Let’s face it. There’s no use fighting the tourist industry. It’s exponential. My advice is to embrace it!
Many people ask me how I’ve funded my travels for so many years. The answer; I’ve been: a tour guide; paid to be outdoors, able to ride my own horses; and gain knowledge of an area by teaching about plants, animals, geology and history. The key to being a good tour guide is conveying information in a meaningful way. Sure, it is hard work. During the height of the season you’ll work long hours. However, being a seasonal guide gives you the opportunity to move to different locations every three to four months, make contacts, experience amazing places, as well as gain different skills. Depending on the companies, many are willing to train seasonal staff. For example, I love dogs but knew nothing about mushing Sled Dogs. Therefor I got a job as a Dog Sled Guide and learned about mushing while taking people out on tours. The company provided room, board and for the most part I used my tips as daily spending money and saved my other pay for traveling between seasons. Altogether I’d work only eight or ten months of the year and use the remainder to explore, travel or relax.
Pick an area where you’d like to go and a skill you’re good at or would like to learn.
For instance, if you love water, you could be a raft guide in Idaho or New Zealand or a whale watching guide in Alaska.
Have you ever worked as a tour guide to fund your travels?