Is Bartending How You Can Travel Around the World?

Is Bartending How You Can Travel Around the World?

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Travelling around the world is a lot of people’s dream, and being able to work while you do it even more so. Figuring out which job is ideal for you, and that will let you travel is not always easy, but maybe bartending is what you may need. If you’re considering bartending, first it’s important to see if this is for you. So, let’s consider what you need to be a bartender and then how you can use this career to travel all over.

Not all bartenders are the same, so by figuring out if you’re cut out for it and what your place could be in this industry. Some bartenders might be the life of the party, where they understand the crowd, working them to build a frenzy and they are extremely unpredictable. This kind of bartender will likely the be the kind to go home with one or two phone number. Others rely on the details to set themselves apart, by adding a gentle spray of aromatized spirit or small drops of mint. Another type of bartender is the salesman, which is the one that will convince anyone of buying anything, without them even realizing. You could also run into the psychologist, the one that will listen to everything that’s on the customer’s mind, trying to turn that frown upside down. Or simply be the type of bartender who has tons of weird or useless facts tucked away for random conversations. Independent of the type of bartenders out there, you should, before moving forward, consider how you see yourself in this business and how you want to be when you get behind the bar. Being a successful bartender will depend on much more than just knowing your recipes, it will come down to who you are while you make the drinks. Being able to read a person, understand what they expect from their interaction with you, repeat an amazing drink consistently or not doing big no no’s like turning your back to a client or not letting them see as you mix their drink. Even though some nights it may be easy, there are some that you will have to go the extra mile to stay positive, not only with your customers, but with your co-workers as well.

Image courtesy of ambernambrose at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of ambernambrose at Flickr.com

If you’ve made up your mind, that this may well be your calling then you should take the first step. The obvious one is to learn how to make drinks. Making sure you have your shaking, stirring, straining, muddling and blending straight is the first step towards becoming a bartender. So, knowing the basics and classic recipes will be a must. Start building your working knowledge of basic mixed drinks, lowballs like a godfather or White Russian. One very good way to perfect your skills, is watching seasoned pros do their stuff. Maybe you can catch on to different tricks that may come in handy to save time or make those classic drinks that everyone wants. All in all, becoming a bartender will require you to take a course so that you can be certified and this certificate can open doors to landing a job, not only in the United States, but abroad.

While looking for a job internationally, you can initially consider all the same steps or expectations you’d have with looking for a job in the United States, with the exception that you’ll obviously have to consider like visas and equivalent bartending certificates. The job hunt will need you to have an updated resume, in which you should try highlighting on the customer experience you’ve had in the past. Once you have all the paperwork in order, the search is on. Start off with looking on job search websites, visiting popular bars and restaurants and always be prepared to show your skills. Don’t underestimate the power of simply getting people to know who you are and what you’re capable of doing behind the bar. Make sure you have a few drinks up your sleeve for the interview, just in case, especially since some may say that the way you prepare a drink. Now, this kind of job can definitely help you on your way to moving around locally at first, but even internationally as the years pass and you develop and hone in on your mission. If you are interested in traveling abroad you will still have to consider everything mentioned here, but you’ll need to additionally analyze what you’ll need in the countries you plan on visiting. One way, as simple as it may sound, is the straightforward approach of going into a bar and asking if they are hiring. Depending on the place you’re interested in working, it may or may not matter if you know the language or even if you have a visa. If you will need a working visa, make sure you get started on that process from early on, this way ensuring that you won’t have any delays right before you begin a job, or the date you decide to travel.

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