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Super Hero Museum

Comic books, good guys fighting bad guys, superheroes in capes, I am sure we all have fond memories of at least some of these things. From cartoons, movies, maybe TV shows that you used to watch. Really, who doesn’t love a good superhero? Better yet, who doesn’t love action figures of a good superhero? If you love any of the things I have mentioned above, you simply have to visit one of my favorite museums of all time! The Action Figure Museum! The Action Figure Museum is a fairly small museum in OK about an hour from Oklahoma City. Though this museum is small, actually one of the smallest I have been to, it really is capable of a lot of fun!

We heard of this museum from a traveling family who also loves super heroes and action figures, when we heard about it my mom sister and I wanted to surprise our brother by taking him the museum without him knowing we would be visiting it that day. We were having a “driving day” when we visited the museum, meaning that we would be taking our fifth wheel through a handful of states in one day. Still, we knew we wanted to take the time to visit the museum.

As soon as you walk into the museum, you can basically see the whole place. Walls divide the sections, but you can still see the entire room. Because of the size of the museum, I thought this would be a quick in and out trip. Walk around, check out some action figures, and get back to driving. I would soon find out how wrong I was!

The first display that we saw was one consisting of nothing but GI-Jo’s. When I read that it sounds like it was simply a shelf of GI-Jo’s still packaged, showing how the dolls (oops, action figures) have changed through the years. Instead it was like a GI-Jo diorama! Models had been made and set up into different scenes, and various GI-Jo’s were battling it out. With all the awesome accessories, including weapons in the hands of the toys, tents with people poking out, and detailed landscapes this was a great way to start the museum.

The next section of the room had two glass display cases consisting of Mickey and Disney memorabilia. I love classic Disney things, and really enjoyed this part of the museum. Though mainly consisting of baby toys like Mickey rattles, and plush Donald ducks, everything was interesting enough to hold everyone’s attention. What I really enjoyed about the Disney section is seeing what toys kids may have played with 30 to 40 years ago!

Now we really got to see some action figures. With huge glass display cases, filled to the brim with the toys, I am sure that no matter what hero you like, you will find it here! And the museum does not seem to be loyal to any particular comic brand, it doesn’t matter if you like Marvel heroes like Thor and Captain America, or DC heroes like Superman and Batman. If you like a super hero, you will find a toy version of them here! They even had some more…. unusual action figures. Including Pee-Wee Herman and his playhouse, famous rock stars made into toys, Snoopy figurines, Star Wars figures, and even some Simpson action figures! Like I said, you will find anything here.

Oh, they also have a Batman section. I am not sure why out of all the superheroes; Batman deserves his very own section. I guess because of the Dark Knight Movies are so popular, but that hardly seems a good excuse. If anything the Marvel Avengers should have a separate section! In case you can not tell I am a Marvel girl. Mainly the Batman section contained more action figures, but it also had weird things like batman shoes, random objects with batman packaging, and objects themed around the bad guys in the movies. They also had the first Dark Knight movie playing non stop. Oh, I am not saying this section wasn’t cool, because I do think it really was.

Finally, they have the piece de resistance. OK, this extravagant display is very hard to explain, like really really hard. Not because it is a confusing display, simply because it such an awesome one. No, seriously. I wanted to look at this thing for hours. I will just explain it as simply as I can. It was basically a scene of what would happen if a life long collector of vintage toys mistreated them, and one night they all came to life and attacked him. The scenes you get to see is what would happen if they toys were caught in the middle of celebrating the victory of killing the owner that mistreated them. Don’t worry, this is not gory merely disturbing. If you are worried about your kids being upset by this, I am sure it will simply go over there heads. The reason the display is so cool is because of the immense amount of detail in it! Every inch of the roped off scene is covered with toys and action figures! And not just like standing looking at you, that would be creepy. Instead it is as if the toys are interacting with each other. And it is hilarious! They had Pee Wee riding a Godzilla monster, a toy spider crawling down the wall with a toy in its talons, a multitude of rock and roll action figures playing on a small stage, snoopy and the hulk hanging out, and some heroes from rivaling comic brands fighting each other. They had so many more funny things I want to point out, but it would take to long to tell about them. That and I can’t remember all of them!

OK, one last thing. If you bring kids here they will have a wonderful time! Besides being able to see all of the neat old toys, they will be able to play in the very nice kids section of the museum. This section has superhero cartoons playing, toys to play with, and super hero costumes to dress up in. I am not sure about the cleanliness of some of the costumes, but if you are worried about that you can just let your children put on the cute superhero masks!

This is really a wonderful museum! I love it so much, most museums I have a kind of, been there done that attitude. If I have visited a museum and we are traveling by it again a couple years later, I will usually not be eager to go back to it. This museum is an exception to that rule. Next time my family visits OK I really hope to visit this museum! You do pay for tickets, but they are not expensive at all. If you are in OK and love superheroes, go to this museum!

10 Ways to Make Money on the Road

If you dream of living a nomadic existence, travelling the world for an indefinite amount of time, then the one thing that you need to figure out is money. Whilst you can travel the world on a budget living off dried noodles, at some point that money will run out if nothing is coming in. Of course you can work hard at home to save up money, spend it all on a whirlwind trip around the world, then come back with nothing and save it all up again. But what if you could find a way to make a living on the road, so you didn’t have to do that? There’s a new breed of nomad out there- the money savvy traveller who isn’t afraid to use a bit of ingenuity and make a living out of travelling the world.

1. Writing for the web

If you have a way with words and are good at writing, there are plenty of online travel magazines like Matador and BootsNAll that will pay for your writing. You can also make money as a copywriter writing articles, press releases and web content. Freelance websites like PeoplePerHour or Freelancer.com are a good place to start looking.

2. Start a travel blog

Travel blogging is one option to make money online, but it’s hard work and you won’t make money overnight. Buy yourself a domain name, set up WordPress, choose a nice theme, then begin publishing quality articles that people would want to read. Market your blog through social media sites and network with other travel bloggers out there. Of course there’s no exact recipe for success, but once you’ve built traffic you can make money through Google Ads, affiliate schemes and private advertisers. There are plenty of eBooks and websites out there telling you how to make money blogging, but to start with maybe check out Problogger and MakeMoneyTravelBlogging.

2. Photography

The wonderful thing about travel is that there are so many photo opportunities of landmarks, people, food and scenery. If you’re a budding photographer and have the ability to capture stunning photos, then you can make money by selling your photos to publications. You can also make money by selling images on stock photography websites like istockphotoor shutterstock.

4. Web Design & Graphic Design

The brilliant thing about having a job that’s centered around the Internet is that you can do the work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a laptop and internet connection. Everybody needs a website these days. You can make money by offering to make websites for bars, restaurants, villa rentals, surf camps…wherever you go you’ll meet people in need of a website or logo. Travel with business cards in your pocket and network with people in the place you’re staying. Look at job boards on freelance websites and check out sites like craigslist.

5. Bar/Restaurant jobs

This is probably the easiest option on the list because you can get working holiday visas for countries like Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand and do some bar tending or serving. The best way to get a job like this is by walking into a bar and handing in your CV, or chatting to the bar manager. If you have a European passport then you can work in tons of countries across Europe. Of course, whilst I’m not encouraging this, there are plenty of bars and restaurants that will pay in cash for handing out flyers and bar tending. I know many people who travel around the world doing seasonal work too in hotels and resorts. They follow the snow and do a ski season in the Alps or Canada, then spend the summer working in the Greek Islands. With bar and serving jobs in some countries you can make more money in tips than from your actual wage.

6. Teaching English as a second language

This is still one of the most popular ways to make money abroad, particularly if you want to travel to Asian countries like Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea. It can be beneficial to have a university degree and a TEFL or TESOL certificate, but not always compulsory. The best site to visit is DavesESLCafe to get you started.

7. WWOOFING and fruit picking

Fruitpicking isn’t for the faint-hearted (believe me, I tried it and didn’t last very long) but there are plenty of fruit picking and packing opportunities, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. You can find work through an agency that will contact you to tell you of the work they have available, through websites like AnyworkAnywhere and PickingJobs, or by looking locally in hostels and pubs in fruit picking areas.  WWOOFING involves volunteering on organic farms in exchange for accommodation and food and you can search for opportunities on the WWOOF website.

8. Hostel Work

If you’re looking for some free accommodation, there are plenty of live-in jobs you can do, including hostel work. Talk to the hostel owner where you are staying and ask if you can do some work in exchange for free accommodation. You’ll probably have to do things like sitting on reception, showing people to their rooms, night shifts and making beds.

9. Crew

You can find crew jobs on boats, luxury yachts and cruise ships by looking at crew sites or paying a visit to the nearest harbour to ask about any jobs. You could be a deck hand, a steward or stewardess, an engineer, or a chef and you get to sail to some exotic destinations.

10. eBooks/themes/apps

With the Internet there are lots of opportunities these days to create and sell products like WordPress Themes, Apps and ebooks. Whilst you may have to put quite a bit of effort in to make it, once it’s done you get consistent passive income from it.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are plenty of job opportunities out there. You could get a diving instructor’s licence, work in a trade, temp in an office or become a tour guide for the summer. Think about the skills you possess and how you could use them. Some people fall into a job by accident because they were in the right place at the right time, whilst sometimes people land a job by enquiring in advance.

This article was written and published by Tom Coates at http://journals.worldnomads.com

FAQ’s About Making Money On The Road From Your RV As A Transcriptionist

Reader Jayne asked a couple of questions in comments on the Street View post about working from your RV as a transcriptionist that I felt warranted their own post:

I know it’s best to do one’s research before jumping in, so I am hoping to learn from those are already in this field [transcription]. Hoping to learn about what you love about your job, what attributes /skills one needs to be successful? I can type fairly fast but definitely would need to improve my accuracy and knowledge of punctuation. I see many online programs for certifications as well as local schools.

What I love the most is probably specific to me in that I got really lucky and found a great client that provides me with a variety of projects. One day I’m transcribing in the medical field, another I’m transcribing a hearing, and the next I’m doing a focus group.

Skills that are necessary include:

– a good ear for voices (I struggle if I have more than four really distinct voices)

-good broad general knowledge (to understand, not just hear, what someone is saying)

-good typing skills

-patience (sometimes you get files that are very difficult)

-self-discipline (to meet deadlines)

I looked into accreditation and discovered that experience goes as far as a degree in the field of general transcription. If you want to go into medical, then a certificate could be helpful to learn the specifics of that trade, such as privacy rules, document standards, and terminology. But you can also get all that from someone willing to take you on as an apprentice of sorts. You don’t have to have a certificate to get into the medical transcription business.

A misconception about transcription is that it’s a mindless job that anyone can do. But it takes a certain amount of writing skills to turn words into readable text. I often have to break grammar and punctuation rules to make a transcript legible.

One of my first questions is understanding if technology might change the need for transcriptionists with all the voice recognition products on the horizon.

My client and I have talked about this and neither one of us is concerned. Software won’t be able to muddle through thick accents, stutterers, and mutterers. What I could see happening is that people may use software for the first transcript and then have a human do a review, but most people will realise that this is not cost efficient.

The second most important is what industries use them and which might be the best to target. I am only familiar with medical and legal but am sure there are niche needs and would it be better to think about this.

I am a general transcriptionist who dabbles in medical and legal thanks to that one client. Having had a taste of all three, I prefer being a general transcriptionist because it offers more variety. Industries that use transcriptionists include police departments, mental health professionals, research companies (eg. focus groups, surveys), political offices, the entertainment industry, and on and on and on.

you have the French / English translation skill, which I am sure opens the door for additional opportunities.

It does, but not as much as some would think because I am not an accredited translator. My translation clients are folks who can’t afford an accredited translator.

I have one occasional transcription client who also pays me to translate the transcript into the other language. I love those jobs!

If you had to go back and do it over again, would you select your current industry or another?

I wouldn’t change anything because my path has led me to an awesome client who is the backbone of my business and who provides me with a wonderful variety of things.

Last, but certainly not least is income. Wondering what I might expect to earn as an hourly rate in the beginning and what the more experienced folks out there are billing.

Billing in transcription is a thorny issue. Medical and legal pays by the line, but I’m not too familiar with that. I’m paid by audio minute, which is the standard in general transcription. The problem with being paid by audio minute is that most people looking for transcriptionists don’t understand how long it takes to transcribe one audio minute. The industry standard for good quality audio with a couple of speakers is 1:4. That means that an hour of transcription takes four hours to transcribe. I can type up to 100 words a minute and I can only beat this standard when I have a solo speaker with a prepared speech.

So all that said, I would not accept less than $1 per audio minute, which means $15/hour, minus taxes and expenses. But I usually get $1.20 to $1.40 with my big client (as I am a sub-contractor) and I charge $1.50 to $2 per audio minute to direct clients.

This brings up another challenge with transcription. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has offered to pay me $15 to transcribe an hour of audio. To those folks, I explain how long it takes to actually transcribe an hour of audio (and provide links to support my argument). Some reply, “Oh, that’s why no one wants this job! Will you do it for $60?” and others outsource to other countries where wages are lower (a common issue on Elance).

I am 55 and wonder if it is realistic to think I could carry this career into my retirement years to supplement my income.

There is a lot of need for transcriptionists, and it seems to be a bigger field in the US than in Canada based on how many ads I see on Craigslist. I think that a good transcriptionist will never be out of work.

As a final note, transcription does involve investing in some equipment: a reliable way to get online on the road, a good noise-canceling headset, a good keyboard, and a foot pedal, as well as an ergonomic desk setup. Transcription isn’t a job that can be done efficiently from the couch or a coffee shop. So keep that in mind when setting up a home office in an RV, and plan your electrical set up so that it will allow you to keep working even on 12V power. I have actually never transcribed with all this equipment while traveling in the RV and I am curious to see how it will affect my battery usage. I may end up having to spring for more batteries.

Thanks for your questions, Jayne. I wish you the best in setting up your online business.

 

This article was written by full time RVer Rae Crothers at Travels With Miranda

Work From Home Jobs Suitable For Full Time RVers

“How will I earn a living?” is a common excuse to not move to the full-time RVing lifestyle before retirement.

The fact is that many RVers are earning a full-time income while enjoying a mobile lifestyle.

This article provides resources for finding a great job that you can do from your RV. Look at the job fields that are suitable for mobile workers or skip down to the list of companies that are a good fit for RVers.

Jobs Suitable to a Mobile Lifestyle

There are a lot of legitimate work-from-home and telecommute opportunities, but not all are suitable to those with a mobile lifestyle. This is because many jobs, such as customer service, require land-line telephone and internet connections.

The biggest decision to make is whether you want to work for yourself or someone else.

The following are some areas in which a full-time RVer can work:

-transcription (general, medical, legal)

-virtual assistance

-web page design and IT help

-writing for magazines, blogs, ezines

-proofreading

-translation

-photography

-drop shipping

-consulting

-sales

-mobile trades

-seasonal work (fruit picking, summer camp hosting, ski patrolling, tree planting, mushroom picking, retail sales during holidays)

-camp-hosting (working at an RV park)

-arts and crafts (jewelery is popular)

Most Important

You need to be reachable. Invest in your communications system, especially for internet. Do not rely on RV park WiFi.

Where to Find Jobs Suitable for a Mobile Lifestyle

Some of these are U.S. only, but many also have opportunities for Canadians.

Elance – a site where contractors bid on projects. Multiple domains.

Editfast – this website for professional proofreaders has a rigourous application process. There are no job postings but it does provide exposure to potential clients.

Home Job Stop – this website is an incredible resource for telecommuting positions. Most of the advertisements there are for jobs, not contracts. There’s more selection for US applicants, but it’s still worth it for Canadians to visit. There is a membership cost but this place is worth it because all the job postings are legitimate.

Genuine Jobs – this site is an aggregator that pulls telecommuting and work-from-home friendly job postings from all over the web. It is an invaluable resource.

Telecommuting Is Okay – this site posts all the legitimate Craiglist jobs from North America that have the ‘telecommuting is okay’ box checked. The odd scam gets through, but it becomes very easy to pick out the phonies.

All of Craigs– there are several Craigslist aggregators that let you search multiple sites at once, but All of Craigs is best to find American contracts.Search Tempest – this is the best Craigslist aggregator for Canada, and it allows you to search all of the US, Canada, and Mexico at the same time. The interface isn’t as friendly as All of Craigs.

121 Jobs You Can Do From Home – Ignore the scammy-looking sales page. This $7 resource is a bargain. There are few opportunities for Canadians but enough to warrant the price tag.

Workamper News – Excellent resource for finding camphosting jobs. There are not enough postings for Canadians to make it worth their while to subscribe.

Specific Opportunities Suitable to a Mobile Lifestyle

Many companies target telecommuters. The following are only a few.

Woodall’s Team Rep – Couples with sales experience can apply to be a rep for the Woodall’s RV publication.

Accutran Global – Experienced transcriptionists would do well to apply for these seasonal positions.

Lionbridge – Internet assessment that offers solid part-time income.

Amazon – Amazon frequently hires workampers for their Coffeyville, KY, warehouse around the holiday season. US only.

Workamping at Dollywood-How about working at an amusement park? US only.

 

Work From Home Jobs Suitable For Full Timer Rver’s is a guest post provided by Rae at Travels With Miranda

How to Build a Mobile Business

There are multiple paths to a successful mobile business. Shannon’s route to fame and glory reflects her specific skills, interests, and professional network. Your path will be different and should be planned around your unique own abilities and passions. Here’s how to get started:

Do What You Know

If you work in any information field, you likely already possess skills and contacts that can be leveraged into a mobile profession. Just about any professional endeavor, whether reviewing legal documents, building spreadsheets, entering data, drafting engineering plans, or writing code can be done remotely.

The upside of “outsourcing” is that technology now enables us to compete for work anywhere in the world. Employers are increasingly looking for solutions wherever they can find them. Find a way to add value and you’ll have no shortage of work opportunities.

To tap this global employment market, you need to think broadly about how your skills can fit various business needs. Look for freelancing opportunities at your current place of employment and check with competitors for consulting gigs. Imagine how what you do currently can be expanded or tailored for other purposes. Put together a business plan emphasizing how you can do more and better for less. Then hit the pavement selling yourself to whomever you can wherever opportunities exist.

Write What You Know

Writing is not the easiest way to make a buck, but it is a proven one. It’s also a field that is surprisingly broad and deep. Consider that nearly every written word you see, and many spoken ones you hear, are paid for. That pool of opportunity extends far beyond novels and glossy magazines. Industry newsletters, technical manuals, speeches, scripts, advertising copy, brochures, hobby publications all need someone to write them.

Best of all, these writing opportunities can supplement and support consulting ones. What better way to advertise your expertise in a field, and build your brand, than to write articles in relevant industry publications?

Don’t Quit Your Day Job (At least not yet)

For most people building a book of business from scratch takes a considerable amount of time and a fair amount of trial and error. It’s uncommon to be able to support yourself completely from a brand new business the very first year.

In our case, we experimented with freelancing for several years before diving into it fulltime. During that time we figured out what worked, what didn’t and what was possible. We built relationships, expanded contacts and gained trust – all with a steady paycheck to fall back on.

Be Creative

The opportunities to support yourself on the road are limited only by your imagination and your willingness to adapt and overcome. If you look around you’ll find as many ways of earning a living as there are people doing it. Gary Arndt from Everything-Everywhere combined his passion for travel and photography and just started offering photography lesson tours. Howard and Linda of RV-Dreams hold rallies to teach wanna-be RVers how to fulltime. Matt Kepnes of NomadicMatt sells several self-published travel books.

On the road we met a guy who gives paragliding flights in Napal, Europe, and Central America; a couple of women who sell advertising in tourism maps; accountants with mobile offices; people selling crafts and others offering services. If you can think of it, somebody is probably doing it.

Be Persistent

Working for yourself, particularly on a freelance basis, is very different than working for a typical employer. You don’t get paid for just showing up and doing what you’re told. Instead, you get paid for figuring out what someone needs, convincing them that they need it from you, and then giving it to them in a way that exceeds their expectations. If you do that successfully, you’ll earn exactly one paycheck. If you want another paycheck, you have to start the process all over again.

Initially, you’ll hear “No” far more than “Yes.” Get ready for a lot of rejection. But one thing we’ve learned is that rejection isn’t the same thing as failure. Not even close. There is great value in simply getting professionally crafted pitches in front of clients. Pitches, even rejected ones, keep you “top of mind” of potential employers. They help you build a presence and establish a rapport. Repeated pitches keep you on the radar, which is essential for eventually getting to “yes.”

We’ve also learned that not all rejection is final. We’ve had clients come back to us months or sometimes years later to reengage on an old pitch. We’ve also had editors decline a specific idea but offer us something different instead. Would we have gotten that work had we not sent a “failed” pitch? No. We didn’t get the work we pitched, but the check cashed just the same.

Be Flexible

In the five or more years of freelancing fulltime, our “bread and butter” sources of income have changed each and every year. Previous employers go bankrupt. Lucrative contacts leave. Work is “insourced.” Projects simply go away.

We have only the vaguest idea of who will pay us for work this year. But we have confidence that whatever happens we’ll be able to adapt to the obstacles and opportunities as they present themselves.

Be Excellent

As a hired gun, you’re only as good as your last project. Turn in work that is mediocre, or, God forbid late, and not only will you ruin that relationship but possibly your reputation as well. Businesses want contractors who are going to make their lives easier. Be the person that proactively solves problems and makes the chap who hired you look smart and you’ll be called back for encore performances.

Be Realistic

Most of us won’t get rich or famous working location independent jobs. We’re not likely to be best-selling novelists or start-up millionaires, but that isn’t the goal. At least it isn’t our goal. Our objective is to work to live, pure and simple. We don’t need anything more than that. What we do need is for our commitments to bend to the lives we want, rather than the other way around. We’re willing to sacrifice stability and affluence to make that happen. So far, we’re delighted with the results.

Brian and Shannon are the authors of ‘How To Build A Mobile Business’. A comprehensive guide for RVers on the road to using your skills, interests, unique abilities and your professional network to successfully build a mobile business. In 2010 Brian and Shannon sold most of their worldly possessions, packed the rest in an RV, and set out on the first leg of a global travel adventure. To learn more about them to go EveryWhereOnce

Marshmallow Marketing Helps RVers Make Money On The Road

Just this past week, we officially launched a new Facebook page called Fulltime RV Living Income Strategies and our companion site MarshmallowMarketing.com And the culmination of these two sites has paved the way for a tremendous opportunity that we’ve wanted to share with our fellow full-time RVing friends for many years.

I’ve written a free report detailing it all (you can grab it at either of the above two links) and it’s all about how anyone can earn an income online to support your full-time RVing lifestyle and leverage the years of experience Greg and I have in doing the exact same thing.

So please go here and LIKE our Facebook page: Fulltime RV Living and you’ll get all the details on how to make money on the road with your passion as your guide!