The humdrum of 9 to 5 working isn’t for everyone. Neither is working in an office or being tied to the same location day in day out. Imagine having a job where travel was an integral part, visiting locations to be able to impart first-hand knowledge to others or working in the place of your dreams. It sounds too good to be true but it really isn’t and there are so many jobs that can encompass a love of travel and allow you to earn money at the same time.
Travel Blogger or Vlogger
Whilst the travel blogging market is a popular one, there is always space for more and if the thought of wandering through new destinations or even favourite locations across the world and sharing your experiences sounds appealing, there can be a career in that.
Setting up a successful blog takes time and effort and it won’t happen overnight. Read lots of other successful travel blogs to see how it’s done. Invest time in setting up your blog and hone your photography skills, after all, everyone wants to see photos that will inspire them to visit too. To begin with, you would need to invest in your own trips away, or talk about recent travels to get started. Find a niche that would work for you, a particular style of travel, area or activities to base your posts on.
I have a few friends who work as travel agents and they are often disappearing off to foreign climes to research new locations for potential clients. One told me; “I want to be able to wholeheartedly recommend holidays and if I want to really sell a holiday, it is so much easier to talk from experience.” It enables them to recommend the location, the hotels and the facilities and add in those finer details that give a more personal touch.
Working in a travel agency does not necessarily mean the high street agencies either, there are lots of flexible working opportunities in this area, such as the travel agency franchise, Explore Travel, where you can set up your own personal travel website.
Teaching English Abroad
Have you ever considered teaching English abroad? It was teaching English in a French school that lead me to a career in teaching. It is incredibly rewarding. With English being such a widely spoken language, there are lots of organisations on the lookout for native speakers to teach it. Many jobs require a teaching qualification such as TEFL or TESOL which are widely recognised, but there are also some opportunities that don’t.
Working for a Charity or Non-Governmental Organisation
If you are looking for a role abroad where you can really make a difference, consider working for a charity or non-governmental organisation. Whilst these roles are competitive, you may have the skills needed for the many different roles within this sector. If you already have experience as a volunteer, this can be really helpful. Don’t expect big salaries, you would have to consider taking a big pay cut or even working for free initially.
Of course, there are lots of other options depending on your age and experience, au pairing, working for holiday companies, summer camps, photographers, working for an airline company, the list goes on and on. Whichever role appeals to you, depends on your own skills and interests as well as how committed you are to travelling. Are you looking for a career where you travel for some of the time or are you commitment free and can dedicate several months or even years to your new career? That is something that you will need to consider beforehand but jobs that involve travel are out there for the taking, so get your suitcases ready.