7 Steps to finding a job in travel

“If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life” so for those with a passion to travel, finding a job in the industry can be a dream come true.  Though the appeal of travelling excites nearly all of us, and so competition is thick when searching for jobs that pay you to travel.

There are, however, certain steps you can take to help you land a job in travel. If you want to explore the world with a job that pays you to do so, here’s 7 steps you can take.

  1. Analyse yourself

Finding work you enjoy at all, whether it’s in your neighbourhood, or half way across the world, requires you to know your skill set. As well as understanding what you’re good at and enjoy, It’s important to consider all aspects of a job.

Do you prefer working alone, or in a team? In an office, or outdoors? Can you manage multiple tasks, or do you prefer to focus on what’s at hand? Finding something you both enjoy and are good at is key to finding the right role for you.

  1. Asses your options

Once you understand what your skill sets are, and perhaps hat you don’t want in a job, you can begin looking at what options you might have. It’s important to note that many industries allow for travel in the right roles, from corporate focused positions to more seasonal style jobs, ensure that you look for a job which might have appealing perks. At this stage, you shouldn’t rule out any possibilities.

  1. Think about how you want to travel

How you want to travel will also influence what job you may take. Think about how often you want to travel, where you want to travel, and where you want to live.

A seasonal job means you can continue living at home outside of the season, whereas some positions can mean you’re constantly relocating. Alternatively, you can be based, at home or a foreign country, and then travel intermittently.

  1. Take a holiday

Once you have an idea of what you might be doing, and where you want to go, it can be a good idea to check out your destination. Many people discover that they don’t enjoy some aspect of life abroad. If you can manage to go on a short holiday to where you think you will work, it can go a long way towards being comfortable with your decision and give you confidence once you arrive.

Make sure you check out the surrounding neighbourhoods, prices in supermarkets and look for anything that might make you change your mind. Travel experience will also make you more attractive to potential employers.

  1. Get appropriate training

So you’ve cut down your options and may have an idea of where you’ll be working.  Now it’s time to complete any training or certificates that you may need. You might need to learn some new skills, or simply improve on what you already know.  Luckily, Registered Training Organisations, like Upskilled, provide online courses with customised learning platforms, meaning you can learn what you need, how you want.

A common job people get overseas is teaching English as a second language, which requires a TEFL certification. It’s important you know what employers are looking for, before you begin applying.

  1. Gain experience

As with any job, experience can go a long way in helping you land the role. In addition to this, it will help you decide whether this kind of work is right for you, before you pack up and head overseas.

If you struggle to find opportunities for work experience, you should at least try and research any questions you have or find someone within the industry who can answer you questions.

  1. Apply, Apply, Apply

There’s several ways you can look for job openings overseas. Obviously the first place to look is online, specifically online newspapers of where you’re hoping to work. They usually have a lot of add postings and are more reputable than other sites.

There are also online expatriate communities, where “expats” can network, as well as post job listings. These are also good places to get answers from people who are in a similar positon as you.

If you want to work for a specific company, you should create the best application possible and send it to them, whether there’s an opening or not. You might just get lucky!


Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.