It is the dream of millions
of retired women and men: being on a
permanent paid vacation travelling
around the country or around the world.
To reach this goal some
people decide to become travel writers. Others
consider becoming tour guides to make their paid
travel dreams comes true. Both working as a
travel writer and being a tour guide are much more
challenging than the jobs might seem initially.
The highway to added income
While many people want to write travel
articles, fewer and fewer magazines and
newspapers are willing to pay for them.
If you have your heart set on helping
defer part of your costs by writing about
your travels, consider
setting up a website or paid-for blog
and being your own publisher.
To earn money you can go to Google's Adsense and sign
up to have ads automatically provided to your website.
Then when visitors to your website click on the ads, you
will be paid by Google. The chances are you will
not earn a lot of money, but you can make some if your
site becomes popular.
You may also be able to convince
a hotel or a local tourist bureau to buy advertising on
your blog or sponsor a trip for you. But again,
your site needs to have a large number of followers to
For more information about setting up a travel or
tourist website, visit our
Tour guide or 24 hour nanny?
"Grueling" is the best word to describe being a
guide for tourists traveling for weeks on
vacation. Yes, you get to travel for
free--and will be paid modesty. Your
responsibilities include dealing with tired and
sometimes difficult tourists, solving problems
on the run, occasionally facing a health
crisis, and being on-call 24 hours a day.
another alternative: becoming a local or regional tour
guide. For this job you get on the bus in the
morning with a bunch of tourists, tell them about local
sites, local history, and local tales. At the end
of the day you go home and can get on with your life.
You are spared much of the hand-holding and caretaker
responsibilities of tour guides who travel
National Parks and resorts can be