A popular topic of discussion on travel blogs today is, “What are the best jobs for people who love to travel?” Some of the most common opportunities include flight attendant, au pair, or teaching English abroad.
My close friend (and fellow Wisconsin native) Chelsey, who has a wild spirit and a desire to see the world, found a different way to facilitate a life of travel: working as a vendor with Disney On Ice.
“When I decided to go on tour I was still in college. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career, I had just switched majors to something I didn’t really like, and was in a living situation I hated. I just kind of felt stuck,” said Chelsey.
It was around that time an opportunity presented itself through a friend of a friend. Chelsey was able to get a glimpse of the Disney On Ice tour lifestyle during a week in Houston, Texas.
“I sold cotton candy in the seats,” said Chelsey. “And I made pretty good money,” she added, which was a big factor for her future decisions. Soon after she was invited to stay on tour full-time.
“I decided I was going to do it,” said Chelsey. “I wanted to travel, I wasn’t happy with my current situation, and I didn’t want to get a degree just to get a degree…I did have a lot of time invested in my education though, so I took a summer class after the first half of my first tour in order to get my Associate’s degree.”
Chelsey worked as a vendor, selling light-up toys, popcorn and candy, and eventually worked her way up to running a novelty stand. “That’s where the money is at,” Chelsey interjected. “But it’s very competitive. You have to be smart and persuasive to be successful.”
Today she finds herself on Tour #6, with Tour #7 already lined up.
“I honestly can’t even fathom only staying in one place anymore. Here we are in a new city every week, I meet people from all over the world, and learn about different cultures on a daily basis,” said Chelsey.
Within the last few years, Chelsey has been to nearly every major US city, up and down the East and West coasts, to South Africa, and will soon be traveling to Puerto Rico.
But a life of constant travel does have its drawbacks.
“I don’t like not having roots anywhere. I miss my car and my kitchen. And relationships on tour don’t work out very well.”
Even so, Chelsey would definitely recommend this lifestyle to fellow travel lovers.
“I loooveee seeing new places, people, and cultures. I feel bad for people who aren’t able to see how much life there is out there.”
Despite feeling like she had no direction, Chelsey found a creative way to both remain financially stable and experience her true passion for travel on a daily basis.