7 Great Hospitality Jobs for People Who Love to Travel
Do you love to travel? If you’re looking for a way to see the world and make some money doing it, here are seven jobs that will send you on your way. Depending on your skills and experience, you’ll find some interesting options to expand your horizons.
1. Event Coordinator: Large-scale events are a great opportunity for travel-lovers. We’re talking about festivals and trade shows where you travel to oversee all the details: everything from set-up to breakdown. These types of events are often held in big cities that draw a wide variety of attendees to a popular destination. You’ll meet vendors from all over and rub elbows with entertainers, entrepreneurs and other movers and shakers in attendance.
2. International Tour Guide: Here’s chance to guide other fellow travelers and share what you know about the sights, the culture and local excursions. The International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) is a well-known guide program, and offers an annual meeting where you can connect with tour companies. You meet amazing like-minded people and make plenty of important contacts. There is also the International Guide Academy in Colorado, as well as many online options.
3. Crew on a Cruise Ship: Whether you’re a bartender, waiter, hostess, professional chef, barista, tour manager or deck-hand, being part of a cruise to any of a number of fabulous destinations will feed your travel bug. Meals, accommodations and transportation are included and it’s a great way to save money.
4. Sports Instructor or trainer: If you’re especially talented at a particular sport, there are opportunities for you to share your knowledge as a professional instructor. We’re talking about fishing, golf, skiing, tennis, climbing, sailing, etc. You can do what you love and travel to unique destinations where guests are enjoying adventure sport holidays.
5. Translator: If you’re fluent in another language, consider all the opportunities there are working for an overseas tour company or selling tours to guests from other countries. Consider being a concierge at a foreign hotel, a travel consultant putting together excursion packages or a cultural advisor/trainer.
6. Gaming Dealer: Professional dealers are in demand at casinos, cruise ships and resorts where your skills at various games like blackjack, craps or roulette provide guests an evening of entertainment, betting and winning at the tables.
7. Flight Attendant: This is an obvious choice for travel, but it’s also pretty accessible… no degree required. Airlines are looking for service-oriented people who want to travel the world during their careers. The bonus: free or discounted travel for you and your family.