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Meet Dame Traveler Behind the Lens: Nancy Lova

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy Lova

Nancy Lova is a Travel Photographer with a love for color, culture and a thirst for gaining new knowledge about the various traditions each country has to offer.

Tell us about yourself! When did you start traveling?

Traveling has been an interest of mine since my late teens however the photography aspect came around much later when friends discovered I had somewhat of a talent and eye for it.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaI’m still trying to establish myself within the industry and whilst I do, I work within Real Estate. I have sold to international clients from all over the world and often the ice-breaker or common ground we tend to have are either the countries we’ve both visited or the knowledge I have of the country they originated from.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaI have a long way to go but I am proud to have taken the steps to do travel photography professionally and feel so blessed for the identity this has given me, all that I so far achieved and the like-minded photographers I met along the way.

As we begin our new #DTBehindTheLens series, we’re aiming to spotlight female travel photographers who are not only artists in their field but also showcase more than just a female figure in a photograph. Why do you think it’s important for women photographers to be celebrated?

Many still have the expectation to see females in front of the camera and be the subject of a pretty picture rather than taking control behind the camera. It also comes as a shock to some when they learn that a woman is a solo-traveler. “Aren’t you scared?”, “Isn’t it boring?”, “Why don’t you go with friends?” Are some of the questions I’m asked when I tell someone that I’m a travel photographer.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaTravel photography isn’t for the weak hearted whether you’re a man or woman. It takes a great deal of strength, courage and initiative to go beyond what is expected of you and push yourself to experience what traveling has in store, all for the love of photography.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaFor a woman photographer to break the norm and the judgements that come with, deserves celebration in itself as well as for the gorgeous content she produces.

What change would you like to see happen in the travel industry?

I would like to see more people truly embrace traveling, not just as a tourist but as a local and develop more of an understanding of people from different cultures, faiths and traditions.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy Lova #DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaTraveling shouldn’t be treated as a check-list exercise to show off how many countries one has visited but as a way to be educated by the world.

What is one of the most enthralling experiences you’ve had while photographing the world?

One trip that I will forever be grateful for would be my visit to Udaipur, India. I went during an unhealthy and negative time in my life with an old partner therefore there was very little planning involved and hardly any knowledge of what to expect. Although I had my camera, my love for photography had pretty much taken a back seat in my life.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaFor years I heard of the spiritual power India can have over a person but never did I expect to experience this first hand.

At the time, my life had become a prime example of, “sorry, I was miles away” whereby my body would be present in settings but by mind was completely elsewhere.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaEach day in Udaipur felt therapeutic, through the warm energy from the people to the calming sounds I woke up to first thing in the morning. I stopped feeding into the toxic relationship I had with my partner and focused on myself, I focused on what I wanted to get out of my trip to India and chose to have my camera for company.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaBy the end of the trip I was leaving Udaipur with a new sense of clarity and peace which ultimately encouraged me to produce content that helped my photography to get back on track and acknowledged within the travel photography community.

And that relationship? I put an end to that during a flight back from New Delhi. India was my wakeup call.

Through your experiences, what has travel taught you? What lessons does travel bring to those who experience it?

Travel has installed a humbling experience within. I have seen how some people live and the little they own but are richer in life than many others. This has opened my eyes to what is truly important and to value what is often taken for granted such as time and meaningful conversations even with those that you may never meet again.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaOne of the biggest lessons I reckon travel brings is patience, I find that a well traveled individual often is aware of which matters deserves a great deal of their time, attention and energy and which do not.

Have you ever faced any hard circumstances or issues as a female travel photographer?

I try to not take in the negatives too much but there have been times where I haven’t been taken seriously and was viewed as just a girl with a nice camera that would take nice pictures.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaFree favors! From time to time I am asked to work on an assignment or shoot abroad and not get paid for it and instead be told that it would be good experience for me.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy Lova

Some, men in particular, would assume my idea of traveling and photography is porn-star martinis by the poolside whilst trying to gain a great tan, capturing cute shots ( I mean who doesn’t love the sound of that ?) but are then surprised by my experiences and knowledge of the places I’ve traveled to.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaI think one thing that is often a hard pill to swallow is when my dreams are downplayed by those that I tell. Some don’t believe in my goals or assume this is too difficult of a dream for me to achieve and I should just take up a different kind of photography like wedding or baby photography. The two are just as difficult to get into first of all and it hurts when a friend or family member who doesn’t have any experience in the industry, tells you to perhaps consider another option.

What piece of advice would you give to new female travel photographers?

Be strong, be fearless, be consistent. Treat travel photography as a job you’re passionate about rather than a holiday, even if you’re just starting out.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy Lova

Let your camera be your best friend, take it everywhere you can and keep practicing – this was the best advice I was given by another photographer when I first started.

Be brave enough to visit new places solo and wait for no-one. Be ballsy, this is a tough industry behind the beautiful images you see online or in prints.

Lastly, enjoy what you do and be at peace when capturing content, the energy you have when traveling and using your camera is reflected in your work. If you’re in a rush and frustrated, then your work will look rushed. If your mind is clear and at ease then it is easier to capture the beauty of your environment or subject.

What is it that you aim to photograph during your travel experiences?

I aim to capture shots right in the moment, to make whoever may see my photos, feel as if they were right there with me.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaThe more color, the better, everyone has their own style in photography but I’m attracted to bright colors and sunlight.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaI avoid typical tourist shots when I can, there’s nothing wrong with those but I find capturing well known places from different angles displays the eye of the photographer.

What is the best way to learn digital photography and editing? How did you learn?

Take your camera everywhere, play with it as much as possible. Reach out to other photographers and learn how they capture their shots. I love being inspired by others and putting my own spin on a new technique.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaRegarding editing, I downloaded various programs and spent evenings just playing around. The mistakes I made to pictures often enabled me to learn a new aspect or tool of the program.

#DTBehindTheLens: Nancy LovaWhen editing, I like to come back to the image a little later before posting it on Instagram or submitting it somewhere or to someone. This is because in the moment you could either love or hate the finished edit and have a completely different reaction when you revisit it with fresh eyes.

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Meet The Dame Traveler: Behind the Lens, Kalyani Lodhia

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Kalyani Lodhia is a hard working photographer based out of the United Kingdom. Kalyani’s detailed, humanistic shots, as well as her landscape drone and aerial work are astounding. She truly elevates familiar landscapes to new heights (pun intended!) and we love seeing her photos pop up on Instagram. We really can’t wait to see all the amazing things she’s sure to accomplish with her craft! Today, we’re excited to introduce her work to you all. Without further ado… here’s Kalyani!

Thanks for sitting down with us today, Kalyani! For those readers who don’t know your work – could you tell us a little about your story and what you do.

Hi, I’m Kalyani! I’m from a pretty small, industrial city in the UK called Leicester. I did my undergraduate degree in bio-veterinary sciences because I’ve always loved science and animals but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do (I just knew I didn’t want to be a vet!). After that and my MSc, I now work in TV as a researcher on a show called “How the Universe Works” and I’ve even worked as a runner on the Great British Bake Off! I often work 7 days a week, weekends too, sometimes as a runner or doing bar work, to be able to afford all these trips and the gear.

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

We admire your hustle! So, you’ve been a lot of places! Do you have a favorite destination?

India will always have a place in my heart. As a kid, we used to go often to visit my grandma. The colors, sounds, smells and tastes, the extremes of everything: silence and deafening noise, nature and metropolis, ancient temples and modern architecture – it’s a sensory overload but everything seems a bit bland after visiting, like there’s a spark missing. It’s an extraordinary country that’s just indescribable and so vast. It’s also my second home, where my heritage and culture is from and where my grandparents grew up and that makes it really special. 

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia
Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Everyone’s got to start somewhere. What was your first big trip abroad?

My first big trip abroad was when I was 19 years old. My parents sent me to an ashram in India for 6 months and at first I thought: what on Earth am I going to do at an ashram for THAT long?! Being 19, fresh out of school with no idea what I wanted to do with my life, it seemed like it was going to be boring and that I’d have to be well behaved. It turned out to be the opposite. I could honestly write a whole book about my time there. I was very naive, innocent and everything was limitless. I learnt so much about myself, about people and the world around me – I definitely lost some of the rose tinting in my glasses and not necessarily for the worst. That trip is what made me first realize that travel was a thing and that I could do it, all by myself. It also made me realize just how good I am at defying others’ expectations of me and that’s always fun.

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

What lessons have you learned from your experiences traveling?

I wouldn’t say I’ve learnt many particular lessons. I think you just develop with each trip. I’ve been lucky enough to be blessed with a disposition suited for travel – patient, curious, trusting (enough), resourceful and good at being in my own head for prolonged periods of time. 

But one thing that I keep learning over and over again is just how beautiful our planet is – from the people to the landscapes and the weird and wonderful animals. It’s all well and good watching ‘Planet Earth 2’ and these movie-like documentaries, but I don’t think you can ever truly appreciate it until you’ve seen it yourself; like holding the smallest chameleon in your hand after finding one in the rainforest or diving with thousands and thousands of hammerhead sharks. It’s so hard to put these quantities into words or get them across on screens. It just makes you realize how lucky we are to have this planet as our home with everything packed inside this tiny blue marble, whizzing around space, and how important it is to protect it all.

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

We love to ask this question… did you always want to travel the world?

Not at all. I grew up in a very conservative Indian family. I was always expected to act a certain way, like certain things and had a clear path that I should have followed: study, get a good, stable job, get married and have kids. I was always told off for playing football with the boys and ruining my clothes and made to feel that liking animals was wrong and somehow disgusting. Leicester is quite grey and industrial and it has a pockets of small communities where you can’t really see much outside of what you know. I had no idea what was out there and I didn’t grow up with any role models who went outside the norm – it just wasn’t done.

In immigrant families, a lot of emphasis is placed on being safe – both physically and financially. It’s completely understandable considering everything my family has been through but I just knew I wanted more and I never knew what that was. I was always climbing the few trees there were, collecting snails, questioning all my teachers and playing football or cricket with my brother. 

Luckily, my parents were never quite ‘normal’ and they’ve always had an open mind. I think my curiosity for adventure came from them encouraging me to look outside the box and just be the best version of me I could be; whether that was taking the traditional path or something a little different. They really nurtured my inquisitive, fiery spirit and I’m so grateful for that – otherwise I might not be doing what I am today!

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Why do you think it’s important for women, specifically, to explore the world?

Apart from the obvious answers that it’s incredibly empowering or just for the thrill, we have a worldwide narrative of seeing everything through the male gaze and I think that it’s time for that to change. Everyone has blind spots in their understanding of the world around them. We’ve been viewing the world from the perspective of cis white men for so long, who probably all come from similar backgrounds that are very different to mine or yours. I think we need to put our own stamp on the world, and share experiences through our lens – and I’m particularly speaking as a woman of colour too. 

As great as all of that is, I generally don’t think it’s important for anyone to do anything. Just do what makes you happy. You don’t need a reason to go out there. Our narratives tend to be those of the broken woman, out to find themselves – think ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or ‘Wild’. Whilst those have incredible and valid stories, I think we’ve been limited to that. I don’t travel because I’ve recently been through a bad break up or to escape something, actually the opposite. I travel for the same reasons white men throughout history have traveled: because I love it. And exploring doesn’t mean battling your way through overgrown plants and giant bugs in the jungle. Even if it’s just a day trip out of town, with someone or alone, it’s about the experience. Jumping on the tube to a new part of London is an adventure for me! 

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Well said! So, have you faced any struggles traveling as a woman?

Of course – I don’t think any woman hasn’t! I’ve been so lucky not to have experienced anything particularly bad. It’s mostly the staring, especially traveling alone (and on top of that being a woman of colour alone), people not taking you seriously, men giving unsolicited advice on how to use your own camera – just the usual really. I hate people looking at me in any setting so that’s what I struggle with the most – and I draw attention to myself more with all my camera kit, which doesn’t help. It’s really stopped me getting the shots that I want to because I don’t like drawing attention to myself. I’m still not quite over that yet but on every trip I try and force myself, at least once, to ignore everyone and just take that photo that my brain tries to stop me from taking. 

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think the #DTBehindTheLens series is fantastic. Instagram has become a clone machine, where it seems like the goal is becoming about getting the perfect selfie. The idea of hiking up a mountain, getting changed into a beautiful, flowing dress and then taking a photo of myself just seems a little impractical and extremely time consuming.

Whilst I admire the creativity and the patience to get those shots (and I honestly think they’re beautiful), I think showcasing the ‘female gaze’ is really important; I guess, personally, it’s about women looking not just being looked at.

For me, travel photography is about capturing what I see and the editing process is about staying true to what I saw whilst also trying to get the feeling of being present in that final image across. Travel photography isn’t about me, it’s about the journey and the world outside of my little London bubble – I’m just the vessel, looking at the world through my unique pair of eyes. I really hope these blogs inspire women to go beyond social media engagement and to create something new and know that what they create is really, really valuable.

Meet The #DTBehindTheLens: Kalyani Lodhia

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Kalyani… be sure to follow her on Instagram to catch a glimpse through her eyes!

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7 Travel Hacks To Help You Save Money

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through beautiful destinations, inspiring photography in places you know would be a life changing adventure? As a person who loves the excitement of new adventures, it can get expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. Think about your destination, if you’re going to Paris in mid-summer you’re bound to spend a lot of money.

I often get asked how I am able to pull my trips together financially. Today, I’m sharing some hacks that I do to get to my next destination! Here are some of the few tricks I’ve learned to save money on travel.

1. Finding Deals on Flights

When it comes to flights I’ve never spent more than $900 on a ticket, even on the most exotic destinations!

  • Flights are usually at their lowest on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Business travelers will usually book most of their flights in the morning hours when prices are higher. Afternoon is usually your best bet.
  • Use flight apps and websites flight alerts. These app will send you a notification when prices are increasing or decreasing.
  • Check prices on less popular flight sites that monitor flight costs. Always read change/cancellation fees before you book.
  • Don’t be afraid of multi city. Connecting flights are known to finding cheaper tickets. I don’t always follow this method because I like to get to my destination’s quicker but it does work!
  • Buying tickets way in advance.

2. Joining a Tour

Tours are a great way to save money on travel. In 2017, I took my first solo trip to Peru & Machu Picchu with a tour. Tours offer packages with some meals included, hotel, transportation, entrance to places. You tend to save a lot more this way. I remember not using a lot of cash in Peru unless I bought a snack or a souvenir because most of my excursions were included. Even where I bought my souvenir’s I was advised by my awesome tour guide where to buy so I can get the best bargain. You also get to see a lot more then if you were on your own. On tours you meet a lot of other like minded travelers, some also traveling solo. I highly recommend tours for female solo travel.

3. Choose Affordable Accommodation

If hotels are too much for your budget, I recommended using Airbnb. It is an online platform that lets you rent out homes, apartments, or rooms from local people. It can often be less expensive than a hotel.

Other affordable accommodations are hostels. I know what you’re thinking! Hostels aren’t for everyone. I love to try new things when traveling and did stay at hostels with a few friends one summer traveling across Europe. I had a great experience and even made friends along the way.

Be sure toalways read your reviews! My cousin who used to live in Ireland recommended a hostel in Dublin to me. It was right on top of Temple Bar, one of the most popular bars in Dublin. Let’s just say I was not happy with him and his recommendation once I got there. But, I also never did my own research!

TIP: Breakfast in hotels. Unless my breakfast is included in my stay I usually avoid eating breakfast in my hotel. I rather go to a local corner cafe spot for breakfast where it’s cheaper and get a better feel of the city.

4. Making Extra Cash

Travel doesn’t have to come directly out of your account. If you have a skill, sell it! Maybe you have a side hustle you enjoy doing that can add cash to that dream trip you want.

5. Choose Transportation Wisely

Public transportation is usually the best and cheapest way to get around a city (depending where). I normally like to walk around and explore when traveling or use ride sharing apps. I usually have a car waiting for me at an airport so I know ahead what I’m spending and feel more comfortable knowing there’s someone waiting for me. Definitely allow the luxury of an arranged ride when you are weighed down with luggage… but otherwise, if you can, use public transportation.

6. Pick Credit Cards That Give You The Most Points

I always use a credit card that accumulate points on purchases. I get a lot of points when I travel and book all my flights with it too. Look into a card that will give you rewards.

7. Use Your Age

Ask about student discounts! If you have a school ID – USE IT! This has worked out for me so many times, even at home in New York. I can still get away with it sometimes… if only to be 22 again!


I hope these simple hacks can help make your next trip more affordable!

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10 Best Historical Sites To Visit In The USA

When you’re trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, it can be challenging to narrow down all the fascinating places you’d like to visit. You could check out local theme parks and exotic destinations, but what if you want to step back in time?

The U.S. is a great place to be for anyone who wants to learn a little bit of history on their next vacation. You can stop by plenty of historical sites to tour a place that impacted local or national history.

Not sure where to go? Check out these best historical sites to visit in the USA. No matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and learn something new about the country’s past.

1. Jamestown Settlement

Some places and events are taught repeatedly in American history courses to kids of all ages, and one of those places is the Jamestown settlement.
Jamestown was the first place where colonists built a thriving community after sailing to the New World. What happened there set the future of America into motion, and it’s kept in the same condition it was built in.
Visit the settlement to see the colony in action, along with three full-size working English sailing ships. Individual tours and family-friendly activities are available to try out, so everyone can find something they’ll enjoy.

2. Washington, D.C.

Washington may be the city that’s filled with the most history, and more history is being made every day. You can visit many different historical sites to while you’re there, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Smithsonian National Museum. Plus, most of the attractions are free.

3. The Alamo

Although the battle at the Alamo was a defeat for Texas in the War for Texan Independence, it was a turning point in the conflict. Now, people can look around the grounds for free or take a guided tour to learn more about the fort’s illustrious history.

4. Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg is known for hosting the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, which led to President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. See the site for yourself for free, and then buy a ticket to the museum or a guided tour for a more in-depth experience.

5. The Biltmore Estate

As one of the most popular vacation spots in North Carolina, the Biltmore is a beautiful estate with plenty to do. Wine tastings, tours and seasonal events are all enhanced by recent renovations.

6. New Orleans Museum of Art

You can discover plenty of history in New Orleans, but the Museum of Art is a must-see. It’s one of the oldest fine art museums in the world, having opened in 1911. Make sure to schedule plenty of time to see the place, as it has more than 40,000 permanent objects.

7. Plymouth Plantation

Everyone’s heard the tales of the first colonists stepping on the first rock in the New World and hosting the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation. Stop by and tour it this year to read about the native Wampanoag people and see a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower.

8. Salem Witch Museum

The Salem witch trials have been a historical fascination since they occurred, which is why the Salem Witch Museum is open to the public. See artifacts from the trials and enjoy after-dark walking tours with local historians to feel like you’re back in time.

9. Ellis Island

In the 1890s, Ellis Island opened as a gateway to the United States for immigrants from all over the world. Now it’s open as a museum for people who want to see where their ancestors first stopped in America. Make sure to stop by the Statue of Liberty, located on the same island.

10. Mount Vernon

George Washington set the tone for the American government for the centuries that followed, and his home at Mount Vernon was the place he treasured most. Anyone can tour the grounds and see the mansion as it was when he lived there, including a museum full of artifacts like his famous dentures.

Map It Out

If you’re still not sure which location to visit first, map out the places you want to see. Many are near each other, so it may be worth planning a road trip to see more than a few in one journey.


The more you learn about American history, the more you’ll want to see and explore. Check out these historical sites and watch where they take you as your historical knowledge grows!

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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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