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Hanging Out Of A Helicopter Over Manhattan

Open Your World

Scenic Helicopter Flights in New York

New York, New York

One of the best ways to see New York City is by air, and this scenic helicopter flight company lets you dangle your feet over famous Manhattan landmarks for amazing photos!

I’m a complete helicopter fanatic. Sometimes I think if I hadn’t become a travel blogger, I’d have become a professional helicopter pilot by now.

Soaring free above the clouds, hovering only hundreds of feet over mountains or buildings, able to take off and land almost anywhere.

Helicopters are incredible machines. While expensive, I try to hitch a ride in one whenever I can for a truly unique photography experience.

Plus, helicopters are just so much damn fun!

FlyNYON Helicopter

Eurocopter TwinStar AS355 “Angry Bird”

Manhattan Helicopter Flight

Manhattan Skyline

Scenic NYC Helicopter Flight

After all the times I’ve visited New York City over the years, I’ve never taken a scenic helicopter flight over Manhattan. It was Instagram that finally convinced me to take the plunge and splurge on an aerial photography helicopter adventure.

I started seeing these crazy “shoe selfies” showing up in my feed on popular accounts. Photographers were taking photos of their shoes floating over the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and Central Park.

A company called FlyNYON are the ones who make these epic Instagram shots possible with their crazy open-door scenic helicopter flights over some of Manhattan’s most famous landmarks.

Open Door Helicopter Tour

What a Crazy Ride!

Shoe Selfie Photo

New York City Shoe Selfie

Open-Door Photography Flight

Here’s the thing about aerial photography. For the best possible shots, you don’t want a window in front of your lens. So flying in a helicopter without doors is the perfect way to capture incredibly clear, crisp images from the air.

Anna and I began our adventure from Blade Lounge Heliport in midtown Manhattan, where the FlyNYON team briefed us on safety and asked where we wanted to go.

There were 4 of us going up, and we discussed which landmarks we should visit during our 15 minute helicopter flight. They also fitted us with full-body harnesses.

Flying a helicopter over New York without doors means you need to be strapped into a harness for safety. Your camera gear is also attached so it doesn’t fall on people below or get sucked up into the rotor.

You literally have your feet dangling outside the door on the skids!

Inside the Helicopter

Christi Rocking the Controls

Empire State Building

Empire State Building from the Sky

FlyNYON Helicopter Experience

Our badass pilot Christi brought us out to her sleek black Eurocopter TwinStar AS355 “Angry Bird” to be strapped in. Engines were powered up and off we flew into the sky!

We then soared past some of New York’s most iconic landmarks like Governor’s Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, and Central Park.

Earlier, Christi was yanking on my photography gear, making sure nothing would come apart once we were flying. I thought she’d been a bit rough…

Until I actually felt the force of those blades whipping around directly over my head 1000 feet in the air. It was like a mini-tornado!

Helicopter Photo Tour

Difficult Tail Rotor Shot

Central Park NYC

Flying Over Central Park

Incredible Aerial Adventure

At first it’s a bit unnerving to be sitting on the edge of a chopper thousands of feet in the air. But you slowly get more comfortable as the flight goes on.

Eventually I trusted the harness enough to lean out and feel the power of the wind as adrenaline coursed through my veins, shooting photos of the helicopter’s tail rotter.

When the helicopter banks sideways in a turn, you’re looking straight down at the tops of New York City’s massive skyscrapers, the only thing keeping you from plummeting to your death is those straps!

If you find yourself in New York, and want to have the experience of a lifetime, make sure to book an epic open-door ariel photography helicopter flight with FlyNYON. You won’t regret it. ★

Watch Video: Helicopter Over New York City

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More Information

Location: New York, New York [Map]
Company: FlyNYON Helicopter Experience
Total Cost: $200 – $400 USD
Useful Notes: They offer a few different packages, from 12 – 30 minute flights or you can organize a custom trip. Flights leave from either midtown Manhattan or New Jersey.
Recommended Guidebook: Lonely Planet New York City
Suggested Reading: True Tales From the Life of a NYC Cop

READ NEXT: How To Visit Cuba For Americans

Would you fly in a helicopter without doors like this?

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My Personal DNA Journey: Learning Where I Come From

Momondo DNA Journey

Testing My DNA & Family History

Travel Tips

Where do you think you come from? I’ve always been curious about my ancestry, so I decided to take one of those home DNA tests. The results were fascinating.

Like me, I’m sure your family has told you stories passed down from generation to generation. Stories about your heritage, culture, and ancestry. The more we know about ourselves and our family’s past – the more our personal identity evolves.

For me, the stories included family members immigrating from Ireland and Poland looking for a better life in the United States. But these tales are sometimes vague and incomplete after being passed down from person to person, like a childhood game of telephone.

How much is true? How much is being left out? This is where genealogy research and modern DNA technology can give you a more accurate picture of where you really come from. Sometimes, there are surprises…

I partnered up with the flight search experts at Momondo to answer those questions for myself, and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

Momondo DNA Journey

Momondo DNA Journey

Testing Your DNA

Home DNA testing is becoming easier and more affordable than ever before. Companies like AncestryDNA can give you results in a matter of weeks, while also comparing your DNA with 1.5 million members, possibly introducing you to relatives you didn’t know you had.

It’s fascinating technology. For under $100, this home DNA test looks at a person’s entire genome from more than 700,000 locations via a sample of saliva to predict your genetic ethnicity.

I received my DNA testing kit in the mail and followed the simple instructions. Basically, you spit into a plastic vial until your saliva reaches a black mark.

Next, you twist on a cap that releases a special DNA stabilizing liquid into the sample. Write down your tracking number, put your vial into a pre-paid box and mail it off to the lab. Easy and fast.

Test results normally take about 6-8 weeks to process. When they’re ready, you receive an email notification with a link to your password protected account, where you can view your ethnicity map and see where your ancestors came from.

Momondo DNA Journey

My Ethnicity Map

What Were My Results?

After listening to family stories for years, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the test would say. But actually seeing my DNA results for the first time was still thrilling…

  • 40% Irish
  • 36% Eastern Europe
  • 14% Scandinavian
  • 8% European Trace Regions
  • 2% West Asia

I knew my family’s strongest roots were based in Ireland and Poland. My Grandmother was born in Ireland and sailed to the United States when she was only 17. My Great Grandfather fled Poland when he was 16 after both his parents were murdered.

However there was a surprise too. Like the 2% West Asian DNA. I also thought I’d have more West European roots, due to my German last name Karsten. But it seems I’m actually more Scandinavian than German!

Interesting, as I’ve been traveling to Sweden and Norway lately and enjoying it very much. Maybe it’s viking blood coursing through my veins that keeps me returning to photograph the landscapes of Scandinavia?

The information has broadened the way I think about my identity. It’s opened my world a little more. Even though I knew about my Polish heritage, the test results have reinforced my desire to visit Poland later this year.

Last year I traveled to Ireland with my parents and sister on a family genealogy road trip, visiting the hometown of my Grandmother and meeting Irish relatives for the first time.

It was an amazing trip and bonding experience. Since then, we’ve been having fun filling out our family tree information to get a better overall picture of our family heritage & history.

Momondo DNA Journey

Traveling with my Family in Ireland

Start Your Own Journey

The beauty of travel is that it broadens the mind. I feel that traveling to learn more about your heritage and background multiplies this effect.

Would you like to explore your own genetic history and get a chance to travel in the footsteps of your ancestors?

Well my friends at Momondo want to help.

Visit LetsOpenOurWorld.com for a chance to win your own DNA testing kit, and the adventure of a lifetime traveling to every country you come from!

I hope you learn something new about your ancestry like I did. ★

Watch Video: The DNA Journey

(Click to watch Momondo – The DNA Journey on YouTube)

READ NEXT: 33 Cool Travel Jobs For Travel Addicts

Ever thought of taking a DNA test? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Travel Shirt I’ve Ever Worn (You Won’t Believe What It Can Do!)

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel

Amazing Travel Shirts from Ably Apparel

Travel Tips

It’s not often I get excited about clothing. But this amazing new cotton shirt can repel liquid/stains, is quick drying, and super comfortable too! It’s perfect for adventure travel.

I have a confession to make. I’m a sweaty guy. When buying new shirts, I have to be aware of what color they are, because certain colors show my sweaty armpit stains more than others.

White t-shirts don’t stay white for very long either.

Gross I know. But it’s a real problem for many people.

The world is full of sweaty people — and we’ve been searching for a solution.

From what I’ve experienced over the past week, a company called Ably Apparel has just created that solution. A brand new technology for cotton that’s able to repel liquid (including sweat) while also keeping it breathable, comfortable, and environmentally friendly.

Last week I tested their new fabric in Mexico’s high-humidity summer heat, and now I don’t want to wear anything else!

Cotton vs. Synthetic

We all know there are many benefits to wearing modern Nylon or Polyester performance fabrics for international travel and outdoor activities. Synthetic blends are somewhat breathable, lightweight, and wick away moisture. They air dry quickly after a wash.

The problem is they aren’t nearly as comfortable as cotton. Synthetics get stinky quickly. Plus they aren’t environmentally friendly like cotton is. Cotton is a plant. It can be grown organically. It’s sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable.

Most chemical fibers are petroleum based, which means they come from nonrenewable resources.

While cotton is renewable, comfy, and breathable, it also absorbs sweat & moisture easily, leaving dark sweat spots. It doesn’t dry fast, and can leave you feeling cold in cooler weather during active sweaty sports like hiking or skiing. That is until Ably came along.

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel

Repels Water Easily

The Perfect Travel Shirt?

Ably’s unbelievably odor and stain repellent natural shirts look and feel like regular cotton shirts. But that’s where the similarities end.

They use a special new technology called Filium™ that makes these incredible shirts stain resistant. Water resistant. Sweat resistant. And quick drying too!

I had to experience it for myself to believe it. It feels as if you’re wearing thin, lightweight, and comfortable body armor against the elements.

Go ahead. Spill wine all over it. Take it to the gym. Wear it for a few days straight. Ably Apparel keeps looking great, smells good, repels stains, sheds liquid, and feels like a regular cotton shirt.

A travel shirt with extraordinary super powers…

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel

Stain Resistant Too!

My Experience

I just returned from a four day trip to Isla Holbox, a small tropical island on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Temperatures were in the high 80’s with 90% humidity. I wore the Ably shirt for 4 days without washing it.

Walking on the beach in the sun, spending hours on a boat searching for whale sharks, and going out to eat in town. While I sweated plenty due to the Mexican heat, there were no embarrassing sweat stains. No smell.

I experimented by splashing water, wine, even salsa on the shirt. All three liquids rolled off like it was waterproof.

It’s not waterproof though, more like water resistant. If you jump in the ocean, it will get wet. But it air dries 40% faster than a regular cotton shirt.

You get the best of both worlds. Comfortable, breathable, odorless, lightweight, fast drying, and stain resistant to boot. Not to mention environmentally friendly.

I’ve never seen anything like it before, and can’t wait until they are in full production so I can re-stock my entire travel wardrobe with Ably shirts!

Check them out on Kickstarter here, and make a donation to get your own as soon as humanly possible. ★

Watch Video: Incredible Ably Travel Shirt

(Click to watch The Best Travel Shirt! on YouTube)

READ NEXT: 33 Cool Travel Jobs For Travel Addicts

Is this shirt incredible or what? Let me know in the comments!

Ably Apparel

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5 Different Ways Travel Opens Our World

Open Your World

5 Ways Travel Opens Our World

Travel Tips

People travel the world for different reasons. Adventure. Curiosity. Escapism. Or maybe just to chase those epic Instagram shots. But something else happens too.

No matter what your reason for traveling is, there’s no denying that travel can change a person. I’m certainly not the same person I was when I started traveling more than five years ago.

In fact, I’m not even the same person I was just one year ago. The more of the world you see, the more you learn about that world and about yourself — plus where you fit into the mix.

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard

They say that travel is one of the best educations. But it’s not just facts and historical dates you learn as a traveler. Travel also opens your eyes – and in turn opens the world to you.

This month I’ve partnered up with the flight search experts at Momondo to share some of the different ways travel has opened my world after 5 years of travel adventures.

Be Open

Eating Scorpions in Thailand

1. Be Open

Mark Twain once said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” When you travel to countries very different than your own, you’re given a chance to set aside your conceptions (or misconceptions) and observe how things really are.

When you set aside your prejudices and open yourself to new cultures and experiences, you’re not just opening your mind to new languages or food or music – you’re also opening your mind to new ways of thinking, living, and understanding.

Even though you may feel like you have nothing in common with the person sitting across from you on the bus 10,000 miles from home, the reality is that, as humans, our similarities far outnumber our differences. Once you are open to this concept, you quickly start noticing the things that all strangers – regardless of race or religion or way of life – have in common.

And suddenly the world becomes a lot less intimidating.

Talk To Strangers

Making New Friends In South Africa

2. Talk To Strangers

Growing up, your parents probably taught you all about “stranger danger.” But forget about that when you’re traveling. When you’re open and open-minded on your travels, you’ll want to talk to that stranger on the bus or that tuk-tuk driver or that surfer who just caught that awesome wave. It’s the locals in a destination who know the best places to eat or the best spot to catch a sunset.

When you talk to strangers, you also help break down barriers. When you can share a joke with someone who doesn’t speak your language or make an effort to communicate with a shy kid on the street, you make a connection. And connections are what help strangers become friends.

Be Open

Moto Taxi Ride

3. Just Say Yes

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy traveling. In fact, you don’t even have to be all that outgoing at all (I know plenty of people who identify as introverts who still love to travel). The trait you do need is the ability to just say YES.

Travel is sometimes just about the destination – the beaches and colorful towns and snowy landscapes. But often it’s just as much about what happens along the way. Say yes to a ride on the back of a motorbike. Say yes to that scorpion on a stick. Say yes to a polar plunge in frigid Arctic waters. To steal Nike’s slogan: “Just do it!” You’ll be surprised at how much you’re capable of doing if you allow yourself to be spontaneous once in a while.

Stay Curious

Trekking in Greenland

4. Stay Curious

We’ve already talked about being open and open-minded on your travels. And one of the best ways to facilitate this to stay curious and continue pushing yourself.

Talk to that stranger on the bus even if you’re a bit shy. Hike a little further to see what’s over that next ridge even if you’re tired. Find out what will happen if you face your fear of heights or spiders or deep water. I think all travelers are inherently curious people, but cultivating and expanding that curiosity on the road is important, too.

Inspire Others

Playing with Northern Lights in Iceland

5. Inspire Others

When you talk to strangers and say yes to adventure and open your mind to things that are “different,” you often become kind of different yourself. As a travel blogger, I’m always aiming to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and open themselves up to the world.

I want to convince people that traveling doesn’t have to be scary, and I do this by showing people the world through my eyes.

You don’t have to be a travel blogger to inspire others though. Simply telling your friends and family about the great new dish you had in Mexico or the interesting history you learned about mosques in Turkey can go a long way in inspiring others to travel and open their minds, too.

And, the more people who travel, the more the world opens up.

Let’s Open Our World!

My friends at Momondo believe that “the world is open to those with an open mind,” and want to know how traveling has affected YOUR view of the world around you.

They’re even running an Instagram competition where you can win a 360fly camera by showing them how you’re playing your part in breaking down barriers and opening your mind.

Visit LetsOpenOurWorld.com to learn more & enter for a chance to win. ★

READ NEXT: 33 Cool Travel Jobs For Travel Addicts

How has travel opened your world? Let me know in the comments!

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Exploring Viñales: Farm Life In Rural Cuba

Vinales Cuba

Exploring Viñales, Cuba

Viñales, Cuba

Riding through endless fields of green tobacco and fertile red soil in Viñales, we passed local farmers harvesting the leaves that would become Cuba’s world famous cigars.

Viñales is a small town located on the Western tip of Cuba. Set in a beautiful lush valley with funky looking hills and limestone caves, people have been growing tobacco in the area for over 200 years.

In Havana we hired Jose and his sweet red 1957 Ford Victoria to drive the four of us 3 hours out to Viñales, passing only a handful of other classic cars and a bunch of horse-drawn carriages on Cuba’s poorly maintained highways.

Vinales National Park

Lush Green Viñales Valley

Vinales Cars

Plenty of Classic Cars

Welcome To Viñales

Viñales feels stuck in time. The main street is lined with small single story wooden homes with faded paint. Locals pass by riding old bicycles, horses, or driving colorful vintage American cars.

While there are some hotels in town, most travelers stay with locals in casas particulares, which are like guest bedrooms in other people’s homes.

Our host was Lay, a welcoming lady who turned her home into a guesthouse with two double rooms. This is how many Cubans make extra income beyond their communist government regulated salary of about $30 USD per month.

The town has plenty of small restaurants and bars with live music, but it doesn’t feel overcrowded. In fact, Viñales is rumored to be Fidel Castro’s favorite part of Cuba!

Horseback Riding Vinales Cuba

Horseback Riding Through Tobacco Farms

Vinales Cigars

Best Cigars in the World?

Viñales National Park

Viñales Valley was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to its dramatic landscape of karst limestone domes called mogotes, traditional agricultural methods of farming, and rich cultural history.

The valley was formed underwater, rising from the sea millions of years ago. Ancient ocean fossils can still be found in the caves that dot the landscape.

The New York Times called Viñales one of the top places to visit in 2016.

But aside from being a beautiful travel destination, Viñales is known for the quality of its tobacco. I’m not a “smoker” per se, but I do enjoy the occasional cigar at the end of a big trek or for special occasions.

So I was excited to learn how Cuba’s world-famous cigars are actually made.

Tobacco Farm Cuba

Harvesting Tobacco Leaves

Vinales Livestock

Friendly Livestock!

Home Of Cuban Cigars

Why are Cuban cigars so special? Well, many people believe Cuba is the birthplace of cigars. Christopher Columbus encountered native Cubans smoking cylindrical bundles of twisted tobacco leaves in 1492.

The practice was eventually exported to Europe, and by the 19th century, smoking cigars became a popular pastime for wealthy men — who formed special cigar clubs called divans.

Cuba’s time-honored tobacco growing and production techniques were exported to places like the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Then came the United States trade embargo, making Cuban cigars illegal — and increasing their value even more.

The fertile land and favorable climate of Viñales make for perfect cigar tobacco growing conditions. Most residents here are in the tobacco farming business.

Farmhouse in Vinales

Pastel Colored Farmhouse

Vinales Tobacco Farm Tour

Our Horse Guide “Papito”

Tobacco Farm Experience

We hired a guide and some horses to take a tour of Viñales National Park, learning about the traditional techniques used here for hundreds of years. No machines are used, which means crops are picked by hand and fields are plowed with oxen.

Passing through farms with pigs, chickens, and turkeys, we rode along green tobacco fields where local workers were harvesting the last of the season’s prized leaves. Tobacco grows fast, ready for harvest after 2-3 months.

The leaves are then hung in special curing barns, where they dry for about a month, turning a toasty brown color. The Cuban government buys 90% of the tobacco, while locals are allowed to keep 10% for themselves.

To prepare Cuban cigars, the center vein of the leaf is removed, where 98% of the nicotine resides. Next, leaves are sprayed with a special mixture of ingredients like pineapple, lemon, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum for the fermentation process.

Three different types of leaves are used to roll the final cigar — filler (inside), binder (holding it together), and the wrapper (visually appealing outer layer).

Tobacco Barn Cuba

Tobacco Drying Barn

Vinales Cuba Cowboys

Cuban Cowboys

Adventures In Viñales

Visiting tobacco farms isn’t the only thing to do in Viñales though. As part of the farm tour, we also explored one of the many limestone caves in the area. Rock climbing these unique limestone formations is a popular activity too.

Aside from guided horseback riding, you can also rent a bicycle, ATV, or motorcycle and explore the valley on your own. There’s a popular cave called Cueva del Indio where you can ride a boat on the underground river that flows through the cave.

We heard stories about a nice little beach about an hour North of Viñales called Cayo Jutías, but didn’t have time to visit.

Vinales Ox Cart

Ox Cart Animal Power

Tips For Visiting

Viñales is located about 3-4 hours West of Havana. There are regular Viazul Busses that run twice a day for about $15 USD per person. But you often need to buy your ticket a day in advance.

Or you can do what we did, and rent a vintage taxi with room for 4 people for about $60-$70 depending on your bargaining skills.

While walking the outskirts of Viñales, you might be waved over to learn about the cigar making process at some random farm. It’s a fun experience, just understand that at the end your host will ask you to buy a bundle of 15-20 cigars for about $1 each.

Cuban cigars can cost $10-$20 each in the USA… so it’s a pretty good deal!

“If I cannot smoke in heaven, then I shall not go.” ~ Mark Twain

Watch Video: Viñales Farm Adventure

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More Information

Location: Viñales, Cuba [Map]
Accommodation: Casa Lay (email: layvinales@nauta.cu)
Horseback Farm Tour: 35 CUC ($35 USD)
Useful Notes: Our tobacco farm tour was done on horseback, but they also have ox carts or bikes available. It lasts about 4 hours, with an option for a short cave excursion for a few CUC more. In addition to cigars, you can also purchase cuban coffee at the end.
Recommended Guidebook: Lonely Planet Cuba
Suggested Reading: The Other Side Of Paradise

READ NEXT: How To Visit Cuba For Americans

Are you planning to visit Cuba? Have you ever smoked a cigar?

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33 Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Traveling

Travel Jobs to Make Money

The Best Travel Jobs

Travel Tips

Ever wonder how some people make money while traveling? We’ll I’ve met many of them, and these are the best travel jobs for location-independent nomadic living.

If you love traveling as much as I do, but can’t afford to completely quit working, you’re in luck. There are actually many opportunities to make money on the road while traveling.

Whether it’s seeking opportunities to trade work for accommodation, or landing a location independent job that gives you the freedom to travel — you have options.

The reason I’ve been able to vagabond around the world for the past 5 years is because I’ve slowly turned my travel blog into a business.

However that’s certainly not the only path to long-term travel.

How To Make Money Traveling

First a little disclaimer. If all travel jobs were easy, everyone would be doing them. Many of these professions require passion, specialized training, time commitment, and talent. For those that don’t, the pay just isn’t great.

There is no magic way to instantly make lots of money traveling.

The truth about becoming location independent is that it takes years of hard work and sacrifice behind the scenes — something too many people conveniently ignore.

That said, it’s not impossible to make money on the road either. The people who have these jobs invested their time and resources learning the ropes — which means you can do the same if you make it a priority like they did.

We all have the same 24 hours, how will you spend yours?

Expat, Digital Nomad, or Vagabond?

Not all “travel” jobs are created equally. The opportunities listed here fall under one of the following categories — expat jobs, digital nomad jobs, or what I’ll call vagabonding. What’s the difference you ask?

Expat Jobs

Expat stands for “expatriate”. Meaning while you are a citizen of one country, you choose to live/work in a foreign country. Expat jobs are only related to travel in that you’re working in a different country from your own. You may live in that country for months at a time, so you aren’t exactly nomadic.

Examples: English teacher, nanny, foreign service, etc.

Digital Nomad

Digital Nomads work from their computers. This makes them location independent. As long as they have access to the internet, they can earn a living. Blogging falls under this category, so it also describes my lifestyle. Digital nomads are free to travel at will, working from coffee shops or hotels.

Examples: Online business, freelance writing, social media, etc.

Vagabonds

Vagabonds do work that I’ll call “alternative” jobs. The type of work that doesn’t require a computer, but a more hands-on approach. Think musicians, artists, or manual labor. Access to the internet or owning a computer aren’t mandatory requirements. Pay might be under the table.

Examples: Street vendor, musician, farm work, etc.

Best Travel Jobs (2016)

The following travel jobs encompass one or more of those categories. Keep in mind not all of these jobs are suitable for everyone.

If you have a university degree, you might not be as willing to pick berries on a farm as someone else might be. Or maybe you are!

We all have different backgrounds, skills, and comfort levels.

Traveling Bartender Job

Jeremy Bartending and Traveling

Bartender / Server

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are located worldwide and the job description is pretty much the same everywhere. It helps to speak the language, so you may need to invest in a few weeks of language classes. Touristy places will be easier to find work and there’s no minimum or maximum time requirement. Plus the more experience you gain as a bartender, the more job opportunities will open up, with a potential for higher income.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Jeremy traveled and worked as a bartender in Australia.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $5000 per month

RESOURCES

Bartending For Dummies
How To Get A Bartending Job Overseas

Run Travel Tours

Food Tours in Spain with Lauren

Tour Guide

You could consider getting a job as a local tour guide or tour assistant for an international company, either at a single popular location or for larger multi-destination tours. Or you can think entrepreneurial and start your very own tours! Maybe it’s the best un-marked surf spots, an awesome local hiking trip, or showing people the coolest bars and restaurants in town.

EXAMPLE

My friend Lauren started a successful food tour business in Spain.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Tourism Tiger Blog
Work Abroad Leading Adventure Tours

Traveling Translator

Maria Working as a Translator

Freelance Translator

Obviously you need to know a second language to be a translator, but maybe not as much as you think. Sure you probably won’t be working at the United Nations, but the opportunities are as open as your imagination. You could charge a restaurant to translate their menu, work for a tour company selling tours to tourists who speak your language, or offer freelance translation services online. The more fluent you are, the more money you can make.

EXAMPLE

My friend Maria translates English websites into Spanish.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $0.40 per word

RESOURCES

ProZ Translation Jobs
How To Succeed As A Freelance Translator

Backpacker Hostel

Dave Working at a Hostel

Backpacker Hostel Staff

Backpacker hostels frequently hire travelers to fill positions on a short term basis in exchange for free room and board. There are many different types of jobs, from working the front desk to housekeeping or bartending. If you plan to stay longer term, some hostels offer paid positions too. Actually, I once got paid to work at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii many years ago.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Dave worked the front desk at a backpacker hostel in Singapore.

INCOME RANGE

$7 – $10 an hour, possibly with accommodation included

RESOURCES

Inside An American Hostel: A Guidebook For Managers
Working In A Hostel

Traveling Jobs Yoga

Brandon & Anne the Yoga Instructors

Fitness Instructor

Another job that allows you to travel the world while making money is working as a freelance fitness instructor. You can teach classes on pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, or provide services as a personal trainer if you have enough experience in these fields. Some instructors make deals with local gyms or backpacker hostels in order to use their facilities with clients.

EXAMPLE

My friends Brandon & Anne make money teaching yoga while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations & Techniques
Igniting The Fire: Building A Successful Personal Training Career

Make Money Teaching English

Drew Teaching English in Korea

English Teacher

Do you know how to speak English? Sweet! You may not realize it, but professional English teachers are highly sought after around the world — and the pay can be decent. However just understanding the language isn’t enough, you generally need a college degree and a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

EXAMPLE

My buddy Drew made money teaching english in Korea.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month plus accommodation.

RESOURCES

Online TEFL Language Course
Teaching English As A Foreign Language For Dummies

Make Money Traveling Massage

Kach Giving Massage on TV in Peru

Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is in demand worldwide as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Trained therapists can offer their skills to weary travelers or expatriates near popular tourist destinations. Work for a larger company or strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. Find clients by teaming up with hotels and giving them a cut for referring customers. Print flyers to hang up around gyms, coffee shops, etc.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kach made money traveling working as a massage therapist.

INCOME RANGE

$50 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Bodyworker’s Success Blueprint
Business Of Massage Therapy: Building A Successful Career

Travel Jobs Poker

Konrad Plays Poker for a Living

Internet Poker

It almost sounds too good to be true. Playing poker online for a living, from anywhere in the world. But like anything else, it requires lots of hard work to make the lifestyle sustainable. You need to be good with numbers, possess strong willpower to play for hours, keep your emotions in check, and be able to stay focused on the task at hand.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Konrad makes money playing online poker for a living.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming An Online Professional Poker Player
Strategies For Beating Small Stakes Poker Games

Make Money Traveling Webdesign

Adam Designs Websites While Traveling

Web / Graphic Design

One of the most common jobs for traveling digital nomads is graphic or website design. All you need is your computer, an eye for design, and knowledge of certain software programs and online platforms. Things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Illustrator, etc. Talent for writing code helps too — specifically HTML, PHP, and CSS. School helps, but it’s also possible to learn on your own with tutorials.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7,000 per month

RESOURCES

Running A Web Design Business From Home
Professional WordPress: Design & Development

Cruise & Yacht Jobs

Earl Worked on Cruise Ships

Work On A Yacht / Cruise Ship

Traveling the world while working on private yachts or large cruise ships is an awesome way to see some pretty exotic places. Food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance is covered too — so it’s a great way to save money. Many jobs also provide plenty of vacation time to travel on your own. There are different types of positions available: deck-hand, stewardess, chef, tour manager, entertainment, engineer, and more.

EXAMPLE

My friend Earl made money traveling & working on a cruise ship.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $6000 per month

RESOURCES

Work On A Cruise Ship
The Yacht Guru’s Bible

Make Money Traveling Chef

Daniel the Traveling Chef

Professional Chef

Working in the kitchen as a traveling chef gives you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. However the hours are long, irregular, and stressful. Traveling chefs can land jobs at traditional restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, private yachts, food trucks, or even work for private households. Being well-rounded with past experience helps your chances too. Jobs vacancies are often listed online, either in classifieds or company websites.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Daniel makes money traveling as a professional chef.

INCOME RANGE

$9 – $20 per hour

RESOURCES

Have Blade Will Travel: Adventures Of A Traveling Chef

Day Trading

Marcello Day Trading from Greece

Day Trading

Like many of the jobs in this list, you can’t just jump into gambling on the stock market without any prior experience and expect to become rich. However I’ve met quite a few people who make money traveling and day trading. It usually takes a few years and losing some money before it starts to pay off. A background in finance and spare cash to invest helps too.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$100 – $10,000 per day

RESOURCES

Day Trading Academy
Day Trading: Strategies For Maximum Profit

Make Money as a Street Vendor

Sorina Showing Off her Holster Purse

Street Vendor

Jewelry is the most popular item to sell, but it could also be art, clothing, leather goods… anything where you can source materials locally in bulk to make a product yourself. Setting up as a vendor requires supplies, possibly meaning a longer time in one location, but if you’re going to spend a season in one place it can be worth it. Find a location with lots of tourist traffic like walking streets or public beaches.

EXAMPLE

My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.

INCOME RANGE

$20 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies
Bohemian Inspired Jewelry Using Leather, Ribbons, and Cord

Make Money at Festivals

Kellie Working at a Festival

Festival Circuit

You don’t have to be a big name performer to work at festivals around the world. There are side-stage acts, installations, event staff, and food vendors too. Festivals always bring on lots of staff before, during and after the events. You can time southern hemisphere Australian and New Zealand festivals between Canadian, American and European summer circuits.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kellie makes money traveling working at festivals.

INCOME RANGE

Free tickets – $12 an hour

RESOURCES

How To Get A Job At A Music Festival

Make Money Scuba Instructor

Antonio Makes Money Traveling as a Scuba Instructor

Sports Instructor

Are you exceptionally good at a particular sport? Share your knowledge with others and get a job as a professional instructor. Surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, tennis, sailing, mountaineering, etc. Earn an income doing what you love while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Antonio & Amanda make money as scuba diving instructors.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES

True Stories From A Diving Instructor
Ski Instructor’s Handbook

Traveling Au Pair Job

Ashley Travels as an Au Pair

Au Pair

An au pair is a professional live-in babysitter or nanny hired by a family to help their kids learn a new language and do some household chores in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. The job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture first-hand while making some money.

EXAMPLE

My friend Ashley made money working as an au pair in France.

INCOME RANGE

$400 – $1000 per month

RESOURCES

Au Pair Guide: A Helpful Handbook
So You Want To Be An Au Pair?

Flight Attendant Jobs

Mia Working as a Flight Attendant

Flight Attendant

The life of a flight attendant may seem glamorous. Constantly jetting around the world, partying it up in different cities, experiencing different cultures, 90% off airline tickets, hotel discounts, cheap rent, and working above the clouds. But it’s hard work too. The training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get lonely. However for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Mia makes money traveling as a flight attendant.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES

Looking Skyward: Turn Flight Attendant Dreams Into Reality
Flight Attendant Survival Guide

Foreign Service Jobs

Anna Working at an Embassy

Foreign Service

Working for the foreign service (aka diplomat) or an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is one travel job that allows you to experience life in a different part of the world. Most of these government jobs are only open to people with university degrees or knowledge of foreign languages. Applications and tests for these types of positions can be found online.

EXAMPLE

My friend Anna worked for the Polish embassy in London.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

So You Want My Job: Foreign Service Officer

Travel Photographer Jobs

Brendan the Travel Photographer

Photographer

Becoming a professional travel or adventure photographer and selling your images from around the world takes years of hard work. You can upload photos in bulk to micro-stock sites or sell images to clients directly for use in magazines, books, brand campaigns, or websites. Running guided photography tours and selling online tutorials are additional ways to make money as a traveling photographer.

EXAMPLE

My friend Brendan wrote an eye-opening article about working as professional travel photographer these days.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Going Pro: Making Money With Photography
How To Become A Travel Photographer

Traveling Writer Job

Jodi the Food & Travel Writer

Travel Writer

Writing about travel seems to be a dream job for many, however it’s not something most people can just jump into. First, you have to be a great writer. Next, you need to learn about networking, pitching to editors, and all the other business stuff involved. Once you have those down, then it’s possible to write for magazines, newspapers, websites, or travel guidebooks. Copywriting and other types of writing are also options.

EXAMPLE

My friend Jodi earns income on the road as a travel & food writer.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $1.00 per word

RESOURCES

The Essential Guide To Freelance Writing
Travel Writing: Expert Advice From Lonely Planet

Make Money Amazon Store

Aileen Earns Income with an Amazon Store

Drop Shipping / Amazon FBA

It has a few names and variations, but buying products overseas then re-branding them and selling through Amazon is an increasingly common way to make money while traveling. Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) means you don’t need an actual storefront location because products are stocked at Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers around the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Aileen makes money traveling & selling products on Amazon.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Create Brands & Sell With Amazon FBA
Amazon Selling Blueprint

Make Money Travel Blogging

Blogging Hard in Mexico!

Blogging

Making money as a blogger while traveling is a dream job for many. But like most things in life, it’s hardly simple. Earning a living with a blog is hard work — and can take years. A blog about travel isn’t the only option, other examples include food bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. Income generally comes from advertising, affiliate sales, books, influencer projects, etc. But first you need to build an audience!

EXAMPLE

Me! Check out my resources below about how to become a travel blogger.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

How To Start A Travel Blog
Becoming A Professional Travel Blogger

Make Money Traveling Musician

Nadia Makes Money Working as a Musician

Musician / Street Performer

Also known as busking, use your best talents to make some money from tourists. Create an act, grab an instrument, pick a spot with lots of foot traffic, and drop a hat. Many cities require a permit for busking, so make sure to do your research first. Do you have any special talents? Acrobatics, painting, fortune telling, music, break dancing, henna art, it could be anything.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadia makes money traveling and playing street music.

INCOME RANGE

$10 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Busking For Fun & Profit
Busking And Street Performing To Fund Your Travels

Make Money Traveling AirBnB

Alyssa Makes Money Renting through AirBnB

AirBnB

I’m sure you’ve heard of AirBnB by now, the holiday apartment booking site that lets you stay in other people’s homes rather than hotels. Well some enterprising individuals are renting out their flats while they travel, making decent income. The key is automating the process as much as possible so you don’t have to be there in person.

EXAMPLE

My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7000+ per month

RESOURCES

Get Paid For Your Pad
Make Money On AirBnB

Make Money Traveling Seasonal Jobs

Brian Working Construction

Seasonal Jobs

I’ve met many travelers around the world who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling for months in the off-season. The number of jobs in this category are countless. Construction, school teachers, commercial fishing, oil workers, electricians, ski resort staff, etc. These jobs depend on what skills you currently possess or are willing to learn.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

Oil Rig Jobs Reloaded
Building A Better Teacher

Peace Corp

Helping With a Peace Corp Project

Peace Corp / NGO

Want the experience of a lifetime helping others less fortunate than yourself? Try volunteering with the Peace Corp or a Non-Governmental Organization. Just keep in mind that volunteer work is a full-time job. While it makes your life rich with experiences, the money isn’t great. You’ll build confidence to handle any challenge — because the work itself is challenging.

EXAMPLE

My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua.

INCOME RANGE

$314 per month plus food & accommodation

RESOURCES

I Quit My Job and Joined The Peace Corp

Marketing PR Jobs

Pete & Dalene Working from the Road

Marketing / PR

Again, not something you can just learn in a week. There is a reason people go to school and get a degree in marketing. However if you have a business/marketing background, there is no reason why you can’t freelance this type of work from a hammock in Bali. In fact it’s becoming much more common — I’ve met plenty of people helping authors or brands get their name out to a wider audience while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Pete & Dalene run a digital influencer marketing company.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000+ per month

RESOURCES

The New Rules Of Marketing & PR
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer On The Future

YouTube Travel Job

Nadine Makes Money as a YouTuber

Video Work / Vlogging

Traveling around the world making videos is another dream job, and some people make a very good living with it. There are a few different paths too — shooting and selling stock footage, becoming a popular YouTuber, or producing highly polished marketing films for tourism boards & travel brands. A strong knowledge of video, editing, networking, and marketing is highly recommended for this type of work.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadine makes money traveling as a professional YouTuber.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

Living Off YouTube: A Complete Guide
YouTube Black Book: How To Create A Channel & Make Money

Travel Nurse Job

Rachel the Traveling Nurse

Travel Nurse

To become a travel nurse, you must first get a degree as a registered nurse (RN) which takes 2-4 years. Once you have that, it’s possible to apply for temporary travel nursing jobs which can last up to 13 weeks. Depending on the assignment, sometimes these jobs include tax-free income, free housing, medical coverage, rental cars, and more. There are travel nurse staffing agencies that specialize in helping you locate a job overseas too.

EXAMPLE

My friend Rachel worked as a travel nurse for a while.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $40 per hour

RESOURCES

How To Be A Successful Travel Nurse

Computer Programming Travel Job

Simon & Erin the Programmers

Computer Programmer

If you already have the skills & training needed as a computer programmer, than transitioning your cubicle office job into a freelance position with location independence would give you the freedom to travel. There are special freelance programming websites where you can bid on jobs, or you can try to launch a company to build your own products like iPhone apps or custom web applications.

EXAMPLE

My friends Simon & Erin develop smartphone apps as they travel.

INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

How To Become An Expert Software Engineer
How I Work As A Digital Nomad Programmer

Virtual Assistant Travel Job

Katie the Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

With advancements in office technology and a desire to reduce employee costs, business are increasingly looking to hire virtual assistants who can work from home (or anywhere for that matter). There is little that personal assistants can’t do remotely these days. Social media scheduling, responding to customer enquires, calendar management, and all sorts of other tasks can be taken care of by a competent virtual assistant.

EXAMPLE

My friend Katie travels & works as a virtual assistant.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $3000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming A VA: The Virtual Assistant Industry
Become A Virtual Assistant: Guide To Success

Consultant Work and Travel

Dave Working from the Beach

Professional Consultant

Are you an expert in your field? Working as a professional consultant for companies may give you the ticket to location independence. Consultants work on short term projects, helping businesses grow by training staff how to do something better. For example, instructing a business how to use social media effectively, or how to become more environmentally friendly. Generally they are paid to share their specialized expertise.

EXAMPLE

My friend Dave travels and works as a consultant for oil companies.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely.

RESOURCES

Never Chase Clients Again: The Art Of Consulting
Working For Yourself: Law & Taxes

Working Holiday Visa Jobs

Marta on a Working Holiday

Working Holiday Visas

A working holiday visa is a special residence permit allowing travelers to legally work in foreign countries to supplement their travel funds. They are generally intended for people between the ages of 18 to 30, and requirements differ based on the country. Some popular destinations for working holidays include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Ireland, and Singapore.

EXAMPLE

My friend Marta has lived in 3 different countries on working holiday visas.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

List Of Countries Offering Working Holiday
How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

There Are No Easy Travel Jobs

The truth is there are no easy ways to make lots of money while traveling without prior skills, time commitment, or experience. It’s just not how the world works.

No one is going to pay you thousands of dollars to do something easy.

Dream jobs often take years to materialize, and include unimaginable effort & sacrifice that the average person just can’t understand until they experience that same journey for themselves.

While I make a good living with my travel blog — it didn’t happen overnight. It’s the same for most of these other jealousy-inducing types of jobs.

But I hope this article has demonstrated that there are plenty of people out there working hard and “living the dream” who manage to make money while traveling. It’s not impossible!

So get out there and start making your own dreams come true. ★

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Do you have a travel friendly job? Any others I missed?

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Lofoten Islands Photography: Arctic Winter Wonderland

Lofoten Islands Photography

Photography of Norway’s Lofoten Islands

Lofoten, Norway

Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands provide the perfect setting for incredible photography opportunities, with soft winter light and majestic mountain landscapes rising from the sea.

The Lofoten Islands are located above the arctic circle in Northwest Norway. Made up of deep fjords, craggy peaks, sandy beaches, and cute red fishing cabins, the islands are a wonderful location for landscape photography.

Especially in February, with the pleasing effects of low winter light.

I rented a car and spent 10 days driving around the Lofoten Islands with my camera, hunting the Northern lights, tracking down hidden beaches, and hiking through deep snow to capture inspiring images of this amazing section of Norwegian wilderness.

With very little daylight and seemingly endless sunrises & sunsets, winter in Lofoten is the perfect time to visit for photography. Frequent aurora sightings and white snow-capped peaks are just icing on the cake.

Below you’ll find travel photography from my adventures in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, along with a short video I produced along the way.

I hope my Lofoten Island photography inspires you to visit for yourself!

Hamnoy Lofoten Islands

Eliassen Rorbuer Cabins on Hamnoy

Hamnøy Island

This is probably the most iconic photography location in Lofoten. Hamnoy is a small island and village near the spectacular fjord of Reinefjord, just outside the town of Reine. Red wooden cabins hug a rocky coastline, with huge mountains rising from the background. I actually stayed in these cabins too! They are called Eliassen Rorbuer. This shot was taken from a nearby bridge after a fresh layer of morning snow covered the landscape.

Lofoten Islands Nusfjord

Nusfjord Mountain Pass

Lofoten Road Trip

The Lofoten Islands are connected by a series of bridges and tunnels along a main road called the E10. Splintering off it are many side roads for you to explore. Like this one, Route FV807, which winds through an impressive mountain pass on the way to the fishing village of Nusfjord. Winter driving in Lofoten can be tricky, with snowy roads and quickly changing weather conditions. All rental cars come equipped with studded snow tires.

Lofoten Northern Lights

Northern Lights in Lofoten

Northern Lights

One of the biggest reasons to visit Lofoten in the winter for photography is the magical northern lights which occur between September – March. With its extreme northern latitude and long nights, conditions are good for nature’s amazing light show. However catching a glimpse of the lights is not certain. Clear skies and strong aurora activity are needed. I lucked out with two decent nights of northern lights while traveling around Lofoten.

Lofoten Islands Fishing

Fishing Community

Norwegian Fishing Boats

Fishing has been a fixture in the Lofoten Islands for over 1000 years. The unusually warm waters lure millions of arctic cod to spawn here between February – April. Most of the population is involved in the cod fishing business in some capacity. Every morning I watched fishing boats heading out to work, or men hanging the “stockfish” on wooden racks to dry in the open air.

Lofoten Islands Sakrisoy

Sakrisoy Rorbuer Cabins

Sakrisoy Rorbuer

More renovated fishing cabins in Lofoten that you can stay in, these yellow wooden buildings are part of Sakrisoy Rorbuer. I was shocked at just how many of these landscapes look fake, like they were created specifically for perfect postcard photos. Here the snowy Lofotenveggen Mountains tower behind the small yellow cabins, a shallow crystal blue bay in front. It’s a colorful mosaic which continually changes with the passing of the seasons.

Lofoten Islands Rambergstranda

Snow Covered Beaches

Rambergstranda Beach

The rusty red color is achieved with paint mixed with cod liver oil. Plenty of that around these parts! When it’s not so snowbound, this is a landscape of waving grass and sky-blue water, and temperatures hit 20 degrees C, but on days like this, everything’s locked down with the cold and if you’re taking photos, you’d better have your gloves handy.

Lofoten Islands Surfing

Surfing in the Arctic

Arctic Surfing Unstad

Because it’s on the Gulf Stream, Lofoten’s climate is relatively mild despite its latitude above the Arctic Circle, plus the insulating properties of modern wetsuits are astonishing. (If you’re in the water and you’re feeling cold, you’re doing it wrong.) These waters attract surfers of all skill levels from around the globe – and I decided to jump in and give it a try with the guys at Unstad Arctic Surfing. What a crazy experience!

Lofoten Islands Mountains

Giant Coastal Mountains

Lofoten Mountains

Stand on the beach anywhere in the Lofoten Islands, and most of the landscape towers above you, up to a thousand meters above sea level. Inhabitable land is the exception, not the rule – and only possible on infrequent strips of terrain between the sea and the colossal mountains that form the bulk of the island chain. In places, the mountains rise near-vertically from the sea. It’s a stunning backdrop for everything you do there.

Lofoten Islands Photography

Kvalvika Beach

Hiking Kvalvika Beach

This beach, in a remote corner of Moskenesøya, is only accessible on foot – park your car, take the easy trail over a nearby pass between the mountains, and after an hour you’re in one of the most beautiful places in the whole archipelago. During warmer months, Kvalvika Beach a great place to camp, complete with driftwood and a mountain stream – but even when the snow lays thick, it’s well worth a visit. Just expect the hike to take a bit longer.

Lofoten Village

The Village of Å

Å, Norway

No, it’s not a misprint – it’s a one-letter word pronounced “Aw” that in Old Norse means “small river.” This tiny but popular village is at the southern tip of the Lofoten peninsula, and people come from miles around to have their photo taken next to the town sign – and, occasionally, to steal the sign, a constant irritation for the town’s 150 residents.

Lofoten Islands Hiking

Hiking Ryten Mountain

Ryten Mountain Lookout

It may look forbidding, but Ryten (543m) is a surprisingly easy mountain to climb, thanks to low, steadily rising slopes – just give yourself three or four hours to do it. And if you’re visiting Lofoten, you absolutely should do it. The view from Ryten is unparalleled, giving you a view of Kvalvika Beach and the surrounding mountains that will punch the breath right out of you. More care must be taken in the winter when crampons & ice axe are recommended.

Lofoten Islands Sunsets

Beautiful Lofoten Sunsets

Endless Sunsets

Lofoten is north of the Arctic Circle – and that means a lot of things. It means the Polar Night, where the sun spends a full day below the horizon. It means the Midnight Sun, where the sun stays up for more than 24 hours. It means spectacular variation in day length, contracting or lengthening an hour every week between these two extremes. And best of all, it means incredible sunrises and sunsets that last for hours (yes, hours), turning the land and sea every color imaginable. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Stockfish Lofoten

Stockfish Hanging to Dry

Lofoten Stockfish

The tradition of drying unsalted fish (mainly cod) on huge wooden racks goes back at least a thousand years, and it’s still a big part of the Lofoten economy – and a spectacular sight, when the racks are full. If you want to understand the history of this ancient practice, head to Å’s comprehensive stockfish museum. Depending on how fresh the fish are, you may be in for a smelly surprise if you get to close to them!

Lofoten Islands Bridge

Connected by Bridges

Fredvang Bridges

Opened in 1988, these sinuous structures connect the fishing village of Fredvang with its craggy neighbor, Flakstadøya by road. They perfectly match the curves of the surrounding lowland islands – and the effect is a little eerie, as if you’re getting a peek at what’s underneath all the islands if you stripped all the rock and earth away. Driving across is fun, there are pull-overs every few hundred meters because the bridges aren’t wide enough for two lanes.

Winter Fishing Huts

Old Fishing Cabins

Rorbuer Cabins

The signature architecture of the Lofoten islands, rorbuer (singular rorbu) are well-suited to their environment. These tough wooden huts were originally built to protect fishermen as they assembled the year’s stockfish catch. These days, many have been converted (or rebuilt from scratch) into beautiful, primary-colored tourist accommodation – they can be a bit pricey, so it pays to do your homework about what’s available.

Lofoten Islands Photography

If you are looking for spectacular nature, deep silence, northern lights, diverse adventures, wild weather, breathtaking sea and mountain views, you can’t do much better than visiting Norway’s Lofoten Islands in the winter for travel photography. ★

Watch Video: Lofoten Islands Road Trip

(Click to watch Lofoten Islands Road Trip – Norway on YouTube)

More Information

Location: Norway [Map]
Useful Notes: Lofoten Islands photography is particularly good in the winter from January to March due to the low, soft colorful light. However the main tourist season is in the summer. Renting a car is the best way to get around the islands.
Recommended Guidebook: Lonely Planet Norway
Suggested Reading: Lofoten Islands Photography Guides

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How To Travel To Cuba: A Guide For Americans

American Travel in Cuba

How to Travel to Cuba for Americans

Travel Tips

While relations between Cuba & the United States are improving, Americans have been traveling to Cuba for years. Here’s how you can travel to Cuba as an American.

Back in 1960 the United States imposed a severe trade embargo against Cuba. The Blockade was created after Cuba nationalized American owned oil refineries without compensation.

As part of this embargo, travel to Cuba by Americans has been restricted for the past 54 years. Or more specifically, it’s technically illegal for U.S. citizens to have transactions (spend money or receive gifts) in Cuba under most circumstances.

Basically this regulation has prevented most Americans from considering Cuba as a travel destination. Due to economic sanctions, air travel to Cuba from the United States was almost impossible. American credit & debit cards don’t work in Cuba either.

However things are beginning to change.

Traveling to Cuba for Americans

Exploring the Tobacco Farms of Viñales

Can Americans Travel To Cuba?

Even though travel to Cuba for Americans is restricted, that doesn’t make it impossible to visit. For many years some intrepid Americans were traveling to Cuba anyway. Initially there were two ways to accomplish this.

Special License

You could register for a special license with the US Government if the reason for your travel fit a certain category. These include family visits, professional reasons, journalism, religious or cultural programs, and humanitarian projects. You can see the full list here.

Foreign Gateway Cities

The other option was to travel to Cuba “illegally” through a foreign gateway city. This means flying yourself to Canada or Mexico first, then traveling to Cuba from one of those countries. Because for the rest of the world, Cuba has been a popular travel destination for many years.

It’s only us Americans who haven’t been able to visit Cuba!

New Rules For 2015

As of January 16th, 2015 Americans no longer need to apply for specific licenses if they fit one of the 12 special categories.

What does this mean? It simplifies the process for Americans that meet those special requirements to visit Cuba. But it also creates a grey-area.

If you no longer have to pre-apply for a license, can you say your trip is for journalism when it’s really not? Will anyone even check to make sure you actually match one of the 12 categories?

If you don’t fit one of the categories, will anyone enforce the rules when you return to the United States? From my experience & listening to other travelers, the answer is no.

While it’s still technically illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba for tourism, it seems no one really enforces these travel restrictions anymore.

Tens of thousands of Americans travel to Cuba every year without a license. In fact since President Obama took office, no Americans have ever been fined for visiting Cuba.

American Travel in Cuba

Local Game of Dominoes in the Streets of Havana

How To Travel To Cuba

In April 2016 I traveled to Cuba as an American with Anna from Anna Everywhere and Hannah & Adam from Getting Stamped. We traveled through the popular foreign gateway city of Cancun, Mexico.

You can buy a 30 day Cuban tourist visa at the airport for $20 USD.

There is a counter where these can be purchased before your trip, usually while waiting in line to check in for your flight. The visa is a separate card you keep with your passport, but it’s not attached.

We flew into Havana from Cancun on the Mexican budget airline Interjet for $240 USD round trip, and the flight took about an hour. Other popular airlines for traveling to Cuba are Cubana, AeroMexico, Copa, and Air Canada.

The US Government has recently allowed American airline companies to start flying to Cuba too, but it’s a slow and ongoing process. There are currently some regular flights from Miami to Havana.

Cuban Visa for Americans

My $20 Cuban Visa Card

Cuban Immigration Process

The Cuban immigration process was also super simple. I told the officer I was traveling to Cuba for tourism, and he offered to stamp my visa card instead of my passport. This has been standard operating procedure for years.

Cuba wants American tourism, and they offer to stamp your visa rather than your passport so you don’t get in trouble with your own government.

This way, when you return to the United States, it just looks like you traveled to Mexico. Or Canada. There’s no passport record of your travel to Cuba.

However I asked him to stamp my passport directly. I’m kind of curious what will happen when I return to the United States next week. Will anyone ask me about it? I’ll let you know!

Travel Insurance

Cuba requires all tourists to have (non-American) travel medical insurance before visiting. Some people have been forced to provide proof of their insurance, and if they can’t, they must buy a special Cuban travel insurance package for about $10 a day.

When I visited Cuba though, no one asked about my travel insurance. So I’m not sure how much this requirement is enforced these days.

Exchanging Money In Cuba

Credit & debit cards issued by American banks still don’t work in Cuba. So a trip to the island involves bringing lots of cash. How much? I’m planning to write a budget travel guide for Cuba soon, but to give you an idea, you can travel there comfortably on $50 – $100 per day.

Bring more than you need to be safe. If you run out, you’re out of luck!

Cuba actually has two different currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the “tourist” currency, pegged to the American dollar. The Cuban Peso (CUP) is what locals use, and worth a lot less. So when you exchange money as a tourist, you’ll get CUC.

$1 USD = 1 CUC = 24 CUP

You can exchange US dollars for CUC, but there is a special 10% penalty fee for this service. So it’s cheaper to exchange Euros, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, or Mexican Pesos for CUC instead.

There’s an official currency exchange outside the airport in Havana. You can exchange your leftover CUC back to US dollars (or whatever) before you leave the country too.

Casa Particular Cuba

Inside Our Casa Particular in Trinidad

Accommodation In Cuba

You’ll find some hotels & resorts in the most popular tourist cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Varadero. But they generally aren’t cheap. To travel on a budget in Cuba, you’ll want to stay with locals in casa particulars.

A “casa particular” is like a homestay or guesthouse in someone’s home. They sometimes include breakfast, and run between $20 – $30 per night for a double room. To operate a casa particular, local families need to register & pay special taxes to the Cuban government.

Most casa’s don’t have websites, so you just walk around and ask about availability when you get there. If one is booked, the owner will usually help you find another nearby.

AirBnB is now operating in Cuba too! We booked our first two nights in Havana through AirBnB.

Renting a Car in Cuba

Our Rental Car in Cuba

Transportation In Cuba

Cuban Bus System

Cuba has a government run bus company for tourists called Viazul that covers most of the country. Tickets aren’t very expensive, but you can’t book them online yet, and popular routes sell out fast. Which means you might need to buy your ticket in person at the station the day before.

Renting A Car

We rented a modern car in Cuba for 6 of the 10 days we were there. Renting a car in Cuba isn’t easy or cheap. There aren’t many available yet, so you generally have to book a car at least 2 weeks in advance by calling or emailing the company.

When we arrived in Havana, we tried to rent a car directly at the airport with no reservation, and were told repeatedly there were no cars left. Eventually Anna found a guy who said he had two, but from the same company who earlier said they had none.

So it seemed a bit shady/strange… but we ultimately got one.

Renting a car in Cuba with insurance is going to cost you between $70 – $90 USD per day. It’s not cheap! Luckily we split the cost between 4 of us. There’s also a $200 cash deposit required.

Vintage Taxi

The other option for traveling around Cuba is to rent a vintage American car with driver. Again this isn’t cheap unless you’re with a group.

We did this a few times before we rented our own car, and it cost us about $60 USD for a 3 hour one-way trip.

Split between 4 people, it cost about the same as a bus, but we could stop anytime we wanted for photos or snacks. The cars are super cool too!

I’ve also heard it’s possible to rent one for a full day for $100 – $120.

Internet In Cuba

Despite popular opinion, there is some internet access in Cuba. That wasn’t always the case though. For many years Cuba was one of the least connected countries in the world. The government does censor some stuff though, like access to Snapchat or anti-government blogs.

These days you can get connected through Cuba’s state run ETECSA telecom company. Tourists can buy ETECSA prepaid wifi cards at special kiosks for $2 – $3 per hour of service.

These scratch-off type cards provide a username and password for ETECSA wifi networks, which can be found at major hotels or in public parks around the country.

You can often buy additional cards from locals in the park or at a hotel front desk for about $6. The internet isn’t blazing fast, but you can certainly upload web-sized photos to Facebook & Instagram.

Passport Stamp Cuba

My Pink Cuban Passport Stamps!

Cuban Exit Fee

As of May 1, 2015 Cuba no longer charges a $25 CUC exit fee to travelers leaving the country, the fee is now included in your airline ticket price.

Can You Bring Back Cigars?

I thought you’d never ask! So officially, if you are traveling to Cuba under one of the 12 special categories, you are now allowed to bring back $400 worth of souvenirs, including up to $100 worth of Cuban cigars. Yay!

Does that mean $100 of official branded cigars with a receipt? What if you buy unbranded “loose” cigars from a tobacco farmer in Viñales for $1 each?

Well I don’t know yet. But I’ll soon find out, and will be sure to update this post with my experience trying to bring a mix of different Cuban cigars back into the United States!

However buying Cuban cigars in another country, like Mexico, and bringing them back to the US is still illegal.

Most Recent Changes

To learn more about the legality of traveling to Cuba as an American, check out the Treasury Department’s Cuba FAQ.

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Accidents Abroad: What Are Medical Evacuation Flights?

Medical Evacuation Jet

AeroCare Air Rescue Group

Traveling Tips

Circumnavigating the globe is a bunch of enjoyable, however if you’re an adventure addict like me, it is essential to think of the possibility of significant injury or health problem while overseas.

Have you ever assumed concerning what would certainly you carry out in case of an emergency or major accident abroad? For instance if you smash your leg treking, suddenly obtain extremely sick, or anything that wouldn’t permit you to simply get on a business trip like everyone else.

In situations like these, an unexpected emergency clinical discharge flight could deliver you back the home of the United States for treatment with the assistance of liked ones nearby.

To find out even more concerning these type of emptying air travels, I consulted with the AeroCare Air Rescue group at their office in South Florida.
Medical Evacuation Jet

Inside the Cabin with Captain Mario

AeroCare Air Ambulance

AeroCare is a firm that provides air ambulance flights within the United States and abroad. They currently have 3 workplaces in Arizona, Illinois, and also Florida. I stopped by their facility in Fort Lauderdale for an excursion of among their jets and also speak with the staff about the clinical emptying procedure.

There’s a whole lot more to it than I believed!

No matter where you remain in the world, an AeroCare jet could frequently get to you within 24 Hr after obtaining a call, including aiding to arrange all the needed visas, paperwork, and also clinical equipment.

Generally you call them and also they’ll care for the entire transport procedure.

Captain Mario offered me a trip of the Learjet 35A they use here, able to fly 2000 miles at 40,000 feet, around 500 mph to cover missions throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico as well as the Caribbean islands.

AeroCare’s specialized aviators each have more than 8,000 hrs of flight experience so you do not have to worry about any kind of safety concerns as a result of their best document. Each team member is very educated and experienced airborne ambulance industry.

The firm is CAMTS accredited as well, unlike numerous rivals. A versatile fleet of plane enables them to match the appropriate automobile to their person’s certain needs or location.
Medical Evacuation Jet

Chief Air travel Registered nurse Keri Ready to Go

A Flying ICU

AeroCare planes could be outfitted in a complete ICU atmosphere including cardiac tracking, intrusive hemodynamic tracking, IV infusion pumps, pulse oximetry, emergency drug, defibrillation with pacing capabilities, as well as advanced air passage management.

Keri, the chief medic, spoke about the range of medical equipment they have to induce every air travel. She additionally aimed out that for some individuals, a remarkable boost in elevation could possibly be detrimental to their problem.

So the team must monitor a patient’s health as they fly, changing altitude appropriately.

Every aircraft is furnished with a satellite phone that could be used for consulting a physician throughout the flight, and also flights could fit one family members member to come with the person at no added fee. Pet dogs are often okay also!
Medical Evacuation Jet

AeroCare Medical Evacuation Air travels

Does Insurance Cover Flights?

As you could envision, clinical emptying air travels are not low-cost. Nonetheless lots of travel insurance coverage business consist of some type of clinical emptying insurance coverage — — see to it to examine if yours does.

Usually, the only time you’re visiting require an exclusive medical air travel is when your problem is amazing significant, making it difficult to sign up with a business flight like everybody else.

The team at AeroCare will certainly aid you and your family identify if your insurance policy will certainly cover a private medical flight or otherwise. They additionally supply a clinical companion service, organizing for a nurse to accompany you on a business flight for a lower cost.

Two Decade Of Encounter

AeroCare’s CEO Joe CeCe functioned as a paramedic for the Phoenix az Rural Local area Fire Division prior to starting a regional ground rescue company with merely one vehicle. His an interest for air travel combined with and also passion for medication caused him produce AeroCare.

Joe’s objective has been to aid people in requirement and reward people as if they were household members. Along with regular charity air travels, AeroCare does hundreds of body organ transport flights.

So if you ever before discover yourself with a sudden clinical emergency in a foreign country, and also require transportation back to the USA for appropriate therapy, AeroCare is ready to aid. ★

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More Information

Business: AeroCare Air Ambulance
Useful Notes: AeroCare is not an insurance coverage company, instead a medical transportation firm that you would certainly call if you need unexpected emergency clinical discharge while traveling abroad or within the USA.

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33 Cool Travel Jobs To Make Money While Traveling

Make Money Traveling

Unique Ways to Make Money Traveling

Travel Tips

Ever wonder how some people make money while traveling? We’ll I’ve met many of them, and these are the best travel jobs for location-independent nomadic living.

If you love traveling as much as I do, but can’t afford to quit your job and travel, you’re in luck. There are actually many opportunities to make money on the road.

Whether it’s seeking opportunities to trade work for accommodation, or landing a location independent job that gives you the freedom to travel — you have options.

The reason I’ve been able to travel around the world for the past 5 years is because I’ve slowly turned my travel blog into a business.

However that’s certainly not the only path to long-term travel.

How To Make Money Traveling

First a little disclaimer. If all travel jobs were easy, everyone would be doing them. Many of these professions require passion, specialized training, time commitment, and talent. For those that don’t, the pay just isn’t great.

There is no magic way to instantly make lots of money traveling.

The truth about becoming location independent is that it takes years of hard work and sacrifice behind the scenes — something too many people conveniently ignore.

That said, it’s not impossible to make money on the road either. The people who have these jobs invested their time and resources learning the ropes — which means you can do the same if you make it a priority like they did.

We all have the same 24 hours, how will you spend yours?

Expat, Digital Nomad, or Vagabond?

Not all “travel” jobs are created equally. The opportunities listed here fall under one of the following categories — expat jobs, digital nomad jobs, or what I’ll call vagabonding. What’s the difference you ask?

Expat Jobs

Expat stands for “ex-patriot”. Meaning while you are a citizen of one country, you choose to live/work in a foreign country. Expat jobs are only related to travel in that you’re working in a different country from your own. You may live in that country for months at a time, so you aren’t exactly nomadic.

Examples: English teacher, nanny, foreign service, etc.

Digital Nomad

Digital Nomads work from their computers. This makes them location independent. As long as they have access to the internet, they can earn a living. Blogging falls under this category, so it also describes my lifestyle. Digital nomads are free to travel at will, working from coffee shops or hotels.

Examples: Online business, freelance writing, social media, etc.

Vagabonds

Vagabonds do work that I’ll call “alternative” jobs. The type of work that doesn’t require a computer, but a more hands-on approach. Think musicians, artists, or manual labor. Access to the internet or owning a computer aren’t mandatory requirements. Pay might be under the table.

Examples: Street vendor, musician, farm work, etc.

Best Travel Jobs (2016)

The following travel jobs encompass one or more of those categories. Keep in mind not all of these jobs are suitable for everyone.

If you have a university degree, you might not be as willing to pick berries on a farm as someone else might be. Or maybe you are!

We all have different backgrounds, skills, and comfort levels.

Traveling Bartender Job

Jeremy Bartending and Traveling

Bartender/Server

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are located worldwide and the job description is pretty much the same everywhere. It helps to speak the language, so you may need to invest in a few weeks of language classes. Touristy places will be easier to find work and there’s no minimum or maximum time requirement. Plus the more experience you gain as a bartender, the more job opportunities will open up, with a potential for higher income.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Jeremy traveled and worked as a bartender in Australia.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $5000 per month

RESOURCES

Bartending For Dummies
How To Get A Bartending Job Overseas

Run Travel Tours

Food Tours in Spain with Lauren

Tour Guide

You could consider getting a job as a local tour guide or tour assistant for an international company, either at a single popular location or for larger multi-destination tours. Or you can think entrepreneurial and start your very own tours! Maybe it’s the best un-marked surf spots, an awesome local hiking trip, or showing people the coolest bars and restaurants in town.

EXAMPLE

My friend Lauren started a successful food tour business in Spain.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Tourism Tiger Blog

Traveling Translator

Maria Working as a Translator

Freelance Translator

Obviously you need to know a second language to be a translator, but maybe not as much as you think. Sure you probably won’t be working at the United Nations, but the opportunities are as open as your imagination. You could charge a restaurant to translate their menu, work for a tour company selling tours to tourists who speak your language, or offer freelance translation services online. The more fluent you are, the more money you can make.

EXAMPLE

My friend Maria translates English websites into Spanish.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $0.40 per word

RESOURCES

ProZ Translation Jobs
How To Succeed As A Freelance Translator

Backpacker Hostel

Work at a Hostel

Backpacker Hostel Staff

Backpacker hostels frequently hire travelers to fill positions on a short term basis in exchange for free room and board. There are many different types of jobs, from working the front desk to housekeeping or bartending. If you plan to stay longer term, some hostels offer paid positions too. Actually, I once got paid to work at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii many years ago.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Dave worked the front desk at a backpacker hostel in Singapore.

INCOME RANGE

$7 – $10 an hour, possibly with accommodation included

RESOURCES

Inside An American Hostel: A Guidebook For Managers
Working In A Hostel

Traveling Jobs Yoga

Brandon & Anne the Yoga Instructors

Fitness Instructor

Another job that allows you to travel the world while making money is working as a freelance fitness instructor. You can teach classes on pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, or provide services as a personal trainer if you have enough experience in these fields. Some instructors make deals with local gyms or backpacker hostels in order to use their facilities with clients.

EXAMPLE

My friends Brandon & Anne make money teaching yoga while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations & Techniques
Igniting The Fire: Building A Successful Personal Training Career

Make Money Teaching English

Drew Teaching English in Korea

English Teacher

Do you know how to speak English? Sweet! You may not realize it, but professional English teachers are highly sought after around the world — and the pay can be decent. However just understanding the language isn’t enough, you generally need a college degree and a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

EXAMPLE

My buddy Drew made money teaching english in Korea.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month plus accommodation.

RESOURCES

Online TEFL Language Course
Teaching English As A Foreign Language For Dummies

Make Money Traveling Massage

Kach Giving Massage on TV in Peru

Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is in demand worldwide as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Trained therapists can offer their skills to weary travelers or expatriates near popular tourist destinations. Work for a larger company or strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. Find clients by teaming up with hotels and giving them a cut for referring customers. Print flyers to hang up around gyms, coffee shops, etc.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kach made money traveling working as a massage therapist.

INCOME RANGE

$50 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Bodyworker’s Success Blueprint
Business Of Massage Therapy: Building A Successful Career

Travel Jobs Poker

Konrad Plays Poker for a Living

Internet Poker

It almost sounds too good to be true. Playing poker online for a living, from anywhere in the world. But like anything else, it requires lots of hard work to make the lifestyle sustainable. You need to be good with numbers, possess strong willpower to play for hours, keep your emotions in check, and be able to stay focused on the task at hand.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Konrad makes money playing online poker for a living.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming An Online Professional Poker Player
Strategies For Beating Small Stakes Poker Games

Make Money Traveling Webdesign

Adam Designs Websites While Traveling

Web/Graphic Design

One of the most common jobs for traveling digital nomads is graphic or website design. All you need is your computer, an eye for design, and knowledge of certain software programs and online platforms. Things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Illustrator, etc. Talent for writing code helps too — specifically HTML, PHP, and CSS. School helps, but it’s also possible to learn on your own with tutorials.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7,000 per month

RESOURCES

Running A Web Design Business From Home
Professional WordPress: Design & Development

Cruise & Yacht Jobs

Earl Worked on Cruise Ships

Work On A Yacht / Cruise Ship

Traveling the world while working on private yachts or large cruise ships is an awesome way to see some pretty exotic places. Food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance is covered too — so it’s a great way to save money. Many jobs also provide plenty of vacation time to travel on your own. There are different types of positions available: deck-hand, stewardess, chef, tour manager, entertainment, engineer, and more.

EXAMPLE

My friend Earl made money traveling & working on a cruise ship.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $6000 per month

RESOURCES

Work On A Cruise Ship
The Yacht Guru’s Bible

Make Money Traveling Chef

Daniel the Traveling Chef

Professional Chef

Working in the kitchen as a traveling chef gives you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. However the hours are long, irregular, and stressful. Traveling chefs can land jobs at traditional restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, private yachts, food trucks, or even work for private households. Being well-rounded with past experience helps your chances too. Jobs vacancies are often listed online, either in classifieds or company websites.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Daniel make money traveling as a professional chef.

INCOME RANGE

$9 – $20 per hour

RESOURCES

Have Blade Will Travel: Adventures Of A Traveling Chef

Day Trading

Marcello Day Trading from Greece

Day Trading

Like many of the jobs in this list, you can’t just jump into gambling on the stock market without any prior experience and expect to become rich. However I’ve met quite a few people who make money traveling and day trading. It usually takes a few years and losing some money before it starts to pay off. A background in finance and spare cash to invest helps too.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$100 – $10,000 per day

RESOURCES

Day Trading Academy
Day Trading: Strategies For Maximum Profit

Make Money as a Street Vendor

Sorina Showing Off her Holster Purse

Street Vendor

Jewelry is the most popular item to sell, but it could also be art, clothing, leather goods… anything where you can source materials locally in bulk to make a product yourself. Setting up as a vendor requires supplies, possibly meaning a longer time in one location, but if you’re going to spend a season in one place it can be worth it. Find a location with lots of tourist traffic like walking streets or public beaches.

EXAMPLE

My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.

INCOME RANGE

$20 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies
Bohemian Inspired Jewelry Using Leather, Ribbons, and Cord

Make Money at Festivals

Kellie Working at a Festival

Festival Circuit

You don’t have to be a big name performer to work at festivals around the world. There are side-stage acts, installations, event staff, and food vendors too. Festivals always bring on lots of staff before, during and after the events. You can time southern hemisphere Australian and New Zealand festivals between Canadian, American and European summer circuits.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kellie makes money traveling working at festivals.

INCOME RANGE

Free tickets – $12 an hour

RESOURCES

How To Get A Job At A Music Festival

Make Money Scuba Instructor

Antonio Makes Money Traveling as a Scuba Instructor

Sports Instructor

Are you exceptionally good at a particular sport? Share your knowledge with others and get a job as a professional instructor. Surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, tennis, sailing, mountaineering, etc. Earn an income doing what you love while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Antonio & Amanda make money as scuba diving instructors.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

True Stories From A Diving Instructor
Ski Instructor’s Handbook

Traveling Au Pair Job

Ashley Travels as an Au Pair

Au Pair

An au pair is a professional live-in babysitter or nanny hired by a family to help their kids learn a new language and do some household chores in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. The job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture first-hand while making some money.

EXAMPLE

My friend Ashley made money working as an au pair in France.

INCOME RANGE

$400 – $1000 per month

RESOURCES

Au Pair Guide: A Helpful Handbook
So You Want To Be An Au Pair?

Flight Attendant Jobs

Mia Working as a Flight Attendant

Flight Attendant

The life of a flight attendant may seem glamours. Constantly jetting around the world, partying it up in different cities, experiencing different cultures, 90% off airline tickets, hotel discounts, cheap rent, and working above the clouds. But it’s hard work too. The training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get lonely. However for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Mia makes money traveling as a flight attendant.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES

Looking Skyward: Turn Flight Attendant Dreams Into Reality
Flight Attendant Survival Guide

Foreign Service Jobs

Anna Working for the UN

Foreign Service

Working for the foreign service (aka diplomat) or an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is one travel job that allows you to experience life in a different part of the world. Most of these government jobs are only open to people with university degrees or knowledge of foreign languages. Applications and tests for these types of positions can be found online.

EXAMPLE

My friend Anna worked for the Polish embassy in London.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

So You Want My Job: Foreign Service Officer

Travel Photographer Jobs

Brendan the Travel Photographer

Photographer

Becoming a professional travel or adventure photographer and selling your images from around the world takes years of hard work. You can upload photos in bulk to micro-stock sites or sell images to clients directly for use in magazines, books, brand campaigns, or websites. Running guided photography tours and selling online tutorials are additional ways to make money as a traveling photographer.

EXAMPLE

My friend Brendan wrote an eye-opening article about working as professional travel photographer these days.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Going Pro: Making Money With Photography
How To Become A Travel Photographer

Traveling Writer Job

Jodi the Food & Travel Writer

Travel Writer

Writing about travel seems to be a dream job for many, however it’s not something most people can just jump into. First, you have to be a great writer. Next, you need to learn about networking, pitching to editors, and all the other business stuff involved. Once you have those down, then it’s possible to write for magazines, newspapers, websites, or travel guidebooks.

EXAMPLE

My friend Jodi earns income on the road as a travel & food writer.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $1.00 per word

RESOURCES

The Essential Guide To Freelance Writing
Travel Writing: Expert Advice From Lonely Planet

Make Money Amazon Store

Aileen Earns Income with an Amazon Store

Drop Shipping / Amazon FBA

It has a few names and variations, but buying products overseas then re-branding them and selling through Amazon is an increasingly common way to make money while traveling. Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) means you don’t need an actual storefront location because products are stocked at Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers around the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Aileen makes money traveling & selling products on Amazon.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Create Brands & Sell With Amazon FBA
Amazon Selling Blueprint

Make Money Travel Blogging

Blogging Hard in Mexico!

Blogging

Making money as a blogger while traveling is a dream job for many. But like most things in life, it’s hardly that simple. Making money with a blog is hard work — and can take years. Travel blogging isn’t the only option either. Other examples include food bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. Income generally comes from advertising, affiliate sales, books, influencer projects, etc. But first you need to build an audience!

EXAMPLE

Me! Check out my resources below about how to become a travel blogger.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

How To Start A Travel Blog
Becoming A Professional Travel Blogger

Make Money Traveling Musician

Nadia Makes Money Working as a Musician

Musician / Street Performer

Also known as busking, use your best talents to make some money from tourists. Create an act, grab an instrument, pick a spot with lots of foot traffic, and drop a hat. Many cities require a permit for busking, so make sure to do your research first. Do you have any special talents? Acrobatics, painting, fortune telling, music, break dancing, henna art, it could be anything.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadia makes money traveling and playing street music.

INCOME RANGE

$10 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Busking For Fun & Profit
Busking And Street Performing To Fund Your Travels

Make Money Traveling AirBnB

Alyssa Makes Money Renting through AirBnB

AirBnB

I’m sure you’ve heard of AirBnB by now, the holiday apartment booking site that lets you stay in other people’s homes rather than hotels. Well some enterprising individuals are renting out their flats while they travel, making decent income. The key is automating the process as much as possible so you don’t have to be there in person.

EXAMPLE

My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7000+ per month

RESOURCES

Get Paid For Your Pad
Make Money On AirBnB

Make Money Traveling Seasonal Jobs

Brian Working Construction

Seasonal Jobs

I’ve met many travelers around the world who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling for months in the off-season. The number of jobs in this category are countless. Construction, school teachers, commercial fishing, oil workers, electricians, ski resort staff, etc. But again, these jobs depend on what skills you currently possess or are willing to learn.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

Oil Rig Jobs Reloaded
Big Bucks Guide To Commercial Fishing

Peace Corp

Helping With a Peace Corp Project

Peace Corp / NGO

Want the experience of a lifetime helping others less fortunate than yourself? Try volunteering with the Peace Corp or a Non-Governmental Organization. Just keep in mind that volunteer work is a full-time job. While it makes your life rich with experiences, the money isn’t great. You’ll build confidence to handle any challenge — because the work itself is challenging.

EXAMPLE

My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua.

INCOME RANGE

$314 per month plus food & accommodation

RESOURCES

I Quit My Job and Joined The Peace Corp

Marketing PR Jobs

Pete & Dalene Working from the Road

Marketing / PR

Again, not something you can just learn in a week. There is a reason people go to school and get a degree in marketing. However if you have a business/marketing background, there is no reason why you can’t freelance this type of work from a hammock in Bali. In fact it’s becoming much more common — I’ve met plenty of people helping authors or brands get their name out to a wider audience while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Pete & Dalene run a digital influencer marketing company.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000+ per month

RESOURCES

The New Rules Of Marketing & PR
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer On The Future

YouTube Travel Job

Nadine Makes Money as a YouTuber

Video Work / Vlogging

Traveling around the world making videos is another dream job, and some people make a very good living with it. There are a few different paths too — shooting and selling stock footage, becoming a popular YouTuber, or producing highly polished marketing films for tourism boards & travel brands. A strong knowledge of video, editing, networking, and marketing is highly recommended for this type of work.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadine makes money traveling as a professional YouTuber.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

Living Off YouTube: A Complete Guide
YouTube Black Book: How To Create A Channel & Make Money

Travel Nurse Job

Rachel the Traveling Nurse

Travel Nurse

To become a travel nurse, you must first get a degree as a registered nurse (RN) which takes 2-4 years. Once you have that, it’s possible to apply for temporary travel nursing jobs which can last up to 13 weeks. Depending on he assignment, sometimes these jobs include tax-free income, free housing, medical coverage, rental cars, and more. There are travel nurse staffing agencies that specialize in helping you locate a job overseas too.

EXAMPLE

My friend Rachel worked as a travel nurse for a while.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $40 per hour

RESOURCES

How To Be A Successful Travel Nurse

Computer Programming Travel Job

Simon & Erin the Programmers

Computer Programmer

If you already have the skills & training needed as a computer programmer, than transitioning your cubicle office job into a freelance position with location independence would give you the freedom to travel. There are special freelance programming websites where you can bid on jobs, or you can try to launch a company to build your own products like iPhone apps or custom web applications.

EXAMPLE

My friends Simon & Erin develop smartphone apps as they travel.

INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

How To Become An Expert Software Engineer
How I Work As A Digital Nomad Programmer

Virtual Assistant Travel Job

Katie the Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

With advancements in office technology and a desire to reduce employee costs, business are increasing looking to hire virtual assistants who can work from home (or anywhere for that matter). There is little that personal assistants can’t do remotely these days. Social media scheduling, responding to customer enquires, calendar management, and all sorts of other tasks can be taken care of by a competent virtual assistant.

EXAMPLE

My friend Katie travels & works as a virtual assistant.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $3000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming A VA: The Virtual Assistant Industry
Become A Virtual Assistant: Guide To Success

Consultant Work and Travel

Dave Working from the Beach

Professional Consultant

Are you an expert in your field? Working as a professional consultant for companies may give you the ticket to location independence. Consultants work on short term projects, helping businesses grow by training staff how to do something better. For example, instructing a business how to use social media effectively, or how to become more environmentally friendly. Generally they are paid to share their specialized expertise.

EXAMPLE

My friend Dave travels and works as a consultant for oil companies.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely.

RESOURCES

Never Chase Clients Again: The Art Of Consulting
Working For Yourself: Law & Taxes

Working Holiday Visa Jobs

Marta on a Working Holiday

Working Holiday Visas

A working holiday visa is a special residence permit allowing travelers to legally work in foreign countries to supplement their travel funds. They are generally intended for people between the ages of 18 to 30, and requirements differ based on the country. Some popular destinations for working holidays include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Ireland, and Singapore.

EXAMPLE

My friend Marta has lived in 3 different countries on working holiday visas.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

List Of Countries Offering Working Holiday
How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

There Are No Easy Travel Jobs

The truth is there are no easy ways to make lots of money while traveling without prior skills, time commitment, or experience. It’s just not how the world works.

No one is going to pay you thousands of dollars each month to do something easy.

Dream jobs often take years to materialize, and include unimaginable effort & sacrifice that the average person just can’t understand until they experience that same journey for themselves.

While I make a good living with my travel blog — it didn’t happen overnight. It’s the same for most of these other jealousy-inducing types of jobs.

But I hope this article has demonstrated that there are plenty of people out there working hard and “living the dream” who manage to make money while traveling. It’s not impossible!

So get out there and start making your own dreams come true. ★

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Do you have a travel friendly job? Any others I missed?

This is a post from The Expert Vagabond adventure blog.

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