How To Get Paid To Travel The World

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How To Get Paid To Travel The World

If you think that traveling the world and getting paid for is impossible, let me tell you that I know of many people who have been on the road for years and are able to sustain their travels in one or other way. You don’t have to look far. Look here:

Travel As Scuba Diving Instructor

While you don’t earn much, it allows you to live in remote and wonderful places that otherwise are just too pricey to visit. Also the lifestyle of a Scuba Diving Instructor makes it worth it.

If you are interested in traveling the world as scuba diving instructor, I strongly recommend to go past the Divemaster level. As such, you can only guide customers and it’s a job that normally locals do and you don’t get paid much. On the other hand, as instructor you will be able to guide and teach courses. These positions are normally covered by foreigners, as you need some educational background to able to pass the exams to reach this level.

Start a Travel Blog

Travel blogs are a great way to make money from your trips around the world but it takes time, effort and dedication to achieve a level where it can pay the bills. You need to give your blog a huge push when you start to make sure it receives enough momentum to take off! This means long hours dedicated to writing high quality content, being active in social media and promoting your site.

If you are up for the challenge of becoming a professional travel blogger, I recommend that you check out Travel Blog Success. It’s a community where professional and very successful travel bloggers share their expertise and take you through every step you need to know to make money with your blog.

Travel & Work on a Cruise Ship

Lots of people spend a fortune every year to go on cruise ships to exotic locations and these cruise companies need crew. What if you could work on one of them? You would still visit those spectacular places, meet interesting people and earn money along the way.

It’s also a job where you can save a lot, as accommodation and food costs are always covered and you can’t hardly spend any money while on board.

Work as a Travel Photographer

It’s a tough market and the competition is fierce, but if you have the skills it is a great way to travel the world and get paid for it. The best clients are tourism boards, outdoor brands and large adventure travel companies.

Become a Travel Writer

Similar to the photography option, it’s a difficult market and the competition is high. It’s not easy to get paid to travel and write but, if you get to certain level, it’s a great way to explore the world.

Many bloggers work as freelance writers for travel publications. These magazines normally need stories and travel bloggers are full of them! So it’s a great way to make some money on the road.

Work Location Independent

What if you could work from anywhere in the world? Then, you wouldn’t need to have a travel-related job in order to travel. Most people are tied to a location due to their job and that’s the reason why they can’t go traveling as much as they want to.

“Cooked” by Michael Pollan

When I saw that there was a new series on Netflix called “Cooked” I got very excited. I had read “Cooked” by Michael Pollan shortly after it was published and released in 2013 and absolutely loved it! So, when I found out that it was made into a Netflix original series… I was thrilled.

The book is actually entitled “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” which is much more telling of what you will read once submerged into this extraordinary exploration of the relationship “between nature and culture” (Pollan).

Broken down into four sections (as is the Netflix series) that represent the classical elements: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Fire represents cooking with heat. Water represents braising and boiling with pots. Air represents bread-making. Earth represents fermenting.

At the core of the book’s message is not how to cook, or what to cook, or what to eat. It is essentially a voyage into what food means to us, humans, throughout history, through the development of food preparation, and quintessentially, foods capacity to bring people together on a global level.

Beyond that, the book is a call to action. A call back to the basics, back to the kitchen, and back to the most simple, most effective, most delicious ways to prepare the foods we love.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is as follows:

“For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?”

This struck me to my core. It reminded me of those family gatherings that were centered around food. Food preparation, cooking the food, displaying the food, and finally, and joyously, the eating of the food. Those moments with friends where we set aside time to enjoy a meal together. Or even those moments where, on my own, with no one else around, I enjoyed the food I had prepared like it was the most extravagant, most indulgent, most meaningful meal I had ever the pleasure to taste.

This is why I immediately watched “Cooked” on Netflix and added the book to my reading list once again. Its messages go beyond food and cooking. Culture and family and sharing are what bring this story to the soul. I can’t wait to revisit its pages once again.

Café, Futebol, Beleza: Visit Brazil

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Massive, rich, authentic, beautiful.

Those are just some of a few adjectives you can use to describe Brazil’s majesty. With a landmass size of over 3.2 million square miles, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world both in landmass and population.

Relative to South America, Brazil takes up almost half of the entire continent. It is a giant among the world’s economies with a Gross Domestic Product of about 2.24 trillion, exporting tons of manufactured and agricultural goods. To the world’s travelers most importantly, Brazil is home to a booming tourism industry, seeing millions of travelers every year.

If you’re considering traveling to Brazil, there may be way too much to do in just one trip. Take a look at some of these tips on how to start planning your Brazilian vacation.

As said before, Brazil is a gigantic country. The first question you should ask yourself is Where do I want to go? and What do I want to see? You will choose your locations based on what your interests are. If you’re looking for ecotourism, you should probably avoid visiting Sao Paulo, and if you’re looking for leisure and recreation, maybe Belem is not the best city to visit. Visiting Brazil is much like visiting the United States, having an assortment of cities, climates, geographies, and attractions. So first, it is important that you know the differences.

Central Brazil is composed mainly of untamed Amazon jungles and forests. Some of these areas are still relatively unexplored and untouched by people. Although there are some major cities in this region, like Brazil’s capital Brasilia, and Manaus, Belem, Cuiaba, and Goiania, most of the region is uninhabited. If you’re looking to enjoy ecotourism, this is the region to explore. Various national parks, as well as tours through the Amazon River are available for tourists looking to explore the untamed rainforests.

Beaches, beaches, and more beaches; Brazil has one of the longest coastlines in the world.

Individuals looking to enjoy coastal towns and world class beaches have an array of options to choose from. Most people visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city and most popular tourist attraction. Famous for its white sandy beaches, Carnaval Festival, towering granite peaks, and its iconic “Christ the Redeemer” monument. Rio welcomes about 2.8 million visitors every year.

However, there are many more great coastal cities you can visit for more affordable prices and less crowds. Go against the flow, and visit Recife and Fortaleza. Both of these cities offer a great deal of commercial and leisure activities to tourists and locals. Recife, also known as the “Venice of Brazil” has its own Carnaval, said to be just as exciting, but even more eccentric than that of Rio De Janeiro’s.

If you’re looking for a more distinct cultural or historic vacation, all of the previously mentioned cities would suffice. However some cities especially, like Sao Paulo, Natal, and Salvador are especially rich in colonial history and Brazilian culture.

Salvador is an especially old and historic city, being one of the first settled cities in the Americas. Home to a variety of Portuguese colonial buildings and sites, the city is considered a World Heritage Site by the UNESCOSao Paulo on the other hand is Brazil’s largest city. Although it can be a little overwhelming navigating through the city’s wide streets, towering buildings, and crowds of people, it is the perfect place to experience the country in all of its cultural, civic, and economic glory. Although also a larger city, Natal is not the most popular tourist site in Brazil. This gives any adventurous traveler the perfect opportunity to experience a large Brazilian coastal city in its purest form, without having to deal with the mass quantity of foreign crowds. Best of all, all three of these cities have great beaches, so you’ll still have time to sunbathe and swim in its rich, turquoise waters!

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A Beginners Guide to European Road Trips

Life is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Although it’s a bit of a cliche, few sayings can be any more profound than the one above. Anyone who’s been on a long road trip with friends, family, or even on their own, knows that a long drive can strangely bring with it peace, soul-searching, and even excitement. Europe has some of the most efficient, yet aesthetically amazing highway routes in the world, traversing through diverse geographies, climates, and cities. If you’re traveling to Europe for vacation, make sure not to overlook passing through its most scenic roadways. Using articles from the Telegraph and skyscanner.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of Europe’s most majestic routes. So scrap that train ticket, find yourself a rental, and enjoy the ride.

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Switzerland

Switzerland has countless roadways that cross the Swiss Alps. Because of this, these roadways have some of the most breathtaking views in all of Europe. The Furka Pass through the Alps is world famous for its beautiful views, and it’s dangerous winding roads. It’s roadways also take you passed Switzerland’s Rhone Glacier, the source of the Rhone River. Also try to check out Klausen Pass, a high alpine pass known for its high elevation and astounding views.

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Germany

Germany has an array of highways that pass through its various forests and mountain ranges. Non-urban areas have no speed limit on the German Autobahn, so cars breezing by you at hellish speeds are not uncommon. Nevertheless, it gives road trip travellers a wonderful opportunity to travel the German countryside on a world famous highway. Also check out Route 500, which cuts through Germany’s Black Forest through a relatively smooth roadway through the mountains. Both highways can be notoriously busy though, so make sure to plan accordingly to avoid traffic. If you’re looking to explore beautiful German architecture and culture at it’s finest, travel on Romance Road, which cuts through the heart of Germany and its towns. Definitely try to plan your trip here during Oktoberfest to gain the full German experience.

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France

France has the highest elevated passes in Europe, and some of the highest in the world. Firstly, check out Col de la Bonnette, the highest roadway in all of Europe at a dizzying 2700m altitude. Although the road up the mountain is fairly smooth, the road downward is much more nerve-racking. If you’re looking for something a lot less death defying, check out La Route des Grande Alpes, a drive built solely for tourists hoping to cross France through a more scenic route. It passes through 16 mountain pathways, and four national parks, exhibiting a great deal of lush green terrain, as well as awe inspiring mountainsides. For a more quaint and peaceful route, try driving through Les Corniches, and Route Napoleon.

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Norway

A relatively quiet, but proud country, this Nordic nation offers an array of astounding roadways through picturesque countrysides. The Trollstigen in Norway is famous for being one of the most scenic roadways in all of Europe. From waterfalls, to forests, to mountainsides, this roadway will allow you to travel through this beautiful country and experience all of its wonders. Also make an effort to travel through Atlantic Road, an architectural marvel that prides itself in its beauty and uniqueness.

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Italy

No Eurotrip is complete without a stop in Italy. The Amalfi Coast roadway offers just the right balance between natural majesty, and man-made beauty. The roadway takes travelers from town to town, exposing tourists to architectural masterpieces and classic Italian culture. Also check out Great Dolomite Road and Stelvio Pass, two roadways that explore rural terrains and mountainsides that rise dramatically above the surrounding countryside. Stelvio Pass is especially well known among European drivers for it’s sharp curves and winding roads. It is one of Europe’s most infamously dangerous, yet exciting roads to travel on.
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Top Valentine’s Day Destinations

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Yes, it’s that time of  year again, and as Valentine’s Day approaches, we are challenged with the task of finding new and interesting ways to celebrate the holiday with our special person.

Flowers and chocolates are expected. A beautiful heart-shaped pendant is adorable. But what about a gift that really shows your person how much you care? Why not literally sweep them off their feet and jet-set off on a romantic weekend to one of the following destinations? Take a relaxing trip or a thrilling adventure for Valantine’s and hit the holiday out of the park.

New York, New York

If you can’t find multiple things both you and your person want to do in the Big Apple, you’re clearly not trying very hard. Make it a classic NYC getaway by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through central park, followed by a spin around the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. Later, grab an amazing bite in literally any neighborhood, but consider the Meatpacking District where you can go for a post-dinner walk along the High Line. Look into the Valentine’s package at the Hotel Gansevoort – just think chocolate, strawberries, champagne, and a late check-out time.

San Francisco, California

Okay, so chocolate and champagne are your thing? PERFECT! Gourmet Walks presents a chocolate and champagne walking tour around SF of tastings and decadence that are right up your alley. Next, head over to the San Francisco Zoo’s “Woo at the Zoo” to learn about the fascinating mating rituals of some of the zoo’s inhabitants. Later on, consider heading to Campton Place Hotel for their “Lose Your Heart” package, promising wine tastings and romance.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Looking to get away without needing to really go that far? San Juan provides the destination with the added convenience. No passport necessary. Celebrate the holiday with a nice beach getaway and the Luminescent Love Package from the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casinio with waterfront views, bubbly, massages, and a magical trip to the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo.

Best Travel Destinations To Meet People

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Want to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people?

Here are the best destination to do just that!

British Virgin Island

While the Caribbean is known as the quintessential honeymoon spot, it is also a great place for individuals to go to enjoy the climate and the vast number of activities offered along with other singles.

New York City

There are always things to do in NYC, no matter what. If you can’t find something to do, you’re not looking hard enough. There are endless bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, sights to see and most are just a few stops away on any number of subway trains.

Barcelona

If there is one thing for certain, the Spanish know how to have a good time. Because of their siestas, they have the energy to party all night long until the break of dawn (if you will). Not only is Barcelona packed with young, lively people and fun bars and restaurants, but there are many sights and attractions to see and people to meet along the way.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The local and tourist dynamic is something else at Playa del Carmen. Many have moved there just to set up shop and observe the wonderful communion between those who come near and far to inhabit this beautiful place. With it being only one hour away from Cancun, the Playa has the best of both worlds: a commercial environment where you can party and eat and people-watch, and a more subdued, but not lacking character Playa to relax and embrace your inner expat persona.

Introducing Ecuador

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Ecuador boasts the best of South American culture, beauty, and people. Ecuador is an adventurous country full of ancient forests, wildlife, scenery, and the Andes Mountains.

Ecuador also has plenty of cultural cities such as Quito or Cuenca, where there are various markets, native and handmade items, beautiful beaches and colonial towns.

What I’ve heard from others is that the best part of Ecuador are the Ecuadorians. They prove to be kindhearted, proud, and generous, also excited to have visitors show intrigue in their beautiful country.

The best city to visit is Cuenca. Cuenca is an absolutely beautiful, laid-back, colonial city that has great weather and cleaner streets than Quito.

Cuenca’s historic center is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city is the center for many native crafts such as ceramics, jewelry,and the Panama hat.

The interesting thing about Ecuador is that three cultures have left their mark on the city of Cuenca, ending with the settlement of the Spanish in the early 1500s. The Inca had a city called Tomebamba, which the Spanish overtook and used pieces to build their own city. The first civilization to settle in Cuenca was the Canari people who had a city called Quanpondelig.