Jobs In Travel Industry

Jobs In Travel Industry: Top 5 Jobs Where You Can Travel


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Jobs in travel industry.. doesn’t that just sound like the dream?

Anyone who follows this blog will know that being paid to travel is the absolute pinnacle of my life goals.

Freedom, in location, and in finances. That is my end goal. There’s just something about the ability to go wherever in the world I want and know I’m still making money.

The sad reality though, is that it’s becoming evermore common for people to work from home. The numbers of those working from home have been growing steadily in recent years.

In strolls COVID-19, and those figures now stand at a whopping 64% of US employees currently working from home. As can be seen here.

An even scarier thought… What about the post-COVID era? Will people go back into office? Is it just way too convenient to work from home? I personally believe more businesses will look for a balance with working hours split between being in office and home-based.

I want to use this space to let us not forget the big wide world out there. Here are my top 5 travel industry career choices that will have you seeing more of the world.

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Before jumping into it, while a large portion of my blog is geared towards building an online income and becoming location independent, this post is dedicated to careers within the travel industry.

Note: you can go here to learn more about making money online. Or here to learn more about becoming location independent.

This means that instead of making money online to give you the freedom to travel, these career choices will have you traveling as part of the job!

What’s good about this is that there’s no need to start a business or get really creative. If that’s not something you’re into, simply taking courses and getting the right qualifications can easily land you in these jobs!

Let’s get started:

1) Travel Agent


Travel Agent


Travel agents provide a consultation service to their customers in all aspects of travel. They’ll book events, cruises, flights, rentals, and accommodation just to name a few. People often use travel agents to seek advice when booking a holiday and use them to build package deals.

Travel agents cater to everybody, from individuals and families to businesses and corporations. They also have a lot of industry knowledge and often have access to information and deals that can’t be found online.

This means while it’s becoming more popular for people to use comparison sites, there’s still demand for travel agents.

Another great option in this field is to become an independent travel agent. This is where a travel agent will work alone instead of for a large agency, taking on more of a consultant role. This gives them the freedom to work from wherever they want and the opportunity to earn more.

According to Payscale, the median hourly wage for a travel agent in the US is $15.66

2) Cruise Ship Worker


Cruise Ship


I can’t say I’ve ever been on a cruise myself, but It’s definitely on my list! However, I do know a few people that have worked on cruise ships.

Honestly, it looks a blast! I see their photo’s all the time popping up in different parts of the world while the ships are docked, being able to explore and have a bit of downtime.

The great thing about cruise ship work is that there are so many different options. From chefs to cleaners and bartenders to theatre performers, you find the lot on cruise ships!

This could be great for someone already working in sectors such as hospitality or entertainment, as you’ll likely already be a good candidate. Here are some other cruise ship jobs you’ll find available:

  • Deck crew
  • DJ’s
  • Water sports instructors
  • Hosts/Hostesses
  • Photographers
  • IT
  • Casino staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Beauticians
  • Dance Instructors
  • Engineers

The opportunities for cruise ship work are endless, as you can see here. A great option for anyone looking for jobs in travel industry!

I can’t really put a hard and fast figure on how much cruise ship workers earn, just because of the vast array of different jobs available. It’s worth noting though that you wouldn’t have any rent or food costs. Not to mention the experiences you’d have!

3) Tour Guide


Tour Guide


I’ve met a lot of tour guides on my travels, and while they tend not to be the highest paid workers in the world, they all seem to love what they do.

Pretty self explanatory really so I won’t ramble on too much about it. A tour guide usually works for a tour operator and will lead groups along tours while sharing their own knowledge and experiences. They’re also there to answer any questions and offer support.

A good tour guide often acts as a host for the group and will lead in discussions and conversation while also bringing an element of entertainment to their guiding.

The most common types of tours are sightseeing, adventure, or activity tours.

Depending on the type of tour you guide for, you may need certain skills or experience. Usually, you’ll need to have an outgoing, friendly and chatty personality regardless of the tour. A really popular choice of travel industry jobs for people with these social qualities.

Tour guide salaries vary due to the different levels of experience and skills that might be required. However, according to Payscale, the median hourly rate for a tour guide in the US is $13.03

4) Flight Attendant


Flight Attendant


When it comes to looking for jobs in travel industry, becoming a flight attendant, or cabin crew, has to be the most popular.

A flight attendant’s main purpose is to ensure the comfort and safety of the passengers on their flight. They can be found on all kinds of flights both domestic and international whether it’s commercial or for business.

That said, it’s not uncommon for flight attendants to work on the baggage drop or check-in desks either.

Being a flight attendant isn’t all about being fancy dressed and wheeling carts of drinks though, some qualities that airlines will look for in a flight attendant are:

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and in emergencies
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Flexibility

Do note though that there are no formal qualifications required to become a flight attendant.

According to Payscale, the median hourly wage for a flight attendant in the US is $24.31

5) English Teacher




The last on my list for jobs in travel industry is becoming an English teacher. I don’t think any description is necessary for this one!

What I like about this one is the world of opportunities and experiences you’ll be opened up to, as well as the flexibility. You’ll be able to travel around so many countries and earn money teaching English as a second language.

There are many opportunities to teach children English in Southeast Asian countries and even more opportunities that you can tap into online.

The fact you can do it online means you can be anywhere in the world gives you a real opportunity to become location independent!

You don’t need to be a highly qualified language teacher either! I’ll get on to that in the next section.

According to Payscale, the average salary for someone in the US teaching English as a second language is $45,521


The answer to this question really depends on what kind of jobs in travel industry you’re looking for.

Travel Agent

If you’re looking at becoming a travel agent, you should be aiming to complete courses in travel and tourism.

Cruise Ship Worker

You can see above that when it comes to travel industry jobs such as cruise ship work, there’s a mass of different roles you can do. Cruise ships are like big floating cities, so you can expect to need the same qualifications on a cruise ship as you would do at home for the same role.

Tour Guide

Any required qualifications as a tour guide would depend on the type of tour itself. For example, if you’re guiding a scuba diving tour, you’re probably going to need to be a divemaster of some sort.

Usually, though, the requirements for a tour guide will be based on their personality and people skills.

Flight Attendant

As stated above, there are no formal qualifications required for a flight attendant, but a degree such as languages could be highly regarded.

English Teacher

To teach English as a second language you’ll need to complete a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course. The course typically costs $300-$600 and takes 120 hours of online learning to complete.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to enroll in the course.


I hope this quick write up has inspired you to look into some different career paths within the travel industry! There are so many opportunities for great experience that aren’t all that hard to get into!

After all, who wants to be confined to a cubicle or their home study for the whole of their working lives?

Do you work in the travel industry? Is it something you’re aspiring to? Leave a comment and tell me your story!

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