Travel jobs aren't as hard to find a you might think.
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Got the travel bug, but still need to make a living? It’s not as hard to find a travel job as you might think. You just have to know where to look. Here are 10 travel jobs that are hiring right now.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines is looking for everyone from camp counselors to entertain kids to food servers and ship photographers. Not only will you travel the world while working, you’ll meet all kinds of fascinating people, too. For a full list of Carnival's job openings, visit its website.
America’s freight railroad carriers plan to hire more than 11,000 people this year. The average job, including benefits, pays more than $108,000. Jobs are based all over the country and many involve travel. The railroads are also committed to hiring veterans. For a list of all of the country’s freight railroad carriers and links to their websites, visit the American Association of Railroads website.
United Airlines, which also owns the company that was previously known as Continental Airlines, is hiring everything from flight attendants to IT workers. Many of the jobs involve travel, and some are based in exotic locales such as Rio or Costa Rica. For a full list of United Airlines jobs, visit its website.
Tour Guide Jobs
Look up "tour guides" jobs on Monster.com and you’ll find a few — ranging from Rockefeller Center in New York to a plantation tour guide in Louisiana. Your best bet for finding a tour guide job might be to determine where you’d like to live and then reach out to travel agencies and landmarks in that area.
It might not be the easiest way to make a living, but it sure would be fun. Most travel writing work is freelance, though there are some full-time gigs available. For a list of freelance travel writing assignments, visit Freelancer.com. A quick search of LinkedIn and Monster jobs reveals there are dozens of full-time travel writer or editor jobs, as well.
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Travel Customer Service
Before you say, “That’s not for me,” consider this: Travel customer care agents for World Travel Holdings work from home. The jobs are full-time and include a free travel voucher for new hires and major travel discounts. There are also opportunities for employees to travel on the company’s cruise lines to learn more about the products they’re selling. The company is also hiring editors, software engineers and IT people.
Construction Project Manager
Not only do construction project managers make good money, they also do lots of traveling. Often, they will relocate to different locations and stay for several months to oversee a project. Even if you don’t have the qualifications to be a project manager, these companies are worth checking out. Many will need to hire support staff to relocate, as well. A quick search of CareerBuilder.com finds more than 300 open construction project manager jobs.
This is not a job you just jump into. You have to work your way up. But, if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are some recent hotel manager job posting from Hilton. The good news is, they’ve got lots of other jobs, too, many of which require relocation. It’s a good place to get your foot in the door and work your way up.
Being a truck driver isn’t an easy job. But it pays well, and long-haul truckers get to see the world. Moving companies are always hiring drivers, too. Some drivers own their own vehicles, while others use company trucks. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association is a good place to start to look for jobs and learn what is required.
Theater productions and musicians go on tour all the time — and they take busloads of roadies and stagehands with them. While theaters and venues have their own stagehands, often, some still travel with each act. The best place to start the search for stagehand jobs is the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees union.