I have taught a lot of aerobics classes for my opportunity- of course, you've also seen that I'll do the servas thing too. Here's something else- I met an older woman last year in Italy. She was from Sweden and she was biking through Italy. She was sharing a room with me, and when I talked to her and asked her what she was doing with her computer, she told me that she wrote some of the newspapers and magazines before she left and secured some paid articles about her trip. She actually did a bunch of pieces on art and culture in Italy, but she did some pieces about cycling through Italy. She told me if I were smart, I would save all my pictures and write my experiences down and try to sell them. So this year, when I take my trip, I plan to bring a small tape recorder, in addition to a small notebook. I will be taking notes of what I did and the things I observed, and when I'm too tired to write, I can just talk into my tape recorder. When I get home, I'll start calling magazines and newspapers and see about selling stories to them. I'd actually like to do a series on my trip and just write about some aspect of my trip in installments.
If you're interested in doing this, go to about.com and check under freelance writing to see more about "freelance etiquitette". You want to be able to make sure that you get royalties from your article every time they publish it. And you want to be able to get something if they put your article on the internet and it's viewed by lots of people. And you want to see how you can re-sell your article to other magazines or newspapers. Some publishing companies don't want you to do that. And you have to be able to negotiate your rate. I mean, if they offer you a nickel per word when typically, freelance writers get a dollar a word, they are really ripping you off. It would be a good idea to read up on that stuff and figure out what you can do to protect yourself. About.com gave the best information yet.
Hmmmmm..... I know it can get costly, but it can also lead to some money making opportunities. I know another aerobics instructor who decided to go around to these adventure races and interview people, so she travelled around and talked to people. Then she got together with another writer. I'd just gotten back to Italy when she was telling me about this great book she was writing, and she was having a ball. Well, I didn't take her seriously until I saw her book about 3 months ago as the featured book on borders.com! I'm glad I took the time to talk to her- see if you can find someone like that who can guide you in the right direction. It could pay off.
I'm thinking about getting into some television opportunites eventually. I know some local personalities and I'm hoping they'll look at me next year, cause I want to do the whole summer cycling around and get paid for it. This is the last trip I go without some serious funding behind me. Shoot, I ain't goin' down like no punk!