We have all wished to take the path less travelled, to be different and make a career out of something we enjoy. But these outlandish gigs we have listed out for you paints a whole new picture. These weird travel-related jobs redefine “different” in the best way possible.
Human Bed Warmer
Usually there are gadgets that will do the job but Russian woman Viktoria Ivachyova, 21, has taken it upon herself to be the first ever human bed warmer. According to reports, she charges £65 per night to warm strangers’ hotel beds for an hour to ensure they are nice and warm when they turn in. While few reports claim that she’s the first person to offer such a unique service, hotel chain Holiday Inn had employees who wore all-in-one sleeper suits to warm guest beds back in 2010.
The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa employs a full-time sunglasses doctor, who patrols the poolside in a lab coat that house lenses and tool kit to fix glasses. Until 2015, Mohamed Shareef had worked as Dr. Shades for the resort for two years. He was often mistaken for a real doctor by guests.
India’s Amanbagh Resort employs a full-time monkey chaser who patrols the premises to ensure the primates are kept off bay, in process saving the guests’ cookies.
New Delhi’s (India) Rajiv Chowk is infamous for hosting uncontrollable crowd during the weekday rush hours, but Shanghai (China) beats it fair and square. Roughly seven years ago, the city had dedicated people pushers who helped cram commuters into the subway bogies.
Hotel Andaz in London offers a rarely-heard-of service: a Bedtime Storyteller. Guests can book a resident storyteller who will read out tales right before they call it a night.
Did you know there are full-time sleep concierges (a concierge is typically a hotel employee who assists guests) employed at Manhattan’s (USA) Benjamin Hotel? Visitors who have booked with the hotel are asked to choose from a dozen fancy pillows three days prior to their check-in date. This service is available for all the rooms in the hotel. However, the Benjamin Hotel isn’t the first to offer such an interesting service. Hotels in London and Berlin are particular about their guests getting a good night’s sleep too.
Coconut Safety Engineer
How would you like to get paid for picking coconuts off the trees? It may sound absurd, but Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas (USA) employs a full-time Coconut Safety Engineer who is paid dollars to just climb up trees that tower up to 60 feet high; he is expected to pluck mature coconuts so that they do not fall on visitors.
Rob Holsen, who washes every nickel, dime, quarter and penny at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square (San Francisco, USA), is not the first coin polisher. Apparently, it was a tradition from the early 1900s that let the visitors keep their gloves spic and span. The change that the hotel acquires via its bars, restaurants and cafes only left premises after a tour to the cleaning closet. The coins are scrubbed and rinsed, the dollar bills are dried and rolled.
The Santa Barbara Four Seasons is often invaded by a crowd of seagulls. As a solution, the hotel officials have employed a full-time falconer, who steps out with a falcon perched on his hand to shoo away the pesky birds.
Barnsley Gardens Resort (USA) has a dedicated Fairy Godmother who caters to every visiting couple’s whims and fancies. It’s almost a fairytale for real. The Godmother specialises in reading out creative spells and planning marriage proposals, that go with enchanting carriage rides, fireside dining and gourmet dinners.