Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had your dream job from when you were little? My dream job when I was little was to be a fisherman, and while I’m glad that didn’t come true, I still sometimes think about some of my lofty aspirations that never came to be. Ever since I was in high school, I wished I could have a job where I traveled all the time. Not that I knew of him at the time, but I pictured I would be sort of like Anthony Bourdain minus the insane drug usage and the whole being on tv part. I don’t know what would be better than traveling to cool places, seeing some off the beaten track stuff, and eating some delicious food.
Although I didn’t get into that line of work, I still get to travel a bit….but 2 weeks a year just doesn’t seem like enough. I read some pre-requisites on the Lonely Planet career page that they want you to be published first. I have heard a great tip that I would like to pass on to all my fellow aspiring career travelers. A good way to get published is to submit an article to your local newspaper. I remember an editor once saying on the radio that of all the submissions 95% were international travel articles; however they were obligated to fill an alloted amount of space with local travel. So if you are doing the math like I am, you only have to compete with 5% of the submissions for a chance to get published. Plus, you can take a day trip and still be back for dinner.
I have also found there is actually grant money for traveling. Granted, you have to pitch a great and novel idea….but hey, its worth a shot.
Anyway, good luck and let me know if you have any other tricks of the trade you would like to share.