If you find that you have an incurable wanderlust like myself, then you probably are always looking for your next adventure. Traveling abroad is new and exciting, but so is working in areas that we aren’t familiar with in America.
Quite often I get asked “how can I travel and work at the same time?” My answer is always the same: Take a seasonal job. I won’t refer you to something I have never done, so I won’t tell you to go abroad to work and that is only because I can’t give you my honest opinion about it. However, plenty of people do it every year and they would be a better resource for working abroad.
Instead, I want to share with you some amazing seasonal positions right in America. This I am familiar with and have done it a few times. I started working seasonal jobs when I was just 18 and that was my way of being somewhere new and making money while I was there.
One of my favorite places in the entire world is Mackinac Island in Michigan. Nestled between the upper and lower peninsula, this small island accepts seasonal positions from about April-November. So why Mackinac? This cute island doesn’t allow vehicles and instead uses horse and carriage, there is a ton of fudge shops, bar crawls are common for the workers and visitors, and you get to meet people from all over the world that come to work there. You are getting paid to have an amazing summer and make friends from across the globe. The experience itself will be one to remember. I highly suggest you do it at least once. Most employers provide housing and some or all meals for a small fee – each place is different. There is a need for a wide variety of positions – so start applying, the season starts soon!
Pro Tip – I found that I made the most money when I was a server at a bar. Cash everyday and it was plentiful.
If you are into skiing and snowboarding, I would recommend a seasonal position at one of the many resorts that offer this type of employment. Most notably, Colorado. They have no shortage of skiing or snow there, so there is usually a ton of jobs available for those who want them. This type of a position is a great way to spend your winter playing outside.
Bonus: Some of these resorts will give you free lift tickets!
Looking to spend your summer doing white water rafting? Look no further. Spend your summer in Tennessee on the Big Pigeon River being a raft guide. Don’t forget your GoPro, it sounds like it’s going to be a non-stop adventure!
The truth is, there are seasonal jobs available year round right in America. People come to America on Visa to work at these places just like we go abroad to work in their cities. If you don’t quite have the funds to go abroad yet, cure your wanderlust right here and have just as much fun meeting new people and exploring a new area. Seasonal positions are some of the coolest things I have ever done in my life and I have the best stories to tell from them. If you want to travel and make money, this is an easy way to do it.
Here is a full link of jobs currently available for seasonal work around the country. The website is updated all the time – so keep checking back if you don’t see something you want immediately.