Published November 9, 2020
Most of us dream of traveling the world, seeing exotic places, and experiencing new cultures. But if you’re stuck in a nine-to-five job, that dream remains just that – an unreachable dream.
Although the digital age has made our career options wider, some of us are still reluctant to let go of our current jobs. Most of the time, it’s because of financial reasons. If you have student loans or credit card debts to pay, it’s difficult to let go of a job that pays well.
But what if I tell you there are plenty of high-paying jobs you can do while traveling? Yes, there are jobs in the travel industry that lets you earn up to six figures a year. Here are some of them:
1. Airline Pilot
Average Salary: $174,870
We all know what an airline pilot does. So it’s no wonder they have the highest average salary in the travel industry. Flying people from one destination to the other is a huge responsibility and one mistake could put many lives at risk. Aside from operating the aircraft, they are also responsible for managing the crew on board. This is why to become an airline pilot, you need to have a bachelor’s degree. Obviously, you also have to secure a pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate.
2. Sales Director for Hotels
Average Salary: $121,860
Hotel sales directors manage and direct a hotel’s marketing and business development efforts. This includes creating advertising materials and giving hotel tours. If necessary, they also have to go to international conventions and tourism fairs to represent the hotel. This job usually requires years of experience in the field though. So if you have no experience in this field, I suggest you move on to the other jobs on this list.
3. Travel Publicist
Average Salary: $116,000
If you have the necessary experience and connections, working as a travel publicist can be enjoyable. Aside from hotels, you can also work with tourism boards to get their campaigns across various platforms. Publicists usually have to work with an agency but you can also work as a freelancer pitching to clients in wherever country your feet will take you.
4. Hotel Manager
Average Salary: $110,250
If you have a degree and experience in hotel management, you can travel the world and work as a hotel manager at the same time. Big hotel chains usually pay more (and I mean way more) than the average salary. Since hotels are usually located in tourist hubs, you’ll get to meet a lot of other travelers too.
5. Creative Director (Travel)
Average Salary: $89,137
Like sales directors and travel publicists, traveling creative directors also work with hotels. There are a lot of things that a hotel will need creative directors for. Aside from helping them visualize their projects, they also supervise creative projects and collaborate with copywriters, artists, and designers among others.
6. Luxury Travel Advisor
Average Salary: $47,873
Travel advisors usually don’t earn that much especially since the competition is quite stiff. But if you specialize in luxury travel, then the earning potential is high. Plus, you’ll get to stay in luxurious hotels and dine in fancy restaurants since you’ll be catering to VIPs.
7. Travel Nurse
Average Salary: $77,460
In some countries, nurses are in great demand. But if you don’t want to stay in one place for too long, you can also apply for temporary positions. Most temporary nursing jobs last up to 13 weeks giving you ample time to see the country while earning. To qualify for this job, you obviously have to be a registered nurse. This means that you need to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass the licensing exams.
8. Gaming Managers
Average Salary: $74,700
If you have experience working in a casino, you can use that to apply for a gaming manager in other countries. Gaming managers ensure that the gaming operations of a casino run without a hitch. This includes scheduling worker shifts, enforcing casino rules, and resolving customer complaints promptly. The good news is that some casinos don’t require a degree for their gaming managers. So you can get employed with just a high school diploma. But you may need years of experience since managing a casino requires skills.