Want a job in travel but not sure where to start? Are you looking for job opportunities in travel and tourism industry? You don’t need experience to get a job in travel. All you have to do is take the first step. Although the world of travel has slowed down in the recent months there hasn’t been a better time to get a job in the travel industry. With many workers looking for alternative income there will be a surge of new positions available when the world gets back on its feet. With everyone more in need than ever before of a well-deserved holiday, now might just be your chance to work in the travel industry.
Travel is one of the most rewarding life experiences on the planet. Having the chance to explore the world, and learn about all of the different cultures within it, is something that was only really possible for the super-rich until quite recently. When Frank Whittle invented the jet engine in 1930 he couldn’t have known quite how much it would revolutionise the world. By the late 50’s (and particularly after the deregulation of airlines in 1978), working people could afford to jet off to exotic destinations. The world has become a much smaller place. Tourism is a huge, ever-expanding industry. There are endless possibilities to work in travel. But how can you get a job in travel with no previous experience?
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1. Research actual jobs in travel
It may sound obvious but simply start by searching the web for your country + “jobs in travel”. You might be surprised what pops up. There are so many different opportunities in tourism whether you want to work on a cruise ship, become a tour guide or driver. Find a company you’d love to work for, research your ideal job and learn everything there is to know about it. All there will be left to do is to fill in the application.
2. Join groups on social media
The best way to learn is from real people who have actually work in travel. There are some fantastic groups and influencers who have all of the information you need to make it in the world of travelling for a living. All you need to do is keep in the loop. You can literally find a group for anything (just type it in the search bar) but a few of my personal favourites are Female Digital Nomads, The Broke Backpacker and Digital Nomad Wannabe.
3. Work online as a digital nomad
Do you have skills you could transfer online? If your work is not necessarily tied to a certain office then why stay there? If your company won’t allow you to work remotely become a Virtual Assistant. Offer your services through sites like Working Nomads, Freelancer or People Per Hour.
4. Teach something
Know how to surf, snowboard or dance? Teach it! Doing what you love can take you all over the world. From abseiling to scuba diving, I can’t think of a better job than teaching someone else your passion. You can easily find job boards online to get started, many offer free training too. Teaching English online is a very popular way to become a nomad. Try sites like TEFL and VIP KID to see if it’s for you.
5. Start a blog
Want to be your own boss? Have a great idea to share with the world? Blogging is one of the best ways to secure your own income. It’s definitely not the easy route, taking between 1 to 2 years on average to start making any income. But if you start now, you could be your own boss in a couple years’ time. It’s a great way to get in to the world of online work and a constant learning curve; teaching yourself everything from coding to digital marketing (and almost everything in-between!). Give yourself a huge head start by taking a blogging course. Trust me, it’s worth it!
6. Sign up on travel job sites
Sites like Work Away and Worldpackers are a great way to find jobs in travel. Meet like-minded people and find places that need workers like you. There are loads of ways to travel for free in exchange for work or even looking after pets or house sitting.
7. Up Skill to get a job in travel
Sign up to a course today to gain skills that will help you get your dream job in travel. Sites like Udemy and Skillshare have some life-changing courses at low prices. Some courses are even free on sites like edX. Learn how to be a digital nomad, the history of Italy if you dream of being a tour guide or how to sell online.
8. Start an online shop
Have an amazing product idea? Or maybe some great design skills? Start selling online and create a passive income. Using sites like RedBubble, Teespring and Merch by Amazon you can take all the hassle out of production, shipping and customer service. All you have to do is come up with the designs, then you can work online from anywhere. Check out the Lost Wanders shop here.
9. Get some experience for working in travel
Customer service is integral to many travel jobs. A rite of passage for any backpacker is working in a bar or hostel for a while and the only thing you really need is great customer service skills. So why not practise at home? Get something on your CV, but more importantly learn how to work with people and you’ll never struggle to find a job on the road.
10. Become an online freelancer
If you can write, provide admin or have any transferable skill, you can freelance. It’s an industry full of opportunities and great for creative traveller types. Becoming a freelance writer doesn’t mean you have to write about travel, it can be anything that you have a keen interest in. If you get the pitch right you could end up writing for some of the best publications on the web (all from a dreamy beach hammock in Fiji)! Have a look at Freelance Writing Gigs to get started.
The real question is who wouldn’t want to work in travel? With all of these easy to start ideas I hope you find something to start your dream job in travel today. You don’t need experience to get a job in travel. There are loads of job opportunities in travel and tourism and even more ways to become a digital nomad and make money online. Find out more of my travel secrets, as well as how to travel more and work less, by signing up to the email list.
How to travel better for less
Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!
Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!
Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!
Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.
World Nomads – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can have while travelling. Don’t leave home without it! World Nomads provide the very best cover.
Ethical Superstore – My go to site for cleaning products, eco clothing and even groceries. All ethically tagged and delivered free from plastic packaging. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.
Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!
G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips.
Contiki – The day job. Group travel for 18/35 year olds and memories to last a lifetime.
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