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11 Ways You Can Get Paid To Travel The World

 

Have you ever considered making a career out of travel? Working your way around the world? Being a digital nomad so you can travel wherever, whenever? Years ago, the idea of working while traveling never occurred to me. I thought in order to travel you had two options: 1) wait until your annual vacation days rolled around, or 2) save up so you could quit your job and budget your way around the world until your travel fund ran out before repeating the process again.

Back then, I knew there had to be another way. I felt homesick for Italy (where I had studied abroad two years prior) and with a yearning desire to see more of Europe, I consulted Google University to see if there was any way I could travel for my job. Not much came up on Google back in 2013, however, I remembered the names of some group travel companies for students during my time in Italy. There are tour guides leading the trips, right? So that’s exactly what I set out to do: be a tour guide.

I applied for a company based in Italy, landed an interview, and got the offer. A few months later I found myself stepping off the plane in Florence, Italy, dragging my luggage across cobblestone streets to the apartment I would call home for six months.

Everyone said I was crazy when I told them what I wanted to do; they would say that when you graduate college you “have to” get an 8-5 job you don’t really like in order to justify your diploma. “Keep your head down for two years” was a phrase I heard many times. When life is anything but guaranteed, “keeping my head down” and droning through my days was the exact opposite of what I wanted – especially when I had a feeling my work + travel experience would boost my resume, not hurt it.

 

Working while traveling is a challenging, rewarding, and growing experience. Not only do you gain valuable skills through your job (or simply by being on the road), working abroad stands out on your resume. When I returned home after working in Italy, my work + travel experience was always a point of conversation during interviews, and it helped me land what was my dream job at the time (yes, it was an 8-5)!

Now having worked multiple jobs abroad, whether it was during my vacation time, between moves, or most recently, online work for my business, I truly believe travel careers are something worth considering for those who feel called to them.

 

 

Here are 11 ways you can get paid to travel.

Location Based Jobs Abroad

There are many ways you can work abroad, whether it is short-term, long-term, or open-ended.

First, you’ll want to consider your schedule, current work situation, and – if you’re looking at long-term or open-ended jobs – if you’re able and willing to move to another city or country when looking at location-based jobs.

After, you’ll need to determine how you’re getting paid and/or if the job covers any travel expenses.

 1. Tour Guide

 

As mentioned above, being a tour guide in Italy introduced me to the world of working abroad.

You can work for a group travel company like I did, which offered full package multi-day trips (this means working overnight and long hours, but you’re literally traveling for work so it’s not a bad tradeoff).

Alternatives could be leading city tours, day trips, or specialty tours (think wine tours or food tours).

2. Work for Your Company at Their International Office

 

Do you already work for an international company? Do they have offices in other countries, and can you do your position at any of those offices? Do you speak the language if the international office doesn’t communicate in your native language?

A friend of mine did this a few years ago. She works for an international hotel chain and was able to transfer to the hotel in London, and her husband did the same with his accounting job. I have another friend who works at a public relations agency and transferred to the New York City office.

Look into it!

3. Work for an NGO or a Government Organization Abroad

There are both NGOs and governmental organizations all over the world. If you have the experience and drive to work abroad in support of an NGO or your country, then it doesn’t hurt to see what’s out there.

4. Educational Conferences

Over the past six years I’ve worked eight conferences as a faculty member for international students, teaching curriculum on cross-cultural communication and business/entrepreneurship. Doing this took me to Europe, China, Washington, DC, New York City, and Yale University. In exchange for the (very) long hours I would get a paycheck and/or travel expenses covered, like flights, housing, and meals.

The conferences I personally worked at ranged from nine days to 2.5 months, and I applied for conferences that worked around my schedule (shorter ones when I was using vacation time from my 8-5 job; longer ones when I was working for myself since my work was flexible).

There are many educational conferences or student travel companies, usually in the summer. Like any event, conferences don’t just need educators or speakers – they need managers and logistical, behind-the-scenes staff, too. There are many roles you can find with this if you’re looking for a short-term work + travel opportunity.

5. Seasonal Jobs

 

Going off the point above, there are many seasonal jobs you could consider if you’re looking for something short-term. Summer camps and ski resorts around the world are two examples that come to mind of places who seek additional help for a short time.

6. Flight Attendant or Pilot

This one seems obvious, doesn’t it?! You are literally traveling for your job and go wherever the plane goes. Flight crew tend to get decent perks and discounts from the airline they work for, too.

7. Cruise Ship Employee

This is another job that has you traveling for work, as you go wherever the ship goes!

Because a cruise ship has a lot of moving parts in order to keep it running successfully, there are a variety of jobs available, even ones you might not normally think of – a few years back I considered applying to be a fitness instructor (out of all positions!) aboard a Caribbean cruise ship.

8. Teach English Abroad

If you’re a native English speaker, consider teaching English at a school abroad. This is a very popular travel job, especially for recent grads, as the requirements are usually pretty simple: be a native English speaker, have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, and hold a certification with TESOL or TEFL. Many TESOL or TEFL certifications can be done online, and there are also companies that will match you up with a school.

You’ll be based in a foreign country and can travel on weekends and school breaks. Some positions might cover your travel expenses, too, like flights, housing, or travel insurance.

Do your research on this one. Luckily, there is plenty of information online you can find with a simple Google or Pinterest search.

Work Online and Travel

 

We live in a fascinating day and age with the advancements of technology. Many people are working a full-time job remotely, doing freelance/contract work, or starting businesses they can run entirely online.
If you have the self-motivation to get work done on your own and an entrepreneurial spirit, then consider these opportunities you can do anywhere with Wi-Fi.

9. Freelance Work

 

When you are freelancing, you are self-employed and work with clients (businesses or individuals). You get paid for the service(s) you provide, whether that be hourly, project-based, or on an on-going basis. You can freelance anything, and if you’re working online, all you need is your laptop and an internet connection.

Many companies that hire freelancers do so to save on costs they would put toward a traditional employee like health care or benefits. Depending on what you’re doing, as a freelancer you can usually set your own hours (get work done on your own time) and work from anywhere.

For the past 2.5 years I’ve worked entirely online as a freelancer, doing social media marketing, Pinterest, and online coaching for various companies. Most of my client work is month-to-month which helps me feel more secure with my income.

I highly recommend looking into freelance work if you are just getting started with your work + travel lifestyle as it doesn’t require you to start a business or create products of your own. You can get started with no upfront cost, and since you’re getting paid for your services, there is no physical inventory you need to worry about when traveling.

10. Start an Online Business

With that said, starting and running an online business is definitely something you can do while traveling. Depending on what you do it will likely take a lot of work, hustle, and determination to validate your offerings, make sales, and keep it running.

But wait, how do you run an online business without physical products?

For one, you could do something service-based, like run a marketing agency or do online coaching. You could create a mobile app. You could sell digital products like e-courses, online memberships, e-books; license stock photos or videos; do consulting, do drop-shipping…the list goes on!

11. Blogger or Content Creator

 

Many people are monetizing their online presence and personal brands, whether it be through blogging, social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and podcasts.

This is usually not the quickest route to making money online, though it can be entirely rewarding if you feel passionate about it. Additionally, you can use it as a platform or portfolio for freelance services (before my blog made any money I used it as a portfolio for potential clients to showcase my experience building an audience).

As far as making money as a blogger or content creator, there are many ways to do so. The most popular and common way is to work with brands and showcase products in exchange for exposure on your platform.

Bloggers and content creators often set up affiliate marketing links (earning commission off recommended products clicked through their links) on their blog posts or video descriptions.

Another common option is to consider selling digital products based on the niche of your platform. For example, if you are a photographer you could create and sell an e-book or e-course on photography tips for beginners.

 

There you have it! Use this list as a launching pad to see what is out there in terms of working abroad, or even making a career out of travel. Do your best to ditch the excuses and get resourceful about how you can make it happen!

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Planning for the Possibility of Problems While Traveling

Taking a trip, especially one overseas, can be very exciting. But you should not let this excitement get in the way of properly planning your trip, as there are lots of things that could cause you problems on the trip and you should be properly prepared for them.

Here are some things you should be prepared for:

1. Running Out of Money Overseas
One of the biggest nightmares you could face is unexpectedly running out of money while you are overseas. But there are many things you can do before you leave to prevent this from becoming a problem.

First, find out how much things cost in the city you are visiting before you go there. Do not assume that the prices of food and transportation are the same as where you live. Once you know the prices of things, you can budget accordingly.

Also, some countries charge entrance and/or exit fees upon entering or leaving the country. Find out if the country you are visiting does this before you go.

In many countries, retailers no longer accept credit cards that do not have a security chip. If your credit and/or debit cards all use magnetic strips and you cannot get a version of them with security chips, then make sure that you have alternative means of paying for things.

Finally, keep in mind that in some foreign countries credit card use is limited. So, always make sure that you have plenty of local currency on hand to pay for things.

2. Unexpected Emergencies
No one ever plans on getting sick, injured, or becoming a victim of some other unfortunate set of circumstances, but it can happen. It’s important to be prepared. Start by securing a backup source of funds to cover an unexpected expense overseas. Those hesitant to tap into savings if necessary should consider researching loan options, particularly those which can be applied for online.

Make sure that all your vaccinations are up-to-date and that all your prescriptions have been filled. Next, check to make sure that your health insurance will cover you while you are on your trip. If it does not, then you should strongly consider purchasing supplemental health insurance.

When traveling overseas, you should also be prepared if your passport becomes lost or stolen. Make copies of them before you leave, taking one set with you in your luggage while leaving another set with a loved one back home. You may even want to consider making digital copies of them so that you can store them on your phone or on another device.

Finally, just to be safe, you should register with your embassy upon arrival. If some emergency occurs in the country, the embassy would then be able to contact you so as to provide you with help.

3. Electronics Issues
It may surprise you to know that not all countries use the same electrical currents and sockets. The time to discover all this is before you leave.

If the country you are visiting uses a different electrical current, some of your travel appliances — such as hairdryers — may be useless. So, plan accordingly.

Most modern computing devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops can adapt to different electrical currents. But check to make sure that yours does before you leave. Even if they do, you may still have to deal with different electrical sockets. Find out before you leave what kind of sockets you will need and see if you cannot purchase an adapter(s) at an electronics store before you go. If you cannot buy adapters before you leave, find out where you can buy them while on your trip.

What problems have you ran into while traveling? Comment below!

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A Look Inside Nastasia’s Photography and Tech Gear

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

Easily the question I get most often as a full-time traveler and photographer is what gear I use and what I’d recommend most. So, today I wanted to share an inside look at my stand-by travel photography gear!

​​​​​​​Truth be told, I’m a pretty minimal, no-frills photographer. I believe in investing in quality gear that does the job over have every gadget under the sun. So, the items you’ll see in this list are those that choose to carry with me – they’re sturdy and absolutely reliable.

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera is so lightweight and great for travel, while still maintaining the image quality and vibrant colors of its heavier counterparts in the Canon family!

I use two lenses for shooting with this camera. One being the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens, which comes with the camera itself. I love it because it doesn’t require an adapter and has an excellent wide range.

The second lens I carry with me is my trusty 16-35mm Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens. I love shooting wide to capture the effect you see on @dametraveler (small woman subject in juxtaposition with a grand, epic landscape). This one is a must for me! It’s also great for interior shots and hotel rooms. That being said, this one does require an adapter, so be sure to get that if you’re looking for a similar set up!

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

If you’re perusing any sort of gear, I love shopping at the Adorama store in New York City as well as their awesome website. as my one-stop shop for all things photography.

For Beginners: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

This is my favorite camera ever. It was my very first camera when I started travel blogging and I still use it from time to time. It’s discreet and super light weight but takes incredibly sharp and beautiful photos. Small but mighty! I highly recommend this as a beginner camera as it’s also easy to use and you can change out the lenses.

 

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera

I’m also a big fan of the Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera which is a bit on the pricey end but a great investment if your skills are a bit more advanced and you’re using it professionally. It eventually pays for itself!


 



Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS E-Mount Lens

I’ve been using this zoom lens a ton lately because I got tired of carrying so many lenses and having to constantly change them out. The zoom is super crisp and is great for street photography and landscapes.



 


DJI Mavic Mini CP

This mini-drone by DJI is everything! It’s a tiny wonder that weighs the same as an iPhone, but packs a serious punch in terms of flight control, and simplified flying experience. Given the precious space my backpack is, I’m super grateful for its small and compact size! With 30 minute maximum flight time that can be synched up with my iPhone to view the perspectives I’m aiming for easily, there’s nothing better if you ask me! I purchased this gem at Adorama (one of my absolute favorite camera gear stores in the world!), and I could not be blown away.

 

DJI Mavic Mini

Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera

Such a fun and easy way to create nostalgic and vintage looking photos in an instant! I love the Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera as it comes in many colors, the price point is reasonable and it’s lightweight.





Mophie PowerStation

This portable battery is a game changer simply because I love how reliable it is in all circumstances! It charges over twenty hours for my iPhone and is specially made to coordinate with Apple products. s. Its two USB ports on the side allow me to charge other stuff all at once. Plus, it’s slim and easy slides right into my bag! Another little fun feature this guy has is that it will prioritizing charging your tech when plugged into the wall, then charge itself afterward. Genius!



Zagg InvisibleSHIELD iPhone Screen Protector

Speaking of protection, having a great tempered glass screen protector for your phone is a must. Knowing that if you accidentally drop your phone won’t result in a serious headache feelings amazing. I love this one by Zagg for iPhone because its slim but sturdy, 100% clear and bubble free.



Incase Neoprene Classic Sleeve For MacBook 13″

I love this simple laptop sleeve for its reliability and its plush details. Inside it has the coolest faux-fur lining that helps prevent scratches on your laptop and, yet, it’s still lightweight and slim.

 

Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

I love this hands free cell phone stand that’s easy to store and travel with and most importantly, gives your hands and fingers a break!

DJI OM 4 Handheld Gimbal

I love using the new DJI OM 4 Hnadheld Gimbal  to capture super smooth videos while I’m out and about. The gimbal gives your videos a high quality, cinematic effect and it’s super lightweight, easy to carry. Just snap it onto the magnetic attachment to your phone and you’re good to go!


 

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

I hope you all enjoyed an inside look at my travel photography gear! If you have any other questions about gear, don’t be shy. I’d love to help!

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A Gift Guide For a Dame Traveler

Dame Traveler's Gift Guide For Female Travelers

Gift shopping can be tricky! Especially for our gal pals (or ourselves!) that always seem to have a major case of wanderlust. What do you get a girl who’s seen the wide and wonderful world? So often, female travelers value experiences over things. They collect moments over physical goods. We know that shopping for women who travel can be tricky. And that’s why we’re excited to share our top picks for our gift guide for female travelers!

From tech goodies for the digital nomad, photographer or gal on the go, our staple pieces we always love packing and some thoughtful, creative gifts she’ll cherish for life… happy shopping! 

Dame Traveler's Gift Guide For Female Travelers


MANEBÍ LEATHER SNEAKERS

These rose gold beauties are the perfect travel shoe that adds a little pop of color. Perfect for summer and winter trips, these sneakers are comfy and versatile. Great for dressing up an outfit while also keeping comfortable. And we love that they are ethically made by Italian artisans for the modern traveler. We’re obsessed!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

LO & SONS CLAREMONT CAMERA BAG

We’re never without our Lo & Sons purse! This camera bag is stylish enough to pass as a regular crossbody purse, but functions as the perfect home for your precious photography goods.

Designed specifically to fit and protect DSLR cameras, this leather crossbody purse is a must for female travelers. And if you’re worried about size… fear not! The internal padding keeps your camera and an extra lens secure and there’s lots of extra room for your cash, keys and daily essentials.

Best of all, the Claremont bag doesn’t look like a tourists’ camera bag! We love that it doesn’t draw attention to itself when in busy tourist areas to potential thieves.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

FLYTOGRAPHER PHOTOSHOOT

Ready for the gift that will make any traveler beside themselves? Book them a photoshoot on their next trip!

We know that travelers value memories and moments – so why not give them a momento that will last a lifetime? Flytographer allows travelers to book photoshoots with photographers around the globe to document their adventures. A gift card with Flytographer gives travelers the gift of memories… a perfect travel souvenir!

Having photos of their adventures in their favorite places in the world is a sentimental gift that any traveler will love for years to come. Imagine being able to show beautiful photos of their wild adventures for generations to come. Gift them a gift that will keep on giving! And be sure that they use the code DAMETRAVELER2019 for $25 off their shoot.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

MARYSIA’S SCALLOPED ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

This chic and comfortable swimsuit is our favorite because of its full coverage and support. We love the vintage silhouette of the capped sleeves and low scooped back, and its raw edge, hand cut scalloped edges add the perfect adorable details. Quick drying, fully lined and made with a great stretch – this swimsuit is always in our suitcases. This one piece is versatile enough to be worn on the beaches around the world, no matter the location!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

SMITTEN ON PAPER’S PETITE PLANNER

We love this handy, little planner!As much as we live by our e-calendars, there’s nothing like putting plans down with pen and paper. The weekly layout is the most perfect size, as it doesn’t take up too much room in our bag, and is perfect for travelers who need to keep themselves (and their schedule) organized. We also love this planner’s tiny little details, like the gold foiled stamping and blush paper.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

ALLBIRDS TREE RUNNERS

These sneaks are the ideal travel companion for those active days sightseeing and exploring. Light, breezy, cool and cute, the Allbirds Tree Runners conforms to the foot and keeps them cool and odor free. Plus, they’re machine washable and soft enough to wear sock less! Better yet, you can wear these out and about knowing that your purchase is environment friendly with a low carbon footprint. Be sure to get these sneakers for the traveler who’s on the go!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

GOOGLE PIXEL 3XL

We’re constantly asked what smartphones a traveler should have – especially for one who wants to capture photos on the go. We have one answer – the Google Pixel 3XL. This bad boy produces the sharpest images, in our opinion, and is sleek and modern. Its 8 MP wide angel and telephoto cameras really make it stand out amongst the crowd. We’re constantly blown away at the high quality images it produces over and over again. 

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

MYCHARGE’S RAZOR PLATINUM CHARGER

Ask any traveler what they’re always in need of – and their answer will mostly like be… more charge! Us explorers depend on having fully powered at the drop of a hat. Our technology, from our laptops, cameras, smartphones and more, are our ultimate needs and resources while on the go. That’s why we love MyCharge’s Razor Platinum Charger – it does it all. It’s the most powerful portable charger capable of powering a MacBook in 100 minutes, tablets, and other devices. And it’s small enough that it doesn’t take up room in our bags!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

KREWE’S POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Krewe’s sunglasses are our absolute favorite. Not only are they chic and vintage inspired, but they also offer a lifetime warrantee and are prescription ready. That means any nicks or scratches that often happen to us travelers’s shades are taken care of! 

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

Happy shopping Dame Travelers!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers
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How An Analog Camera Has Changed How I Travel

How An Analog Camera Has Changed How I Travel

Film is not dead. In our modern age, the notion of packing analog camera for your next big trip might seem silly. I mean, with iPhones and DSLR cameras – why would you even consider packing a vintage camera?

I tend to make the bold statement that film is on its way back into our modern lives for one reason. Slow, intentional, mindful practices are becoming more and more adopted into our daily lives. With the rise of handcrafted, artisanal brands, independent artists, self-made musicians, indie creators, slow travel, mindfulness, meditation and more – we as a society seem to be embracing intentionality in 2018.

Now where does film come in? Easy. The process of documentation on an analog camera is unlike its fast-paced, click-happy cousins. As opposed to snappy smartphones and DSLRS, each and every frame on an analogue camera is precious. Understanding the art of capturing light, acknowledging special moments and taking the extra second to direct the scene – it’s a practice in intentionality.

Here’s how an analog camera has changed how I travel.

Analog Helps Me Live Slow

Film cameras, especially those that require the photographer to set up all elements of the photo, require an extra minute from a travelers’ expedition. It’s true. Sometimes when the perfect scene unfolds in front of me, I have to follow through on many steps to ensure that the photo I create doesn’t fall apart. From exposure to focus to everything in between, every detail matters in analog photography. In our fast paced world, we forget how mindful practices in step by step creation can be soothing and worthwhile. Analog helps me live slow. It gives me the extra minute in the hustle and bustle of adventure to breath, to acknowledge beauty and to relish in the intentional steps of documentation. It’s a beautiful thing.

 

Everyday Loveliness

Perhaps the hidden gem of analogue cameras is seeing a scene in the lens. A magical moment happens when our eyes gaze through it. Film has taught my eye to observe the world around me like an artist. I start to create vignettes in my imagination as I’m out exploring. I start to view the world through a perspective of a creator, instead of a passerby. Suddenly, everything seems poetic and dripping with romance and detail. Analog cameras have allowed me to tap into gratitude for the everyday loveliness that constantly surrounds us.

 

The Joy Of Print (… And The Wait!)

We’re spoiled by instantaneous results in 2018. In milliseconds of pressing the shutter, we’re able to see our pictures come to life. I tend to think the joy of anticipation has been lost on our generation because of this. But! With analog cameras, the waiting game comes back to life. After I take a shot, the moment is lost – just a figment of my imagination – until I get to relive it again when the photo is in my hand. The wait is so worth it, in my opinion.

In our digital age, I miss having tangible prints to hang on my wall. Having printed photos to show friends and family after a long trip away is so special. I like to imagine stowing away these goodies for my future grandchildren to see one day. There’s just something so nostalgic and special about printed photos and being able to hold them in your own two hands.

 

For anyone who happens to have an analog camera readily available, I urge you to take a week or two to learn the ins and outs of film. Once you feel comfortable, pack your camera with you on your next trip. Find yourself immersed in the art of documentation – the old way, the slow way, the mindful way. Thank me later.


Have you ever packed an analog camera on your travels?

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