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Two years ago Micheal Guerriero was selling pharmaceuticals for Merck. When he lost his job in March 2008, he used his severance package and some savings to embark on a quest he'd been dreaming about for years.

Today the 33-year old Colorado native's job is to travel the country on a search for its best party.

He wrote a book about his findings, and now makes about $50,000 a year in royalties. It's only about half of his previous salary but still a decent living. Plus, he's got other book offers on the table and recently filmed a TV Pilot for the Travel Chanel.

"I never would have written this book if I hadn't gotten laid off," said Guerriero. "And getting up in the morning has become much more fun. I'm more excited about the prospects for my future than I ever was working for a big company."

His top party picks: Buffalo's World's Largest Disco; South Dakota's Sturgis motorcycle rally; The Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans' Jazz Festival; and the world's largest bike parade in his hometown Ft. Collins, Colo.

NEXT: A deck twice as big, half the price

Last updated June 22 2009: 11:47 AM ET
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