Even with the most creative travel reward hacking and budget strategies, wanderlust typically comes with a price tag. Fund your travel habit with these five unusual jobs that put a flexible and fun income in your pocket for exploring.
High-End Lemonade Stand Worker
When Joshua Lange started a street-side lemonade stand, he was looking to make some money and work for himself. Eventually, Lange began working the festival route and has built Just Squeezed into a million-dollar empire. His sought-after, premium lemonades retail for nearly $10 a cup.
Have you ever dreamed of running away to the circus? Now you can by browsing jobs on Circus Talk for performance, administrative, tech support and more. Choose from areas around the world or look for traveling jobs that take you to a different location every few weeks.
Baker in Antarctica
Love to bake? Head to Antarctica and bake for the 1,000 to 5,000 people who live at the science stations at any given time. Other Antarctica jobs include beverage specialists, drivers and recreation coordinators. You get to live in one of the most remote corners of the world and soak up views few travelers get to experience.
Did you know you can stand around and act like a statue for big money? Being a human statue can earn up to $100 an hour at festivals and other events. You can also pitch your services to weddings, fundraisers and fairs across the country to take your human statue gig on the road.
Dog Surfing Instructor
Combine your love of dogs and surfing into a dog surfing instructor gig. Spots like Good Kharma Surf Instruction in Huntington Beach and Salty Dog Paddle in South Florida help dogs enjoy the water and conquer their dreams.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
This spring/summer, Music City welcomes The Printing House, a new hotel celebrating the city’s rich legacy as a hub for creativity. Located at the intersection of Third Avenue and Peabody Street, The Printing House pays homage to the printing press’s influence in and dispersion of music in Nashville’s legacy, from printed sheet music to concert posters to songbooks.
If you think you’ve been to the must-see destinations in Japan, but your explorations haven’t really taken you past the major travel hubs, consider Setouchi. Or maybe you’ve never visited Japan before, but want somewhere off the beaten path, Setouchi fits the bill. A small region in the southern half of the country, the destination offers plenty to see and do, regardless of its size.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
Chautauqua Institution is a unique destination in western New York, which, every summer, hosts thousands of visitors who flock to the expansive grounds to attend a variety of programming all designed with “self and community betterment” in mind. Chautauqua Institution is nothing new; it was founded in the 1870s to provide wealthy Americans a more constructive and educational way to use their leisure time, and, this year, it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit.