Have you ever seen the movie Fool’s Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson? Yeah, it is your typical chick flick where McConaughey is shirtless half the time, but it’s worth watching if only for the travel aspect of it. In the film, Hudson and McConaughey are treasure hunters in search of a sunken Spanish galleon near an island off of Key West. Hudson’s character gets a job working on a yacht, and we are constantly seeing images of crystal-clear blue waters, white-sand beaches and bikini-clad women aboard superyachts. You want to book a flight down south as soon as the credits start rolling.
Now, I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind for a long time. What if I could somehow get a job on a superyacht like Kate Hudson’s character? There is no place I’d rather be than by the water, and the opportunity to travel to tropical places excites me to no end. Over the summer, I casually Google-searched “jobs on superyachts” and found out what I would need to know to even be slightly considered for a position on board. As of right now, the only thing I have is my boater’s license, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
So from June to August, I worked at my local ice cream shop and dreamed of wearing that white stewardess outfit. I’d cater to every wealthy guest’s needs without complaint, even if their requests were near impossible, because I would be on the water. I’d like to think I could handle the rough life of a stewardess in return for a pair of sea legs and an opportunity to travel.
Come August, I was still entertaining the idea of one day boarding a yacht with a full-time job. I moved back in to college questioning if I should just drop out and start practicing the skill of tying sailor knots (I would never do this, mind you). One evening, my roommate turned on the tv and introduced me to the Bravo television show Below Deck. The reality show about a yacht crew’s adventures had me wishing I tuned in when the season started. I got so excited about the possibility of combining my love of the sea with travel that somebody should have sedated me.
So for now, I’ll stay in school and focus on my degree. But if my career goals don’t pan out, at least I’ll have a back-up plan. Mom and Dad, I just might end up becoming a yacht stewardess.
- Superyacht Stewardess/Steward Training Course in The South of France (Antibes), London or a location of your choice. (thebespokebureau.wordpress.com)
- Lights, Camera, Hook’em: Let’s make Matthew McConaughey to Texas a reality (college-football.si.com)