Turner Barr

My name is Turner and I go around the world, doing different jobs. From adventure jobs, to location independent jobs, to funny & interesting odd jobs, I find jobs and chronicle what they are really like. In 2009 I desperately wanted to find work overseas but found most resources to be bogus. Online websites were vague, built for ad SEO clicks, or wanted thousands of dollars to volunteer. Ergo the birth of my site and my desire to show people real jobs and what they are really like. With honesty, not vague bs.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

It can be hard to work when you are living in a hostel with blaring music, drunk Australians, and people having sex on the bunk next to you. Of course as is finding stable internet. It is one thing to be using Facebook, but it can be quite another to upload photos or do heavier internet work.

So I am a bit torn myself whether it is better to work on the road, or if you have a job that is flexible at home, to just work your ass off, save up and then go out from there. Me, I tend to want to stay abroad because I find it more interesting and the dating to be a lot better. So the money trade off in the short term is worth it. Your money will tend to go farther as well.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

Only if they long to be impoverished and live like they are in their early 20s their whole life... so yes. People are. People do tend to forget that working on the road isn't all fun and games. While some are off boozing and partying, chasing attractive locals, I am off rushing to get an article out, doing an interview, hustling to find one of my travel jobs.

Travel blogging in general is a lot of work, but for me, it is even more because I am blogging about working overseas. So I am out there looking for work, hustling to get the job, doing the job, then packaging the story in a compelling, orgasms for the ears kind of way. So people do envy it, but at the end of the day there is a lot of work that goes into it. And at the end of the day it is a life choice. You can choose to have this lifestyle if you want, but most people think it is safer working in an office.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

Sometimes when I am at travel conventions people do, and when I go home, I am always amazed at the amount of people who I have never spoken to who follow my site. But then again, a guy who throws himself to the lions and does strange jobs - like harvesting tequila to street sales in Rome with gladiators yelling at him (the picture ones) to jobs working in some obscure countries festivals - tends to stand out from then norm a bit.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Obviously a laptop is a must, as is a phone (usually a smart one with internet so you can take photos and upload them on the go) and lastly, I never leave home without hot sauce. Good old hot sauce in case the country you are going to has terrible bland food. Problem solved.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

Well my parent's seem to think I am trying to go around the world and collect baby mama's, but that isn't true (completely). Sometimes I get postcards for friends, sometimes magnets. All of my money for that usually goes to partying and entertainment. Although, occasionally I will buy something from a given country if it is really special. Like a samurai sword from Japan or maybe mariachi outfit in Mexico, cant have too many of those after all.

But I think you should only buy what you love in general. Actually, and now that I think about it I used to have an ugliest souvenir contest with friends, to see who could bring back the most ridiculous gift. My friend got me a wooden frog from Costa Rica that would croak if you stroked its back with a stick. I bought him the same exact gift in China. Guess they really do make everything.

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