There are many jobs out there that allow globetrotters to pursue their dreams of traveling while being able to afford the quality of life they find suitable to their personal needs. Most people think that working while you travel is something reserved for bloggers, writers and documentary photographers and forget that being is a chef is another great way to travel the world while making a living. Jobs in the culinary industry are diverse and quite exciting to those who love the artistry that takes to create edible concoctions that range from cocktails and drinks all the way to pastries, high-fashion dishes and the design of spectacular dining experiences worthy of the most exquisite palates and the most amazing destinations around the world. The path of becoming a chef is quite evident yet not easy at all. It requires a lot of experience and long hours of work and dedication to become the boss of the kitchen.
You can become a chef anywhere basically, which makes it the perfect job for those who want to see the world. Better yet, there are opportunities aboard cruise ships and resorts that are considered some of the most prestigious and demanding positions a chef may take up.
One of the great advantages of working as a chef abroad, is the flexibility you have when deciding if this is something you want to do for the long-term or simply taking it up for a few months and then moving on to a different place. Working as a seasonal chef allows you to gain experience learning about different varieties of cooking styles, exotic ingredients and traditional preparations of different countries you decide to visit.
Cruise ship positions are a great example of work that can be temporary as well as permanent if that lifestyle suits you. Also, these opportunities offer a great variety of training and valuable experience that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Royal Holiday for example, offers many positions as crew members, including chefs, assistants and bartenders among others.
If you love the ocean, another interesting job is that of working as a chef on a private yacht. The responsibility may be heavy for some, but the perks of great compensation make it worth it. Many chefs find the challenges of a luxury yacht to be just what they need to stimulate their creativity.
Long-term career opportunities are also available to international chefs. You can shoot to work at a prestigious local restaurant or perhaps at a world-class resort.
Working at a hotel chain or large resort group may be limiting for some chefs, because in some cases, they like to maintain uniformity in the availability of certain dishes and the way some meals are prepared. A chef may find this a bit discouraging and opt to work at a smaller resort or those that do not belong to a chain in order to have more freedom and autonomy on the way they go about their work. A resort chef usually works long hours, especially during holidays and weekends, but this is nothing new to someone who has been part of the culinary industry for a while.
Another great opportunity that requires a lot of guts is to start your own food business abroad. You can have a food stand, a food truck or even start your own restaurant. As someone from a different country, you may be literally bringing something new to the table that the people from this land have never tried.
There are many challenges to working overseas. One of the main issues some people may face is the language barrier, which may happen even in countries that speak the same language sometimes.
However, it is quite important to understand that getting out of your comfort may be just the push you need to venture off into the unknown and have a chance to experience the world like you’ve never had before. Learning a language is a great rewarding experience as it is, and if you are doing what you love as well, then you will have the right motivation to follow through.
Arriving to a country where you may have to start from scratch may seem like a daunting task. The first few weeks may be rough as you get used to your new way of life, your accommodations and finding a way to start working; but proper planning can take care of your hesitation, especially with all the options available today. The growing number of expatriates and travelers has created an accessible community of travel that can help you in your transition with their advice and personal experiences through blogs, books, chatrooms and online forums.
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