7 Professions that Can Give You The Lifestyle You Want

Cool Careers that Pay Well

Cool Careers that Pay Well

What’s the most rewarding career you’ve ever had?  Or are you living your dream job right now?  I’ve had some cool careers in my work history (including one of the 7 that made this list).  And I’m about to start to my coolest job ever, Business Development Consultant at The Kids Gym (more about that in an uncoming post).

If you’re looking for a cool career that pays well, this contributed post should get your creative juices flowing.

7 Professions that Can Give You The Lifestyle You Want

If you would like more perks than you can find in a traditional job, you might want to find a career that is both rewarding and good for your bank balance.

If you find what you are really good at, you will get more

  • work-life balance
  • free time to explore and
  • recognition for your skills

Some of these jobs don’t really require dozens of degrees, just a lot of creativity, interpersonal skills, and an outgoing personality. Check the options out below and you may just found your true calling.

1. Professional Headhunter

If you are good with people and can read individuals, you might want to pursue a career in human resources.

You will be

  • naturally good with peopleWhat's the most rewarding career you've ever had?  Or are you living your dream job right now? Here are some really #coolcareersthatpaywell
  • have advanced communication and negotiation skills and
  • be driven by results.

A professional headhunter will take into consideration the specific requirements of the client and not rest until they have located the best candidate and convinced them to accept the offer. There’s a lot of travelling and meetings involved, but you will be rewarded for your professionalism.

2. Interior Designer

Are you a creative person who enjoys upcycling and DIY? You can become an interior designer, even without a degree.

While there’s a lot of competition out there, you can develop your brand on the internet, using Pinterest and Instagram, as well as other online marketing methods.

It might be a good idea, however, to enroll to an official accredited course, so you maximize your skills and knowledge and find out more about how the industry really works, and what clients are expecting from you.

3. Sports Organizer

Are you passionate about a particular sport, or would you like to help your local community get healthier and fitter? Your dream job might be with a local sports club or organization.

You will be responsible for

  • marketing and organizing the events
  • communicating with donors, players, suppliers and
  •  making sure that everything goes smoothly.

You can enrol for a related course at Adelphi University to learn everything this job involves and improve your chances of landing in this dream job.

4. Freelance Travel Writer

If you are looking for total flexibility, you might want to build your career as a freelance travel writer. This can be your chance of getting out of the rat race and enjoying what you do for a living.

You will need to make sure that you have a feasible business model and you are not spending more on travel than making on your writing.

Approach hotels and restaurants to find out whether they would be interested in a feature article or review. You will need an established online presence as an influencer, and a follower base to be able to make money this way, though.

5. Travel Agent

To travel the world, but still have the job security of an employer, you might want to become an independent travel agent or join a well established company.

You will be able to visit hotels, carry out inspections, talk to clients, and plan people’s holidays of a lifetime.

This job may or may not involve a lot of travel, depending on the role you get and the company’s job requirements, so make sure you check the contract to avoid being stuck behind a desk.

6. Event Manager

Do you have an eye for details? You might become a corporate event manager at a local company, or a wedding organizer.

You will have to travel to different locations, talk to venue managers, contractors, and clients. However, when you are not working on a project, you will be able to enjoy some free time. And explore the world and the best places to stay and eat as a perk of your profession.

7. Client Manager

If you have always worked in the corporate world but had enough of administration and statistics, you can manage the professional relationships of the company instead.

You will need

  • exceptional communication skills
  • a good knowledge of business etiquette and
  • good negotiation skills.

Your services will be important for the company, as you will maintain the common ground and solve small disagreements without troubling the management with them.

If your current job is not giving you the freedom and satisfaction you deserve, it might be time to move on. Consider one of the above jobs that allow you to travel, interact with people, see more of the world and spend more time with your family.

No matter which career you choose, you can end up doing something you enjoy while earning top dollar.

What’s the coolest job you’ve ever had and did it pay well?

Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Ooh, I love receiving contributed posts like these! Here are some really easy healthy lifestyle changes you can make today that will make a real difference to your mood. Instantly. And if you make these lifestyle changes stick, they’ll be life-changing.

4 Lifestyle Changes to Relieve Stress, Improve Your Health and Be More Successful

We all get stressed from time to time, and it’s not surprising. Life just has a way of being tough now and then, as our obligations to work, family, and our health, amusement, and well being all too often collide catastrophically.

Of course, it’s fairly common as well that we’ll make things worse ourselves through bad habits and unproductive approaches to resolving our problems.

In the worst of instances, you could find yourself on holiday in the best and most beautiful resort, only to find yourself chronically unable to relax and enjoy the moment. Conversely, if you’re able to manage your stress response when back at home, even the most mind-numbing work concerns can seem like small and manageable things.

As stress affects the quality of our lives to such a great degree, here are some suggestions for lifestyle changes that can help to radically reduce your stress.

4 Lifestyle Changes that are so easy to make, it's scary... yet are we doing this stuff? #easyhealthylifestylechanges1. Read on topics that uplift and intrigue you

You may have an enduring interest in technical subjects such as science or engineering, or your passion might be reading the literature of the past and getting lost in the incredible worlds that people managed to create over the span of human history.

On the other hand, you might be passionate about reading up on healthcare as a prelude to taking up a degree at the University of Southern California.

Regardless of what your particular area of fascination is, reading has the ability to transport us away from the preoccupations and worries of ordinary life and to carry us off to an eternal world of images and concepts – whether those take the form of mathematical formulae, or the metaphors and wordplay of William Shakespeare.

Distracting yourself from your concerns and preoccupations – even if only for a brief time – can have a tremendously positive effect on your overall sense of wellness. It can calm the mind and reduce stress, and as we know stress is not just a matter of “feeling uncomfortable”, but can have tremendously negative consequences for health when it’s allowed to become chronic.

Reading is a great and productive form of distraction which you can turn to no matter where you are.

2. Quit the caffeine and alcohol

This tip is often difficult for people to stomach (excuse the pun), for the obvious reason that caffeine and alcohol are so incredibly rife and common in the world. The vast majority of adults in the Western world consume both alcohol and caffeine, and many consume them on a daily basis.

But caffeine is a drug known to directly boost the production of the body’s stress hormones, and to tire out the various receptors and organs associated with those, and other, hormones.

That daily cup of coffee may be contributing quite dramatically to your chronic sense of stress and anxiety.

Likewise, alcohol causes damage to the brain and other organs of the body, and there is evidence that even in small amounts, it may make people less healthy, less resilient, and less capable of facing the world head-on. A bitter irony, considering people so often get drunk to drown out their stress and anxiety.

By quitting these two substances and shouldering through the few weeks or months of irritability and withdrawal (yes, really, they are actually drugs) you may find your stress vastly diminished.

3. Be sure to fuel yourself properly

A large number of people are constantly fighting to attain the perfect physique. Bellies are never flat enough, biceps never toned enough, and so on, and so on.

One of the side-effects of this obsession is that many people live in a state of chronic yo-yo dieting and caloric deprivation.

The bottom line is that when you don’t eat enough food, your body doesn’t work properly, you are less resilient, less healthy, and your stress hormone level are through the roof.

Make sure to fuel yourself properly. Eat whole, nourishing foods, comprising carbs, protein and fats. Yes, low carb diets may also boost stress hormones.

4. Get away somewhere scenic every once in a while

If your home environment becomes too stressful, you need to take steps to address the causes of that stress, and make it more bearable.

If your home is not excessively stressful, but you’re just chronically stressed anyway, getting away and visiting somewhere scenic once in a while can really help to alleviate the bad feelings.

Go somewhere where you don’t have to worry about work. Somewhere you can be inspired by the beauty of nature, and just relax for a while.

Aren’t these the easiest lifestyle changes to make?  And can you see how effective they can be?   Are you doing this stuff?

A Work-Travel Survival Guide

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Work and Travel

Work and Travel

Funny story – about 8 weeks into my new position as Head of Network Marketing at Nutrihealth, I had to travel to Argentina for our Annual Conference with the heads of the other countries.  I hardly knew my colleagues as I’d just met them.  

I travelled with the American Owner of the company and the CFO and CEO of South Africa and was sitting next to the CEO on the flight.  

I don’t mind flying but I do get motion sick during the descent.  As we were nearing Buenos Aires I started throwing up.  I’m sorry to say this wasn’t the last time I threw up on a flight next to him.  I don’t know who was more mortified, him or me.

It was a really long flight.  When we got to Buenos Aires, I was sooo tired that I was freezing cold. All I wanted to do was get into a bath and then climb into bed for a nap before we all met for dinner.  But when I got up to the room, I couldn’t work out where the light switch was and had to go down and try to explain this to someone who couldn’t speak English.  I didn’t know that I had to place the card that opened the door into the light switch.  

Eventually, we got that sorted and I discovered there was no bath, only a shower in the room. It was one of those uber complicated modern showers with water coming out in all directions. I couldn’t work out how to make it spray properly so the shower felt cold and uncomfortable.

I stepped back into the bedroom and it was freezing. I also couldn’t work out how to set the temperature on the Air conditioner. So I threw on as many clothes as I could find and crawled into bed to try sleep for a couple of hours. 

It wasn’t fun. I also felt like a complete idiot. And the next day I had to be on top form to deliver the presentation on my plans for my division for the year.  

People think travelling for work is glamorous (and I guess it can be) but my first day in beautiful Buenos Aires was a comedy of errors.

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A Work-Travel Survival Guide

Now that the internet has not only made it far easier for companies to connect and do business globally but also for more of us to work remotely whether we are employed or self-employed, there has been a huge rise in people who are either being asked to or choosing to travel while they work.

This can be a very positive thing because it opens us up to new cultures and experiences and enables us to live our dreams while we make a living. However, there are often downsides to combining work with pleasure, namely the long flights, time differences, less than optimum accommodations and stresses that can often crop up.

If you plan to combine work with travel and you want to avoid the pitfalls and maximize the pluses, check out my quick work-travel survival guide for some handy hints and tricks that will ensure you  have the best of both worlds:

Book an Apartment

Yes, there are lots of fantastic hotels around the world, but renting your own apartment when you’re on a working vacation is going to suit you a lot better most of the time. Why? Because you can guarantee that you’ll have peace and quiet when you need it.

When you’re staying in a hotel, you can’t control how much noise the other guests will make and if they’re busy having a good time while you’re trying to knuckle down and get some work done, it can be really annoying to say the least.

If you must stay in a hotel, try to choose one that has conference rooms or a place where business travellers can retreat to, to make calls or get work done in a more peaceful environment and you should be fine too.

Pack Light

When you’re constantly on the go and you’re working while you’re away, you want to do anything that will make the experience as comfortable and non-fatigue inducing as you possibly can.

That’s why you should fight the urge to pack as much stuff as you can and ensure that you leave some space in your backpack or suitcase. The less stuff you have to lug around, the easier it will be for you and the less tired you’ll be when the time comes to knuckle down and get some hard work done.

Take Your Devices Onboard

If you’re travelling for work, chances are that you will be bringing along a laptop and maybe a camera or other expensive digital devices. If that is the case, you should, where possible, bring them onto the plane with you in your hand luggage.

Why? Because in lots of places, airport security isn’t as tight as it should be and it is not unusual for unscrupulous individuals to cut open suitcases and remove valuable electronics.

Also, if you have your laptop onboard, you can kill those boring flights by doing any work you can that does not require an internet connection.

Take Lots of Photos

When you’re travelling, not only should you take lots of photos to remember the locations you have visited, or so that you can post them up on your blog to get some more views, but also because if you take lots of photos on-location, you can use them as a reference to orientate you when you feel lost.

That means, as well as taking pictures of the view from your window, you should take pics of your door’s number and things like that, so if you’re getting home late at night and you aren’t really sure which rental apartments yours, you’ll be able to work it out with a quick look at your phone.

Don’t Bother Unpacking

You might think this is strange but making your hotel room feel like home can be a bit of a mistake. Why? Because if you’re travelling to a lot of different locations and you unpack your stuff at each and every one of them, there is more chance that you will lose your things.

This is even more likely to happen if you’re in an apartment where your stuff is allowed to spread. So, unless you’re going to be staying there for months at a time, it’s far easier to leave everything in your suitcase and only remove it as and when you need it.

Download Skype

Whether you want to keep in touch with family back home or you need to keep in touch with clients for work purposes, having the Skype app on your smartphone will really come in handy because it is a free and efficient way of communicating by phone video or text. You’ll be glad you have it on so many occasions.

Set a Schedule

When you’re in Singapore one day and Tokyo the next, it’s pretty easy to get mixed up and carried away with the amazing new sights that are all around you. That’s why it’s so important that you create a schedule that balances work and travel effectively.

If you know exactly what you should be doing and when you’re far more likely to do it and not end up having to cancel the rest of the week’s fun in favour of working day and night on that project you’ve been neglecting.

Choose a Time Zone and Stick to It

This might seem stupid to some of you but choosing which time zone you will be working in when you travel and sticking to it really will help. It will help you to avoid jet lag and it will ensure that your bosses or clients know exactly when you’ll be available so that they don’t end up calling you at all hours of the day and night.

You’ll still be able to do lots of exploring at whatever time is your waking time, in most places at least, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the most part.

People think travelling for work is glamorous but my first day in beautiful Buenos Aires, was a comedy of errors.  Here's a handy survival guide for your next business trip.  #workandtravel

Manage Your Expectations

Lots of people who plant to travel as they work think that they will be heading off into some utopia where their daily cares fade away and they get to spend endless hours on the beach sunning themselves.

However, this is rarely the reality. For one thing, unless you go broke, you are going to be working a lot of the time.

Then, there’s the fact that you may get sick somewhere along the way, you could be targeted by street thieves, you may get lost and…well you get the picture.

Hopefully, you’ll avoid this stuff completely, but if you know that it’s a possibility and you plan for every potential scenario, it will be far less stressful for you when it does happen.

Find Others Like You

It’s always good to have the support of people who are going through the same stuff as you, especially when you’re doing something a little out of the ordinary, so wherever you happen to be travelling, see if you can find any groups of digital nomads or individuals who are in the same business as you who you can meet up with. You might also want to look at local co-working space where you will be able to meet other remote workers and hopefully have a few good times. It’s so much easier to get into the swing of things when you aren’t completely alone with your experiences.

Keep Your Guard

That being said, you should always be on your guard when you come across new people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who are looking to exploit anyone who they think they can and people who are looking for work opportunities are often prime targets for this kind of behaviour.

If people are offering you opportunities and asking for nothing in return, they may well just be very nice people, but they might not, so don’t commit to anything without thinking it through, and if possible doing a little research first. Basically, keep your wits about you and use your common sense.

Take Some Time Off

Just because it’s a working trip doesn’t mean that you should constantly be handcuffed to your laptop working, not unless you have a looming deadline or you’re running out of money, at least.

Everyone needs a little downtime and there is absolutely no point in travelling if you are not going to experience at least some of what your chosen destination has to offer. So, whatever else you do, try to find that work-life balance wherever you go.

Explore Wellness

No matter what you do, there is always going to be some stress caused by your chosen path, but this isn’t a totally bad thing because it gives you the opportunity to explore what each destination you visit has to offer in the way of wellness. Spas, Buddhist retreats, geothermal spas – give them all a go and see what works for you. It’ll relieve your stress and give you lots of great new experiences.

Juggling work with travel isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but it can be very rewarding and it does offer up a unique challenge – it seriously has to be better than spending your days at the same old desk in the same old office – and as long as you plan well and prepare for everything that could happen, there is no reason why you should not have an amazing experience.

Have you had to travel overseas for work?   Do you have any funny stories to relate from your business trips?

Finding Places to Learn About Investment

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Where to Learn about Investment

Where to Learn about Investment?

Ready to start investing some of your hard earned cash but not sure where to start?  

Well you could start where everyone starts researching anything nowadays – you can start by googling  “where to learn about investment” . Or you could start by reading the post below.  Or maybe you found this post by googling that exact search term?  Was I spot on?

Finding Places to Learn about Investment

When you search around the web, you can find loads of different websites claiming to offer support in complex fields like investment. Promising to change the way you make money and improve your chances of success, a lot of people get drawn into these systems, and this can be a bit of a shame.

There are resources around the web which won’t give you the information you need. Instead, they will put bad ideas into your head, and this can damage your chances of success.

To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best places around the web to learn about investment.

Blogs

Blogs are often one of the best places to start with this sort of research.

Giving you the keys to find other places to learn about this side of finances, the right options can steer you well in the right direction.

Websites

Websites like Financhill can help you to choose things like the best Japanese ETFs and other stock rankings which will take your spending to the next level. Of course, as a big part of these site’s appeal, they are often written by people not too different to yourself. This can leave a little bit to be desired when it comes to detail, unfortunately, leaving you to build upon what they teach you by yourself.

Companies

Since the dawn of the web, the doors have opened for companies selling investments, and this has made it much easier than ever to get your hands on an option which will do well for you.

Companies like Crowdcube are great for this. Not only do they offer loans, but they also have loads of tools to help you to get advice.

Being able to talk to an advisor on a website like this isn’t too different to paying for a proper consultation. Of course, it will be cheaper, while also giving you much faster results, making it a no brainer for anyone unsure about where to put their money.

Forums and Message Boards

Finally, with this last option, it’s time to go back to basics a little bit. In the past, forums and message boards were all the rage, and they haven’t lost their power to teach, even with all of the fancy alternatives out there.

A website like CityWire can give you access to loads of die hard investors who will be willing to support and advise you through the field of investment. To make the very best of this, a lot of people find that they have to ask a lot of questions. There isn’t a limit on most sites, though, and this will give you a chance to contribute as you learn, too.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into researching your investments in the future. A lot of people put their money on the first option they find, especially when they are promised near-instant results. Most websites promising this are misleading, though, and this makes it impossible to trust what they tell you.

Hope you clicked on the links above and found the info you were looking for.  My big takeaway from this contributed post was “look before you leap”. Take your time doing your research before you invest your money.

Have you ever jumped into an Investment and then wished you hadn’t?

How To Stay Organized Blogging when You Travel

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How to Blog and Travel

How to Blog and Travel

Aah… I love contributed posts like these. Because although I’m not travelling at this stage of my life, I’m a big fan of AND rather than OR.  If blogging is a passion and travelling is a passion of yours too, why not combine the two?  And they make such a perfect combination because blogging can fund your travels and travelling can fuel your blog (if you’re blogging about your travels of course).  

Oh my goodness, I think I’ve just talked myself into starting a travel blog one day (when the travel bug kicks in again). 

Since having my son we haven’t travelled much but hey, he’s getting old enough to remember and appreciate trips now. Could be a fabulous idea. Don’t they say travelling is the best education you can give a child? 

So. A new goal. When my blogs are making $10,000 a month, we’ll start travelling as a family. And then I’ll come back and read this post again.

How To Stay Organized with Blogging when You Travel

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravelWhen you want to be able to travel the world, being a blogger can open up so many opportunities for you to do it. Being a blogger is a job that can often be done from anywhere. When you’re a solo entrepreneur and all you need is an internet connection be able to run your business, the world really is your oyster.

But one thing’s for sure, that doesn’t mean that you can dash off on exciting travels and just enjoy yourself whenever you want. Of course, you do often get to make the most of the time and have a lot of fun. But you still have to work.

Because when you have your own business and you’re the only one running it, you can’t just walk away from your work for weeks on end. You’ll find that you just lose business that way!

So, you have to work. But how do you balance the two?

It’s easy to think that this would be easy, but it’s not. When you’re travelling and you’re out of your usual routine, it’s hard to make sure that you can still get everything done and see the place that you’re visiting.

So, to help you here, you need to be organized. When you work for yourself and even work from home as part of that, you know that organization is key. And when you decide to take your passion on the road and fit more into your daily schedule, organization becomes incredibly crucial. So let’s look at how you’re going to do it.

Plan Ahead

The very first thing you have to do is make sure that you’re always planning ahead. While things may not be set in stone, you have to know what you’ve got coming up when you’re looking to plan a trip.

Think about your upcoming work schedule and what projects you have planned in for the next few weeks or months. Then plan in time that you think you can travel, and ensure that you can complete work to the right deadlines.

Find Suitable Accommodation

Next, you’ll want to get your trip booked. Flights can be fine – just make sure that you choose a time that will help you to be productive either the day before, on the flight, or the next day.

You don’t really want to lose three days if you don’t have to. When it comes to the accommodation, use an online search like https://www.rumah.com/tanah-pribadi-dijual/di-area-jakarta-pusat-idjk02 to find something suitable in the local area. Above all, ensure that you’re finding somewhere you know you can work from when you need to.

Try To Get As Much Done As You Can Before You Leave

So now you need to be thinking about what you can do to prepare for the trip. This is going to involve a lot of work.

Get basic things done before you leave, like informing your clients or customers, and managing your admin. But also try and close off any projects you can, so that you’re ahead of the game.

Know What You Want To Do While You’re There

It’s also important to know what you want to do when you’re travelling. Don’t just turn up and hope for the best as this is one way to ensure that you miss out. So do some research and figure out what things you might like to see or do while you’re away.

In the same way, you might want to plan out some content before you go.  If you’re a travel blogger, you could already write or half-write a few posts while you’re doing this research. Then you can complete them once you’ve seen the sights for yourself.

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravel

Work Out A Rough Itinerary

Then, you’re going to want to pull together a rough itinerary of what your days look like. Take a look at something like https://thetrustedtraveller.com/planning-the-perfect-travel-itinerary/ to help you. It doesn’t have to be concrete, just make sure you know what yours days will look like so you can be sure you’ll balance your travel and work well enough.

Make The Most Of Your Mornings

If you’re wondering exactly how you’re meant to get any work done when you’re travelling, think about using your mornings. If you can, get up super early and enjoy a productive morning of work before you head out for the day to see the area, explore, or do the things you want to do.

Be Patient

But also make sure that you don’t overpack your schedule. Remember that wifi may not be overly strong, or you may not be able to locate it when you need it. So be patient and take your time with work. You’re travelling or on a trip after all, so it’s okay to just go at a slower pace and take it easy.

Have An Assistant On-Hand

From here, it may also be a good idea to have an assistant on hand. Working with a virtual assistant or someone back home to work on things when you need them is a great support option. Just see https://www.skilledvirtualassistant.com/virtualassistantbenefits.html and you’ll know why.

If you need them, or you have urgent emails coming in or work that needs doing, then knowing you can push back to them often gives you peace of mind.

Have Some Kind Of System

Alongside your itinerary, you’ll want to work in some kind of routine for when you’ll work too. Whether it is those early mornings or even late afternoon before you head out again, it’s handy to have a routine if you can. This will allow you to stay productive and ensure you still get work done.

Allow For Downtime

Above all else, you really will need to make sure that you’re planning in some downtime. Remember, you’re travelling.

If you’re on a particularly short trip, you will want to make the most of it. Don’t overpack your schedule.

This is why pre-planning and trying to do as much as you can before you leave – particularly when we’re talking about getting ahead with campaigns and scheduling.

This way, you won’t feel stressed out, you’ll stay organized, and you’ll have that perfect balance while you travel.

Are you already out there, travelling and blogging? Are you doing it on your own or with your family?  

I absolutely love reading stories of family travel bloggers. So inspiring!!   

Feel free to drop some travel and blog tips and a link to your travel blog below.

Awesome Jobs You Can Do While Travelling the World

Jobs where you travel world

Jobs Where You Travel World

Jobs Where You Travel World

Have you ever dreamed of travelling the world?   Here are a few incredible careers that enable you to sail the seven seas, adventuring, exploring, discovering new cultures while padding your wallet rather than emptying it.  Bon Voyage!

#JobsWhereYouTravelWorld

Awesome Jobs You Can Do While Travelling the World

Everyone has the desire to travel the world, but not many people go out there and achieve that dream. If you want to do everything you can to really make the most out of the time that you have or if you want to do something that you have always wanted to do then you have to make sure that your finances are in order first.

The problem is that this can be very difficult, and it may even be impossible for you to do with the time frame that you have. One thing that you can do to try and get around this is find a job that you can do while travelling.

When you do this, you can easily make the money that you need and you can also take the time that you need to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.

Freelance Writer

Being a freelance writer is quite possibly one of the best jobs that you can do when you travel the world. If you have experience as a banker then you can easily submit articles to various websites that relate to this.

You can also submit articles to various financial magazines as well. This is just one example of how you can use your past experience to your advantage and when you become experienced at writing, you can then begin to charge a much higher price for your work.

You can also write for other, more complicated topics as well, which will really help your career take off.

Teacher

If you have a teaching degree or if you have a master’s in some kind of educational institution then you really are able to travel the world and make your own money.

Certain countries are always on the lookout for people who have these kind of qualifications and countries such as China, Thailand and even Korea are ideal options here.

America is also another country that is always looking for qualified teachers and most of the time, you can walk into a job with ease if you have the right education.

The problem here is that the visas for some countries, including America are very strict and you may find it very hard to meet all of the requirements.

For this reason, getting a job in these countries may be harder than you’d like to think so it’s super important that you do all of your research here so that you can go on to get the best result out of your trip.

Jobs Where You Travel World TweetTravel Nurse

If you want to be a travel nurse then there are plenty of ways that you can do this. One thing that you can do is be registered in a certain speciality. You can also work as a dialysis nurse or even as a practitioner.

If you have worked in the past as a physical therapist then this is another fantastic option and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to really get the best result out of your experience.

The pay is great and you can do long or short-term assignments as well. In a lot of cases, your house will be provided and this is ideal. Of course, if you want to find your own property then it is also very easy for you to go through a property agent.

Travel Agent

Travel agents often act as middlemen between travellers and hotels or even tourism boards.

A lot of travel agents are required to have first-hand knowledge of the package they are trying to sell so it is very helpful for you to have visited the country in question before.

You may also want to have experience in educational or college experience as this will make your resume way more appealing.

Of course, if you want to really step things up to that next level then one thing that you can do is travel the world and apply for jobs in the country that you are in at the moment.

With every country that you visit, you are increasing your resume and adding to your experience, and this will make you that bit more appealing as you make your way through your new adventure.

Tour Guide

If you don’t feel as though your home is where you are right now then travelling really can make the whole thing much easier for you. If you want to travel but get a fun job while you are out there then it is more than possible for you to work as a tour guide.

This is brilliant if you have a lot of experience in a single country and it is also ideal if you have visited a country in the past that just “spoke” to you.

For example, if you know a lot about a country, the music that is there or even the culture then a tour guide is a great option and it is incredible to think that you can earn money while sharing the passion that you have with other people.

One option if you want to be a tour guide is to try and find out as much information about the area as you can. You don’t even have to have visited the area before and this is a great option if you are worried about not having enough experience.

You also need to make sure that you are very fluent in the other language as well. Speaking English as well is a great advantage and there is a high chance that your clients will speak it as well. Of course, if you are concerned because you don’t have the time to learn a new language then you may be able to pick it up when you are there, but it will be much harder for you to provide your customers with a fantastic experience.

Yacht Crews

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Have you always wanted to be a sailor?  That’s great but did you know that there are so many ways for you to travel the world while making money from it?

A lot of people out there need help maintaining their boats and there are so many yacht clubs out there that need a helping hand from time to time. This is a fantastic way for you to sail across the world.

Cruise Ships

If you don’t know how to sail a boat but you do like the idea of being able to get out there and see the world then you may be able to work on a cruise ship.

If you have experience as a sound technician or if you have experience working as a production manager then you really won’t have any problems at all in going on a cruise ship to work.

After all, these cruise ships are often full of entertainment and they usually need someone who is able to manage all of this for them. If you have experience working as a technician then this is ideal, and these jobs are often in very high demand. If you want, you can even get some experience as a casino dealer, a chef, a line cook or even as a masseuse.

Cruise ships focus on providing an all-around experience to the people who travel with them and if you want to get a job there then it really isn’t hard if you have a profession.

Other professions that you can easily integrate into your cruise ship line of work include a hotel manager, diving instructors, clean-up crews, musicians, childcare professionals, dancers and even comedians.

Au Pair

Someone who works as an au pair is a nanny or even a babysitter who is required to do some light housework.

The positives of this include the fact that the families that you will work for tend to be wealthy and they may even need you to go on vacation with them so that they can have some time away from the kids.

You may also get to experience gourmet meals, the chance to see the world in a completely different light and even a way to get out there and explore what is around you.

You would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get a job as an au pair and the best thing about it is that you can easily move between families and you can do this anywhere in the world as well.

All you have to do is make sure that you have experience in speaking that language so that you can communicate with the kids properly.

Geologist

This one really does require some advanced planning but the whole thing can pay off with ease. The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have a background in physics.

You also need to make sure that you have experience in studying math and even a master’s degree as well. When you are a geologist, however, you may find yourself jumping from one exotic location to another and this can easily provide you with one of the best experiences in the world. Nothing will be able to compare to this.

Have you got the travel bug? Bags packed and ready to go?  Why not apply for that travelling job you’ve always wanted?

Travelling For Work: How It Can Change Your Life

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Benefits of Travelling for Work

Benefits of Travelling for Work

Have you ever had to travel for work? I once had a job that involved a lot of travel, both locally and overseas. 

I was the South African Head of Network Marketing for a company which was also based in the UK, Argentina, Brazil and Nigeria.  The first year we met with the other Company Heads in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the second year we met at one of the Leading Hotels in the World, in Guaruja, Brazil.  These trips were awesome and eye-opening. 

We also arranged an Incentive Trip to Buenos Aires for our Top South African leaders in the Network.  This trip was more touristy so I got to learn about Argentina’s fascinating History and Culture, visit a ranch and attend a Tango Show (wow!).  Watching street dancers perform the Argentine Tango was also a major highlight and awoke in me a love of Latin American dancing.

Now just to convince my hubby to learn Tango and Salsa with me. Maybe a romantic trip to Buenos Aires will do the trick?  I could always entice him there with Argentina’s organic beef which is out-of-this-world delicious, especially pared with their Organic Malbec. Oh my goodness, and Argentina also has stunning leather goods at excellent prices.

If you have the chance to travel for work, I’d highly recommend it.  More great benefits in the contributed post below.

Travelling For Work: How It Can Change Your Life

Travel really does broaden the mind. It is a phrase which is said a lot, but it is said for a good reason. Travelling for fun or for our career can be the best decision we make in our lifetime, and there are many reasons why.

Better decision making

When you make the decision to pack up your things and move away for work or pleasure, you are making a huge step in finding your own sense of confidence in the world. Once you are away from the comfort and security of your old life you will begin to realise how much your are truly capable of on your own. Your natural instincts will kick in, and as a person you will become a much better decision maker, and a much more confident individual.

New perspective

We all know that travelling can give us a great deal of positive experiences, and none can be more valuable than the widen sense of perspective we gain in life.

We live in a bubble at home. We go to work, see the same people, do the same things, come home and eat, and sleep. We rarely get to be truly away from this life and it can make us become narrow minded.

When you take the leap and follow life elsewhere you begin to see a different way of life. There are countries who learn Effortless English to fit in with the western world, ones which have no tall skyscrapers or computers, and ones which focus on the simple things in life.

Once you see these first hand you will realise how much more there is to life. It will change your view, make you feel more positive and give you something to strive for.

Communication

As soon as you step foot in a foreign land, you will have to fend for yourself and communicate with people who may not even speak your language. But don’t fret, it can be a brilliant way to build your communication skills and to get better at public speaking.

Having to describe yourself to people who don’t understand you will allow you to hone your communication skills and get better at talking to strangers. You may even be lucky enough to learn part of a foreign language during your time living in another country, which is a great addition to your CV when you come home!

Different cultures

One of the main benefits of moving away for your business life is the fact that you will be opened up to many different cultures and religions who are different to your own.

There are many countries out there who put family before career. In Australia they have shorter hours in order for people to spend time with their families in the evenings. It is important for us to be exposed to new things because it can change our view, and you may even find that you love the lifestyle here so much that you don’t want to leave.

Over to You

Have you ever travelled for work?  What were your highlights? 

How to Invest in Bitcoin for Beginners

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How to Invest in Bitcoin for Beginners

How to Invest in Bitcoin for Beginners

Is it just me or does the whole Bitcoin frenzy make you nervous?  I’m just going to say straight up before we head into this contributed post that I’ve been too nervous to invest one cent into Bitcoin.  

I think it’s because it all seems illogical to me.  I can’t shake the feeling that the mystery person who created Bitcoin is laughing all the way to the Bank. 

But if you’re gung-ho to invest in Bitcoin, you might want to read the contributed post below before you do.

Bitcoin Investment Mistakes To Avoid

Bitcoin has become exceptionally popular over the past few years. Because of this, a lot of people have started investing in Bitcoin with little knowledge and without a strategy. This is when mistakes happen and money is lost.

To make sure this does not happen to you, read on to discover some of the most common Bitcoin mistakes that you need to avoid.

Investing more than you can afford to lose

There is only one place to begin, and this is with investing with more money than you can afford to lose. This is by far the worst mistake you can make.

Bitcoin is a volatile investment, and there is no telling what your investment will be worth in five or ten years. Therefore, the best thing to do is act like the money you have invested is gone. That way, you have nothing to lose.

If you invest more money than you can afford to lose, you could find yourself experiencing financial difficulties if the market crashes.

Not staying informed about the markets

Bitcoin is an investment that is highly driven by the news. This means that you need to stay in the know regarding what is going on with the cryptocurrency markets.

After all, anything from large-scale exchange hacks to regulations can have a massive impact on the price of your investment.

Not storing your Bitcoins in a secure wallet

You need to take the time to find the right wallet for your Bitcoins. You can start by taking a look at this Coinbase Bitcoin wallet review.

There are plenty of other reviews like this online that will give you a good insight into the different wallets that are available. Why is a wallet a necessity? Mainly, for security!

The last thing you want is for your investment to be compromised because of a hacker.

Having no investment plan

From stocks and shares to property, you need to have an investment plan for anything you are putting your money in, and Bitcoin is no different.

You need to figure out how much you are willing to invest and how you are going to go about, i.e. whether you will invest a little bit each month or a lump sum in one go.

You also need to think about how risky your portfolio is going to be, as well as your stop loss limits and profit targets.

Investing in what you do not understand

Last but not least, it is surprising how many people are doing this today. They invest in Bitcoin without knowing anything about it simply because they have heard that people have made a lot of money from it.

Don’t invest any of your cash until you fully understand Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the most common mistakes people make when investing in Bitcoin. Do not feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon simply because everyone else has.

You need to make sure you have a thorough understanding of what you are investing in and you need to have a solid strategy for doing so.

Over to You

Are you keen to invest in Bitcoin or already invested in Bitcoin?  

Or are you too nervous to even dip your toe in the water?  (Like me).

How Investing Can Become a Viable Revenue Stream Right Now

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Investing Basics Beginners

Investing Basics Beginners

I’m a real novice Investor.  I started out with Endowment Policies when I was in my early 20’s and then switched them to Retirement Annuity Policies about 10 years later.   

Recently one of my friends introduced me to the STASH app so I’m giving that a go as well.  It’s the easiest way EVER to save some money each month. Every time I swipe my card it rounds it up to the next R20 and I think I had accumulated about R250 in there the last time I checked.   And the money is linked to an insurance policy so it earns me interest every month. Cool!

The only thing is, I haven’t worked out how to set it up on my new Huawei phone yet. Oops. My bad.  

Not exactly a serious investor, am I?

 I was fascinated to see the app mentioned in the contributed post below as I thought it was only for local (South African) savings. As soon as I get a minute, I’m going to read that article with interest too. 

How Investing Can Become a Viable Revenue Stream Right Now

Everyone dreams of making money and being able to retire comfortably when they get older. However, it is important to make sure you are doing as much as possible to understand the best ways of making money in life.

Sure, starting your own business is a great area to begin when it comes to making money, but some people want something more than that. This is why more and more people are turning toward investments.

INVESTING

Now, this is a word that can strike fear and trepidation into even the bravest of souls, but that’s only because it’s such a complex and vast industry. Well, the good news is that these days investing has become much more of a viable revenue stream for regular people, and we’re going to look at some of the reasons behind why and how that is.

More of a Range Than Ever

The great thing about planning to invest in this day and age is that there are more great investment opportunities for novices  than ever before.

You need to think carefully about what you are going to invest in before you actually part with any cash. But, the good news is you aren’t shackled by the limitations of just investing in stocks and shares like in previous years.

These days you have the chance to invest your money in anything from fine wines to whiskey to art. Making the right choice is important in helping you make a more secure choice, and improving your options in the future as well.

Plenty of Information

Something else that really helps a lot is the fact that there is so much more information these days to learn about investing. You must make sure you learn the ropes before you get started as this will help you make more sensible and secure choices.

There is plenty of information online that you can refer to these days, and you can even download apps to help you too! Apps like Stash or Robinhood are investment apps that can help you trade the stock market no matter where you are in the world. Making full use of the information and apps available is so important so you can protect your money and make the right kind of investment.

Never Spend Too Much

The best way of investing properly and turning this into a viable revenue stream is to be sensible. You mustn’t spend too much money because this can have a negative effect on your finances, and it will really put your financial security at risk. If you set yourself an investment limit or budget, you can see to it that you only spend within your means.

Keep in mind that you won’t be seeing an ROI from your invest for a while, so this needs to be money you can afford to be without for a few years. Regulating how to spend the money is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to investing wisely, and one of the best ways to turn investing into a viable source of making money.

Investing is more popular than ever, and you will probably have considered it at some point in your life. There is no reason why you can’t get started with investing right away, but please make sure you know what you are doing before you get started.

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What are you doing about investing? Are you a beginner like me or you a lot more savvy?  

What’s your favourite way to put some money away each month?  

If you’ve tried any of the methods above, I’d love to hear how it’s going for you.

7 Skills You Need to Live a Successful Life

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How to Have a Successful Life?

Aah.. the million dollar question… and here’s a million dollar answer.  

Every so often I receive a contributed post that’s so brilliant I wish I had written it myself. This is one of them. ENJOY!

7 Skills Needed to Live a Successful Life

Apart from, “what do I want for breakfast today?”, there is one question that people ask themselves on a tri-daily basis more than any others and that’s, “what does it take to succeed?”

Most of the time, the answer boils down to a positive outlook and a go get ‘em attitude, but that’s not going to be enough on its own.

That’s not to say there isn’t a huge amount of truth to in books like The Secret because the Law of Attraction is definitely a thing no matter how far-fetched and hysterical it may sound. It’s a concept that has a way of kicking us into action, giving us something to focus on and the persistence to keep hunting it down.

However, without said actions, the Law of Attraction is pretty pointless. That’s to say, it won’t do much.

This is because success – no matter how you might define it – is all about taking action. Actually, scrap that. It’s about taking the right action and that requires a lot more skill than people are at first aware.

The good news is: a lot of these skills are taught in places of formal education. You know, like schools and colleges and whatnot.

The bad news is: not enough of them are taught to us. Of course, this is partly because some skills can’t be taught in classrooms; they have to be picked up on the job, in the workplace and, most importantly of all, while wandering through the terrifying labyrinth of life.

Anyway, we have pulled together a list of general skills that will help you find the Holy Grail of success no matter what you do, what sector you are in, what niche you have chosen or what hobby you have taken up. Of course, every field has special skills that will make your search for success a whole lot easier, but we’re focusing on the kind of life skills that transcend across every single discipline you can imagine. Not only that, but they are skills that can be learned by pretty much everyone.

So, without further ado, here are the skills you should start working on as soon as you can. Trust us, they will make a huge difference to your life.

What skills are required to lead a successful life? Here are 7. It may not be an exhaustive list, but these will take you far. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com1. Learn How To Write & Write Well

The greatest invention of all time is the written word and that’s why it takes the top spot on our list of epic skills to have in your arsenal.

The written word is what took ideas and helped us document them, save them and savour them.

Instead of us having to remember everything, we suddenly had a new way of keeping records of them and passing them onto other people. That’s what writing did when it first came along.

Nowadays, though, good writing gives you a whole host of benefits. It makes you better at selling products, ideas and even yourself, which is especially important now with so much content splattered across the bathroom stalls that is the internet.

Of course, learning how to write well doesn’t just mean knowing how to use an Oxford Comma.

It means learning how to organize your thoughts, write with emotion and target a specific audience in the best way possible. Learn how to do that and you can open up doors in pretty much every field imaginable.

2. Speaking In Public Is A Gift

If you’ve ever seen a list of the most popular TED Talks, you’ll already know the desire to master public speaking ranks highly on people’s lists.

Why? Because it is one of the most devastatingly incredible skills anyone can ever hope to develop.   It’s that idea of being able to speak – whether that’s to one person or a room of a thousand – and have them listen to what you say; really listen; engaged as if there is nothing else going on the world.

The issue is, well, not everyone has that unrelenting self-confidence to talk loudly, clearly, persuasively and (to an extent) forcefully.

The trick is practising. Yes, it might take time, but it will be time well spent because those who are great at speaking come across as more comfortable with themselves, more confident, and more attractive to be around – that’s good for everyone and anyone.

That’s good for selling products, selling services, selling ideas, ideologies, concepts, worldviews, yourself, everything. Basically, it’s how you get that next promotion, that bigger client and that investor.

3. Always, Always Be Learning

The aim of the game is not to know everything there is to know because that’s not possible.

Even if you had a million years to kick around this world, you still wouldn’t remember everything (which is probably because you’ll start suffering from memory loss around 120 years old).

Even if we narrowed this down to your field, you still won’t know everything there is to know. Not even close.

Luckily, you don’t need to know everything – you just need to be really good at learning what you might need to know in order to become more successful.

If that’s having something extra to stand out on your Resume, then learn what that could be, from taking the Basic Life Support test to adding Blue Peter badge winner.

If it’s just knowing where to go for the answers, then make sure you know how to use the Internet to its full-potential, know your way around the local library, subscribe to blogs in your field, read the right publications and have the right people on speed dial.

There are so many ways knowing how to learn effectively will make your life easier.

4. Networking Is A Mega-Skill

Buzzwords have a way of becoming totally misunderstood and that seems to have become the case with the word “networking”. People think it’s just something you do to find a new job or a new client, but that’s not the case.

Networking is one of the most amazing ways to come up with new ideas, advance ideas and witness them flow to life, which is super-duper important because the modern economy thrives of innovation and ideas. It’s the new currency.

Don’t look at networking as just something to do when you need to get something new; accept it is one of the best ways to become a part of something exciting – idea-sprouting relationships.

5. Decisions Are There To Be Made

Everyone knows how important it is to analyse things. You need to analyse data, you need to analyse why you did what you did when drunk last night, you need to analyse how to get from here to there. Analysis is life.

But it’s effective decision-making that takes you from analysis to action, which means being able to look at the information you have available and then knowing what to do with it in the best possible way.

Oh, and quickly too. Yeah, speed is definitely a key part of good decision-making.

It’s being able to see something and respond fast, instead of waiting for more information or over-analysing or not being critical. It ain’t easy, but then being a doer and not a wannabe was never meant to be easy.

6. Relaxation Deserves A Nod Here

Nothing good ever came from stressing out. Nothing.

Decision-making goes to pot, mouth ulcers erupt, sleep becomes a longshot, thinking gets murkier, networking feels trickier and death seems imminent.

“What’s the answer?” We hear you shout. Knowing how to relax.

But this isn’t just something you need to do to prevent your other skills from feeling the heat; it’s something you deserve to do. Working yourself to death is pointless if you never give your chance to enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.

Of course, like everything else on this list, learning how to relax is a skill that needs to be learned and the best way to do this is to set aside some time each week, each day, each morning – whatever – and do something you love doing.

Trust us, it will help you operate in the most effective and productive way possible.

7. We All Need To Manage Ourselves Better

All the skills we’ve chatted about above are there to help you succeed. They are the actions that will make success less of a pipedream and that little bit more attainable.

That said, action is only possible if you know where to focus your attention at any given time. It’s only possible if you know where your focus is needed the most.

That’s the secret to success, which means self-management is hella important. We’re talking about better organisational skills, having the right habits to boost productivity and the kind of self-discipline that would put the Karate Kid to shame.

Improve in all of these areas and you will find yourself staying on the highway to successville – no detours, wrong turns or crashes.

We’re almost sure this isn’t a complete list. It can’t be. There have to be other skills out there we have forgotten about.

Hmmmm. Like umm… ummmm… Basic accounting and math and critical thinking and that sort of stuff.

Not to mention the more specialist skills to suit your role. But, like we said somewhere near the beginning(ish), these skills are the ones that transcend the nitty-gritty details to make success more possible.

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What skills would you add to this list?

Are there any particular skills you’ve adopted or learned to ensure you lead a successful life?