Originally Posted by ghostwriter247
So this is pretty much what ive done for the last six years. Not as a nurse or as a sailor but more as a vagabond.
Here's the seasonal site for work all around the country
CoolWorks.com - Summer Jobs and Seasonal Jobs in Great Places
Its mostly outdoor hospitality guiding etc, but any time you want work there they are. They have a Help needed now section that can get you a job in an instant. If ya want to stay employed you chase whitewater and then switch to skiing.
Check out seasonal pros. They are higher end jobs. Alot of people in whitewater save and spend the other six months down in SA. Unless you have some serious qulaifications you can expect minimum wage to maybe 10 an hour.
On Mt rainier our "Medical Officer" was an EMT. Things to look for are provided or subsidized housing, and hourly wage, dont take salary, you will get worked to death.
At NOC on staff we had a former CFO and Medical
doctor among many others as well as some part timers out of atlanta that had some high powered jobs. They might work out if you are simply looking to replenish the kitty.
Has this really worked? I saw the post and checked into some jobs in Alaska
. I thought it would be pretty sweet to work the summer in alaska
for about 6 months then take off the rest of the year...during the rest of the year I would move to someplace warm and cheap
, either on a boat or living like a local...SE Asia
or maybe South America
. During that time I would probably work on creating an online business with the goal of eventually being free to travel whenever/wherever I wanted and still have a stable income
It's better than flipping burgers, but the wages seem like a pittance. I'm seeing about $8-9/hour and $0-400/month for subsidized housing/food for summer jobs in Alaska. So that's about $1,560/month-~$200 for taxes/SS/medicare-($0-$400) for housing/food. That's about $960-1,360 per month cash in pocket. That's $5,760 to $8,160 over a 6 month period. You might as well stay a few extra days and get AK residency which would add another maybe $1,000-2,000 per year from the dividend fund...so that's maybe $6,760 to $9,160 per year.
I think I'll pay more than that in taxes
Just hard to imagine living off that. You'll probably have a couple hundred per month expenses during that period too, so maybe $6-8k to survive off of the rest of the year. I guess you could survive but certainly nothing going into retirement
and you'd want to be very close to debt-free. You could put any student loans on an income
sensitive plan to put the payments off.
If it was a couple who were both committed to the idea and could get jobs at the same place it seems much more doable. But if you had children
it would be basically impossible (subsidized housing options don't seem to allow for children).
Are there some better paying seasonal jobs that would make this idea more plausible in the long-term? Or some sort of side-benefit I'm missing? Some jobs mention an end of season bonus if you fulfill your contract
but no indication of how much that is.
It seems like you'd make more getting a 6-month TEFL contract in S. Korea
from a financial perspective, though from an enjoyment perspective it might not be as desirable.