One of the biggest challenges for people is saving up for a world trip. It can be daunting trying to save thousands of dollars for your next big trip. Yet I always say “If you can’t save, go work.” The world has an abundance of jobs that travelers can get. Millions of travelers fund their trips by working their way around the world. Today, I want to profile one of our community members who does just that. Angela works as an au pair. This funds her round the world travel dreams, let’s her stay in a place longer, and get to know a culture better. Today we share her story and tips for being an au pair.

Nomadic Matt: Hi Angela! Thanks for doing this. Tell us about yourself!
Angéla:I’m Angéla and I’m 28 years old. I was born near Lyon, France, and am the eldest of four sisters. After graduating from school when I was 21, I started working as an au pair in Germany. I wanted to get out of France and work with children, so this was the perfect job! Seven years later, I’m still an au pair, currently in Japan! I love what I do because I get to travel and work with children, the two things I love the most.

Were you always interested in travel? How did you get started?
Funny enough, out of all my big family (I have three other siblings and lots of cousins), I’m the only one who likes to travel a lot! Nobody around me ever went abroad for more than a few days, and especially not very far away. So I didn’t know much about traveling, except from watching movies and pop culture.

I didn’t begin traveling until I was 21. I guess it was because I never did it that I wanted to do it. I’d always dreamed of traveling the world and seeing the places I saw in the movies

How did you decide to become an au pair?
It happened seven years ago when I was looking for a job in France and after finding nothing interesting, I decided to have a look at the au pair thing. It sounded interesting — working in another country and living with a family. By being an au pair, I would be able to have a job, accommodation, food, lots of free time, and some extra spending cash. It was perfect. I could enjoy traveling without needing a lot of money because I could use the money that I would earn during my stay. It lets me travel without huge savings.

Where have you worked as an au pair?
I’ve been to Germany, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden, and I’m currently in Japan. I stay from eight months to one year in each country. All of them have been great experiences. I’ve been lucky enough to stay with very good people, and everybody I met while traveling has been super nice.

My favorite place has been New Zealand. It’s simply breathtaking! The landscapes are unbelievable. I can’t recommend it enough. Canada is probably my next favorite. It is a relatively safe country to live in, the people are nice, and I love the cold winters. I got to try ice fishing and totally loved it!

Photographs are an important part of the travel experience and, with so many budding photographers in this community, I wanted to create a semi-ongoing series about travel photography. Since I’m not a photographer, I’ve invited professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe (and teacher of our Superstar Blogging photography class) to share his wisdom. In this post, Laurence will discuss how to pick the best camera (for any budget) for your travels.

Getting great photos from our travel adventures is something all of us want, and I know that when I started my life of full-time travel, deciding what kind of camera to take with me was a big decision.

In the end, I went with a bulky digital SLR (from the Canon Rebel line), and I’m pleased I did so, because it led me to becoming a full-time professional travel photographer. In my case, the investment cost and extra weight were the right decision for me — there was no such thing as mirrorless when I started out!

However, my choice certainly won’t be right for everyone. There’s a wide range of devices on the market that can take photos — everything from smartphones and point-and-shoots to mirrorless cameras and those big, heavy DSLRs. You have to decide which is right for you.

In this post, we’re going to help you do just that. And all you have to do is answer three questions.

How much money do you want to spend?

Your budget is a key part of choosing the right camera for travel. There’s no point dreaming about a high-end camera if you only have a couple of hundred dollars to spend.

Budget is a personal consideration, but there are a few things to remember that folks sometimes forget:

First, the accessories. When you buy a camera, you’re going to want to pick up a high-capacity memory card ($20–40), a case or bag ($10–200), a spare battery ($10–50), and maybe filters or a tripod. If you buy an interchangeable lens camera, think about the cost of any extra lenses as well.

Second, remember that travel can sometimes be risky. Things can be lost or stolen, and you need to think about what value of equipment you’re comfortable having with you. It’s also worth checking what your travel insurance will cover — most policies have relatively low single-item limits, so for high value equipment, you might have to consider specialty insurance.

Baby’s first bath is a huge milestone, and subsequent baths never stop being cute either! But baby bath time also requires vigilance from mom and dad to prevent any accidents and to protect baby from the many hazards found in the bathroom. Here are some important tips to help you keep bath time safe and enjoyable for you and your baby.

“Top and tail” while they’re very young

Before the umbilical cord falls out, babies only need a sponge bath. After a few weeks when it finally falls out, your baby is ready for their first real bath! But keep in mind that babies don’t need a full bath every day, only 2-3 times per week. However, you should give them a topping and a tailing every day.

Topping involves cleaning their face, ears, and neck with a warm cloth or cotton pad.

Tailing involves cleaning their genital area with warm water and drying gently and thoroughly before putting on a fresh diaper

Gather your necessary supplies beforehand

Never, EVER leave your baby unattended. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. Before you give your baby a bath, gather all necessary supplies and put them with arms-reach. If you do forget something mid-bath, bring your baby with you. A wet shirt is a small price to pay for your baby’s safety.

Babies’ soft, smooth skin gets very slippery after a bath, so keep a towel handy so you can immediately bundle them up.

It’s also a good idea to have a diaper nearby in case the fresh air on their little bums makes them feel like going sooner than you expect.

Safety-proof the bathroom

Make sure anything with a cord is put away so the cord doesn’t become a tripping or tangling hazard, or a burning hazard if it conducts heat.

Make sure the toilet seat is closed and locked if baby is old enough to open it

Babies lose body heat quickly, so make sure the air temperature is warm and no windows are open so the water stays warm and baby doesn’t get cold

Place a non-slip mat on the floor and a non-slip mat in the tub to prevent slips on every surface

Use liquid soap instead of bar soap, Slippery can have you diving around, fumbling and can risk bumping baby over.

Learn baby CPR

Accidents can happen to even the most careful parents. While none of us could ever imagine our baby slipping under the water, it does happen. No matter how diligent you are, it’s very important that you learn infant CPR so you can respond quickly and appropriately in an emergency. Although the thought of an incident isn’t pleasant, you will never regret having the necessary life-saving skills to protect your baby, even if you never have to use them.

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