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Good Career Choices for Travelers?

Good Career Choices for Travelers?

  1. Anonymous

    I just recently stumbled across this blog and I feel like I’ve fallen into a dream. I am young, almost 16, and I want your life. I want to travel. Its all I’ve ever adored and wanted my entire life, meeting new people and going all over the world has been my dream since I took my first plane ride in the third grade.

    I’m at a crucial time for my life could go any direction, so I’m wondering what kind of money do you need and what kind of career would support this lifestyle? I have no concrete decisions made yet so the possibilities are endless. What kind of career supports traveling if not once a week than just traveling constantly? Especially if you’re sustaining a number of credit cards at once, you’ll definitely need an income that is not just you picking up random jobs in different countries; that seems to be a different kind of traveling than the first class plane tickets and five star hotels that you propose and I admire.

    I’m reaching out to not just you- but the community, what kind of jobs do you have to support this life? or what kind of jobs would you recommend that allow a travel life like this (more for luxury value than for business value)?

    I’d appreciate any insight anyone would offer ^*^

  2. Gaurav

    Farrah, extended travel usually involves a couple of option. Slow and cheap travel where you either work as you go and don’t spend much or find a job that allows you to work remotely. You could also do it on a cyclical basis where you work for a year or two, live frugally and then use the savings to travel for an extended period. Higher end travel like Ben’s is also possible but realize that this is his job. He is actively reviewing products and services and working remotely while he is traveling. You could find a job like that but the demand for reviewers of luxury products and services usually far outstrips supply ;). You’ll need to get experience and a knowledge base about the industry before thinking about being taken seriously. Good luck!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi Farrah! My nieces are about your age (one is 18 and starting University this fall, her sister turns 16 in a few weeks), so this has been a hot topic of conversation in our family.

    My very best advice: choose a career that you [I]love[/I]. Whatever it is. Something you are passionate and enthused about. If you don’t know what that’s going to be yet that’s okay — it’s tough at 16.

    But whatever you do, whether it’s as a career or “in the meantime” while you grow and learn more about who you are and what motivates you — be the [I]very best[/I] at what you do. Find joy in the work, throw yourself into it, and become the person everyone trusts and relies upon. Be indispensable.

    With that comes flexibility and opportunity. A retailer might decide to open a new location in a foreign country and ask you to lead the team. An office job may trust you to telecommute responsibly. You may be able to negotiate a flexible schedule or more leave or whatever else makes the kind of travel that intrigues you possible — as long as you’re among the best.

    The view people have of Ben’s travel is very narrow (which is understandable). It’s [I]great[/I], and I know he wouldn’t trade it, but between the flashy Instagram photos are 16-hour workdays and 3AM conference calls and all the rest. It wouldn’t be worth it if he didn’t love the “work” part of it too.

    As a contrasting example, Nick, Travis, Mike, and my husband all have “regular” jobs. But they are [I]good[/I] at them, and have worked at them, and thus have a ton more flexibility. My husband gets like 200 hours of paid vacation time every year now, travels for work on occasion (sometimes for months at a time), and can work remotely in many cases. He’s an engineer — not a career people think of as a “travel job”.

    You don’t have to be a flight attendant or a travel writer to see the world. You can, of course, but anything that you love and pays the bills works just as well.

  4. Saiful Yusoff

    Hi Lucky,

    How to be like you? How to be you?

    – how to start a career of travel blogger?
    – how to be flying the world and not become poor?
    – how to write good content?
    – how to help more people to get what they want in life (in terms of hobbies)?
    – how to work hard and get rewarded after?
    – many more

  5. David W

    this post might answer some of your questions: [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/02/18/tips-becoming-travel-blogger/[/URL]

  6. SmelLAX

    Hi Farrah,

    I think it’s great you’ve had this realization and caught the travel bug at such a young age; the world is your oyster and the possibilities are truly endless (I try to avoid cliches, but these do ring true).

    Assuming you have the means to an education (not always a given), first focus on getting your degree, and maximize all the travel opportunities that college life affords. Study abroad for a semester or year, take alternative break trips over winter and spring, etc. Beyond seeing the world, you’ll build a global network that will benefit you down the road. Your new Hungarian friend will hopefully have a couch for you to crash on a few years down the road, or perhaps start a business and recuit you to join their team.

    Since you’ve ventured to OMAAT, you’ve probably at least dipped your toes in to the points/miles game, something I wish I had started doing as a teenager. Find a few credit cards that have low thresholds to get the sign-up bonus, and once you get to college leverage your insider knowledge of the points/miles game… For example, pay all the bills with your points-earning card, and ask roommates to reimburse you.

    Post-college, consider getting teaching English in Asia for a year or two, or getting a work visa for the UK/Australia/NZ; it’s easy to assimilate here because of the language, but note you’re usually looking at blue collar jobs in restaurants, on farms, etc…

    Good luck as you embark on a lifetime of travel!!!

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