If you have itchy feet and want to see the world,
but you are on a limited budget, you may think that international
travel is outwith your reach. However, you can expand your list of
possible destinations by turning your hobby in to a job that will
allow you to earn as you travel.
Travel Jobs for Foodies:
If food is your passion, there are a number of travel jobs open
to you. The most obvious option is to secure work in the kitchens
of hotels or restaurants in your chosen destinations. Cooking is a
skill that travels well and appetising food is always in demand.
Depending on your proficiency, you could secure employment as a
kitchen assistant, sous chef, team leader or chef. You could even
work your way up the hierarchy as you gain skills and
However, food and drink enthusiasts have other travel jobs open
to them. For example, you could use your passion for food or drink
to become a tour guide. Drawing on your knowledge of the food or
drink available in well-known culinary destinations, you can
develop tours that provide holidaymakers with useful information on
the area together with visits to local producers. As a gastronomic
tour guide, you can visit some of your favourite locations while
educating others about your hobby.
Travel Jobs for Sports Enthusiasts:
If you are proficient in a sport, you can use your hobby to earn
while you travel. Many tourists are looking for active holidays.
They want to ski, golf or scuba dive rather than laze on a beach.
By using your experience and knowledge of your favourite sport, you
can work your way around the world teaching others the necessary
skills. For some sports, you will need to undertake instructor
training before you can be hired. But this can be a small price to
pay for the privilege of participating in your hobby on a daily
basis while exploring new destinations.
If you are a keen walker, you could lead treks in destinations
that you want to visit. Guided walks are extremely popular as the
leader does much of the planning and organising for participants,
who simply need to turn up and walk.
Travel Jobs for Entertainers:
If you love to sing, dance or act, you can find opportunities to
hone your talent and perform to a live audience on a daily basis on
board cruise ships. The entertainment offered by cruise ships
covers everything from orchestras to steel bands, jazz singers to
pop groups, full-scale musical numbers to stand-up comedy. When you
take a travel job on board a cruise ship, you will wake up in a new
location every morning.
Travel Jobs for Socialisers:
If you are an outgoing person who loves to socialise and meet
new people, you could pay for your travel by working as a holiday
rep. The key duties of a holiday rep are to plan and promote
activities that customers will enjoy. You will also be expected to
solve any issues that come along, such as problems with
accommodation. You are likely to enjoy being a holiday rep if you
find a tour company offering holidays to people with similar
interests to yourself. If you enjoy visiting pubs and nightclubs,
look for a tour operator which organises holidays in well-known
clubbing destinations. Alternatively, if you enjoy history and
museums, seek out a tour operator catering for culture
If you want to see more of the world but need to earn cash in
order to travel, think of what you enjoy doing most. There may be a
way that your hobby can help to pay for your international