Given my profession, it should come as no surprise that my husband and I spend a lot of time discussing our plans for retirement. Poor guy just can’t escape my constant fascination with this topic!
So recently, while enjoying a long, leisurely drive through the countryside, we once again chatted about his second act. Over the years, I’ve asked him all the obvious questions: What do you think you might like to do? What do you see as your strongest skills? Which of your hobbies might serve as the basis of a business?
But his time around I asked just one simple question:
Walking and eating are two of my favorite pastimes. And knowing that I’m not the only one who feels that way, I thought in today’s post it would be fun to share a second-act idea that combines those two passions – food tour guide.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a food tour guide leads groups of people around a city to educate them about the local food, history and culture. Sometimes the tours focus on one specific type of food, like cheese or chocolate, and other times they focus more on the locale.
I recently received a note from a new visitor to the website asking the following:
“ I want to travel, have motorhome – will travel, and would love to get paid for it. Any suggestions for career changes? Keep up the great work and hope to hear from you soon.”
Rather than respond to her directly, I thought it would be helpful to post my answer here, since so many of you would like to figure out ways to blend work and travel during semi-retirement.
Here are a few suggestions (and no, these tips aren’t just for folks with motor homes):
I just returned from a glorious family vacation to the Tetons and Yellowstone. It was a wonderful break in every way – incredible views, fantastic restaurants, and most importantly, a rare chance to spend a week relaxing with our adult children.
My only complaint about vacation is that getting back to work is always so tough (and I love my job). All I want to do is sit here and stare at my trip photos. As my daughter posted on Instagram about this photo of Jenny Lake: #nofilterneeded.
Alas, work beckons. So now back to you and how to get paid to travel…
Here are links to some of my favorite second-act career posts from 2013. They represent the best from this blog and from my column on NextAvenue.org (which you’ll also find on Forbes.com).
Enjoy – and do let me know which topics you’d like to see me write about during 2014. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
- How to Start a Second-Act Career in a College Town: Dream of retiring to a college town? Here are some ways you might be able to generate some income when you do.
- Want a Second-Act Career as a Writer? 10 Resources You Can’t Afford to Miss : Lots of resources and useful sites for people interested in turning their passion for writing into profits.
- 5 Sites to Inspire Your Second-Act: These sites are sure to expand your world of possibilities, empower you with helpful resources and inspire you to move forward with your own reinvention journey.
- Love Pets? 6 Ways to Profit From Your Passion: Americans spent more than $55 billion nationwide on pet-related products and services in 2012. In this post I explain how to profit from this trend.