WORLD'S BEST TRAVEL JOBS
The Best Travel Jobs in the World
A How-to Guide!
How to Earn Money in the Most-Beautiful Places on the Planet
By Ken Faught
The first time I ever traveled internationally, it was for a paying gig to Barcelona to cover a motorcycle race for a newspaper. That turned out to be an unbelievable experience and it forever changed my life. Since then, I have made money traveling to New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Costa Rica, Peru, Canada, Mexico, Panama, St. Martin, St. Bart’s, Exuma, and hopefully many others in the near future.
Along my journey, I have met a lot of other American’s working abroad and living their best life. People who chose the road less traveled, people who are willing to take chances and have no regrets.
This story is intended to answer the following questions:
What are the best travel jobs?
What are the Top 10 travel jobs?
How to get paid to travel?
What are the best travel industry careers?
Press Relations Manager
One of the most-interesting things I ever did to make money was to handle PR for Team Makita Suzuki and their riders Ricky Carmichael, Sebastien Tortelli, Davi Millsaps, Broc Hepler and Ivan Tedesco. I did this for two years, and my contract took me to 28 cities annually. I was paid to go to Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Diego, Daytona Beach, Miami, Orlando, New York City, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, and many more. I would typically fly to the races on a Friday, coordinate Public Relations on Saturday, which was race day, and then fly home Sunday. I made $2500 for about 2- 2 1/2 days of work and was allowed to do freelance photography (i.e. an opportunity to make even more money at the same time) for magazines like Racer X, Cycle News, Motocross Action, Dirt Bike and Dirt Rider. I did this for two years and it was one of the easiest things I ever did.
Ken Faught’s office for a while was in the front of Suzuki’s NASCAR-style race transporter.
Cruise Ship Employee
This has been a popular way for people to see the world for years and make money along the way. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norweigan Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Hurtigruten, Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Oceania Cruises pay salary and provide all food and lodging. There are all types of jobs on cruise ships including maintenance, bar tender, cook, food server, tour manager, engineer and many more. Workers typically make between $1,250 to $4,250 per month.
This is one of the oldest ways to travel the world and do it in style. Flight attendants have a lot of perks including deep discounts on vacation flights, access to cheap hotels and rental cars, in addition to seeing places their job takes them naturally. There is a lot of competition for jobs and a lot of training but pay is typically reliable. The medium salary for flight attendants as of February 2019 was $74,320 according to bestcareerpicks.com
Travis Arket has made money in too many ways
to count, but one of his favorite was fishing in
Alaska. He appeared in several episodes of
Discovery Channel’s Deadlist Catch. As a
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Most likely you have seen the Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel and seen the crew risk life and limb to catch for seafood. A couple of my friends, Travis Arket and Ryan Simpson, were on that famous TV show and made a lot of money in a very little time. Fisherman in the Bearing Sea can earn as much as $15,000 a month, which is why they do it. The average commercial Fisherman in the U.S. made nearly $54,000 in 2020 according to Zip Recruiter. It’s not a job for everyone, as it’s hard work, but it can definitely be an adventure and pay well.
SCUBA Diving Instructor
I learned how to SCUBA dive in Hawaii and always thought that the instructor had one of the coolest seasonal jobs in the world. The guy literally got to spend a few hours a day in the water showing tourists the basics. SCUBA diving instructors work in some of the most-beautiful places in the planet including Fiji, Bora Bora, Belize, Cayman Islands, Malaysia, Micronesia, Australia, Egyptian Red Sea, Indonesia, Thailand and some of the world’s best dive spots. Dive Instructors usually make between $30,000-$40,000 a year.
Vanessa Doleshal and I love the ability to make money doing something that we love, and our skillset is perfect for this craft. Travel blogging combines photography and writing, with digital design, advertising and marketing. A lot goes into travel blogging, and it takes a long time to make money, but the rewards and lifestyle can be absolutely incredible.
Traveling Massage Therapist
It takes some training but travelling massage therapists are in demand all over the world, especially world-class resorts, like those at the world’s best tourist destinations. You know, Hawaii, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Australia, and many more. Some locations require special license, but training is usually relatively quick and easy.
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Computer designers are in high demand and getting freelance work have never been easier thanks to crowdsourcing websites like fiverr.com, 99designs.com, upwork.com, designcrowd.com, designspring.com and designhill.com. Most graphic designers use an iMac or MacBook Pro computer and Adobe software. We recommend reading books like The Graphic Designer's Digital Toolkit: A Project-Based Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, Illustrator Creative Cloud & InDesign Creative Cloud (Stay Current with Adobe Creative Cloud) and watching YouTube how-to videos.
Ziprecruiter.com claims that the average international consultant earns over $70,000 annually, and there are a lot of fields available. Everything from sales and marketing gigs to operations, strategic planning and advertising are all available. Ziprecruiter.com is a great place to learn more about opportunities
Traveling models can make really good money, and it’s one of the ways that Vanessa Doleshal and I earn a living. We seek out companies who need help promoting their products and services, and then help them develop creative photos. Websites like modelmayhem.com offer a simple way to promote yourself and show prospective clients your portfolio.
Technological advances have made website design so much easier than ever before. Whether you are creating in a platform like WordPress, Wix, Shopify, SquareSpace, GoDaddy, Constant Contact, or one of the many others, it’s a skill you can self-teach relatively quickly and easily. YouTube.com is also a great source for instructional videos and we designers can make as much as $100,000 a year.
I have made a living by shooting photos of things like motorcycle races all over the world. This is a photo shoot I did for a safety equipment manufacturer.
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies, and I turned it into a profession over 30 years ago. It’s one of those things that never gets old to me, and I love learning new tricks as technology advances at a rapid pace. Although I worked full-time for one of the world’s largest publishing companies, I found freelancing was far more enjoyable and potentially more profitable. Freelancing allows you to hand-pick your clients, mix things up, push your creative limits, and break the monotony of doing the same task over and over again. Check out my section How to Shoot Better Photos to get some insight into this field. I have also written a blog on Best Travel Cameras 2020 that is very helpful. Some photographers can earn upwards of $150,000 a year.
Traveling English Teacher
Yacht Crew Member
Most people think of the hit TV series Below Deck when they think of travel jobs, and rightfully so. Working on a mega yacht can be an incredible experience because the travel typically takes place in exotic locations. You can learn more here but note that this requires long hours, lots of professionalism, and it can be very competitive.
Sometimes you don’t have to go anywhere to find a job, sometimes you can just take your job with you. That’s one of the many cool aspects involved in computer programming. This high-tech industry gives many experts the ability to work remotely and select their own hours. The pay can also be incredible, and some programmers and software engineers make several hundred thousand dollars a year. So, you want to know how to make money as a computer programmer? Check out www.geteducated.com to learn more about this incredibly rewarding field.
Foreign Service Travel Job
Our federal government has a variety of diplomatic jobs around the world, and this is worth exploring. You typically have to commit for a minimum amount of time, and most require a college degree. You can learn more by visiting The U.S. Department of State website. https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/
Good bartenders can make
a good living and are in high
demand in resort destinations.
Alcohol and travel seem to go hand-in-hand, and good bartenders are a well sought-after commodity. This can also be an incredible seasonal job during the summer months. Indeed.com and jobs.com are two good places to look, but most likely you will need to pick a region of the world, and reach out to resorts, restaurants and bars yourself.
Companies all over the world are looking for good content, and travel stories are incredibly popular. I have written stories, including travel stories, for nearly 100 magazines and websites around the world. The pay can vary wildly.
Although these are not typically high-paying jobs, tour guides can have a lot of fun and don’t need much of an education. Training is typically done on-site by the tour operator, and opportunities are available worldwide. Just pick a cool place, track down the type of tours you like, and simply apply. All of this can be done easily online.
Own Your Own Drop Shipping / Private Label Company
Technology has made it easier than ever before to buy or manufacture products and sell them through online companies like Amazon. Some of the best drop ship companies to partner with include Doba, Oberlo, Dropship Direct, Sunrise Wholesale, Wholesale 2B, Sale Hoo, Wholesale Direct and Megagoods. People also use Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon), meaning you don’t actually touch any of the items. You simply buy them, have them sent directly to Amazon, and they handle all of the processing. I have used Amazon FBA for my silicone wedding ring company Fixate in the past. Check out Amazon Selling Blueprint. On how to get started drop shipping.
Freelance Travel Marketing Specialist
Connecting businesses with customers is an art, and one that people have been trying to perfect for years. Companies like Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Vegas.com, TripAdvisor.com all help provide a connection, but they aren’t the only game in town. Freelance travel marketing specialists basically help companies seek out ways to increase revenue. For example, a marketing specialist in Hawaii may recommend to a client that they update their website, advertise in magazines like 101 Things To Do in Hawaii, advertise on Google Adwords, apply more effort to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), focus more on videos, strengthen their social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), and build more Pinterest pins.
Make Money with Video
Much like photography, you can make money with video through freelancing, Vlogging and YouTube. The concept with Vlogging is to create a following so you can monetize your content. YouTube has a really good introduction video that will help you understand this exciting opportunity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZxsHdvUweA
Backpacker Jobs – This is kind of a catch all for travel jobs that aren’t in the other categories. These are usually based on manual labor and don’t require much training or education however, some do require talent. Indeed.com is a good place to find Backpacker jobs.
Digital Nomads – These are people who can make
money using their computer and can work just about
anywhere there is internet service. Digital Nomads
typically like to travel often and aren’t tethered to one
place for a very long time. Vanessa Doleshal and I are
digital nomads and enjoy working poolside, in coffee
shops, sports bars, hotel suites, and places that make
us feel relaxed and comfortable.
Editing photos poolside in Cabo San Lucas – the ultimate in the digital nomad lifestyle.
Expat Traveling Jobs – Expatriate jobs simple mean that you live and work in a foreign country and stay in that country for a lengthy period of time. This could be a nanny, construction worker, teacher, or consultant.
Travel Industry Careers – These are traditional jobs that people invest a lot of time and effort into for the long-term. Careers like travel agents, pilots, ship captains,
Weekend Jobs – Some of the best travel jobs in 2020 have been for those looking for part-time work. I really like going to Catalina Island in Southern California and have met many people who live on the mainland, but commute for weekend work. Some places, like Catalina, don’t have enough work during the normal week to keep people busy, but need support staff on the weekend. Good examples of this are diving instructors, tour operators, tour guides, bar tenders, etc. Temporary help is also needed for longer periods of time. Some of the biggest events in the country like the Summerfest, Coachella, Austin City Limits Festival, Essence Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Lolapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, Life is Beautiful, Kaaboo, XGames, NASCAR Speed Week, Sturgis motorcycle rally and Daytona Bike Week need people for one to two weeks, and can be a great way to see the United States.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are the best paying travel jobs?
A: There are jobs for which you can travel on your employer’s dime that pay over $100,000 a year. Jobs like Travel Publicist (VP or higher), luxury travel advisor, hotel manager, director of sales, airline pilot, creative or art director, cruise ship director,
Q: How can I travel and make money?
Q: What should I study if I want to travel the world?
A: Classes that would help you become a diplomat, marine scientist, Ethnomusicologist, graphic designer or translator.
Q: Do jobs that require pay more?
A: According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, exempt employees are only eligible for travel pay if travel requires them to work more than their salaried estimated hours.
Q: How can I make money while I sleep?
A: Webinars, Ebooks, drop-shipping, online courses, blogging, traditional real estate rentals, peer-to-peer lending, affiliate marketing.
Q: Can you negotiate with a travel agent?
A: You can negotiate! According to the website loveexploring.com , you can haggle with travel agents, but they won't let you in on that secret. Travel agents hate when customers go with someone else because they got a lower price, and often, they'll negotiate.
Also Check Out:
Largest Travel Company Employers
American Express Global Business Travel
Travel Leaders Group
American Express Travel
Corporate Travel Management North America
American Automobile Association
Travel and Transport
Omega World Travel
Ovation Travel Group
World Travel Holdings
JTB Americas Group
International Cruise & Excursions
Christopherson Business Travel
I shot this photo of my wife Amy, while on vacation in Hawaii, for Fixate , a silicone wedding ring company I co-founded with several friends. Models can earn great money while seeing the world with all-expense paid.
Ken Faught served as Team Makita Suzuki MX PR Coordinator
for two years, helping AMA Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.