In a globalized, interconnected world, more career opportunities are available to you than ever before.

Outside the parameters of nine-to-five work schedules, well-paying work is available in everything from aviation and animal sciences to creative design and media arts. Depending on your interests, skill sets, and location, you could turn your passion projects into your profession. Here are 10 of the most satisfying jobs (with good pay) available today:

1.Private Island Caretaker

Fun for who: Nature-lovers who prefer sunny, tropical climates and enjoy water sports and working with your hands.

How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year

Requirements: Be a strong swimmer, be independent and adventurous, be highly communicative with the owner and promoters of the island.

2.Video Game Player

Fun for who? Gaming addicts and appreciators who dream of gameplay 24/7.

How well does it pay? $50,000 a year, dependent on the demand

Requirements: Be in the top 1% of skilled players; it's a competitive field!

3. Voice Actor

Fun for who? Extroverted performers with versatile voices.

How well does it pay? Up to $80,000, dependent on the experience

Requirements: Have a unique and clear voice, possess great control over your voice, be a creative improvisor

4. Ethical Hacker

Fun for who? Computer lovers who enjoy cracking codes and solving puzzles (legally).

How well does it pay? $100,000 to $140,000

Requirements: Proven computer skills, including: Certified Ethical Hacker qualification, Global Information Assurance Certificate (GIAC) Penetration tester qualification, and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) qualification.

5. Fortune Cookie Writer

Fun for who? Writers (or aspiring writers) who are witty with one-liners, as well as thought-provoking quotes.

How well does it pay? Up to $70,000 a year

Requirements: Be a creative and fast thinker who can produce a large amount of one-liners to fill some of the 3 billion fortune cookies produced each year.

6. Toy Designer

Fun for who? Creative inventors who are children at heart.

How well does it pay? Approximately $70,000 a year

Requirements: A degree in any field related to toy design, a passion for toys and colorful design, knowledge of what kids of various ages enjoy playing with.

7. Makeup Artist

Fun for who? Makeup lovers and visual creatives who wish to work for salons or special events, or even theaters, models, or professional actors.

How well does it pay? About $70,000

Requirements: Obtain a cosmetics license and experience.

8. Video Game Designer

Fun for who? Visual creators and computer savvy people.

How well does it pay? Around $80,000 a year, dependent on experience

Requirements: At minimum, have a degree in video game design or computer science, experience with and enthusiasm for video games.

9. Blimp Pilot

Fun for who? Aspiring pilots who want to stay local in a light-hearted job.

How well does it pay? $70,000

Requirements: Complete over 1,200 hours of flight time, obtain a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, preferably obtain a commercial rating.

10. Disneyland Face Character

Fun for who? Disney-lovers and actors who want to inhabit children's favorite characters

How well does it pay? Around $32,000 a year

Requirements: Meet strict height and appearance specifications for certain characters, pay attention to detail in order to accurately impersonate a character, work well with children.

Depending on your situation, find out your ideal job's specifications and how realistically your skill sets and qualifications match. You can start with your field of interest, be it arts, marketing, or food. For many of these specialty jobs, all it takes is one foot in the door before more opportunities become available to you.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.