10 money making vacation ideas for the recently unemployed
Recently unemployed and itching for something fun to do while learning a new skill that could make you some cash?
Travel website Travel and Leisure came up with a pretty cool list of unique things to keep you occupied while jetsetting across the globe, ranging from snorkelling for science in the Bahamas to working on an organic farm in New Zealand.
A few on the list are a bit boring like house swapping, but some, I must admit, are rather original and novel ideas that could actually expand your talents and skillsets to create new work opportunities. Here's a few to consider:
- Volunteer to work with a yacht delivery crew. Find opportunities around the world through the classifieds on Crew File, a free web resource that links yacht crews with sailing opportunities around the world. You don't need sailing skills or experience. Captains will often accept novices, if they have the right attitude, and teach them everything they need to know.
- Yoga teacher training is available around the world at prices to suit any budget, but if you can afford it, do it in style at Absolute Yoga on Thailand's palm-canopied Koh Samui island. Some of the instructors are former investment bankers, so they'll know just where you're coming from. They say that most graduates recoup the cost of the tuition within four months.
- Good Works with Woodwork: Learn basic carpentry, acquire fluent Spanish, and help children with special needs by volunteering at a Peace Village center for handicapped children in the heart of La Gran Sabana National Park in Venezuela. You'll help construct a playground and therapeutic horse-riding facilities, renovate rooms and gardens, and learn wood and stoneworking techniques.
- Become a Chef - Or Just Eat Like One: Study the classic repertoire of Italian cuisine at the Casa Ombuto, a restored luxury villa high in the tranquil hills of the Casentino valley, just south of Florence. You'll make gnocchi, roll pasta, bake pizza in a wood-burning oven, prepare a wild boar with polenta, and whip up a warm lemon pie with Italian meringue. If these skills don't get you a job, they will at least make you very popular.
Why not read the rest of the ideas here while I go book my yoga teacher training in Thailand now, so that in four months time, I will actually be getting paid to do the yugapat. Oh wait, that's kama sutra...