As aspiring travel writers, consider taking advantage of jobs within the travel industry to “jump start” your travel writing career. Many people search job boards such as CareerBuilder, Monster.com, Indeed.com, Craigslist, and the countless other internet sites for writing jobs. However, if you’re new at writing travel, you can squelch the competition by applying for a full-time or part-time job in the travel industry? This is a great way to learn all about the travel industry, network, and begin a travel writing career!
Working within the travel industry can give you the edge you need for travel writing. For example, let’s say you’re interested in adventure travel, if you work for a company that “specializes” in that area, you’ll become an expert. Who better to write travel articles on adventure travel than you?
- Travel Agent. If you love to travel then you’ll be perfect as a travel agent . Since you have a passion for travel, you’ll be able to sell travel faster than the average agent. People can tell if a person likes his or her job. Sometimes having passion for what you do is the key to sealing the deal.
- Corporate travel. You could work as a “corporate agent.” These are people who strictly work with corporations, visit them, and sell their “vacation packages” to employees at very favorable rates.
- Work at a hotel and resort. If you would like to become an expert on hotels and resorts, then work for one. You could learn the business and write about your particular resort. Before you know it, you’ll be an authority on hotels and resorts.
- Become a tour guide. How cool would it be to give tours of the Tower of London, the Grand Canyon, or your favorite destination spot? Your enthusiasm is sure to draw large crowds. Get ready to receive BIG tips!
- Work for AAA. If you’re a member of AAA , consider working for them. Most people belong to AAA. You could write about the benefits of being a AAA member and of course, about the great vacation deals.
- Teach English as a second language. Would you like to visit China, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, or some other foreign country? Consider teaching English  as a second language. Just be sure to sign up with a reputable company. There are many organizations that offer “teach English as a second language” positions. Be sure to choose the right one.
- Become a flight attendant. This is a great way to see the world. You can fly to your favorite destinations and discover new ones. You’ll have a lot to write about from life 30,000 feet in the air: being a flight attendant, passengers, destinations, and much more!
- Work on a cruise line. See the world, make connections, and write about your experiences. Remember, cruises  travel all over the world, who knows where you’ll end up!
These are some examples of jobs that can help you begin your career as a travel writer. Thinking outside the “norm” can help you in more ways than one. By working in the industry, you’ll earn cash, make contacts, and develop your writing.
Working in the travel industry will give you major benefits such as free or discounted travel, networking opportunities that most travel writers will not have, and an opportunity to learn all about the industry. Understanding how the travel industry works before you become a travel writer can be to your advantage. You’ll discover industry secrets that other travel writers do not know. This is a major benefit! Go for it!
Have you ever worked in the travel industry? What was you job?