Second Shift: Finance is her job, travel is her passion

We all know living in the city is expensive. So how do people do it? Our series, Second Shift, features people working more than one job to make ends meet, and still have fun. Want to be featured? Email emily.laurence@metro.us.

This week, meet Yana, who works in finance but whose real passion is her travel business.

Yana
Yana Kemelman used her passion for traveling to start a side business helping others plan their trips.
Credit: Provided

Name: Yana Kemelman
Age: 28
Residency: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Number of jobs: 2

Your main job is in finance. What is it exactly?
I’m an analyst for a finance company. That’s my Monday through Friday job.

What’s your other job?
On the side, I create customized trip itineraries for people. So, let’s say someone contacts me and says they want to go somewhere in South America for 10 days in March. I tell them where to go, what the best activities are and cool local boutique hotels where they can stay. That’s my passion. I love to travel, so I thought it would be a good side business to share my talents.

Do you make your own hours or are there set hours you have to do it?
It’s just me, so it’s on my own time. Some months I have three clients, but some months I have no clients. Even when I don’t have clients, I spend time researching new travel destinations and trends so I stay knowledgeable about the industry.

It sounds like you would rather focus on your travel business than your finance job.
I would, but it’s so unstable and I can’t survive on it. I need to pay my bills. I’m hoping one day my travel business will take off and then it can be my main focus.

Do you have time to travel yourself?
I do. I get four weeks’ vacation and travel as much as I can. It helps that my family lives close by, so I don’t have to use my vacation days to go see them.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

Local

Man dies trapped in elevator shaft at Bronx…

A man in his twenties died after being trapped in an elevator shaft of a Bronx building early Monday, police said.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Tech

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble…

By Deepa SeetharamanSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and…

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…