Want to get paid to travel?
Derek E. Baron from WanderingEarl.com has a new eBook, co-authored with Liz Aceves, about how to sail the world and be paid kick-ass money to do it! Both have worked on a combined 12 different cruise ships and have laid out a step-by-step process for landing a job yourself with any of the major cruise lines.
This is a great eBook for anyone wanting to travel long term and fund their travels. If you're someone wanting to see the world on someone else's dime, it's even better. I think the best idea out of this eBook for travel is that you could work on board a cruise ship for one contract (say 6 months), and save enough money to travel anywhere in the world for a long period of time once your done (which the authors have done numerous times).
If you earn $2,000-$2,500 USD per-month on board a ship and you don't have many expenses at all (as cruise ships provide accommodation and food) then you would be able to save approximately $12,000-$15,000 in one contract. You'll have enough to spend $65-$82 USD per-day (that is for 6 months) wherever you travel afterward.
Of course you could always make that money stretch longer… pretty tempting I think!
Give Me the Facts:
- 173-pages total
- Includes a Free Bonus copy of the Refuse the Rat Race Guide. 88 pages full of detailed information on how to take advantage of situations that can help you live, work and travel around the world. (limited time only)
- Email support from the writers if you have questions on applying for a cruise ship position
- 60 day, money back guarantee if not satisfied
- Cost: $37.00 USD
What I Liked:
- The Detail! Like I said before, this eBook is full of information and covers everything (seriously, I couldn't find much lacking). The sheer volume of pages indicate the amount of information and was glad that it was all useful and not just cannon fodder.
- Chapter Layout! It is laid out from start to finish in the order you would need to know the info for applying. The quick access to information is easy because of the bar at the bottom that will allow you to hyper jump to each chapter.
- Simple & Easy! I mean for God's sake they even included an example resume and cover sheet! It practically spoon feeds you everything you need to know.
- Support! If you've got questions or something wasn't covered in your situation, you can email them for a quick response.
- Money Back Guarantee! Maybe I'm just used to being a spoiled American but I LOVE it when someone offers this. It tells me 2 things: 1) that no matter what, if I'm not satisfied I can always recoup my money and 2) that the author believes so strongly in his work that you know it has very good merit. Customer Satisfaction is something to value!
What Was Missing or Lacking:
- Nada! I haven't worked on a cruise ship before but after reading it I really couldn't find anything to gripe about… and that says a lot coming from me.
I was surprised at how much info was offered in this eBook. It starts from “Introduction to Ship Life” and finishes with “Glossary of Ship Terms.” What's in between you ask… try everything! Really, they cover how to write your resume, to job descriptions for all jobs offered on a cruise ship with approximate pay for those positions.
I thought the sweetest part of this eBook were the links to all the major cruise lines with an individual description on how to apply to each one. It even has links to their job-posting forms or websites.
Overall it's well written, informative and worth the value. If you're seriously looking at doing some future long term travel and don't want to teach English in South Korea or do a work visa in Australia to fund a trip, then this eBook provides a great alternative.
$$$ Win a Free Copy of this eBook $$$
For the loyal readers of GoBackpacking.com, Earl has given us a copy of this eBook to give away. I'm a firm believer of always giving back to you (the reader) a little something extra and Earl was quite happy to provide us a copy.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below, answering:
“If you could take a cruise, where would you go and why.”
A winning comment will be picked by random from Random.org. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by email.
The deadline for entering the contest is 9 PM (EST), Sunday, October 03, 2010
Update: And the winner is Matthew, who wrote “I would go on a cruise up the west coast to Alaska.”