4 ‘dream jobs’ for people who love to travel

Many people sometimes travel for work.

But for some, travel is at the heart of their profession.

CNBC Travel spoke with people from four industries about careers where telecommuting or office work was not an option.

1 year of travel

Name: Sebastian Modak
Occupation: Former New York Times “52 Places Traveler”

Modak was one of them. 13,000 applications 2018 was the first year the newspaper was hired for a role that sent a person to every destination on the New York Times’ “Places to Go” list.

He didn’t get a job.

“I thought it might be a good idea to try again after a year,” he said. “This time it succeeded!”

“as52 place traveler” In 2019, Modak traveled to a new destination every week (from Bulgaria to Qatar, from Uzbekistan to Vietnam), expressing both the thrill and the horror.

“I often say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life…but it was the hardest,” he said. “There were no days off all year, and the pressure to meet deadlines was unbearable.”

Modak, now editor-in-chief of travel publisher Lonely Planet, said his advice for aspiring travel writers is to admit that you don’t know anything. “The first step in finding and telling a compelling travel story is to ask questions and acknowledge that there is so much to learn.”

Source: Sebastian Modak

He said he needed someone who could do everything from writing articles, posting to social media, and taking photos and videos.

“A lot!” he said “I was looking for someone who had the stamina to last year round in addition to storytelling skills.”

He thinks he’s mostly been lucky to get a job, but says his passion for education and travel has helped. Since Modak’s father is Indian and his mother is Colombian, “as a cultural compromise, they essentially decided to constantly move,” he said. As a result, he said, he grew up in places like Hong Kong, Australia, India and Indonesia.

Modak said this work has been heralded as typical.dream job” – It was tiring, stressful and sometimes scary, but it was constant growth and adventure.

“I’m not taking it back for the world,” he said. “It opened my heart wide, introduced me to people on six continents… and solidified my love of going to places and finding stories.”

‘Humanitarian Heroes’

Name: Sandra Black
Occupation: UN Communication Specialist

Black’s job doesn’t take her to her usual travel destinations, and her business trips are only overnight stays.

Since 2008, she has lived in Senegal, Timor-Leste, Central African Republic, Iraq, and most recently Mozambique, performing roles for months to years.

“each [place] There is a cultural highlight and warmth,” he said, noting that living in “a place where movement is restricted due to security concerns” is the hardest part.

From October 2021, Black handled external communications at the Mozambique office of the United Nations Population Fund, a wholly-funded UN agency focused on reproductive health and rights. according to the website.

“I personally feel the urge to support those who need it most,” she said.

Sandra Black (left) with women working on a carpet-making project in a settlement after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in 2019.

Source: IOM/ Alfoso Pequeno

Black wrote about displaced people. While working for the UN’s International Migration Agency, one of the worst hurricanes on record to hit Africa in 2019 by Cyclone Idai. She recalled meeting a woman named Sarah who climbed a tree with her baby after her home collapsed in a flood. She said the woman was rescued after she was 7 days old.

Originally from New York, Black speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese, and speaks at a basic level Wolof, the national language of Senegal, and Tetum, the language of Timor-Leste. She said her language skills were in part the reason she was urgently deployed to deal with her humanitarian crisis.

“I type until I can’t keep my eyes open at night,” she told the UN. “The next morning I start again at 6am.”humanitarian hero” 2014 campaign.

“The most meaningful part of humanitarian communication is providing a platform for people affected by conflict and natural disasters to tell their stories,” she said. “Many people really want the world to know what happened to them and their communities,” she said.

From Chef to Captain

Name: Tony Stewart
Occupation: Yacht Captain

Stewart said he would be traveling for nine months in 2022. 130ft Tri-deck “All Inn” Motor Yacht. He has already moved from the Caribbean to Central America and Mexico. He said he would travel from the west coast of the United States to the Inner Passage of British Columbia and southeast Alaska and then fly to Florida to finish the year in the Bahamas.

He said this year will be slightly longer than the “normal year”, in part due to the increase in charter business.

After entering the yacht industry in 1998 as a chef, Stewart said, “I fell in love immediately with the lifestyle, work and travel.” A year and a half after starting cooking, Stewart changed his job.

Tony Stewart says he has commanded three motor yachts since 2006, including a 130-foot Westport tri-deck yacht named “All Inn”.

Source: Fraser Yacht

“I decided to try to get my license and become a captain, and at that point I [a] I met Deckhand and started my journey,” he said.

This job requires strong problem-solving skills, organization and high tolerance to stress, Stewart said. Captains do “a little bit of everything,” he said, from travel planning and accounting to “personneling” for flight attendants and booking golf for guests.

Whether it’s a dream job, Stewart said.

We have to endure long days, sometimes weeks without rest days,” he said. But “doing this …

Italian Villa Expert

name: amy loafner
Occupation: Head of Villas, a luxury travel and villa company based in the UK red savannah

Of the 300 villas Red Savannah works with, about 120 are in Italy, Ropner said. She estimates that about 80% to 90% of them have been visited.

Traveling from London to Italy, she said she is evaluating the company’s “very luxurious” collection of villas and new homes to add to the company’s roster. During her most recent trip, she said she traveled from Milan to Lake Como, then to Tuscany and further south to the towns of Amalfi and Positano. Her next trip is to Puglia. “Because it’s beautiful, it’s bumpy, and it’s really popular right now,” she said.

Red Savannah’s Amy Ropner says her work focuses primarily on Italian villas, but also focuses on rental homes in Greece, Spain and the Caribbean. “I’m always ready to go,” she said. “We’re always on the move.”

Source: Red Savannah

Ropner said about 90% of homes are privately owned. She meets the owner and analyzes everything from the size of the pool deck to the bed (“There is a difference between an English king and an American king”).

Most bookings include children, so she makes sure the stairs and balconies are safe for all ages. If not, the company records it on its website, she said.

“we need to do [know] Whether the property has a cat, or does it go down a dirt road… it obviously takes a little longer to get to where the sun rises and sets when the sun goes down,” she said.

Ropner often stays in villas and rents between $5,000 and $200,000 per week. She said she can also explore the area and advise on new services such as restaurants, boat rentals and e-bike tours and gelato-making classes.

“I think everyone thinks they are attractive. [but] It’s a lot of work,” he said, adding that he had seen 50 villas on one trip.

“It’s attractive, but it can be tiring,” she said.


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