There’s just something about traveling that really sets a spark within us. Maybe it’s the thought of embarking on a new journey all together — that feeling when you step foot into a foreign area that’s just waiting for you to discover all that’s within it. Or maybe it’s the anticipation you feel when you’re packing up your suitcase and getting ready to depart. Whatever it is, we may never know what makes traveling so special, but we know that it’s always an experience to remember.
If you can relate, then it’s safe to say that you might enjoy a travel job. Think about it. You’re getting paid to do what you love! As far as we’re concerned, that must be the biggest incentive to wake up and head to work every morning. We’d take a red-eye flight to a new destination over a 9-to-5 desk job any day!
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1. Travel Writer
If you have a knack for writing, consider this one. It includes occasional all-expenses paid travel to exotic locations and allows you to express your love of travel and all things foreign in every article you write. Fair warning, that with every writing job, you’ll face some stressful deadlines from editors and there might be a few times that you’ll have to write about something or somewhere that you’re not all that excited about.
2. Travel Blogger
It’s a more lax take on the whole “travel writer” deal, but if you should gain notoriety, expect a similar degree of stress. The difference with travel blogging, is that you’ll be taking your talents and passions to social media: Twitter, Tumblr, and the like. You can write about personal experiences, places on your bucket list, reviews of different things in the travel industry (like airlines you prefer, places to eat, etc.), as well as creative content about anything travel related. You can also create your own website and then use social media to build a bigger following.
3. Travel Agent
This is one of the more run of the mill occupations, but it still gives you the ability to incorporate travel into your daily routine. You can become a home-based agent or get in on all the action by traveling to different locations. You’ll be the go-to guy/gal for those who are looking to plan the ultimate trip. Think along the lines of a wedding planner, but instead, you’re ironing out every detail for someone’s next journey. But best of all, there are some perks — like benefits for a dream vacation of your own.
4. ESL Teacher
Teaching English as a second language is another option to consider for those who have a passion for English or writing — and helping others. Score a job where English is not the primary language and teach those the ins and outs of what comes naturally to you. Plus, an overseas education job is more likely to provide a better salary than it does here in the U.S.
5. Destination Expert
The job title explains it all. Have a place that you know like the back of your hand? Or a favorite spot that you’re constantly researching and learning more about, thus turning you into an expert? As a destination expert, you can work from home in an area that you know all about. People looking to travel to “your” region will call you for advice on the do’s and dont’s for their vacation. You’ll recommend how to travel, where to stay, places to eat, and things to try, as well as helping the travelers book everything. Think of it as a travel agent for a specific area.