The saying goes, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. I’m sorry, Samuel Johnson, but London is bloody tiring. Don’t make me feel bad about my work-tube-bed-repeat lifestyle. I’m exhausted, I’m broke, and I spent the whole weekend cleaning mould from the walls of my tiny, extortionately priced flat.
I was lucky when I first moved to London. I knew a guy who knew a guy who had a room to sub-let for a couple of months in Waterloo. I managed to skip all those late nights desperately trawling through pages and pages of single-bed closets for £600 a month on SpareRoom, and found myself with a double bed in Zone 1 at a price low enough that I could afford an after-work pint or three on a regular basis.
The greatest part of it all, though, was that I could walk to work. Not only that, but my commute spanned almost the entirety of South Bank, from Waterloo to Tower Bridge. By 9am I’d have ambled past London’s most spectacular landmarks from Big Ben to St. Paul’s. Being summer, working late wasn’t so bad. I watched the sun set over the Thames while a street performer roped an innocent bystander into his juggling act. I ate ice cream and felt the cool air tingle my skin. I loved life. This is the London we fall in love with, the tourists’ ideal where the sun shines more than three days a year and we all feel like we’ve made it.
But this isn’t the real London.
Then comes September, and all of a sudden the guy I’m subletting from wants his room back. I spend frantic hours scrolling through single-bed closets on SpareRoom and sobbing into my pillow before I’m thrust into an estate in Bethnal Green, and worst of all, I have to get the tube to work. If there’s one thing that will dispel your rose-tinted vision of London, it’s the Central Line in rush hour. What should be the crowning achievement of city architecture and design is in fact a demeaning cattle car of people far too polite–read: awkward–to so much as look each other in the eyes.
This isn’t the real London.
I could only stand about a month of this clammy, monotonous routine before I figured out a bus route, and it’s probably the best decision I ever made. I get to see the city I fell in love with. But even this is from the window of a box, wondering what sort of drunken being may vomit himself down the stairs at any given moment. By now, the London I fell in love with exists only in flashes of my day. This isn’t a matter of adult life. This is a matter of a city forced into its own confines with no desire to make it comfortable.
Why does a city that’s bursting at the seams with people from every background imaginable make you feel so alone?
Whether it’s people I’ve met traveling, friends from University or other Northern ex-pats, I’ve always thought I have plenty of friends in London. After all, it’s a magnet for graduates and travellers (not to mention yuppies and hipsters), and it’s the most visited city in the world. So why is it we don’t spend any time with each other?
Ask yourself that. It’s not like you don’t try, right? You were invited to that flat warming party last week, but the thing is, it’s all the way in Oakwood and you’re in Stepney Green. That’s sixty minutes, five zones and two changes on the tube, which we’ve already established is the closest thing to hell. Perhaps you and a mate have been talking about seeing that new show at the Soho Theatre they recommended in TimeOut, but whenever you try to set a date, one of you already has plans and the other can’t afford it anyway. Maybe an old friend from home happens to be in London one evening and wants to get some drinks, but you’ve just worked a ten hour day and all you want to do is go home and watch Peep Show. You send a can’t-make-tonight text and promise next time they’re in town you’ll be there.
It comes down to the same justifications: we’re too tired, too busy, too broke or live too far away, which really are all feeble excuses for not spending time with someone. Despite being one of the most exciting cities in the world, London is known to be an anti-social city, isolating in its fullness. By making excuses not to spend time with your friends, you’re only making it worse for yourself. Sure, a brunch date in Upminster might seem like mission impossible, but you just have to go the distance for eggs benedict before you become a loner. Or worse, a Londoner.
Hear me out, Londoners. I have nothing against you. I did everything in my power to become one of you. And when I did, I was lapping the city up every evening and every weekend. I was barely ever in my lovely Waterloo sub-let. I’ve come to know and love almost every London stereotype: East’s twentysomething hipsters, the City’s wanker bankers, West’s wealthy socialites.
Recently, I got stuck behind a slow-strolling pedestrian on a crowded street on the way to work, and I was livid. I actually felt real anger toward this person. Then came the depressing realisation I’d become the worst type of Londoner: impatient, unfriendly and broke (unless you live in West, of course). I felt nostalgic for the old me, the girl who had arrived in the summer and smiled at strangers and strolled slowly through the streets.
How often do I actually go out and enjoy the city now? This thought struck me again when I was eating dinner in bed one night, staring mindlessly at my Facebook timeline, and I saw that an American friend traveling Europe had attended a silent disco on a Thames riverboat the night before. I couldn’t help but feel very jealous, and a little ashamed. After all, I live here. Why am I never doing anything like that? All I do is complain about how tired I am.
So I’ve made a resolution to come alive to London again. I want to remember why I came here in the first place: this city is unbeatable, and there is literally a shit load of weird and wonderful things to do and see all the time. We have pillow fights in Trafalgar Square, January’s spectacular festival of lights, the delight that is Columbia Road flower market, all the Indian food you can eat on Brick Lane, even the amazing feast for the senses that is Edible Cinema. Not to mention London is peppered with gorgeous green spaces and parks, from Hampstead Heath to Clapham Common. If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to remember why you moved to London in the first place, you’re not alone. The tube is torturous, the tourists are infuriating and living here is bank-breaking. But there has to be a reason you came (or stayed) here in the first place, right? If you want to stay here, you have to remember that. You have to reignite the flame and revive your love affair with the Big Smoke. All it involves, really, is letting yourself enjoy it.
Don’t listen to Samuel Johnson. If you’re tired of London, that’s okay. We’ve all been there. Sometimes, you just have to force yourself to wake up.
These are the best jobs for people who love to travel. Do you love to travel but don’t own a money tree? I feel you. When I first travelled overseas I transformed myself into a money-saving machine.
No exaggeration, I was about as close as one could be to a human coin detector. I’d sift through the pockets of my parent’s jeans, search underneath the couch for loose change and celebrate small wins with a victory dance on the way to my piggy bank (I seriously had an actual piggy bank in the shape of a pig, too).
But over the years I grew tired of saving for an entire year, only to enjoy myself for a few weeks of the year abroad. So I started a travel blog in the hopes that one day in some distant world I could make a career out of travel writing. It happened just a few months later. But there are many other ways to make money whileyou travel. Here are 20 of the best jobs for people who love to travel:
It just so happens that English-speakers hold one of the most sought after skills in the world: speaking English. It may seem simple, but it’s one of your best traits. Teaching English in a foreign country is just as rewarding for you as it is for your students, and it will allow you to travel the world with ease. Jobs are in abundance, however, you may require a certification – thankfully that can be attained with ease in around a month!
Ever dreamt of staying in beautiful homes for a living? Well, now you can! Plum Guide has an impressive collection of some of the finest homes across America and Europe and they’re on the lookout for home critics. So if you could imagine yourself zipping around from location to location in stunning homes, this one is for you.
If you’re outgoing and friendly, this is perhaps one of the best love your job’s in the world. Imagine living in a foreign country showing travellers who, like you love to travel, around your new home. S’long as you love to chat and are passionate about the new country or city in which you live, you’re bound to love the job of a tour guide.
This would have to be one of the most obvious jobs for people who love to travel, but its also one of the most attainable and enjoyable. Imagine jet setting around the world, staying a night or two in foreign cities, only to wake up and do it all again. You’ll have to love people but as far as qualifications go, most airlines will only expect prior experience in customer service and certification. Expect crazy hours and a crazy lifestyle, its not as easy as it looks or sounds, but totally perfect for travel lovers. What’s more, you’ll score heavily discounted flights for you and your family. Win-win!
If you’re an explorer who likes the idea of giving back, WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is perhaps your answer! WWOOF offers travellers a chance to travel in an ethical way that will also involve payment — we’d call that a win-win-win.
Sound elusive? It kinda is. You could import and export anything in today’s society. With globalisation always on the up, everyone is looking for the ‘next thing’ to latch onto. You’ll have to be entrepreneurial and have a never give up attitude, but it’s a great excuse to travel for work if you can make it work! A great way I monetised my blog further was by creating and selling merchandise.
Jobs on cruises are in abundance, but they’re also highly sought after. If you do manage to land a gig, you’ll be delighted to learn its exactly as it sounds – you’ll make a living travelling the world! As if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, you’ll also receive free meals and accommodation.
If you love children, this is the perfect gig for you. It’s a bonus if you speak a second language or want to develop your skills in a second language. As an Au pair you’ll live with a host family in a foreign country, look after the children, and receive a small salary for your efforts. It’s a great way to experience life in a different country, however, your free time will be extremely limited.
If you’re passionate and talented at a niche skill like yoga, tango dancing or anything else you can see there’s an interest in, then why not do something you love AND get paid to do it!? Whether its learning and teaching yoga in Bali or becoming a dance instructor in Argentina, the opportunities are truly endless.
Let’s get back to basics – one of the most popular jobs for travellers is pretty easy to come by. So long as you have the working visas required, you are almost guaranteed to find a job in a bar somewhere. Leaving home with previous experience will, of course, help but is by no means necessary!
Another popular choice for travellers is to take a seasonal job as a surf or ski instructor. Popular destinations include Canada or the French Alps for those who love winter, but if you’re up for a warmer climate why not consider teaching surf lessons!? There are plenty of jobs available, a great resource to start at would be seasonworkers.com.
Yachties are paid a generous sum of money to work crazy long hours and with crazy demands, but it does indeed sound like an unreal lifestyle to live!
Often people forget that working abroad can start working at home. If you can land a job in an international hotel chain, there are oodles of opportunities to transfer to other hotels within the company and work while you travel.
Back to basics again – if you’ve got a talent you can make a living out of just about anything, anywhere. Can you hold a tune? Or have a party trick that is likely to entertain the masses? Busking is one of the simplest ways to make money, though the income can be unpredictable and sometimes dismal.
We live in a pretty exciting digital era – anyone and everyone can make a living online. One of the areas with oodles of potential and scope for employment is website design. Its as easy as learning to code, being creative, and putting yourself out there! This is an exciting time to start up a small business and offer your skills online – don’t be afraid to give it a shot!
If you love travel so much that you can see yourself booking holidays for others, this job is the right one for you! It’s an added bonus that you’ll be invited on famil trips where you’ll travel for free, as well as receiving heavy discounts for your own holidays.
Sounds crazy, huh? It’s surprisingly common to star as a Westerner in a Bollywood film! According to sources, you merely make your way to India, get spotted, and say yes to star in a Bollywood film!
If you’re talented in the creative department and want to stay on the road full time, a great idea is to pick up a camera, train yourself, perfect your craft, and sell your images/videos online. While it will require an initial small investment, the potential to make this your full-time career is for most too good an opportunity to pass up!
A personal fave (as a full-time travel blogger) and let me say this straight off the bat – more attainable than you might think. I get tonnes of emails about where to start as a travel blogger and the best piece of advice I can give is to just start! We all have to start somewhere. When I first began travel blogging I knew I wanted to make it my full-time career, but I had no idea how. So I just started writing, editing, adjusting my approach, and over time improving the way I write, what I write about, and how I connect with my readers around the world. Someone once told me that it was worth more, in the long run, to work for free at something you love until you get paid to do it, rather than to do something until you love it. Those words stuck with me and after a few months writing for free, I was starting to make (small amounts) of money from travel blogging. Over time I have been fortunate enough to make this my full-time career!
But why stop there at travel writing, photography and videography… you can pretty much freelance anything and travel as a result! In the digital age, we live in it is becoming increasingly common to start up a small company, freelance, and live abroad on the road. Many small companies travel full time and work from coffee shops – its some kind of small revolution going on out there!
What do you think? Do you have any ideas to add to the best jobs for people who love to travel? Let us know in the comments!
"I want so badly to be able to explain all the love I have for you. Not the love of butterflies and stomach knots—but more the blurring of self and the entanglement with another soul. Love is a word that is much too soft and used far too often to ever describe the fierce, infinite and blazing passion that I have in my heart for you. You are a million dreams and a million prayers of a little girl come true. You are kind. You are silly. You are intelligent. Your laugh is contagious and you can put away an entire Baskin Robbins ice cream cake in one sitting like nobody else can. You acknowledge my strengths and accept my faults. You make me want to be a better person every day. I take you as you are now, tomorrow and for eternity to come, to be my husband. Even when the day comes that we're old and gray, I promise to always see you with the same eyes and the same heart that I see you with at this exact moment. So today, I vow to honor you and respect you, support you and encourage you. I promise to dream with you, celebrate with you, and walk beside you through whatever life brings. I vow to laugh with you and comfort you during times of joy and times of sorrow. I promise to always pursue you, to fight for you, and love you unconditionally and wholeheartedly for the rest of my life. You are my best friend and I'm the luckiest person on Earth to call you mine."
The discography of American singer Diana Ross, the former lead singer of The Supremes, consists of 24 studio albums and 116 singles. 27 of her singles reached the Billboard top 40 in the US, 12 of them the Billboard top 10, and six of those reaching number one, placing her in a tie for fifth among the top female solo performers who have reached the top spot there. In the UK, she amassed a total of 47 top 40 singles with 20 of them reaching the top 10 and two of those reaching number one. In the US, 17 albums reached the Billboard top 40, four of those the top 10, and one album topping the chart. In the UK, 26 albums reached the top 40, eight of those the top 10, and one album topping the chart.
Ross sang lead on a top 75 hit single at least once every year from 1964 to 1996 in the UK, a period of 32 consecutive years and a record for any performer. She is among a select group of artists whose albums and singles combined have spent more than 1000 weeks on the UK charts, with her singles totalling 569 weeks (10.9 years) and her albums spending a total of 629 weeks (12 years) on the charts. As of 2020 she continues to collect Silver, Gold and Platinum awards for UK sales of her many greatest hits compilation albums. During 2018 four of her singles earned a Silver certification in the UK, each passing 200,000 in sales since 2004/2005. The singles were "You Can't Hurry Love" (with The Supremes) which later went Gold (2020), "Baby Love" (with The Supremes), "I'm Coming Out" (also certified Gold in 2020) and "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie). As of 2020 Diana Ross has 32 albums certified by the BPI (1 Multi-Platinum, 6 Platinum, 15 Gold, 10 Silver).