What's the easiest way to find out about more travel jobs? Work in a travel job! After working in various travel jobs since 2005, the best advice I can pass on is right here on this page. But before I get into the explanation let me reveal where I came up with this earth shattering theory.
I was recently working an event taking place in the USA, it had various investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the mic. Overall this was a snooze-fest with the exception of one gentleman. He posed the question to the crowd, "What is the easiest way to become rich?" After a look around the room he followed that up by saying, "The easiest way to become rich is to be born rich." While this is meant as a bit of a joke, it is true and it lead me to a breakthrough in easiest way to get a travel job. That would be to work in a travel job. Sounds confusing, but bare with me.
There was a specific time in my life when I decided I wanted to travel and see the world. The problem was I didn't know where or how to get started. All I had was my one experience of actually being on a cruise ship as a child. I knew that a job existed somewhere in that industry and I had a feeling that maybe I could work there. Beyond cruise ships, I had no idea the amount of obtainable travel jobs that exist in the world, thus I had to begin my journey onboard.
Since I had never met anyone who had worked onboard nor was I getting positive feedback from the people around me I was going to have to find this job on my own. To get my job onboard I researched the cruise lines and applied directly to each company, submitting resumés and demo reels via old fashioned USPS. Oh, how times have changed.
Needless to say, I got that job onboard and it changed my career path immeasurably.
After working onboard cruise ships for my first year I was introduced to hundreds of people doing exactly what I was doing. They were traveling and meeting new people from all over the world and paying for it by working their way around the world. This was the eye opener I needed to find out about the job opportunities abroad and now I had people which I could learn from and network with.
Everyone I meet on my travels while working in travel jobs has a story about how they got to this job or where they were going next. Most of them were seasoned travelers who had been to many more places than I could imagine and they showed no signs of stopping. It was with every person I met during this time working abroad that I learned of more and more opportunities in the world. They introduced me to travel job websites I had never heard of before and gave me ideas for other jobs I didn't know existed.
The people I have met throughout my time are now working for airlines, teaching English, and producing videos while they travel abroad. I keep in touch with many of them and even interview them when I write articles for this website.
Getting that first travel job isn't about finding the right job that will take you into retirement while you travel around. It is about getting into the lifestyle and the industry that surrounds you with like minded working travelers. When you are engulfed in a life abroad and interacting with your ilk during every waking moment is when you will find the greatest work opportunities that you never knew existed. Everyone has a story and the more you listen to other people, the more ideas you get for yourself.
If you are like I was, having just graduated university, not sure where you want to work but knowing you want to travel, than take that first step into getting a job that requires travel. As soon as you do that you will be on the road and surrounded with people who will offer advice and ideas that will lead you to your next travel job. Those ideas will be for jobs you never would have thought of and for jobs you never knew existed.
Luckily, you've already got a good head start knowing about a website which explains in painful detail how to get a find the travel job that works for you. Apply for as many jobs to as many of these companies as you can and prepare for your departure.
Keep in mind, many jobs like this take time before you actually get hired, so don't expect to get hired instantly. Instead, plan ahead and keep busy while you go through the motions of sending emails back and forth and making those follow up phone calls. This is just like getting hired by any other job, except the process can be a little bit different. Show patience. It takes time.
In the mean time, while you are waiting for your marching orders for that first travel job abroad, you can prepare for your time overseas. Read the Good2Go travel checklist, which covers many of the basics for beginning a job abroad. You will need to sort out things like travel insurance, financial planning and travel papers. These are all vital for making your time abroad as trouble free as possible.
Maybe you suck? Or more likely they have a lot of applications to go through and you should keep looking for more jobs abroad and keep applying. Don't stop until you get hired. It took me 6 months from the time I began applying to the day I stepped into my first travel job. Don't worry, the world is waiting for you to arrive.
The world is too amazing not to share.
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