. Plus, the Golden Gate looks like a pretty great bridge. Although it’s disappointingly not gold.

Agra, India
Okay, what I really want to see here is the Taj Mahal. However, I don’t think I’ll be able to within the next five years, and after that, it’s likely that the interior will close to tourism because of man-made erosion.

Cape Town, South Africa
I really want to explore Cape Town properly. I never took the time to stroll through the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, nor did I get to go up Table Mountain.

Provence, France
All I really want to do there is spend a long lazy summer in the lavender fields.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
To be honest, Saigon is a much nicer and romantic name for the city. Though Vietnam was severely damaged in the Vietnam War (blame those Americans and their Agent Orange), the country has managed to reemerge spectacularly.

Alexandria, Egypt
Though it may not be the grand centre of learning and culture as it was back in ancient times, it would still be nice to see how it progressed from that image to what it is today. Plus, visiting a library that stands where one of the best libraries in the world once stood sounds incredible.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Finally, what I want to do is to properly wander through my own city. I’m around here so often that I forget to want to see all the things I’ve never seen. I’ve never gone to the Ripley’s Aquarium, or wandered through the Distillery District or Brickworks, or seen a ballet at Four Seasons Theatre. I want to be a tourist in my own city.

Happy travelling!
-Chelsea

My trip to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

July 15 2014

Dark and early, we are driven to Harare Airport. The domestic terminal is a desolate and lonely place. It is so early that no stores are open yet. The scales at check-in are not electric, security takes up one line in a narrow hallway, and the gate takes up all of a single room.

At Victoria Falls, the terminal is no bigger than the one at Harare. We’re greeted by two men and a rental car, hired to take us around town. The airport is remote, and we drive down a small two-lane road for twenty or so kilometers to get to our hotel. Elephant Hill Hotel is classy, the staff polite, and the orange cocktail that they give us refreshing. It is a pity we do not get to spend more time exploring the grounds, but we do spot some baboons lounging about.

We take the van to Victoria Falls Park, rent raincoats, and queue in the line to wait for admission. The park looks typical of the African bush in winter: yellowed grass, bare shrubbery, and dry leaves all around. I can hear the faint noises of rushing water in the distance. We have no idea where we are walking, but it seems fun. We see the statue of Livingstone, some flowers that are still alive, and the end of the trail. Turning around, we brave the eastern part of the trail, running along the waterfall and all of the spray that comes along with it. We are accosted by spray so heavy that our raincoats keep only our backs dry. Near the bridge connecting Zimbabwe to Zambia, we see a double rainbow, a reward for our efforts. A little farther, the water mercifully stops and we see a family of three baboons gathered around an overturned trash bin.

We change into dry clothes before lunching at the Victoria Falls Hotel. It evokes thoughts of colonial Rhodesia. The view is superb. A vast back lawn where the restaurant is situated gives a clear view to the bridge on the border. Numerous black and white sparrows and a wild hog putter about on the lower terrace of the back lawn. The restaurant food seems substandard in contrast to the view. On the way to the ladies’ room, I see a massive portrait of the Queen Victoria.

Right after lunch, we go to the sunset cruise, though it is far from sunset. The drinks being complimentary, we order Cokes and red wine. The captain and bartender know what they are doing, as they point out various animals along the banks of the Zambezi River: crocodiles, hippos, and elephants. We watch the sunset and are immediately hurried back to the dock.

We have dinner at the Boma for a bit of cultural context. Cloths are tied around our shoulders in the traditional African way. The guava juice is good, though the crocodile starter tastes like really tough chicken. Not much in the buffet is to my liking, though the Sadza, a traditional south-eastern African dish, is good. Eating cooked insects come with certificates of accomplishment here. The performances are great, but the audience participation is truly awkward.

July 16 2014

An early morning awaits us as we wake at 5:30 to go on the game drive. We get on a safari vehicle and the driver hands out thick ponchos that double as insulation against the early morning cold and protection against the harsh wind. The driver picks up more people before we bump all the way out into the bush.

We spend more than three hours driving through the dirt roads in the reserve. I swear that all the poop that we see is equal in weight to all of the animals we see. The driver points out countless zebras, a herd of buffalo, a mass of rhinos, bush and water bucks, kudu, giraffes, vultures, and even a lion ravaged kudu carcass. We have breakfast in the reserve (it’s included in the game drive) and then return to the hotel.

The largest portion of our morning is spent at the helipad where we spot antelope and ride a helicopter for 12 minutes. A visit to the crocodile farm follows, and we are bored by the crocodiles but enamoured with the lions. We then visit the Big Tree where we are peddled to by determined souvenir vendors. Lunch at the Ilala is amazing; they do know how to cook. At the flea market behind, we haggle for a wood carving and some coasters. On the drive back to the airport, we ask “Do people live in the bush?”

“Yeah. They just don’t go out at night without a vehicle.”

“Why not?”

“You remember all of the animals you saw on this trip?”

Happy travelling!

-Chelsea