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If you’ve always wanted to get paid to travel and don't mind actually working for it, then you may want to check out Allegiant Air. The low cost carrier is hiring for all sorts of positions, so if you’d rather stay on the ground, they have might have an opportunity for you too. Best of all, the airline has actually been doing pretty well. They have been making money each quarter despite the travel slowdown, so for now at least, a job with them is probably somewhat safe.
Being a flight attendant may no longer be the glamorous position it used to be, but it’s still probably pretty cool, especially if you can score some travel perks when you’re not on the clock. Allegiant is looking for a few good ladies and gentleman to fill positions out of Mesa, Arizona. No college degree needed, but they say it would definitely be an asset. Just make sure to clear your schedule if you get a job, because you’ll be in Las Vegas for a four-and-a-half week training course. Hear that? First stop: Vegas.
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Dear readers, we are leaving you. Now that we know a California winery is searching for someone to basically drink wine full-time and talk about how great that is, our quest for full-time lushness can only point towards one place! It's been fun.
Kidding, but Sonoma County's Murphy-Goode Winery has created the first viable alternative we've seen to the Queensland Best Job in the World competition. The winery wants to pay a person to be a "wine country lifestyle correspondent," a $10,000-a-month position involving visiting vineyards, conducting tastings and blogging, tweeting and filing video diaries about same using their equipment from a "deluxe private home" deep in wine country. You'll even get to make a special wine blend commemorating your job, as if merely having the photo evidence weren't awesome enough. Did we mention that they pay you to do this?
Cities have MySpace pages now? Who knew? Turns out that Sydney has got its own MySpace haunt because they want to persuade young Americans to head Down Under to boost the Aussie economy rather than helping out their own. Well, that's just our interpretation.
Now that US citizens aged 18 to 30 can get a working holiday visa for Australia, Sydney reckons it's got the goods to attract people: Surf and sand, plenty of jobs, good nightlife and decent places to study if you're so inclined.
Sydney--at least its MySpace version--doesn't have too many friends yet, and it has even fewer comments on its forum questions. But don't let that be an indication of whether this city is actually friend-worthy. Just because we think Melbourne's better doesn't mean you can't add Sydney as a friend: Melbourne isn't even cool enough to have a MySpace page yet.
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Were you already criticizing the American Airlines blog by the time we posted about it? Are your fave spots in LA ruined after they appear on "The Hills?" Do you have a collection of glamour shots--of Airbus planes?
You should probably be writing for us, then. And here's the good news: We pay our writers.
If you're under 30, and either a US or an Australian citizen, you might be buzzed to know that these two countries have just agreed on a working holiday visa program. That means, for example, that young Americans can head Down Under for up to twelve months and have the right to live, work and even study a bit, and Australians get to do the same in the States.
The Aussie tradition of working holidays is already strong, with a big proportion of young people heading to countries like the UK, Canada, Japan and Germany where working holiday visas have been in place for years. What's that mean for the US? A wave of Aussies coming to work in hotels and restaurants near you. Just make sure when you return the favor you venture out beyond Sydney Harbour.
Working holiday-makers are finding a nice way to earn cash while surfing their way around Australia is to spend a month or two picking fruit. And Australia needs people to do this so desperately that there are incentive schemes involving extended visas and other perks to get people into the trees and bushes. This week the gave a good insight into life as a cherry-picker:
After two hours picking cherries it feels like the pads on my fingertips are going to wear through and the nails fall away from my thumbs.
But don’t worry, he was a beginner. Others talk of earning plenty of cash to keep extending their holiday, or at least to enjoy it more thoroughly, let’s say. But you have to pick your fruit carefully, according to an experienced traveler/picker:
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Peaches are terrible. They've got that fur all over 'em. It gets into you like fibreglass and you feel like you are going to scratch your throat out or your arms off. And who'd do pineapples? Who'd want to work in those prickly bastards?
· All in a season's work [SMH]
· Big Pineapples and Big Bananas [Jaunted]
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The Independent is reporting that backpacking Brits in India are being recruited to take jobs in call centers -- there's been so much demand that it's hard to find enough Indians for all the positions available. The jobs don't pay much by Western European standards, of course, but they do combine well with "a period mellowing out on Goa's beaches or touring the palaces of Rajasthan."