Travel Job of the Month: Chef

A travel job allows you to visit new locations as your job. Some choices are more obvious for a travel job, like a flight attendant, while some may surprise you.

Each month, we will highlight different travel job to give you an idea of what is possible for work when travelling. These jobs will be in a variety of fields, as the options are truly endless.

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This Month’s Travel Job: Chef


Food is an integral part of a culture. No matter where you go, people need to eat! Many people enjoying sharing the foods of their countries and introducing the foods and flavours offered by their local cuisine. It is something that will always bring people together.

This month, we will focus on a chef who has been able to travel around Latin America thanks to her work as a Chef!

Check out last month’s travel job: a Flight Attendant 

Travel Job of the Month

Featured Remote Worker: Grace Buderus


The Chef Business

While working in a kitchen as a chef can be a notoriously difficult job, living in the land of Pura Vida just seconds from the beach sweetens the deal.

Being able to get fresh meat, fish and vegetables allow chefs to create their best dishes and follow their passion of cooking.


Grace - Travel Job of the month: Chef
Grace Buderus is a chef from Oregon, USA, currently working and living in a small fishing village on the Nicoya Penninsula in Costa Rica. 
She’s been cooking professionally for over 15 years. After being trained in New York City and following a typical path of long back-breaking hours and years while working my way to the top, she needed to focus on a better quality of life. So she decided to quit her job in the US and travel. She travelled for about a year without working until this job found her. And she couldn’t be happier.
Check out her food and travel pictures on Instagram!



We have a tiny finca that supplies us with some of the vegetables and meat we serve. We are also a stones throw from a fishing wharf where we get fresh seafood from everyday. I have a chalkboard menu which means I change it up depending on what I get in fresh. Dream job!



More about the job:

If you are interested in working in kitchens do it! Many people go to culinary school (Although Grace didn’t) but it is very expensive. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, you can work your way up without a degree as well. Kitchen work isn’t for everyone, but restaurants have all kinds of opportunities for those who love customer service.

Another perk of this particular job is that it is seasonal. There are two low seasons in the year in this part of Costa Rica. One in May/June and one in September/October. This means I get over 3 months off a year to travel! Since I’m based in Central America I am checking off my American continent bucket list. So far this year I’ve been to Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá and am currently in Colombia.

Money Matters

Grace works full-time. But in restaurants, there is a broad range of hours and pay. Typically working in kitchens pay less than working as a server or bartender. The pay will vary so widely depending on years of experience and location of restaurant that it’s hard to include a range. But here is one anyway. In USD $5/hr to $60,000/year. Keep in mind the country’s average cost of living when looking at salaries.

Grace’s “Typical Day” as a Chef 

A typical work day for me involves brainstorming for the day’s menu, prepping, cooking all orders, managing a small staff and clean up. It’s pretty relaxed in Costa Rica!

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