The Nomad Cycle: How To Spend A Full Year Working Your Way Around The United States

It’s perfectly possible to work your way around the country with nothing special in the way of education, experience or credentials.

Of course, if you have those things, there’s an even greater world of possibility open to you.

The jobs discussed below form a basic bedrock for full-time travelers and are accessible to just about anyone.

The Nomad Cycle

The Nomad Cycle Chart USA Year Round Gypsy Work

SPRING Nomad Work in the USA

The Harvest Seasons

There are jobs in Florida picking citrus fruits all year, but the really big season in which lots of temporary hands are needed is in the spring.

The hiring process generally begins in February for work starting in March and lasting for about three months.

Agricultural harvest work isn’t as rich in spring as it will be in summer and fall, but there’s at least one other big opportunity for those on the opposite end of the country — strawberries.

California produces most of the country’s strawberries and they are grown there all year, but the prime season begins in spring and carries on well into summer.

Harvest Seasons

Home Improvement

Spring is far and away the biggest season for home improvement projects.

Major retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot will add tens of thousands of employees to their workforce just for the spring season.

This temporary hiring blitz also extends to a lesser extent to general retail chains like Walmart that have lawn and garden departments.

Landscaping & Gardening

As with home improvement, spring is also the time in which gardening activity is at its peak.

Landscaping companies look for seasonal help not just out in the field but also in their offices.

SUMMER Work Options

The general theme of looking for temporary work in the summer is in going to where all the tourists are headed during the high travel season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

One area where opportunities are plentiful is in parks and wildlife refuges.

For national parks, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are the best places to start.

National parks are the prime choice, as they offer decent hourly pay as well as often providing a place to camp or park an RV.

These positions exist at the state and city level as well, but these parks often only offer non-paid volunteer positions that come with only a place to camp or park as a perk. Jobs through private concessionaires are also available in these parks.

Cities and towns that are located next to the major parks see a corresponding rise in business, and therefore a need for temporary workers.

One prime example is the towns at the five entrance gates to Yellowstone National Park.

These gates span the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in regions where there is not enough of a year-round labor force to support the summer rush.

Snake Bend Colorado River National Park USA

Summer Camps

Private summer camps for youth also offer a range of opportunities for temporary workers, from camp counselor to chef.

Summer Harvesting

If you’re interested in harvest work during the summer, the first big crop is the cherry harvest which begins in June.

This mostly happens in the states along the West Coast, but there’s a significant amount of cherry farms in Michigan and Wisconsin as well.

August brings both the blueberry and apple harvests.

Both harvests generally last into October.

They’re also both found mostly in the extreme northern corners of the country — Maine and New Hampshire in the east, and Washington in the west.

Alaska Fishing

Summer fishing season in Alaska brings a great need for both workers on fishing vessels and workers manning the canning factories.

There’s such a regular and predictable need for this huge labor force that companies will pay for round-trip airfare for those who will commit to working the entire season.

Cannery workers are also put up in dorms and fed three meals a day, but the hours are long and the job involves standing for 12 hours surrounded by stinky fish guts.

The pay is better than most temporary labor jobs, however, with workers who stick out the summer often coming back with the better part of $10,000 in their pockets.

Las Vegas POKER DEALERS

Las Vegas hosts the World Series of Poker from the beginning of June to early July every year.

About 1500 dealers are needed for this massive tournament, and the majority come from outside the area.

Pay is in the range of $20 to $30 per hour. You need some prior experience as a dealer for this job, but not a whole lot; it may be possible to land a job with nothing more than a solid training course completed recently.

You don’t have to worry about the notorious stink of cigarette smoke that plagues the dealer’s profession either; smoking is not allowed in the table area during the tournament.

Poker Dealer Las Vegas, NV

Festival Work

You can find temporary festival work here and there all over the country all year long, but summer is the prime season.

You shouldn’t have to go too far to find a major music festival, renaissance fair or similar event that runs for at least several days and needs a small army of temporary staff to set up, run concessions, clean up and take everything down.

FALL Digital Nomad

Fall Harvest Time

There are two major harvests that require thousands of temporary workers in the fall: sugar beets in the northwest, and cranberries in the northeast.

Montana is the center of the sugar beet world, while Cape Cod is an excellent starting point for cranberry work.

Sugar beet work is particularly attractive as it doesn’t involve actual picking of the beets. Workers instead work for one of the major sugar companies, who receive the beets from the individual farms that harvest them.

At the lowest level, workers sort and process the beets.

There are even more lucrative positions available for those who know how to drive a large truck, operate machinery like loaders and forklifts, or are trained in the use of the specialized processing equipment.

Cranberry picking starts in September, while the beet harvest work begins in early October. If you’re stuck elsewhere in the country, you may find sporadic opportunities at pumpkin patches.

Retail Holiday Season Rush

The hiring crunch for the Christmas season begins in the early fall.

Just about anywhere in the country, you’ll be able to get on with retail stores, shopping mall kiosk companies or package delivery services.

Amazon’s fulfillment centers make a strong effort each year to attract temporary workers for the Christmas season, especially those who live out of RVs.

These centers can be found in over half of the states in the country, with the largest number of them in Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The Postal Service also hires thousands of extra workers at their mail sorting facilities throughout the country for the months of November and December. The application process for this generally begins in September and ends in early October.

Christmas Tree Lots

Christmas tree lots generally open up just after Thanksgiving. They’ll be looking for temporary help until the holiday arrives.

Christmas Tree Sales November December USA

WINTER Nomad Christmas

Ski Resorts

As parks are rich in opportunities for temporary jobs in summer, ski resorts are rich in winter.

The mountain areas of California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are the central places to look for these jobs.

Resorts & Temp Agencies

The winter months are the toughest times for nomads, due to the combined lack of agricultural and tourist industry work.

Resorts in warmer climes may see something of an uptick in visitation during this time, in particular those along the Gulf Coast.

Many nomads ride out the winter simply by finding a place to settle in and working through a temp agency.

Not matter the shifts in the economy, there’s enough work out there for anyone to stay occupied all year if they are flexible enough.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from working in some digital moneymaking ideas as well!

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Cultured Coffee: The Next Kopi Luwak, Civet Coffee Alternative

Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, is partially digested coffee that has been eaten and digested by an Asian Palm Civet; often called civet cat coffee…

Source of Kopi Luwak - Asian Palm Civet

Kopi Luwak

It is a slightly disturbing delicacy based out of Indonesia, and the pre-digested, partially fermented coffee beans have been known to sell for more than USD $2,000 dollars a pound!

Fermented Civet Coffee Beans

But there is good news for ethical coffee aficionados with a slightly tighter budget.

In July 2015, Camille Delebecque launched Cultured Coffee, the next coffee delicacy, through a Kickstarter campaign where he successfully raised over USD$50,000 towards putting his unique product on the market.

Cultured coffee is a uniquely fermented whole-bean coffee product that has been described by many as a better alternative to kopi luwak.

Fermentation is a process that has been practiced worldwide for thousands of years. It offers better, more delicious food products including cheese, wine, and even beer.

Fermented coffee has been around for many years, however, the fermentation process is often questionable at best.

Typically, coffee beans are left fermenting in water, which can lead to bad, uncontrolled bacterial growth and a bitter flavor. Not this preparation method.

Cultured coffee is a unique product that has gone through two incredible fermentation processes in a natural, controlled environment.

The fermentation process leaves you with a truly one-of-a-kind flavor. The taste provides very little bitterness with abundant notes of fruit, floral flavors, and chocolate undertones.

If you are a coffee connoisseur that can’t wait to get your hands on your own bag of Cultured Coffee, you can order bags and bottles of coffee beans in varying sizes, directly through Delebecque’s website>>>

If you are looking for a refreshing alternative to a typical cup of coffee, Cultured Coffee could be a great option for you!

Cultured coffee… the beginning of a new fermented foods revolution? [Video]

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Five Reasons to Choose a Hostel Instead of a Hotel

Many travelers associate hostels with unkempt backpackers strumming on their guitars or massive dorm rooms filled with snoring strangers.

Others still think all hostels are youth hostels, and that they’re either too old or too experienced to check in to one.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.  Hostels have come a long way in the past twenty years, and are an increasingly appealing option for travelers of all ages, experience levels, interests and budgets.

Here are five great reasons why you should consider booking a hostel instead of a hotel on your next trip:

Why book a hostel: Hostel vs Hotel

1. You’ll Save Money

A quick search on one of the major booking sites shows that of the more than 1000 available accommodation options in London, England, the sixty least expensive options are all shared, dorm-style rooms.

In fact, the average price of a bed in a dorm room in London is approximately 80% cheaper than the average price of a hotel room.

For single travelers, the savings can’t be beat.

Groups of two or more may be able to find double rooms for approximately the same price as two dorm beds, but the hotels with prices that low generally get equally low scores from guest reviews.

The more expensive the city, the more you’ll save by staying in a hostel.

Hostels are economic when you are on a tight budget

2. You’ll Make New Friends

Whether you’re traveling solo or with others, it’s always nice to make new friends along the way.

When you stay in a hostel you have instant access to a group of people who, like you, are interested in travel, meeting new people and learning about other cultures.

Many hostels organize activities such as walking tours, day trips and pub crawls to help guests get to know one another.

The best hostels also have comfortable common areas where you can relax with a book, sip a drink or connect to the internet while chatting with other guests.

Most travelers who frequent hostels can easily list a dozen cool people they’ve met while hosteling… can you name even one friend you’ve made in a hotel?

Social Life is one attraction at hostels, new friends

3. You’ll Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Think about the cost and environmental impact of lighting, heating, cooling and cleaning a hotel room.  Now multiply that by the hundreds of rooms in any given hotel.

The impact is pretty huge, and it’s especially harmful in sensitive ecological areas.

When multiple travelers share common facilities, however, the impact can be reduced.  Instead of needing air conditioning in ten separate rooms, hostels can simply air condition one ten-bed dormitory.

Instead of cleaning ten separate bathrooms every morning, hostels can clean one shared bathroom a couple of times throughout the day.

When you’re concerned about your environmental footprint, spend part of your trip in shared dorm rooms and look for hostels that incorporate other eco-friendly practices like recycling, composting and non-toxic cleaning.

Hostels Use Less Fossil Fuels

4. You’ll Feel Like You’re At Home

Anyone who’s ever taken one look at a hotel’s dry cleaning price list and decided to just wear a dirty shirt again will know what this one is about.

Good hostels anticipate budget travelers’ needs and offer home-style services like washing machines, drying racks, shared kitchens (often equipped with cooking basics like oil and salt), free computers and complimentary boarding pass printing.

Even when you’re not trying to keep costs down, sometimes it’s just nice to cook yourself your favorite meal or wash that t-shirt that somehow seems to have developed a chocolate ice cream stain.

5. You Can Still Have Privacy

Example of a private room at a hostel two single beds.

The most popular hostels today offer a variety of room types, which may include a mix of both shared and private accommodations.

Solo travelers seeking a bit of privacy can look for hostels that offer single rooms, while groups can look for double or triple private rooms, or even consider booking an entire dorm just for their group (even if you don’t use all the beds, it’s often cheaper than the equivalent number of hotel rooms).

When you’re not into sharing a bathroom with strangers, book yourself into one of the many hostels where rooms feature an ensuite bathroom.

Recently, more hostels have been adding family rooms to their collections, so even travelers with children can take enjoy the benefits of staying in a hostel.

Take Away: Hostel vs Hotel

Motives for Booking A hostel

Whether your goal is to save money, meet new people, reduce your environmental impact or enjoy the comforts of home, staying in a hostel offers many advantages over staying in traditional hotels.

With the option of staying in a shared dorm room or your very own private room, you can now experience all the great things about hostel accommodations while also deciding just how much you want to interact with the other hostel guests.

Bon voyage!

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Stay Safe on the Trail with Hiking Poles

Barring a trek up Mount Everest, hiking isn’t typically regarded as the most extreme of sports.

Nevertheless, safety is an important consideration to make, especially if you wander on trails that take you far from civilization and potential rescue.

Hiking poles not only increase your speed and comfort on the trail, but also your safety.

Here’s How Hiking Poles Enhance Your Trek:

Girl Pair of Hiking Poles Grand Canyon

1. Hiking poles act as antennas.

That rock might look stable, but you won’t know until you put your foot on it.

Hiking poles can allow you to test surfaces before transferring your full weight.

Use hiking poles to probe the ground for slippery ice patches, rogue holes and loose rocks.

This is a good way to avoid falling down or twisting an ankle.

2. Hiking poles prevent stress injuries by reducing strain on your feet and knees.

As anyone who’s hiked in steep ranges such as the Alps can tell you, mountain terrain can really wear on your legs.

Repetitive stress injuries are common among long-distance hikers, so it’s important to take preventative measures.

3. Hiking poles keep you alert.

Couple Iceland Trekking Nordic Poles

If you don’t believe this one, try doing an algebra problem after walking for a few hours with a heavy pack.

The discomfort of a heavy pack tires you out and dulls your senses, making you vulnerable to wrong turns or surprising dangerous animals.

Hiking poles will ease the weight of a pack. This will make you more comfortable and therefore more able to be aware of your surroundings.

4. Hiking poles keep you balanced on tricky slopes.

No hiker wants to fall to their death; hiking poles are handy on a steep slope that’s intent on pitching you to the bottom.

Whether ascending or descending, hiking poles will make slopes much safer, allowing you better control over your balance.

Poles allow you to have four points of contact, which can help you negotiate patches of loose rocks and slippery mud.

Couple Hiking Mud Puddle Hiking Poles in Use


While safety is top priority, also consider the other benefits that improve the trail experience. Poles allow you to move faster and cover more ground. If your goal is maximum mileage, poles better be on your equipment list.

The use of poles can also make more difficult terrain accessible to older nature lovers.

You may be over the hill, but with poles, you can get over a mountain.

Buying Trekking Poles

Many poles are listed at $200, but your first set doesn’t need to be that expensive.

You can purchase a perfectly reasonable set for $100 or less.

If you’re short on cash, simply repurpose some used ski poles, which can often be found for cheaper. To read more about things to consider when buying a trekking pole check out this post [with videos] >>>.

Or check out Heroic Adventures take on a multitude of popular hiking and trekking poles here >>>

The 3-Step Used Shipping Container Quality Assessment Checklist

Being avid travelers, we think it’s only appropriate to want to use a shipping container as building material.

It’s essence gives off the adventure, distant lands, trade, and foreign places vibes–vibes we like to carry with us through life. So, what better way than to repurpose a shipping container for, well–the options are numerous.

From living quarters, to restaurants, to sheds, to emergency shelter, with the sturdy construction of a shipping container built to specs to survive the rigors of the high seas–you can take advantage of this and build a dream something or other.

Whether you’re in the market for a second-hand shipping container for storage purposes, construction material, or anything in between, you want to make sure you’re not getting ripped off.

To ensure you’re purchasing a high-quality used container, take this easy 3-step checklist with you when you talk to the seller.

Apartment housing made from shipping containers

 

1. Where has it been?

When you talk to your chosen seller about their shipping container, you’ll want to ask them where it’s been.

Depending on the temperature it’s exposed to, metal will expand and contract. If your container has been back and forth from Australia to a cold region like northern Europe, the constant swelling and shrinking of the metal may have caused warping and weakness in the steel.

Find out what journeys the container has taken to ensure you don’t get this kind of damage. The less extreme temperatures it’s been exposed to, the better.

Buildings Created Used Shipping Containers Shopping Center

2. How many times has it been used?

The location of your shipping container’s journeys isn’t the only important thing to consider.

You’ll also want to know how many journeys it’s been on.

Aside from damage caused by repeated exposure to extreme temperatures, the constant loading and unloading that a well-used container has to withstand can also cause problems.

You can take a look at the state of the walls inside the container to verify what the seller tells you.

For example, if he or she informs you that the container has been used once, but you can see scratches and dents of various ages, your seller may be lying about the product. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra clarification on any damage you see.

House Design Using Shipping Containers

3. What has it carried?

If your shipping container has taken few journeys to places with moderate temperatures then you may be in luck, but don’t forget that the contents of the previous cargo matter.

For example, if the container was used to ship hazardous chemicals or other dangerous items, it’s possible that some of these could have leaked into the container and permeated the walls.

It’s especially important to avoid this if the container will be used to construct a structure like a house or pool, where the users’ health could be threatened by such substances escaping into the atmosphere.

Amsterdam Apartments Using Shipping Containers


Remember:

Buying used only works out to be a good deal if the item is in good condition and fit for purpose.

If not, you could find yourself spending so much on repairs and replacements that a new container would have been a cheaper purchase.

When your chosen seller cannot answer these questions, find someone who can or purchase at your own risk.

A Traveller’s Guide to Finding the Cheapest Airport Parking

When planning a trip beyond the great blue horizon, people often make many considerations for the time they will be in the air heading from point A to point B.

Many travellers fail, however, to make proper considerations for the logistics of arriving and departing from the airport and, therefore, have to make last minute and often costly arrangements for the parking of their vehicles.

Fortunately, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and finding the cheapest airport parking solutions before you go is easier than ever.

Below is an outline of what you should expect and should be looking for when picking the cheapest airport parking.

Tons of Competition

Air Port Parking space find

Many people simply drive onto the premises of the airport and pay for the most affordable option of parking that is available.

This is akin to walking into a major theme park without bringing any refreshments and immediately having to pay £5 for a bottle of water.

The reality is that most major airports have several – if not dozens – of private and off-site airport parking solutions that were built with price competition in mind.

The main reason for parking off-site as opposed to at the airport is the savings in cost. Without this benefit, off-site airport parking would not be a viable business model in most cases.

Disadvantages to Consider

By selecting the cheapest airport parking available – whether at the airport or off-site – there are going to be obvious disadvantages.

This may include being a very inconvenient distance away from the terminal if on-site or having to wait for a shuttle to take you to and fro if you are using an off-site parking service.

While on-site airport parking in many cases is expensive, it’s understood that access to your vehicle from the airport and vice-versa is typically easier than it would be with the cheapest airport parking solutions, especially those that are off-site.

Ultimately, it all comes down to nothing more than the balance of cost versus convenience.

Many Airports Have Valet Parking

Online Services

There are several online comparison hubs that you can use to find the best deals on airport parking.

One example in North America is BestParking, which compares on-site and off-site parking solutions that are centred around 79 airports throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Comparison tools like this one allow you to know before you go, make prior reservations, and get a scope of what each airport parking solution has to offer.

You can map out and determine how far each parking hub is from the airport, how much it will cost, and how long your “commute” will be.

Using online airport parking comparison tools is the best way to find the cheapest airport parking, regardless of where you are located currently.

If you are willing to walk a little bit more or otherwise spend more time on a shuttle getting to your destination, then you will appreciate the flexibility and savings that off-site parking solutions can offer.

For many, though, parking on-site is a must. No matter what, though, there are generally many pricing options available for this service, too. So the only way you can save the most money and be prepared is by doing your homework beforehand.

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The Most Important Travel Tips – Health, Lodging and Money

Traveling can be fun and even more exciting with proper preparation for your social or official trip. There are therefore some very important tips you must keep in mind to manage and realize a comfortable trip. These tips are so important that some can never be overlooked in the preparation of any form of travel.

Health

Your health is the utmost important factor to consider whenever you are traveling away from your home or place of work. You need to inform your doctor and insurance provider of your planned trip in order to receive necessary vaccinations and renew prescriptions as you find out if your insurance policy applies in your destination’s hospitals in case of emergencies. Continue Reading →

6 Essential Elements to Consider When Planning To Travel For Vacation

Proper planning for your vacation is very important because it ensures that your expedition is stress-free and memorable. It is therefore, vital that before you set-off your journey to your preferred holiday destination ensure that you incorporate all the essential elements in your travel checklist to help you avert any cases of inconvenience that would compromise your voyage in one way or the other.

Here are some of the ideal elements that you should never overlook as you plan your vacation to make it possible for your journey to be efficient. Continue Reading →

8 Natural Ways To Stay Healthy When Traveling

Traveling may cause stress on your immune system. You might come home from your vacation with irritating memento, such as flu or cold. You may even contract a very serious disease.

To stay healthy when traveling you need to eat foods with the largest nutritional punch. To boost your immune system, you should eat foods that are packed with specific nutrients. You should avoid grains, sugar and processed foods if you want to strengthen your immune system. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients which protect and restore cells from damage brought about by free radicals is preferable to vaccinations which may make you prone to health risks worse than influenza. A great way to relieve stress while traveling is visiting this Toronto spa.

Besides a spa treatment for stress, keep the healthy momentum going with the following 8 natural ways to stay healthy when traveling: Continue Reading →