Workin' where you wander

Document Sample
Workin' where you wander Powered By Docstoc

LIFESTYLE TRAVEL                                                                                     1. 800.973.1177

                           Workin’ where you wander
                           [By Ruth A. Hill]
                           Wanted: fun-loving folks for full- and part-time positions in retirement resort and RV park. Fixer-upper projects, landscaping,
                           light carpentry, repairs and lawn care are part of the job in a laid-back, family-oriented environment. Work 10 hours a week
                           each for a couple, or 20 hours for an individual, in return for a site with full hookups.

Wanna travel? Need a job to support your            work to support a full-time or sometime RV            ranches, racetracks and other places where
wanderlust? Consider workamping. Lots               lifestyle. A few are families who home school         tourists congregate. The best time to look
of seniors are doing just that. And some            the kids wherever they drop anchor.                   for them is early each year at job fairs and
younger people - such as those who’ve                                                                     Web sites. Positions range from caretakers
decided to kick the old work routine but            The big motivator for most? Travel and                to managers, with everything imaginable
need to support themselves while they               adventure.                                            in between - activity directors, tour guides,
travel America on their own terms - are                                                                   musicians, chuck wagon cooks, camp
joining them.                                       Workampers realize additional benefits                hosts, golf course attendants, maintenance
                                                    besides travel as they get comfortable with           workers and show actors. Walt Disney
Jack and Celesta Lotsey decided about               the process, according to Steve Anderson,             World and Princess Tours are among the
a dozen years ago to pick up and travel,            publisher of Workamper News.                          large and small employers who seek and
with only the baggage they could carry in                                                                 value workampers for their usual maturity,
their RV. Found working in a gift shop in           “Initially, the biggest motivator is a desire         work ethic and dependability. Sometimes no
Durango, Colo., the Lotseys spent half of           for travel, but many fall in love with the            experience is necessary.
last year’s high-tourist season in Durango          lifestyle. You hear them go on and on about
retailing, with time off to see the territory       the friendships they’ve made along the way,           According to Jaimie Bruzenak, a longtime
that surrounds the Four Corners region.             relationships they would never have had               workamper and author of “Support Your RV
When the day’s work was done, the couple            living back in a Pennsylvania stick house.”           Lifestyle! An Insider’s Guide to Working on
returned to their RV park. Like many                                                                      the Road,” successful workamping is defined
workampers, they roll south for the winter.         It’s also a way to keep living costs in check,        by one’s personal goals.
Yuma, Ariz., has been their anchor for the          added Anderson. Though many jobs pay little
past several seasons.                               more than minimum wage, campers get                   “There are workamping jobs of every
                                                    free campsites with all utility hookups for           description,” she said, “from secretarial
“We own no property other than our motor            their work. And in these days of rising fuel          up to professional positions. Flexibility is
home,” said Jack. “We are full-timers.”             costs, some employers provide gas bonuses             probably the key, because most jobs are
                                                    to lure people to them. Nobody becomes a              seasonal and anything can happen. You
What the Lotseys mean by their self-imposed         workamper to get rich, he said. Otherwise,            need to be able to shift gears, go with the
moniker is that they’ve adopted a travel            why wouldn’t they hang onto their traditional         flow and be ready to give up being the boss.
lifestyle that is gaining in popularity among       careers? What they do get is a lot of freedom         Sometimes that is difficult if that’s been
retirees and younger ages. By definition, the       and the means to see anyplace they want to            your role. In exchange, you get to see this
magazine flag-bearer for those so engaged           in the U.S.                                           country, make new friends and have some
Workamper News - describes these folks                                                                    perks along the way. Besides campsites,
as adventuresome individuals, couples and           Jobs are plentiful at campgrounds, resorts,           my husband and I have gotten other free
families who combine part-time or full-             national and state parks, marinas, forests,           things such as glacier sightseeing tours in
time work with RV camping. Many labor               amusement and theme parks, lodges, ski                Alaska, golf privileges and free show tickets
to supplement retirement income. Others             resorts, youth camps, RV parks, guest                 in Branson.”

PAGE                                                                                                                                   continued on back

LIFESTYLE TRAVEL                                                                              1. 800.973.1177

                                                  someone is ill, it’s not always easy to be
                                                  there for them.

                                                  “I have a longtime girlfriend who is quite ill
                                                  and I can’t just run over and see her,” said
                                                  Celesta. “I don’t like to fly, so when people
                                                  are sick you can’t be with them.”

Some workampers choose not to camp. They
live in housing provided by their employers,      The payoffs of workamping keep the couple
                                                                                                   Escapees RV Club: At,
such as private cabins or employee                going, however. Traveling the U.S. is an
                                                                                                   34,000 members find support services like
dormitories in Yellowstone National Park.         awesome experience, she said, and most
                                                                                                   mail forwarding, voice messaging services,
                                                  of the people they’ve met along the way
                                                                                                   e-mail and discounts on other services.
Xanterra Parks and Resorts - a concessioner       are great. “They restore my faith in human
                                                                                                   Membership is $60 per year, plus a $0
that operates lodges, restaurants and             nature,” she said.
                                                                                                   enrollment fee. Call 888-757-58 for an
other concessions in Yellowstone and other                                                         information kit.
national and state parks - offers seasonal        Besides, she added, with the flex of

workers options other than campsites and          workamping, you can opt out at any time,
                                                                                                   Coolworks: At,
cash. Chuck Howe, recruiting manager              take off a season and look forward to kicking
                                                                                                   paid and volunteer job opportunities are
for Xanterra, said some workampers                back next winter with no work calls at all.
                                                                                                   geographically categorized. Special sections
occasionally want to take a break from their                                                       include volunteer, “make a difference” and
RV living, so they domicile in dorms or cabins    WHERE THE JOBS ARE
                                                                                                   “older and bolder” opportunities.
for hourly wages and a full meal plan.
                                                  Job hunting for workampers and wannabees
                                                                                                   The Caretaker Gazette: House-sitting and
“You get room and board, plus all your            is easy at annual employer job fairs in states
                                                                                                   other caretaker jobs, some of which include
meals with this plan. Those who can               such as Arizona, Texas and Florida. Print and
                                                                                                   an RV site, are at
work a longer season or a short early fall        Web resources include:
                                                                                                   Includes some international opportunities.
season have the best shot at such jobs in
Yellowstone,” said Howe.                          Workamper News: Workamping’s most
                                                                                                   Ruth A. Hill is a freelance travel writer.
                                                  popular magazine has an interactive Web

Whatever the sleep space, the workamping          site, It is the go-to

lifestyle requires dexterity in managing          portal for job fairs, educational seminars

relationships, said Celesta, who is in her 70s.   and job postings from employers. Singles

She believes her vagabond journey brings          seeking workamper partners and a daily

her closer to her grown children because          hotline for immediate job openings are also

everyone really appreciates the occasions         here. Subscriptions to the magazine and

when they can get together. Yet when              additional services begin at $5 a year.


Shared By:
Description: The Workamping Lifestyle Requires The Relationships Management. Couples And Families Who Combine Part-Time Or Full-Time Positions In Retirement Resort Work With RV Camping Are Adventuresome Individuals. Some Work To Earn Retirement Income And Some To Support A Full-Time RV Lifestyle.
LawCrossing (Search Legal Jobs) LawCrossing (Search Legal Jobs)
About LawCrossing is the world leader in "pure" monitoring and reporting of legal jobs, through its active and growing research into all legal employers throughout the world. We take no money from employers or advertisers so our research results remain "pure" and uninfluenced by employers and advertisers.