When I started to travel in the U.S. back in 2009, I barely spoke English, knew no one, and didn’t know what exactly I want to do here. All I had was a one-way ticket and an unstoppable desire to travel. I wrote a long list of places I dreamed to visit in the States. Californication was calling my name! Here are my 3 most memorable side jobs I did to cover the travel expenses.
I came across this non-profit organization (who actually lets you keep some profit), and they taught me how to Tie Dye. It was incredibly fun and very creative. We would paint different designs on plain white shirts, mix and match colors, as well as come up with new patterns. Even though I had never drawn anything in my life and had not been very artistic, I quickly learned the techniques.
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This job, like no other, made me step out of my comfort zone. It was one of the kiosks in the mall where you have to hustle people to get their attention. I am not that outgoing but I had to put on the clown mask and play the game. The catch is to get enough interest to spark a conversation with a potential customer. That job was my one and only attempt to conquer the Hollywood! I didn’t win the Oscar, but earned enough to pay for few big trips.
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I am a mad dog lover, so this job was a great adventure in itself. For over 2 months I was taking care of 57 sled dogs in Alaska. While most of you picture it as a bundle of cuteness and cuddling (and yes there was plenty of it!), it was hard physical labor. It takes a full big (and very heavy!) bucket of food to feed these fur babies and about 10 buckets of water; twice per day. Even my wildest imagination didn’t picture how much poop big dogs can produce! Let me just tell you; a lot! By the end of my term I felt some muscles in my arms that had to long been in hiding.
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There are no good or bad jobs when it comes to earning travel money. In the moments of frustration, I thought of how far the earned money had and will take me, and the thought was warming my spirit. Happy travels, everyone!