Guide to Making Money While You Travel
Follow these tips to start making money while traveling the world
Although many people like to settle down in one area to live and work, career opportunities are as vast as the planet. Anyone who yearns to see the world might choose a vocation that involves travel. On the open water, career opportunities include working on a charter boat, a fishing boat, a yacht, or even a luxury cruise ship. Other travel career options might include freelance writing or travel blogging, photography, or teaching English abroad. As you earn money, you can see the world.
Working on a Yacht
The yachting industry is vibrant and bustling, filled with a variety of employment opportunities. The large luxury craft require crew members with many different skills. It’s also possible to work as an instructor on a yacht, training people in water sports or sailing. Yacht racing is another popular industry that requires expert crew members to guide and maintain the vessels. Mega yachts or super yachts are a special type of vessel, usually longer than 24 meters. These craft have many different styles and shapes, but they tend to be luxurious and very expensive. The owner of this type of yacht will want to ensure that the most experienced and expert crew manages the vessel. Positions on a yacht crew include the captain, engineers, deck officers, mates, stewards, and deckhands. An on-board cook or chef also oversees the galley to prepare delicious meals for everyone. Deck officers must possess training and certification to operate the yacht. Stewards attend to the needs of the owners and guests and provide services. This may include cleaning, arranging flowers, and serving meals and drinks. Deckhands are usually the entry-level workers on a yacht. People in this position perform cleaning and maintenance on the yacht, fix ropes, manage mooring lines, and take steering watch. The first officer is the position just under the captain. This person assists the captain and steps in to handle issues as they occur. Engineers have the important job of managing all electronic and mechanical systems of the yacht. The captain oversees every aspect of the yacht and its operation, assuming full responsibility for the entire vessel.
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- How to Sail Around the World for Free: Five Ways to Live the Dream
- Purser Job Description (PDF)
- Job Title: Marine Captain (PDF)
Working on a Cruise Ship
The crew members working on a cruise ship both work and live on the ship. Although this might seem like a luxurious lifestyle, this job usually entails working seven days a week and as many as 10 or more hours each day. Because this can be a rigorous schedule, cruise ship employees usually rotate on and off assignments to give them extended time off without duties. Assignment periods may range from four to nine or months with paid or unpaid vacation time in between these periods. Individual cruise lines have policies for assignment and vacation periods. American cruise lines must conform to United States federal regulations for hiring employees. Crew members may not be required to have a passport, but many cruise lines recommend having one.
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Working on Other Boats
Fishing boats need crew members to maintain the boats and perform various tasks. Working on a fishing boat likely involves loading and unloading the catch of the day, maneuvering equipment, repairing nets and gear, extracting the catch of the day from the nets, and washing and icing it to keep it fresh. Fishing boats vary in size and the range in which they travel. Working in the tugboat or barge industry is another option for careers on the water. These vessels need crew members such as deckhands, seamen, cooks, tankermen, engineers, mates, pilots, and captains. A crew member who joins a team as a deckhand may be able to work up through the ranks to obtain positions with more responsibility and higher pay. Working on a freighter involves an extended period at sea as a member of a crew. Freighters sail the open water carrying cargo from port to port. The entry position on a freighter is generally a deckhand. Although the hours are long and the work can be grueling, working on a freighter can be a way to see the world.
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- Careers in Maritime (PDF)
- The Boat-Lovers’ Guide to Learning a Marine Trade (PDF)
- Preparing to Work on Fishing Vessels (PDF)
- A Career as a Ship Pilot (PDF)
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Other Travel Opportunities
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- Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism (PDF)
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- Teaching English Overseas (PDF)