Oh, that one cracks me up, - in the light of the recent news, that Stonehenge is just a big ol' ancient BBQ. I sh*it you not, - that is the news coming out of Blighty........d:o)
(I know J. - I am being flippant on a serious subject, - so stand in the corner then.......d;o)
As for a dream travel job, - helllllloooooo? I had it. The great thing about being a tour manager, was the chance to, shall we say "dabble" in the other dream jobs, - like a scuba diving treasure hunter...........nothing as dramatic as Jessica Alba's bodice in "In To The Blue", but yeah, I have been known to have weak spot when it comes to tales of hidden treasure, or some such adrenaline pumping idiocy. For a pretty smart guy, I have done some seriously dumb things, - but I had a ball not only doing them, but also perversely enjoyed avoiding the consequences.........'nuff said.
(Funny how more "treasures" these days are of the organic kind..........d$o)
Seriously though, looking back, on my work, - it is quite an amazing feeling to, in hindsight, find that I had several of the "I was there" states of mind, when you realize that back when I was in the thick of brand new destinations, that where hopelessly backwards in all incoming aspects of the business, - so there are times that I can feel like a part of history, - in a small small way.
I would not have lived any other way, had I a chance at a do-over. I was lucky. Seriously.
My dream travel job would to be to travel to various places and write about the experience... even if I'm only paid enough to offset the cost of the travel.
After a while the 'dream job' at Stonehenge would cease to excite as the drudgery of going there 5 or 6 days a week sinks in. Jobs like Tour Manager or globe trotting travel writing would be far more attractive as it is a constant parade of different faces/places.
I work as a volunteer conductor on a 110+ year old steam driven railway and although there is that parade of different faces, at times the 15 miles (24 km) does seem the same.
Yesterday was a very busy day and we were VERY short staffed and I asked the station master how many volunteer conductors does it take to change a light globe - no one knows as they seem to burn out quicker than the globes.
No he di'n!!........d:o)
Too funny David...........d:o)
The Stonehenge job is just being the general manager of the new visitor centre: boring meetings, figures and paper-pushing. 'Liaising with Druids' might sound sexy in a news article but it's not going to feature more than once a year...and, in my experience, Druids and pagans and Wiccans etc etc are no more (or less) interesting than any other bunch of humans. So no, that job definitely doesn't appeal to me!
My dream job is the same as Mark's: being paid to travel and write. If that could be travelling to archaeological sites and writing about them from a non-specialist point of view, even better! :-)
The salary is not bad, but how about a decent roof over your head?
My part-time dream job would be writing travels itineraries.
Anything that doesn't involve working in an unheated, un- air conditioned windowless metal building that is an ice box in the winter and a giant radiant oven in the summer.
In other words, anything not like my current place of employment.
A bit like Mark and J, I'd like to be paid to travel all over - but to take photos rather than write (or maybe with a bit of writing on the side for variety!)
Yes, indeed to be a paid travel ambassador/editor is the dream or to travel consult. Like...to do whatever Cachaseiro (Claus) does, but to do it for a quarter of the year and for me, make just over enough to survive.
I'd love to own a successful Island resort in the Great Barrier Reef where I can shimmy in and out checking the flowers, food, entertainment etc and making sure the guests are happy :o) That's my lotto dream... haha.
Ok, let's come down to reality.... I'd like to work for flightcentre.com helping others to plan their holiday itinery and receiving paid holidays occasionally. Unfortunately, that doesn't pay the bills.....
So I have to be content with my job in the Bank office.
My dream job, To be a famous opera singer and get bookings to sing all over the world.
Second job would be the captain of a spaceship so I can boldly go to Venus a place only women has been so far.
Third job : A curry farmer at a small village in India.