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Travel companion and helper

Postby lovingmyself » Sun May 31, 2015 5:00 pm

I love to travel and am looking for ways to make money while travelling. An idea I came up with was to be a travel companion and helper. I was thinking that there may be people looking to travel but either they do not want to travel alone or they need some aide while on vacation and are willing to pay the trip costs for someone to be there with them. I realize for that to happen I would have to target people who are wealthy or well off. I was thinking of elderly widows who do not want to be alone or whose son or daughter would feel comfortable that their parent would have someone there for support. Also someone who has difficulty doing things for themselves like planning trips, packing or carrying their belongings, or getting organized for the day ahead.

I am not interested in a being a travel escort as that may imply certain things to certain people. That is why I would target women rather than men. I don't know if there are any other types of clientele who might be interested in this sort of thing. Perhaps families who want someone to help with their children or take them for a day to give the parents a rest. The benefit to me is that I would get a free trip somewhere and be able to enjoy the sites while helping my client.

Have any of you done this or do any of you know someone who does this.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby Elaine Glimme » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:22 am

I know that people have done this, traveled with someone who needed help, and got to travel free in exchange for providing a service along the way.
I don't know anyone personally who has done this. So mostly I can wish you good luck.

I would think that a first step would be to establish yourself as a reliable person. So keep references from anyone you've ever worked for. Also I would think that elderly people and people with large families would be likely to want your services. You might hang around senior centers and see if there's anything useful there. You could also talk to people at Elderhostel for ideas. (They provide tours for seniors all over the world.) Also cruise ships might use your help. I know they have day care services on cruise ships. You could talk to travel agents for other ideas. Travel agents used to travel as part of their jobs -checking out the hotels, activities, etc. before recommending them to clients. I'm not sure if they do that anymore.

Also, feel free to post anything pertinent here. We want to cheer you on, and your experience might help someone else.

Your wish can happen. Good luck.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby SquarePeg » Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:00 pm

I've thought about having a travel companion go places with my wife. I hate to travel, and I'd gladly buy a ticket for someone else rather than for myself. And I'm not wealthy. A "plus" would be if you could provide some assistance to disabled people.

But, alas, no, I don't know anyone who does this.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby lovingmyself » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:09 pm

Thanks, Square Pegs, that's nice to know. I don't think I would be comfortable looking after someone with a disability particularly if I would have to dress and bathe them. However, I don't mind helping them to cross the street or go up and down hills and stairs, or carry stuff or anything basic like that.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby skannie » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:03 pm

What about being a travelling companion to blind and visually impaired people?

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011 ... traveleyes
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www.scannertribe.com
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby lovingmyself » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:28 pm

Hi Skannie, I just saw your response now regarding Traveleyes. I just checked out the link you provided and I think it is something that could interest me. I love helping people and putting smiles on their faces. I have never worked with the blind or visually impaired but I think it could be interesting since I am not taking care of them but being a companion instead. Also for sighted travellers they only pay half price as a thank you.

Thanks for your suggestion and the link. I will bookmark it and see if I can go with them at some point.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby SquarePeg » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:08 pm

There are folks like my wife that find airports confusing. (I do, too, so I avoid air travel whenever possible.) Or they go on a bus trip and forget the bus number or the pickup time/location. (Again, I do that, too, but somehow my wife remembers.)
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby lovingmyself » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:12 pm

Skannie, I checked out the site for Traveleyes and it looks really interesting and something I would like to do. The only obstacle is that the pricing is in British pounds and once converted into Canadian currency it becomes quite expensive even at half price for sighted travellers. Perhaps I could see about doing something similar like that in Canada. It would not make sense to go through a British based company because after the conversions it becomes pricey and this is without airfare, etc. But it is a great program and quite innovative.

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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby inspiresuccess » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:17 pm

I think this is such a great idea and very doable. Elaine's suggestions look like good starting points. I'm sure this is definitely a job that people do. It's just a matter of finding out about it. I'll think it over and see if I can come up with some ideas.

Who would you most like to do this with? Specifics? It would be cool if you could match yourself up with people with similar interests. For instance, I read a lot and would love to travel with someone who also loves books. That may give you some ideas of where to connect with a specific group of people.

This is an exciting idea! Can't wait to see what comes of it.

Inspire

P.S. I wish I could afford to hire someone like you. I have claustrophobia and have a hard time in planes. Not fear of flying -- fear of being locked into small spaces. I would have to take tranquilizers to fly and therefore need a companion to navigate the airports, etc.
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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby inspiresuccess » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:26 pm

I have lots of questions. WHERE do you want to travel? HOW do you like to travel -- plane, bus, train? How long would you want to be gone? Long trips or short ones? Do you like crowds? Or hate them? I don't know your age so I'm wondering how close in age you want to be to the person you're helping.

I wanted to do this companion thing that requires you to be 60. I contacted them when I turned 60 and they said, "Oh, my, you're so young. We usually don't accept people your age". I asked what age is the age they look for. 70's and 80's because they want to match people up with someone their own age. Geez! I thought 60 was old!

If you're up to a Barbara-type exercise, I would suggest you write something about your IDEAL TRIP, IDEAL COMPANION, ETC. WHAT WOULD AN IDEAL TRIP LOOK LIKE?

It could be fun and it might help us to come up with more specific ideas.

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Re: Travel companion and helper

Postby inspiresuccess » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:38 pm

Okay. This is the last time I'll post and then I will scoot.

Another idea. You could focus on creating your resume for this job. What qualities do you have that would make you good at this job? What other jobs have you had that relate to this job?

I highly recommend The Damn Good Resume Guide. She's really good at helping you look at jobs that seem unrelated, where you use similar
skills. I've hopped from many different job fields and managed to get jobs because of this book. It's slim, easily readable, and very helpful.

Good night!

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