Live a Life of Luxury: The Top 10 Tourism Careers

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Oct 10, 2018

Oct 10, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

"Ugh another long day at work," you groan as you look out the window at the boring scenery surrounding your office.

When you have the heart of a traveler, working a 9-5 office job in your hometown can be soul-crushing. But who says you have to keep that boring old job?

The tourism industry is booming with Americans spending $2.8 billion on traveling every single day. So, it shouldn't come as a shock that there are plenty of tourism careers that can help you enjoy your workday.

Do you want to know what they are? Keep reading to discover our top 10 tourism careers.

1. Travel Agent

Most people enjoy traveling, but not everyone likes the process of creating an itinerary and shopping for flights. If you love learning about new destinations and can spend hours looking at flights without batting an eye, a travel agent may be the best job for you.

You'll spend your days researching destinations, finding great deals on flights and hotels, and offering travel tips and tricks to help give your customers the vacation of their dreams.

Of course, many travel agencies offer discounts on travel and generous vacation days for their employees. This means you'll have more opportunities to leave the office and explore the world.

2. Tour Guide

Is the idea of sitting in an office all day not for you? Being a tour guide allows you to spend your days on your feet and interacting with tourists.

If you want something stable, consider getting a job at a nearby tourist spot. You'll have a regular schedule where you'll teach tourists all about the sight.

The real adventure-crazed may benefit from working for a tour company. Many offer group trips that last for several days or weeks at a time. Some even do multiple countries at once!

Since these tours can hit multiple cities and countries, they typically arrange tours with local guides, so your job will be to keep everyone together and make sure their trips go off without a hitch. But most importantly, you'll get to travel with the group and experience different sights around the world.

3. Activity Coordinator

If you're organized and full of fun ideas, consider a tourism career as an activity coordinator.

You can work for hotels or resorts and plan all the leisure activities and events. You'll also be responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly and all the guests are happy at the event. What better way to spend your workday than by planning beach yoga days or cocktail making lessons?

4. Destination Wedding Planner

Have you always dreamed of having a destination wedding? Maybe you wanted to get married on the beach with tropical flowers lining the aisle.

While you're waiting for that special someone to pop the question, you can help other brides plan their special day. You may opt to work for a resort that hosts a lot of weddings or go solo and start your own business.

5. Concierge

Are you full of knowledge, but don't want to take part in in-depth planning? A hotel concierge is one of the most popular careers in hospitality and tourism, and jobs can be found around the world.

You'll advise guests on nearby attractions and restaurants that they may enjoy. You'll also assist them by booking transportation and activities. This is the perfect position for someone who does want that relaxing job where they get to sit a lot, but still be involved in tourism.

6. Massage Therapist and Spa Manager

Spas are becoming more and more popular in hotels and resorts. Who wouldn't want to have a nice relaxing massage to unwind from a hectic day of sightseeing?

This opens up a few different options for spa-related jobs in the tourism industry. If you love hanging by the beach, look for a massage therapist job at a beach-front hotel or spa. They'll likely offer beach massages to get you outside and enjoying that salty sea air all day.

In a few years, consider applying to become the spa manager. While you won't be on the beach all day anymore, you'll get a nice pay raise to help you travel more on your time off.

7. Travel Writer

Do you obsessively read travel articles about foreign destinations? One day you want to travel to Bali, then you read something about Machu Picchu, and suddenly Peru tops your list.

Travel writers actually get paid to experience these once-in-a-lifetime trips. And they'll always get to travel to new places and do new things.

Of course, becoming a travel writer is tough and many writers don't have much freedom to choose locations and activities. Being a travel blogger or vlogger will give you the freedom to travel when and where you want, and you can make decent money doing so once you have a nice following.

8. Cruise Ship Employee

If you have a background in housekeeping, activity coordinating, or cooking, why not take your experience to the sea? Cruise ship employees get to spend their workdays admiring the ocean and their time off exploring the islands the ship docks at.

9. Marine or Wildlife Biologist

With environmental issues and animal welfare coming into the spotlight, many tourism companies are making big changes to promote eco-friendly tourism.

Science-minded individuals can take advantage of this by finding jobs as marine or wildlife biologists. Many are situated in tropical destinations and study the local environment to ensure tourism isn't hurting the animals or their environment.

10. Entrepreneur

Do you want the freedom to work your own hours and be your own boss? Then consider becoming an entrepreneur!

You could open your own chain of hotels, spas, or travel product stores. This will give you the opportunity to travel around the world as you visit each location.

The Best Tourism Careers

Who says you need to spend the rest of your life behind a desk? If you love to travel, follow our guide to the best tourism careers, so you can enjoy your job.

Are you ready to change careers? Read this career planning post to get started today!