I love mixing travel and work, it’s become almost addictive for the way it opens doors to new experiences. I recently took a wine tour in France, like millions do, then wrote about the wine, people, tastings and terroir and sold my story to a small magazine – so I got paid to tipple plus some tax deductions. Nice! Champagne tour, anyone?
I just read about a clever sculptor, Thea Alvin, who builds towering stone cairns, arches and mind-blowing helixes from tonnes of hand chiselled rock – see www.myearthwork.com. She learned masonry from her father and is now a stone artist. From this niche interest Thea has also created her dream job, travelling regularly to Italy to restore a crumbling 15th century village by painstakingly repairing the ancient stone roofs. It will take years of work but she literally does it for love. Proof of the saying “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”.
Have a dream destination? Why not work at it? Think laterally about the skills and talents that may get you there. A nursing friend does relief work on Mercy Ships in Africa, assisting lifesaving surgery in remote places. An engineer spends holidays exploring the Amazon and repairing village bridges; and a paediatrician I know leads kids’ ski lessons in Europe for 3 weeks a year, taking his own kids too, who now have little friends worldwide. Pick your dream and pack your bags!