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7. Travel blogger

Debra Corbeil (The Planet D)


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What’s so great about it? Being a travel blogger has allowed us to make a living doing what we love. We are lucky because we get to travel and work together as a couple. We take on different adventures every day. We get to meet new people and learn about the world. What we love is being able to share our experience with our readers. We get to introduce them to new destinations and help them understand the ways the different cultures live. Travel is the best education. We have learned so much and we have the privilege of sharing that knowledge with our followers. Being a travel blogger has taken us to all seven continents, giving us the chance to take on adventures that we never thought possible. We’ve kayaked in Antarctica, walked with polar bears in the Arctic, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and come face to face with great white sharks. What seemed like only a dream a decade ago has turned into the most amazing reality.

The hard reality: Travel blogging is a business and it takes a lot of hard work. Our travels are not vacations. We spend our time documenting every moment through photography, video, writing and social media. It is a 24/7 job that takes up every waking moment. We spend our days doing adventures and activities, but we go back to our hotel room at night to work, edit and sift through our notes. We don’t get to relax like the rest of the people on vacation after an amazing day at the beach or on an excursion. Once the adventure is done, the work begins. Because we are on the road so much, we don’t have a close group of friends. Most of our relationships are now online and we miss having the camaraderie of every day friendships. It can be lonely.

Skills and Qualifications: A writing course is very helpful. You want to learn how to craft a story. Photography courses are a must. The Internet is a visual medium and your articles will grab people’s attention with beautiful photos. Video editing and shooting skills are important too. People want to watch videos. They don’t want to have to think a lot about the destination, but want to be brought into the location, which video does beautifully. There are many online training courses that you can take for video, photography and writing. The best thing you can do when getting started is to get experience. Write a lot. Take a lot of photographs and take a lot of video, then work at getting better. Join a photography club. Join online forums and Facebook groups. Have people critique your work and look at successful people for inspiration and guidance. It takes a lot of work but if you keep at it, you will find it’s the most rewarding job on Earth.

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8. Diving instructor

Charlie Munns (Dive Worldwide)

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What’s so great about it? I became a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor in Thailand in 2001, fully intent on returning to the London rat race within six months. My life-changing journey took almost eight years, as it became my passport to travel, live and dive the destinations some may struggle to find on the map, including places like Aruba, St Kitts and Micronesia. I’ve made over 4000 dives in Australia, the Red Sea, Indonesia, Fiji, Palau, Yap, the USA, the Bahamas and others, including the UK. Highlights have been to make worldwide friends, introduce people to this amazing ‘other world’, and diving with a humpback whale and calf. I also value my small collection of Megalodon shark teeth.

The hard reality: Many thought my life was all about getting a tan and chatting to girls with the occasional dip in the ocean. Those in the know quickly realize it can be very hard work. I was working over 90-hour weeks on liveaboards. Repetitive decompression diving is tiring on the joints. I was married to the job, with few places to hide from the more difficult clients. Perhaps the lowest point was having two kidney stones on a liveaboard in Truk Lagoon. 600 miles from a decent hospital, I was forced to suck it up and deal with the pain. I was back diving the same day.

Skills and Qualifications: Patience, communication and clarity are key attributes. You cannot talk underwater, so you must be clear and calm. How would you cope when your light fails in a wreck, your back-up also fails and you find yourself alone at a big depth? It is time to listen to your heartbeat. Almost all instructors are on their second career, and large egos cost lives. All dive agencies, such as PADI and BASC, have a structured career path to follow to become an instructor.

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9. Safari camp manager

Helen Schutte (Naboisho Camp, Kenya)

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What’s so great about it? Managing safari camps in Africa has taken me and my husband Roelof all over, including Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa. One gets to experience, live and breathe some of the most diverse and beautiful protected landscapes that are left on an ever-changing continent, and that is truly special. Living right inside raw nature that most other people on Earth will only get a glimpse off from a documentary on television makes the job great. You can’t get any closer to nature than this. There are so many highlights, from getting to know people from all over the globe to living and guiding in one of the most remote and wild places in Africa - the Zambezi Valley in Zambia – for four years. The light in the Zambezi floodplain forests, the mighty Zambezi river and the unequalled sunrises and sunsets glistening on waters will always be close to our hearts.

The hard reality: Daily life in a safari camp in Africa might sound like a permanent holiday, but the reality is that you are on duty 24 hours a day, and that logistics in remote wilderness areas are nothing less than very challenging. You have to be everything, from a wildlife specialist, nurse, electrician, mechanic, host, plumber, HR manager, chef, builder…  The list is never-ending. It’s exhausting work, with many balls to juggle, from demanding guests to big teams of camp staff working away from their families for long periods. The challenge is part of what makes and keeps the job interesting. It’s also a lifestyle choice, as one will never become rich doing this sort of thing.

Skills and Qualifications: The industry norm is to have a couple where one organizes the camp and logistics, and the other focus more on activities and guiding guests, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be that way. My husband and I both have National Diplomas in Nature Conservation from a University in South Africa, which stood us in good stead in the field. Various short courses and qualifications in hospitality, catering and safari guiding also help. Get as many licenses as possible for Guiding, as different countries have different guiding requirements and schools. South Africa seems to be the most well-developed and offers good solid courses, right up to leading Walking Safaris in dangerous game areas and reserves. You could also consider becoming a specialist Marine or Bird Guide. You also need good people skills, a background in hospitality, an interest in food & drink, and a whole lot of passion and enthusiasm. The best way to get experience is the good ‘old school’ way: start at the bottom, take and make use of any opportunity, gain experience slowly and work your way up to management level.

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10. International aid worker

Amelia Rule (CARE International)


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What’s so great about it: I love being able to get up in the morning and feel proud about what I do. Making sure people in crisis have a safe place to sleep at night is a massive motivation and keeps me going, even when I’m working at all hours of the day in the midst of an emergency response. I work with so many different people, from Palestinian and Syrian staff in the refugee crisis to Nepali staff walking miles across mountains to reach villages hit by earthquakes in the foothills of the Himalayas. I get to discover now places, cultures and personalities. I don’t know who I’ll be talking to each day or which country I may be flying to, whether it will be the Philippines, because of a typhoon, or Malawi, because of a flood. I get to meet very brave and resilient people across the world who’ve been subjected to disasters or conflicts. I get to work with families and local organizations to support the most vulnerable people to get the assistance they need, be it help with the rent, materials to repair their home or money to buy mattresses and blankets.

The hard reality: As emergencies are very unpredictable, it’s very difficult to make plans in my life, and I have to be ready to jump on a plane at a moment’s notice. The places I work are often troubled by war or severe poverty, and that can be difficult to see and experience. But these challenges and social injustices act as a driver for me to work harder, as I try to achieve the best result for the people we’re mandated to help, especially women and girls who are disproportionally affected by the impact of emergencies. In Nepal, we rose early at the crack of dawn and spent time sleeping in tents in the mountains, but I adapt quickly to different routines and enjoy the variety in my life.

Skills and Qualifications: I studied Architecture at university and became interested in how architecture and design can improve the living conditions of people who may not be able to have what we refer to as a basic right: adequate shelter, privacy and security, a healthy place to live and somewhere they can call home. After working in Haiti during the earthquake response in 2010, I also realized that having a good understanding of project management, communication, diplomacy and how to effectively manage teams, sometimes working in a second language, is essential to the job. The job also involves really good communication skills, as you work with communities who are often in shock and very vulnerable, as well as excellent diplomacy and negotiation skills.

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11. Guide

Samer Saied (G Adventures)


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What’s so great about it? This job seriously is my dream job. I love meeting new people and learning about their cultures. I love opening people’s eyes through travel, changing their lives and making friends from all over the world. I guide in Egypt. One of my personal highlights was the last tour before my wedding. It was a 10-day trip and my group threw me three bachelor parties. They were treating me as their friend, not their tour guide. Another time I dislocated my shoulder on one of my trips and fortunately I had a physio in my group. She spared two hours of her holiday time every day to make sure my shoulder was fixed.

The hard reality: Every job has hardships. The hardest part of my job making sure everyone in the group gets the most out of their travel experience, especially when group dynamics can vary from trip to trip. It’s also difficult having travellers who have some personal issues going on at the time. In times like this, I have to be a firm leader, a kind friend and a successful problem-solver.

Skills and Qualifications: You need to be confident and also a ‘people person’. It’s important to be a great communicator, collaborative and courageous. You also need to be a great listener, knowledgeable and honest. But the most important thing of all is being loving and friendly. I can highly recommend training in leadership for this job, too. To be a guide in Egypt, in particular, you are required to hold a Bachelor degree and at least a two year diploma in History and Egyptology. I’m also a qualified First Aider.

Samer's career as a guide also led him to being nominated and judged as the gold winner of the Wanderlust Guide Awards 2016.

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12. Magazine editor

Phoebe Smith (Wanderlust)


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What’s so great about it? I love words and I love putting together magazines. The whole process is what keeps a smile on my face. I work with passionate people. I like having deadlines and I thrive on dealing with the challenges being an editor throws up, and how you have to think on your feet when something goes wrong. In a way, it’s not dissimilar to the same things I love about travel: putting trips together, meeting new people, thinking on your feet. My job has taken me across Siberia on a train, allowed me to reach and sleep at Everest Base Camp, taken me beyond the Antarctic Circle for a polar plunge, and allowed me to reach remote Inuit communities up in Nunavik, all things I have to pinch myself about even now. Career highlights include walking part of the Camino de Santiago, meeting a porter from the 1953 Everest Expedition in Namche Bazar, Nepal, and seeing my first grizzly in Glacier National Park, Montana, not to mention meeting my hero Bill Bryson.

The hard reality: The truth is, as magazine editor, my day is like a lot of people’s office-based jobs. As well as logistically putting a magazine together and the fun parts, like dreaming up feature ideas, there’s also a lot of reading through proposals (I get several hundred a week), commissioning articles (and dealing with people’s disappointment when they’re not commissioned), loads of emails to go through (endless emails), lots of meetings, networking events in the evenings, planning workshops and seminars, dealing with budgets and managing a team. Most people think being editor of a travel magazine involves a lot of actual travelling, and while I can’t complain (I work hard so that I can fit in some travel), the reality is that I have to turn down a lot of dream trips and often end up sending someone else on my dream trip, which never gets any easier.

Skills and Qualifications: A good, successful travel writer is a writer who travels, not a traveller who writes, and it’s exactly the same for a travel editor. The editing has to come first. You have to love journalism and magazine craft as much - if not more - than travel itself, and don’t expect to be on the road an awful lot. But editing means you get to plan issues, commission and craft other people's words and take pride from the fact that you can make someone else's article sound the best it possibly can. Everyone’s way into the job is different. I did a combined Honors degree in Journalism and an MA in English, and still had to do an internship on a newspaper and even an NCTJ course before I got my first job as staff writer on a magazine in Sydney. You need to write well, understand journalism and work hard. People always told me I’d never be able to get this job. But I always remind people that the difference between those who make it and those who don’t is that the ones who made it never gave up.

Phoebe is now editor at large for Wanderlust and a freelance writer/broadcaster/presenter.

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3. Pilot

Thomas Bradley (Icefield Discovery)

Yukon

I have been to both the Southern Alps and the Yukon. I am also a former recreational pilot.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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