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Looking for a retiree travel job?  This bestselling guide will show you where and how to land work, have fun and earn extra money while traveling around the U.S. and around the globe.  Includes tips on how to live for free in big cities like London or Sydney, in tropical paradises and even in National Parks around the world. And how to get there for next to nothing.

More interested in enriching your spiritual life and earning the goodwill of others now that you are retired? Learn ways to do it around the planet. 

And discover where age discrimination is no problem. Yes! As a retiree, you have a flexibility that makes you a desirable employee in amazing travel locations. Find out which companies are especially looking to hire retirees. Travel fun is straight ahead!

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

Mark Twain


Non-fiction books by Carol Lightwood:

Working After Retirement

One Day Memoir

And fiction under the pen name Annie Carroll:

L.A. Ladies

New Vampire Online

New Vampire in Town

Playing for Julia


What you will discover in this guide to making money while traveling:

Chapter One: What Kind of Traveler Are You? Slow Travel * Two Week Dasher * Big City Aficionado * Nature Lover * Music Fan * Beachy Keen * Assignment 1

Chapter Two: Making Money in the Great Outdoors. National Parks * National Forests * Dude ranches * Free camping in U.S. and abroad * Assignment 2

Chapter Three: Tour Guides Travel for Free. International tour guide * Local tour guide * Tour guide licenses * Setting up tours * Cruise Lines * Assignment 3

Chapter Four: Blogging Your Way Around America or the Planet. Make money with a blog * Ads on blogs * Affiliate ads * Free blog * Name and theme for blog * Blog-writing guidelines * Protect your blog name * Publicize blog * Assignment 4

Chapter Five: Earning More than Money on Your Travels. Volunteer travel in U.S. and abroad * Educational travel * Scientific travel * Pilgrimages * Adult summer camps * Cooking classes * Teaching English * Assignment 5

Chapter Six: Stay for Next to Nothing and Make Money Too. Travelers’ money saving basics * AirBnB, 9flats and other non-hotel options * Becoming a AirBnB host * House-sitting and pet sitting * Home exchanges * Assignment 6

Chapter Seven: Traveling Via the Bargain Route. Using credit card miles/points * Short-cut to free airfare * Booking complicated itineraries * Eurail and other land travel passes in U.S. and abroad * Assignment 7

Chapter Eight: Ready to Go. Prepare physically and mentally * Travel reviews * Checklist for your health * Update immunizations * Paperwork and passports * Streamlined one-suitcase packing * Useful gadgets and smart phone apps * Keep in touch with family for free * Assignment 8

Chapter One: What Kind of Traveler Are You?

Learning the ins-and-outs of travel began for me when I scraped together enough money in 1974 to take a trip to Europe. Before then I had crossed the U.S. twice by car but because someone else drove and we stayed with friends the main thing I discovered was how vast America really is.

Then came the 1974 adventure. Because I thought that this vacation might be the only European trip I would ever take I planned to visit six countries in about two weeks. It was one of those If-Today-Is-Tuesday-This-Must-Be-Belgium schedules—only I was doing it as a single female traveler on my own, dragging 2 very big, very heavy pieces of luggage with me. (No wheels on suitcases back then! Later in this guide I have sensible advice about streamlined packing, including some must-have gadgets you should take with you wherever you go.)

Even in those days I was not a long-haired hippy in faded bellbottoms bunking down in a crowded hostel. Then, as now, I liked to be comfortable but because I had to be a thrifty traveler there were no luxury hotels in my plans.

After landing in London, I soon learned of the greatness of British architecture and the horror of British cooking: cold toast and greasy eggs at a bed and breakfast near Victoria Station are what I remember most clearly. Today you can actually get very good food in London thanks to all the European chefs who moved to the city in the last 20 years. Cooking shows on British TV have helped, too.

Quickly leaving England behind, I caught the boat-train to the continent and then on to chilly Amsterdam. (No Chunnel under the English Channel at that time although it was under discussion even then.) The ancient Dutch homes lining the canals were remarkable and all the art history classes I took in college suddenly made sense when I visited the Rijksmuseum where the paintings are arranged in chronological order. The food, thank goodness, was much better than in London.

But I had my schedule to keep so the next day after a visit to the Van Gogh Museum I jumped on a train and headed to Brussels for one day where I saw old ladies dressed all in black sitting in doorways while making lace by hand. That evening I ate amazing steamed mussels and frites. The following morning I was off to Paris.

At the recommendation of a friend who had lived in Paris years earlier I registered at a small hotel on the Left Bank and loved it. So instead of rushing on to Rome, I decided to stay in Paris. (The lesson learned: if you don’t make reservations in advance you have the freedom to change plans at any time. Later I will show you how