Journal Travel

What’s My Real Job?

May 17, 2017

Unfortunately, I’m no digital nomad *sad face*. I don’t have any fancy computer skills to be an app developer or graphic designer nor do I specialise in social media or marketing so what do I do that allows me to keep travelling?

The answer to that is seasonal and “normal” jobs. I pick a place to be my base for a couple of months where I’ll work temporary jobs that cover my living costs and allow me to save a little.

Before I left on my travels I had a good paying job which allowed me to save quite a substantial amount. Although this number has dropped as I’ve been travelling for over a year now, I always recommend having a set amount left untouched for emergencies or just for some peace of mind you’ll be coming home to something.

So without further ado behold my travel jobs!

What's My Real Job?

 

  1. Dog Walker

    Okay, I’ll just start off by saying BEST JOB EVER! I literally get paid to play with dogs all day, yep, I get paid for that. It also gets me a get out of jail free card when my boyfriend ask’s me to go to the gym as on busy days I’m walking on average 20kms!

    A normal day consists of driving the work van around and picking up doggies for their walks, either private or group walks where I have up to six dogs at a time. We either head to hiking trails or dog parks for an hour before I need to drop them back home and pick up the next group.

    It’s a great way to stay in shape and explore new areas around town. The company also offers cat care and boarding when owners are away.

    At the moment I am working for a professional dog walking company although I will also be offering pet and house sitting services as we travel around.

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  2. Server

    My second job is working as a waiter and hostess at an Indian Restaurant in town. Servers in Alberta are on the minimum wage, however, tips, tips, tips! As a good friend of mine say’s “tip life is the good life”. I’ve set all my tip money aside to be my “summer fun” money. Whitewater rafting here I come!

    What job’s did you pick up on your travels?



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6 Comments

  • Reply Hannah @ The Northern Writes May 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I would love to be able to do what you’ve done, it’s so brave of you, I can’t imagine the adventures you must have!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

  • Reply Vanessa May 20, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Hi Ashley,
    I know exactly how you feel. I am lucky to have a very supportive husband who mainly finances our travels these days after quitting my job last year.
    Of course I hope that one day I will be able to travel the world from the income of my writing but we shall see.
    Good luck to you and Happy Travels,
    Vanessa
    https://wanderlustplusone.com

  • Reply Whitney Magnuson aka Mrs. Millennial May 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Good for you!

  • Reply Sara May 21, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Sounds fantastic! How did you pluck up the courage to leave your job? I feel like it must take a lot to do something like that. Glad you’re living your best life though!

    Enjoy your adventures 🙂

    • Reply whitepetal May 21, 2017 at 2:50 am

      Originally i left my office job to work my dream career and moved to Mallorca to work over the summer. Once that job was finished my partner decided it would be fun to move to Canada for awhile and I thought well why not? After already taking the leap and moving overseas by myself for 6 months, coming to Canada with my partner wasn’t a big deal!
      That first big move was a struggle… I had probably 3 big emotional breakdowns saying I didnt want to go but it was the best thing I could have done for myself!

  • Reply Ashley May 24, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Hey Ashley! I agree that serving and hostessing is a great way to make money. I am currently doing two restaurant jobs to save up for a bag I’ve had my eye on for years. There’s no thing like a summer splurge!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

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