To travel for a living is the ultimate dream, and contrary to what your Instagram has to say, you don’t have to be an travel blogger or influencer to do that. They might have it good, but don’t have a monopoly on happiness. See for yourself — here are 5 individuals who literally travel for work:
Eartha Austria, Cruise ship training officer
Eartha mixes work and travel like a pro (as a pro) and takes on jobs that bring her around the world.
- What is the nature of your job? How long have you been in the industry? Why do you need to travel? I used to work for a Cruise Ship. The title of my position was Training Officer. My rotation was 4 months on, 2 months off… So essentially, I had 4 months of paid time off in a year. The first ship I was on, took me to the Caribbean. The next one, and more permanent ship was Hawaii. Four months I’d be on the ship, then I would be traveling for the next 2… Then on again for 4, out for 2, so on and so forth. I did this for 3 years. I resigned October 2017.
After that, I took a seasonal job in a Ski Resort in Alaska — for a change of scenery… and a change of pace. I did that for the entire Winter season, and completed this April. I worked at the Front Desk for Guest Services.
When I go back to the states, I’m going back to Hawaii — just to make some money for about 6 months to be able to travel again in the fall. There are more jobs than people right now in Hawaii and so I’m going to take advantage of that. Tourism jobs: hotels, restaurants, etc. Doesn’t matter at this point, as long as I get to earn enough money to keep moving. Next winter I’m taking a look at another seasonal resort in Aspen, Colorado. The advantage of working there is the free Season Pass to go snowboarding.
- What are your most memorable destinations? This latest one in Alaska was pretty spectacular! I was snowboarding the entire season, and then saw the Northern Lights before I left. It was amazing!
- What do you do for work when you travel? Sometimes I get random writing gigs… but when I’m not working, I like to just relax and travel for leisure. Sometimes I volunteer and work in exchange for board and lodging!
- What is the best way to get to know a city? The best way to get to know a city is to get down and dirty with the locals. Speak to them and stay away from tourist traps. Learn their language, eat their food, embrace their culture. I do this thing called help exchange where I work at this location (a b&b or hostel for example) for a few weeks… five hours a day, 2 days off… no pay, but free board and lodging. This allowed me to really learn about the culture and get to know the city and the people. It is the best thing I have ever done!
CHIT JUAN, SLOW FOOD ADVOCATE AND ENTREPRENEUR
Chit takes her love for food and everything related to it around the world, sharing her work and passion with local communities.
- What is the nature of your job? How long have you been in the industry? Why do you need to travel? I travel a lot for speaking engagements as part of my roles as Asean Women Entrepreneurs Network chair (until May 8); as slow food councilor for asia; as president of International Womens Coffee Alliance-Philippines chapter.
- How many times do you travel in a year? Maybe two to three times a month so around 24-36 times in a year.
- What are your most memorable destinations/assignments? Kathmandu, Nepal; Puebla, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Stockholm, Sweden, Kampala, Uganda; Sao Paulo, Brasil; Lisbon, Portugal, Agra, Jaipur and Assam in India.
- What do you do for work when you travel? I am often invited to speak in a panel or as a resource person, or as a keynote speaker. I also am asked to join trainings for women entrepreneurs.
- What is the best way to get to know a city? Soak, soak, soak. There is nothing like staying in a city for at least 4-5 days (more if you can afford it) to get to know the people, the cuisine, take a few short tours, and just watch people. I go to their supermarket to see what’s mainstream then to open markets to see what people buy of natural and organic food.
DEAN ARMADA, IT TRAINING
- What is the nature of your job? How long have you been in the industry? Why do you need to travel? IT Training and Consulting, Advanced Security, Advanced Cloud and Data Center. I’ve been doing it for seven years.
- How many times do you travel in a year? Average 120 flights, so 50 destinations per year.
- What are your most memorable destinations? Stockholm, Sweden
- What do you do for work when you travel? I’m a technical consultant and trainer for tech companies and startups.
- What is the best way to get to know a city? Go to different bars and hangout with locals and co-travellers. Or find a local girlfriend, JK!
BERNARD FAUSTINO DY, CAUAYAN CITY MAYOR
1. What is the nature of your job? How long have you been in the industry? Why do you need to travel? I work for the city government of Cauayan City in the province of Isabela. I have been working here since 2013. I need to travel to market and attract investors to my city to be able to create job opportunities for my citizens. I travel also to attend summits and conferences to gain access to best practices I can use to provide more efficient and effective service to my constituents.
2. How many times do you travel in a year? I travel a lot for work and pleasure.
3. What are your most memorable destinations? My recent trip to Bonn, Germany was one of the most productive and memorable trips I’ve had so far this year. I attended and presented at the Resilient Cities Summit of ICLEI. It’s the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives which is an international organization of local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. It presented a venue to gain knowledge on Best Practices for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It was also an event that brought all levels of government from around the world together to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
4. What is the best way to get to know a city? The best way to know about a city is through the locals. Nonetheless, if I don’t know anyone in the city then I rely on my Trip Advisor which never fails to let me see and experience the city.
BERNARD SUPETRAN, MAPMAKER
1. What is the nature of your job, how long have you been a mapmaker? What is your specialty? I am the editor of EZ Maps, the country’s leading map brand published by United Tourist Promotions, which was established in 1995. I am in charge of writing and editing the text, as well as selecting photos for our different map titles on the country’s top tourist attractions.
2. How many times do you travel in a year? I travel at least once a month, most often in the Visayas and Mindanao, which last a couple of days. In between, there are short trips to neighboring provinces for family recreation.
3. What are your most memorable destinations/assignments? An unforgettable destination I’ve been to is Caraga Region in Mindanao in 2010. We were able to explore today’s most sought-after destinations like Siargao, Bucas Grande Island, Hinatuan Enchanted River, Brittania Islands and Tinuy-An Falls, and everything in between. We were there before they became social media sensations, and before everyone began trooping to these places in droves.
4. What do you do for work when you travel? I coordinate with tourism stakeholders, both government and private, gather vital information about the tourist spots of the area, shoot photographs in the tourist spots, try the adventures and cuisine offered.
5. What is the best way to get to know a place? Before going to a place, do some internet research so you are armed with basic helpful information. When at the destination itself, be observant of the area and the people’s way of life, interact with townsfolk, eat local food, and explore the place as extensively as you can.