Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top 10 Travel Jobs not in order

I have listed below the top 10 best travel jobs, in no particular ranking or order (though as a reporter I have a soft spot myself for travel writing). Who doesn’t want to get paid to sip Ouzo in Athens?

10. International Correspondent

As the New York Times journalist and Middle East correspondent wrote in an introduction to one of his many books, “There is no better job in the world than international correspondent. You travel to interesting places, meet interesting people, and someone else picks up the check.” The best way to break into this business is to enroll in a journalism school that offers some form of international internship upon graduation. I know for a fact Northwestern University has this very program.

9. NGO

Want to change the world? Or want to travel, and then maybe as a side benefit, change the world? Either way, there are a slew of possibilities for the travel hungry and the liberal-hearted (a fruitful combination). Whether you or well-rounded in economic development, conflict resolution, or something as awesomely nebulous as risk management consulting, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are situated throughout the world, in all of its climates, and especially its hot spots.
A good way to get started is to check out www.idealist.org, which provides a multifarious database of non-profit jobs, paid and unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities. Signing up with the UNV (United Nations Volunteers) can’t hurt either, though from what I’ve heard they are notorious for cancelling programs (and therefore, your job) at the last minute before they begin.

8. International Business Executive

You could be closing a deal over a 500 dollar of Brandy in the Swiss Alps before swapping stories and business ideas with the other guy or gal who likewise likes lots of travel, accompanied by lots of money. Having an MBA is one thing, but graduating from well-known business schools provides name-recognition and connections. The Princeton Review has an e-mail list which keeps you abreast of new programs and reputable ones still functioning.

7. Travel Writing/Travel Entertainment

This is admittedly similar to international correspondent, with its one saving grace being the safety factor. No travel editor will ever send you to Israel during the second intifada to report on that new hotel or restaurant.

6. Foreign Service

Embassy parties are by far the closest you will ever come to experiencing imperial and colonial eras. If being served by the locals of the country in which your country’s Embassy is bigger than the Presidential palace sounds like your bag, sign up for the Foreign Service. Those averse to test-taking need not apply. The Foreign Service test is a grueling gauntlet from which few emerge.

5. Armed Services

I know you think I’m a little deranged for suggesting you let Uncle Sam jerk you around for a few years, especially while we are at war. Whatever your view of the Armed Services may be, they provide excellent job training and in some cases a heavy focus on travel. With this in mind, the U.S. Navy stands out. You will sail from port to port, vacation time is ample, training is superb, and the Navy will pay for graduate level education in the field of your choosing. I would do it, but I get seasick.

4. Pilot

Come fly the friendly skies. Lots of adrenaline, lots of responsibility, but it’s all worth it to wear those wings. Piloting schools abound on the web, so take your pick.

3. English Teacher

As a native English speaker, you are very privileged. Right now you could most likely arrive in any non-English speaking nation on the planet and find work with ESL (English as a Second Language). Many other more official opportunities are available abroad, such as the Peace Corps.

2. Sommelier

Cultured palates and high-falutin snobs pay attention. Becoming a fully-licensed sommelier takes a while, but your skills could be useful in many countries, since there are wine-sipping and spitting elitists scattered across the lands like so many snowflakes.

1. Spy

I hadn’t planned on this as the number one choice, since rank is irrelevant here. But now that I’ve arrived at this juncture, I must say, a spy is quite up there on my top 10 ten best travel jobs list. The CIA even has a training program. If you have no qualms with ending another’s life and setting off international incidents, this is for you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Air Charter GLOSSARY

Great for Beginner Air Charter Brokers or for reference:

Air Charter Broker:

The air charter broker represents your interests when dealing with air charter operators and other trip service providers, and acts as an agent and flight coordinator from the very beginning of the flight planning of the trip to to the conclusion of the air charter trip.

Airway Distance:

The actual (as opposed to straight line) distance flown by the aircraft between two points, after deviations required by air traffic control and navigation along published routes. The difference between this and straight line distance will vary throughout the country. Average figures would be between 5-9%.


Airport Reservation Office. Staffed by the FAA, this entity allocates landing and takeoff reservations for unscheduled aircraft in and out of the following airports: JFK, LGA, EWR, DCA, ORD (see airport identifier listings for codes). Since these allocations are scarce and granted 48 hours in advance on a "first-come first served" basis, travel to these five airports may be difficult by business jet charters.

A lower "contract rate" for scheduling significant amounts of air charter (applies to business jet charters and private jet rental) time in advance on a prearranged agreement.

Block Speed:

The average speed over a specific distance "block-to block", or door-to-door with respect to the airport gate.


FAA-issued license (in this context sometimes referred to as ticket, Part 135 license, etc.) to carry passengers for hire.

Commuter Operator:

A regional, scheduled airline. In this book limited to that operator with adequate fleet capacity as to be available of charter. Not all commuter airlines charter, because of the limitations of aircraft and crew availability.

Corporate Operator:

A company flight department which has earned a "Part 135" certificate to carry passengers for compensation.

Cruise Speed:

Cruise speed is the normal speed attained at altitude once the aircraft is no longer climbing and is en route.


Originally a noun, now a verb meaning to fly the return leg of a trip without cargo or passengers. Originally coined during the infancy of the major airlines, the term was pejoratively applied to company employees or spouses, who were strapped into otherwise empty seats to give the appearance of high business volume.

Duty Time:

That portion of the day when a crew member is on duty in any capacity (not just in the air). This can be a constraint on long day-trips, as there are FAA-imposed limits on the amount of time allowed on duty. Many charter operators have stricter rules, so it pays to inquire before planning a trip too tight to the limit.

Empty Leg (i.e. dead leg, one way leg):

When a one way air charter flight is booked, many times, the aircraft has to return to it's original airport. In a case like this, the plane will be flying empty. This is known as an empty leg flight. Empty leg flights for private jet charter are usually offered at discounted price to the charter customer.


Fixed base operator, which represents a large majority of the air charter industry. By definition at a permanent location, this is a vendor of services, maintenance, fuel, flight instruction, and aircraft sales, in addition to charter.

Fleet Manager:

A commercial aviation entity developed to subcontract the maintenance and operation of corporate aircraft, which are often chartered out to the general public.

Flight Time:

That portion of the trip actually spent in the air. For billing purposes this definition is generally strict and only applies from moment of liftoff to moment of touchdown.

Fractional Aircraft Ownership:

Fractional aircraft ownership was created to attract business jet charter clients who are not interested in paying for the expenses of owning an entire aircraft, but would like some ownership interest, control and access to a private business aircraft at reduced hourly rates. Fractional owners pay an acquisition fee (typically 1/16 of the value of the aircraft), a monthly management fee, plus an hourly rate typically equal to the direct operating costs of the aircraft. This is a good alternative to private jet rental for heavy users of business jet charters.


General Aviation District Office of the FAA is the most local branch of the FAA, also the entity most likely to know the specific history of a charter operator.

General Aviation:

That portion of aviation other than military or commercial scheduled operations. Commercial unscheduled operations, corporate flight operations, and private aviation are the most conspicuous members of this group. Most major metropolitan airports ten to have a separate "general aviation" terminal, where a chartered flight is likely to depart or arrive.

Great Circle Distance:

The shortest distance between two points on a globe. All distances shown in distance tables in the Air Charter Guide are "great circle distance".


International Air Transport Association (IATA), a 3-letter identifier for the relevant airport.


International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code, a 4-letter airport location indicator.


"Instrument Flight Rules", flight in instrument meteorology conditions, ("flight in the clouds").


Instrument Landing System- low level approach equipment at certain airports. Airports with ILS systems are indicated in bold face type in the airport listings. Though instrument approaches and departures can be made in airports without an ILS, its presence is a material benefit to the travel planner because an instrument landing system improves trip reliability as closely as possible to the level of scheduled airlines, which generally fly from airports with these facilities.

Independent Operator:

A charter operator that does not meet the definition of FBO or commuter, but may not be involved in contract management of aircraft. The larger independent operators, however, are very close to the fleet manager in business approach.


A night spent in the middle of the trip in a city other than home base for the aircraft and crew.


Medical evacuation (usually emergency), ambulance flight service of many helicopter and jet charter companies.


Ferrying aircraft for departure from other than originating airport. (Applies also for return flight). This extra charge needs to be considered in private jet rental.

Propjet( "turbo prop"):

A propeller driven airplane, in which the engine is a jet turbine rather than piston driven.


The apron or open "tarmac" in front of an FBO or terminal facility. This space is busy, used for deplanement, parking of aircraft, etc. Some facilities will permit automobiles to drive to the aircraft on the ramp, a feature of real benefit to the traveler with heavy or bulky luggage.

Stage Length:

Distance of itinerary non-stop leg.

Taxi Time:

That portion of the trip spent rolling between the gate, terminal, or ramp and runway.


"Visual Flight Rules" (flight out of clouds).

Waiting Time:

That time that the chartered aircraft and crew must wait on the ground during any portion of the trip.

Become a Private Jet Sales Representative

Private and business jets are sold through both the new and used aircraft markets. The aircraft's sale represents the final component in a process that begins when a potential buyer consults a sales representative. The salesperson ascertains the client's needs, budget and technical requirements. Once the client chooses an aircraft, the sales representative oversees the pre-purchase inspection and maintenance logbook analysis. He also handles financing and post-sale modifications and upgrades. The sales representative coordinates the jet's delivery to its new owner, and maintains continued contact with his client.


  1. Study major private jet brands. Familiarize yourself with private and business jets from major aircraft manufacturers. Examine information about each manufacturer's history, as well as its full range of private and business jet models (See Resources). Browse private and business jet brokerage listings, and view varied cockpit and passenger cabin configurations. Observe each jet's standard and optional amenities. Analyze engine power and avionics, or electronics, systems. Examine each jet's performance characteristics if available.
Gather information on private jet sales. Analyze current and projected sales, plus inventory levels, for new and pre-owned private and business jets. In March 2010, UBS Global Equity Research polled United States and international jet manufacturers, brokers, dealers and lenders. A two-year decline in business jet prices had begun to stabilize, and customer interest increased. More available financing led to businesses' optimism. That buoyancy was moderated by backlogged late-model jet inventories.

  • 3
    Meet general private jet salesperson criteria. Each private jet brokerage has its own sales representative requirements, but companies frequently recruit salespeople who can comfortably market high-ticket items. Examples include luxury yachts and fine antique automobiles. Representatives must be comfortable talking with executives and company owners, and must be adept at networking within higher-level professional circles. Impeccable references and a proven sales record are likely requirements, while a college degree may be desired.
  • 4
    Compare industry compensation plans. Your jet brokerage establishes its sales representatives' compensation structure. Some companies utilize a base salary plus commission pay plan. FindJobNet lists a New Hampshire-based private jet sales position with this pay structure. First-year earnings are estimated at $110,000 in 2010. Business Jet Traveler notes that some brokerage firms pay sales commissions from a flat sales fee charged to the seller. Other companies charge a percentage of the jet's selling price, with the salesperson's commission rising along with the sales price.

  • 5.
    Contact private jet sales and brokerage companies. Prepare a resume that lists your aviation-related experience, plus other applicable information about your educational and professional background. Emphasize your potential contributions to the company's success. Contact major jet manufacturers with new and pre-owned sales departments, as well as private and business jet brokerages with similar aircraft. Speak with the company's sales manager about current and projected opportunities throughout the United States.

    Things You'll Need

    • Written information on major jet brands and models
    • List of private jet sales and brokerage companies
    http://www.airbrokernet.com/Travel_Agent_Jet_Charter.htm   TRAVEL AGENT (work for a jet charter company as a travel agent/concierge)

    Read more: How to Become a Private Jet Sales Representative | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7496075_become-private-jet-sales-representative.html#ixzz2QklzvnbV
    Read more: How to Become a Private Jet Sales Representative | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7496075_become-private-jet-sales-representative.html#ixzz2QklkiYTG

    Private Charter Jet Business/Jobs

    So i was watching Ready for Love Reality show and this girl said her job was working for a Private Charter Jet Business...And it looked like she was really happy and had everything she could ever want! So Im like hey i'm gonna look this business up and see what it takes to work for one of these companies. I was SHOCKED at the money in this type of business... These people pay hourly for private jets and the rates start at $1500/hr! Kraziness! I can only imagine... if you have $1500 to spend on just a 1 hr of a flight then you have money to spend on anything...including a concierge...Here is where I come in with my idea! How to become a concierge for a private jet charter company?? Sounds good right! Im sure they have these as an option but i would pitch myself to some of these companies and see what i could make to book someones hotel...get them limos to their events or set up private dinners etc... i mean i would only charge $1000 an hr for this service lol But seriously can you imagine the money in this kind of business...just catering to rich people....I think im on to something here! We'll have to wait and see....just another one of me and my big ideas!

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Ice Cream in a Bag

    A friend posted this on FB and it looked like a cool Kids project-I'm gonna try it with my daughter today...Check it out Ya'll!
    "Original Post is as follows":
    Ice Cream in a Bag This is SOOO easy… and delicious! In a small Ziplock bag, put: 1/2 C. half and half (milk works too) 1 Tbps. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Insert that bag into a larger, on...e gallon Ziplock filled with ice and salt, I used sea salt. Shake the bag for five minutes. Kids love that part! Then, remove the smaller bag which should have turned into ice cream. I did this in elementary school and have been looking every where for it!Photo: Be sure to click "SHARE" so this saves to your wall! :) 

Ice Cream in a Bag This is SOOO easy… and delicious! In a small Ziplock bag, put: 1/2 C. half and half (milk works too) 1 Tbps. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Insert that bag into a larger, one gallon Ziplock filled with ice and salt, I used sea salt. Shake the bag for five minutes. Kids love that part! Then, remove the smaller bag which should have turned into ice cream. I did this in elem school and have been looking every where for it!

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    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Lori Greiner-My Role Model!


         Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 400 products, and holds 115 U.S. and international patents. A well-known celebrity personality on QVC-TV, Greiner has hosted her own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, for over 15 years.
    Greiner's cleverly designed products cover a large range, as she is constantly adding new items. From kitchen tools, travel bags and unique accessories to must-have organizers for the home, her products are enjoyed by men and women alike. She is known for creating some of the most popular jewelry and cosmetic organizers of her time. Her inspiration comes from her passion to bring happiness to people by making their everyday lives easier. Her products are sold on QVC and in retailers across the U.S. and in Europe.
    Greiner's accomplishments come from her sharp instincts and strong business sense. She handles the legal and patent processes, and drives her business to the success it has achieved. An expert on patenting and a guest speaker for the United States Patent & Trademark Office, she is hands-on in all facets of taking a product from concept to creation and to market within months. She has also helped many budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into hit products. At the heart of her own success lie talent, hard work and perseverance, as well as sincere, energetic on-air appeal.
    Greiner's collection of over 400-plus products are regularly featured in top magazines like Town & Country, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman's Day, Family Circle and InStyle. She has also been profiled in Financial Times, Forbes, Success, and on CNBC and Bloomberg. Her Initial Silver Safekeeper was chosen as one of Oprah's favorite things.
    A great believer that, if you are lucky enough to be successful, you have a responsibility to give back, Greiner's most gratifying moments come when she is able to help budding entrepreneurs achieve the same success she feels lucky enough to have enjoyed. She also believes that what matters most in life is who a person is and what is in their soul. She and her company annually donate a substantial amount of their profits to a variety of charities.
    Greiner's all-American success story is refreshing in today's challenging economy. Her inventions address the everyday needs of a wide-range of people, and her affordable pricing makes her products accessible, allowing her to spread her enthusiasm for problem-solving to millions.

    When Life Gives you Grapes

    Im just sayin...why does the saying always go when life gives you lemons... what if it really wants to give u grapes and then u can make wine! And drink it and Be happy! Im really HAPPY right now and im actually not drinking any wine....just King Cake Vodka from New Orleans...My new fav liquor! Yum i am def conserving this shtuff! Saving it for special occasionz only =)

    Become a Travel Agent to Save Money on your own trips

    I was googling this cuz i thought hey that may be a great idea. We travel all of the time and that may just be the way to go... Didnt find much and what i did find did not sound that great! Looks like the net is taking over travel agents jobs...these websites have more info on familairization trips though

    It will sometimes help. NO commissions on air travel. But you can go on fabulous FAM trips (familiarization trips) for pretty cheap.

    We hold a card through these people. http://www.globaltravel.com/home/def...N=&PROMO=&AFF=
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