Q. What are the best jobs for traveling around the world?


Flight attendant

Yes, flight attendants travel the world but short haul staff rarely leave their destination airport. If you're hoping for long layovers in exotic locations apply to a major airline serving long haul destinations. Several days on a Thai beach or exploring Hong Kong is a bonus but cabin crew also get generous travel benefits so you, and often family members, can fly at greatly reduced rates on your days off. Customer service experience, fluent English and the ability to swim 25m are essential. Jobs are generally advertised directly by the airlines who also provide about six weeks of training. Try aviationjobsearch.com or cabincrew.com for more information.

Tour leader

More a lifestyle choice than a fortune maker, work as a tour leader offers unparalleled opportunities to see the world. Whether you're dreaming of a seniors' coach trip through Tuscany or an epic overland voyage across Asia, you'll need oodles of enthusiasm and patience, strong leadership skills and plenty of travel experience. Mechanical skills, first aid, a foreign language, a geography or history of art degree, and possibly a PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) driving licence are also useful. Above all though, you'll need a positive, can-do attitude; your boss and support team will be thousands of miles away and you'll be on call 24/7. Most companies such as Explore (explore.co.uk/about-us/jobs) advertise vacancies on their own websites and it's a distinct advantage to have taken a trip with the company you intend to apply to.


Teaching English

Sometimes billed as the last hope for the directionless, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) lets you work practically anywhere in the world. The pay is good, jobs often come with flights and accommodation provided, you'll meet plenty of locals and have time to soak up the culture. Contracts can be for as little as a few months or up to a year or more. For the best jobs you'll need a degree plus a TEFL qualification. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualifications are often preferred and typically take about four weeks to complete. For more information see tefl.com.


Know your genitive from your subjunctive? Your imperative from your vocative? If you've got true fluency in at least two languages then work as an interpreter can take you all over the world. Interpreters are needed at political and business meetings, international conventions and conferences, in court rooms and hospitals, refugee camps and multinational companies. Although you'll generally be based in one location you can easily see the world on a series of short contracts. You'll need a language degree, a qualification in interpreting and specialist knowledge of science, politics, law or economics. More information from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (iti.org.uk), the American Translators Association (atanet.org) or the Australian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (aiti.edu.au).


Cruise ship crew

Like to spend your winter cruising around Hawaii and your summer exploring the Norwegian fjords? Luxury cruisers have jobs for everyone from cooks and cleaners to nursery staff, musicians, fitness instructors and beauty therapists. If you've got a recognised qualification and experience in customer services or hospitality you're well placed to start earning as you cruise. Many companies advertise vacancies on their own sites or try cruiseshipjob.com or allcruisejobs.com.

Roadie or techie

Although it's not all screaming groupies and wild orgies, working as a sound or lighting technician on tour is still pretty darn cool. If you can land a job with a big name artist you'll get to visit major cities across several continents, but there's a lot of time on the road and not so much time to explore. Courses for lighting and sound technicians take one to three years but you'll need plenty of experience and a lot of luck or good contacts to clinch a plum job. Find more information on courses at londonamp.com or performing-arts.org.uk in the UK, NYU Steinhardt (steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/technology) in New York, or at the Australian Institute of Music (aim.edu.au/courses/audio-engineering).



It's not the easiest way to earn a living and income is never guaranteed, but photojournalists, landscape and travel photographers see some of the most beautiful and harrowing parts of the world while at work. Options for travel are endless and many photographers direct their own projects as well as working on commission. A photography degree will take three years to complete but formal qualifications are less important than a good eye and demonstrable talent. For some great hints and tips check out journalismdegree.com/photojournalism-career.

Au pair

A classic way to travel, learn a language and experience a new culture, working as an au pair won't earn you big bucks but will provide you with a roof over your head, food and plenty of time to explore. Au pairs are needed all over the world and work is often part time. Some experience in childcare is beneficial but a personality match and positive attitude will be far more of a deal maker when searching for a family. Sites such as greataupair.com and aupairworld.com advertise jobs in numerous countries making it easy to string contracts together to work your way around the globe.


Virtual assistant

Virtual assistants work from home on a freelance basis doing admin work for small businesses, but who's to say where home is? With a reliable phone and internet connection you could work from almost anywhere. To set yourself up as a virtual assistant you'll need at least five years experience working in a senior administration role in an office environment. Companies such as timeetc.co.uk in the UK, US-based Zirtual (zirtual.com) and the Australian Virtual Assistant Association (avaa.asn.au) may be a good place to get some initial experience. But if you're planning to travel you'll need to research the market at your target destination or set up your business at home first, build a client base and when you're sure of a steady work flow, hit the road.

Beauty therapists

The quest for beauty is universal and women, particularly in expat communities, like to be treated by someone who speaks their own language, shares their sense of style and understands their requests. Although you'll have to travel on spec in most cases, there are job opportunities from Delhi to Dubai, as well as on luxury liners and in holiday villages worldwide. You'll need a recognised qualification and salon experience before you travel. Take a look at hairandbeautyjobs.com for an idea of what's available.


Ski or scuba instructor

Fancy half a year in Whistler and the other half in Wanaka? Winters on the Gili Islands and summers in the Red Sea? Ski and scuba buffs can live the dream by qualifying as an instructor. You'll need a Level 2 qualification (15 days of coursework and 70 hours practical experience) from the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (basi.org.uk) to teach snowsports internationally, or a PADI (padi.com) Divemaster qualification followed by an Instructor Development Course and a minimum of 100 dives to teach scuba diving.

Yacht crew

Winters in the Caribbean, summers in the Med, what's not to like about crewing on a yacht? Everyone from cooks and nannies to engineers and captains are needed by those lucky enough to sail their way around the world. Although you'll get to see new ports every few days, casual crew on recreational vessels often don't get paid so it's worth having some recognised qualifications if you want to earn as you travel. Courses run by the Royal Yachting Association (rya.org.uk) range from basic skills up to Yachtmaster but time on the water and experience in a variety of conditions are essential. You'll find jobs advertised on crewseekers.net or findacrew.net.


If you're interested in organic farming and willing to volunteer your time for approximately 4-6 hours a day, you'll get food, board and an insight into local life on a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) exchange. There are WWOOF hosts right across the globe from banana plantations in Costa Rica to rice farms in China, even in Swedish Lapland close to Arvidsjauran artists' eco village (learn more on wwoof.se/host-list). You can work for a few days or a few months and can search opportunities on wwoof.net.

Humanitarian work

Traditionally, higher professionals find it difficult to transfer their skills abroad but international aid agencies are always looking for suitably qualified staff to run operations in developing or disaster-hit countries. Placements are often in rural areas and conditions can be basic. Médecins Sans Frontières (msf.org.uk) places logicians, nutritionists, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, financial controllers and HR professionals as well as a broad range of medical staff.


Cocktail mixers

Know a Kremlin colonel from a Moscow mule? Practically every student has done some bar work and it's a good way to travel despite low pay and unsocial hours, but if you want to get your foot in the door at the very best establishments worldwide it's well worth having some professional training. City & Guilds (cityandguilds.com) offers a 60-hour professional bartending course in the UK, the New York Bartending School (newyorkbartendingschool.com) has similar 40-hour courses, while BarMax (barmax.com.au) runs training around Sydney. Along with some experience, a course can mean the difference between pulling pints in a phony Irish bar and serving cocktails at five-star hotels.

Q. How does it feel to travel alone?


The idea of traveling solo has always come and go in my mind for many years. The idea excites me but soon after thinking about it, I had never been able to pick it up and go forward with it. The fear of the unknown and risks involved had taken over me in a form of procrastination. “I don’t have the time” and “I’ll wait for my friend to get on board” are some of the things I told myself to calm my excitement down, and move on with my “life”.

Last week, the idea came back to me again. I wanted to see the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Planning the trip doesn’t seem like a hassle so I decided to let my excitement took over the fear this time and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I started booking a flight to Cambodia and committed myself to the plan preventing me from backing out like I used to. On Saturday that week, I went to Cambodia for 3 days, see the mind blowing Angkor Wat, talked to a few locals and some travelers traveling alone. The experience was so fulfilling that If I can choose, I’ll travel solo again on my next trip and here’re a few reasons why:


When you are traveling with companions, each one of them are fulfilling their own goals individually and it requires you to compromise and sacrifice in order to come up with an itinerary that everyone approve. In some cases, the trip would be canceled before it began because the itinerary can’t be agreed upon. This is not the case for traveling alone. Traveling alone is all about you fulfilling your goals so you can do whatever you want. If you feel like sitting and chilling out for an hour at the top of Angkor Wat, you can. Want to be adventurous and travel to places not many would go? Again, you can. Traveling alone, you are the star of your own movie.

Meeting New People

When you are traveling alone, you are more likely to meet new people than traveling in groups. Many people will approach you and strike a conversation with you more. In Cambodia, I have met with a few locals, and one is a waitress at a restaurant at the night market. She was around my age and we exchanged experiences on what it was like to live in Cambodia and Thailand. I have also met another experienced solo traveler on the plane. He told me about his experiences around South East Asia and how he prepared for each trip.

As a solo traveler, you seek small connections such as these to keep you company and these small connections are what made the experience so unique. You will not get such a personalized small connection if you come in groups.

Living in the moment

In Cambodia, I was walking around at a very remote temple called Banteay Srei. It was early in the morning and there weren’t many tourists around. It was so quiet that I started observing the surrounding more. The birds chirping away, the sounds of leaves being blown by the wind. I have never enjoyed a single moment as much as I did on that small walk around the temple. Without any distraction, I started to be aware of what I am doing, where I am at, and the purpose of why I am there. This is me living in the moment at its finest.

Best environment to get creative with your life

I am now back in Bangkok, and I can tell you that I’m more motivated to work than ever before. Traveling alone allowed me to came up with so many business ideas for BucketListly.com that I can’t wait to work on it.   Traveling offers not only a time for me to be alone with my thoughts, but it also exposed me to new information and allows my mind to wander trying to find a connection between the differences of my home country and the country I am currently in. These are the kinda things that can only be  experienced if you are in an unfamiliar places and you are left alone with your thoughts.
You will become a better version of yourself

You may not realized it but once you are able to make yourself travel alone, challenging yourself, and go against your fears and negativity, you have become a better version of yourself. You will make decision faster and better. You will learn to rely on yourself and not others. You will learn the value of trusting a stranger. You will learn how to entertain yourself, to be alone but yet connected. You will learn to observe the world around you, seeing the value in little things. And in the end, you will learn that the fear of the unknown and the risk involved that you’d experienced being taking the leap are all lies. You are no longer bound by your fear. You are now truly free.
Everyone should travel alone at least once

After my solo trip in Cambodia, I can confidently say that everyone should travel alone at least once in their lifetimes. There’s just nothing like it. All you need is 90% courage and 10% money. The experiences you will gained from traveling alone is worth way more than the money you are paying for it. Next time when you are spending thousands of dollars on clothes and gadgets, ask yourself this: “Would I rather invest in this which I’ll likely throw it away in a few years or invest in an experience that will last forever?”

Tip: The trick to ease the process is to start by traveling somewhere near, where you can communicate in your own language. That way, you will be less intimidated by the risk involved and planning required.

Q. What is it like to travel sitting next to a celebrity?


End of November 2015, I was travelling back from NY to DC on Amtrak. It was few days before thanksgiving, and a lot of people were travelling, so it was packed. A lot of people were boarding the train, and I walked down to one of the last cars because I saw people lining up in the aisle waiting for other people to put their bags in. I got into the car, and was looking for good place to sit, didn't see anything. So, I sat on the first seat that was open.

Right opposite me was this guy. White hair. Glasses. Maybe in his 60s, working on his computer. I'm thinking he looks a lot like a politician, but I couldn't recall his name.

I'm sitting right across him. I mean we are like this, except the we have cellphones and computers instead of crayons

I'm where the mom is. He is where the girl in the white shirt is. A woman is where the girl in the blue shirt is. Him and I were playing the kid of footsie you play with strangers where you accidentally brush their feet, but no one mentions it, because it's awkward.

He was kind of goofy. He had his bags on the seat. The conductor came around and told him to put his bags up. He's apologized but then he's like "Yes, you are the boss!". I got a bit annoyed at him for giving the conductor some attitude. Then there were bomb sniffing dogs on the train. A cop came around with his dog in front. The guy saw the dog and went "hey buddy!" and started petting the dog. The cop said in a stern voice "Please don't!" The guy realized his mistake and must have apologized to the cop 20 times. The cop came back after his round and said "Look! I understand. You are a dog person, right? It's almost instinctual". I am thinking that this is a really nice cop

2 hours into the ride, and a little out of Baltimore. He talks on his phone "Andy. This is Al". I'm going Al Al Al. Holy shit! I'm sitting right next to Al Franken. I googled his name up and checked his photo. It was the same guy. Next thing I did was update Facebook. I know he's a big progressive guy, and wanted to say something semi-intelligent to him, except that I have no idea what he has been doing. I could have googled it up, but as luck would have it, my phone went out of battery as soon as I posted on Facebook

So, I sat there silently. The girl sitting next to me was talking to me about not being able to charge her phone too. She had an accent. He asked her "Where are you from?" "Ukraine" "Sorry about the Russians" "Yeah!" "Those bastards!" "They are bastards". She probably didn't know she was taking to a US senator. I am thinking "Hey if I say I'm Indian, he will apologize to me about Pakistan or something" but I kept quiet. I'm a smart aleck only when I'm behind a keyboard. In front of people, I stay quiet.

Then a guy who recognized him came and set across the aisle and talked to him about politics. The guy was in school to be a lawyer, and apparently he is in the same school that Al Franken teaches in. I didn't know Al taught at Georgetown

Then sometime later he calls his friend again, and starts telling him about this piece his writing about Ted Cruz. I'm like Al Franken is writing something funny about Ted Cruz right now in front of me. How cool is that?

20 minutes later, he looks up from his computer at me. I'm scared now. "Did we cross Philadelphia?" "We cross Philadelphia a while ago" "Where are we?" "We passed Baltimore" "Baltimore!" The lawyer student guy said "We are 10 minutes away from DC". Al Franken is like "Where does the time go?" I guess making fun of Ted Cruz is really engrossing

After reaching home, I was thinking about it. And the most surprising thing is how he's like a regular guy. If you don't know he's Al Franken, you wouldn't know he's a US senator. I mean he was in Amtrak like the rest of us. No body guard. No entourage. Just working on his Mac and talking on the cellphone like the rest of us. And he's a nice guy too. He apologized to the conductor for keeping his bags on the seat. He apologized to the cop for messing with the dog. He apologized to the woman next to me for Russia. He played stranger footsie with me. He could have asked me to move, but he didn't.