How to Get Paid to Travel: Adventure Jobs with Room & Board

Guest post by long-term traveler Jacqueline Boss It’s easy to be dazzled by the romantic allure of a nomadic, no-roots lifestyle. But as with any path less taken, the way can seem hazier, scarier and more dangerous. I’m here to tell you, as someone who has been paid to travel for 10 years, that it’s not only simple to become a permanent wanderer, but also that you don’t need to be wealthy or retired to do it. There is a vibrant subculture of travelers doing jobs in beautiful places and living on site in employee housing. Here’s how you can find these jobs and travel indefinitely while saving money. What are these adventure travel jobs? Companies that provide housing are usually (but not always): – In the tourism industry – In destination locations Every summer, idyllic lakeside summer camps and remote wilderness...

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Why You Should Visit South Caucasus

Mysterious and exotic, full of enigma and charm, Caucasus tours are filled with alluring landscapes and lovely people that are sure to take your breath away. Flanked by the Black Sea to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east, the Caucasus is home to the Caucasus Mountains, including the Greater Caucasus mountain range, where Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, rises majestically over Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Predominantly occupied by Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, the Caucasus is so diverse and varied that visiting one village to another feels like stepping into a different world. Traveling to the Caucasus used to be a trip off the beaten path. However, the introduction of the eVisa, made access to the region more convenient and affordable. For those who want to experience the region’s abundance of marvels, here is...

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Major Travel Agencies Are on a Consolidation and Expansion Fast Track

The Atrium Cafe in Avoya Travel's new innovation center. Avoya Travel added about 500 travel advisors in 2019. Avoya TravelSkift Take: Travel agencies are poised for expansion, but the major challenge is finding travel advisors to fill new positions. Acquiring agencies and enticing newcomers to join the industry are ways around it. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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‘Wave Season’ 2020 Brings More Questions From Cruisers on Environment

Hurtigruten Cruises' MS Fram in Cozumel Harbor, Mexico. Cruisers are choosing off-the-beaten-path destinations. Dietmar Denger / Hurtigruten CruisesSkift Take: This year's wave season isn't business as usual for travel advisors. Cruisers are showing a preference for remote destinations, and they are tracking cruise lines' sustainability records like never before. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Expedition cruises such as this one on Hurtigruten Cruises' MS Road Amundsen in the Antarctic are popular among travelers during this year's wave season. David Avila / Hurtigruten CruisesSkift Take: Travel advisors say this year's "wave season" is showing strong preferences for less-visited ports and immersive land experiences. There are also indicators that passengers are more likely to hold the cruise industry accountable on sustainability. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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‘Skip-Gen’ Travel Takes Off as Grandparents Seek to Bond With Grandkids

Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy rafting on a trip with Road Scholar in the Ozark Mountains of the United States. Road Scholar / Road ScholarSkift Take: More grandparents are viewing traveling with grandkids as a way to get some much-needed bonding time. This skip-gen trend is creating an important market for travel advisors, but there are things to know in order to handle it right. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

Grandparents are increasingly planning vacation with their grandkids. This gives them time to bond while the childrens' parents stay home. Austin Adventures clients traveling through Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park. Austin AdventuresSkift Take: "Skip-gen" travel involving grandparents and grandchildren is an important market for travel advisors to pay attention to. Not only are grandparents more active these days, many see travel as a rare bonding opportunity with grandchildren. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift

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The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India

An Oyo hotel property in Gurgaon, India. Oyo Hotels & HomesSkift Take: What’s happening with Oyo cannot be looked at separately from the modern Indian milieu that gave birth to it, and in which it operates. Oyo now needs to rise above that legacy and bring in the global business practices that ensure it survives and thrives in the future. — Rafat AliRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Hotels Navigate Hazy World of Legal Marijuana and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Hotels struggle to to balance liberal state marijuana laws with federal law which classifies marijuana as a Schedule ! drug. Victor Moussa / AdobeSkift Take: In hospitality news this week, hotels are finding it confusing to straddle state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana. Is legal pot a liability or opportunity? Plus, fast-rising Oyo Hotels & Homes has slammed on the brakes in the U.S., laying off a third of its team and switching up its strategy. — Danielle HyamsRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Design Trend: Hotel Lobby as Local-Inspired Living Room

Many designers are now looking to the cities and neighborhoods where hotels are located for decorating inspiration. Shown here is the lobby in The Hoxton in Portland, Ore. Alongside newly built rooms, public areas were situated in an old converted movie theater. Ennismore / The Hoxton via Associated PressSkift Take: Designers aim to make hotels into homey work spaces for business travelers, but if every hospitality space is an office, how do you take a vacation? — Sarah Enelow-SnyderRead the Complete Story On Skift

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