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From Cat Shepherd to Brand Ambassador: Unique Opportunities to Work and Travel

From Cat Shepherd to Brand Ambassador: Unique Opportunities to Work and Travel
Ariana Arghandewal

For a lot of people, being able to travel while working remotely is the dream. Escaping the cubicle life in favor of exploring ancient cities and relaxing on sandy beaches is a fantasy for millions of Americans. It’s not a completely unrealistic one. There are plenty of companies, especially in the tech sector, that allow their employees to work remotely. But if working in different time zones isn’t your cup of tea, you should explore these four unique opportunities to work and travel:

 

Wanderbrief

I met the founders of Wanderbrief while volunteering in Calais two years ago and thought it was an awesome idea. Wanderbrief connects “digital nomads” with companies that allow them to take temporary assignments abroad or work remotely from anywhere in the world.

Their job board exclusively lists such opportunities, which tend to be focused on creative, technical and editorial roles. This is a great starting point in your search for a unique opportunity to work while traveling.

Cat Sanctuary

Are you a “mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company?” Then this position by God’s Little People Cat might be perfect for you. The organization is looking for a candidate to live on the Greek island of Syros and take care of 55 cats living in a cat sanctuary.

The ideal candidate would be a trained veterinarian or nurse, though all candidates will be considered. Room and board are included in the deal, though personally I can’t figure out when you’ll have time to explore the beautiful island if you’re caring for that many cats…

Become a Brand Ambassador

Liquor company called Bombay Sapphire is looking for a global brand ambassador to travel and promote their gin. The chosen candidate gets to spend 80 days traveling around the world, documenting the experience and even create their own cocktail inspired by their global experience.

Volunteer

Ok so you won’t get paid for being a volunteer, but you can travel and have your living expenses paid for. Throughout Europe, many of the refugee aid organizations will offer free accommodations and two meals per day for long-term volunteers. That’s anyone staying for at least two weeks. If you can supplement a volunteering commitment with a freelance remote gig, that’s a great way to cover your living expenses, stay occupied, do something worthwhile and still get a chance to travel.

Work for yourself

The above listed opportunities are rare and not everyone will have a realistic shot. If you’re one of those people, look into creating your own path. Are you a good writer? Start a blog, use it as a portfolio to start pitching yourself to major publications and making a regular living off your craft. Are you a social media maven? Start advertising your services as a freelance social media manager. Whatever your area of expertise, you can publish e-books and write blog posts to share your experiences. All while traveling the world and getting paid.

 

I did it for about three years and it wasn’t for me. As a natural introvert, you would think it would be a perfectly comfortable working environment for me but it wasn’t. I need to work as part of a team and the situation was devoid of that. Not to mention, that I found traveling pointlessly kind of depressing. To each his own.

 

Do you have any ideas for ways to work and travel? Please share in the comment section.

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