Do you have a passion for travel, but are restricted by responsibilities or by the current situation? Guess what? There are actually a lot of home-based travel job opportunities out there to choose from, and who knows, it might be the one you are actually looking for!
Traveling is such a fun and exciting activity. However, sometimes (and mommies especially stay-at-home moms can totally relate to this) we are constrained with our day-to-day doings that it seems really hard. More so, even the thought of working in the travel industry is kind of far from reality.
While most travel job opportunities require you to be on-site or work in an office setting, luckily there are some that actually work even right at the comforts of your home!
Yes, so if you miss traveling, but are passionate to help out people with their traveling needs, getting into home-based travel jobs may just be the perfect career option right now for you.
Okay, we hear you!
Perhaps you are wondering, how is it even possible to work in the travel agency these days when people are limited to staying at home and avoiding travels because of the current pandemic?
Well, here’s the thing, while traveling is such a hard activity to do at the moment, it is something that people look forward to doing once all the restrictions are lifted, and you can just hope you are in there once it happens – because that means, the travel agency is going to boom big time!
Back in 2019, before this whole pandemic thing happens, the United States had a whopping 79.26 million international visitors according to the data published by Statista.
Meanwhile, another report by Statista, it says that there were approximately 37.79 million American citizens who traveled overseas.
You see, these numbers only show that tourism is such a big thing not only in the United States but even in other countries around the world. Tourism helps keep the economy going — if we may add that.
So, with all the information we shared, we thought by now you are probably convinced that working in the travel industry especially if it’s home-based is one of the most ideal jobs to get into these days and the days to come.
Now, if all these sound appealing to you, then, let’s begin –
WHY CONSIDER HOME-BASED TRAVEL JOBS
Before we even discuss further the different travel job opportunities that you can do from the comforts of your home, we thought, we’d share a few things first as to why you should consider working in the travel industry remotely – especially if you are someone who’s totally new with the idea of working from home.
This, hopefully, will help you appreciate the work from home setup, and decide to join the current trend in the workforce.
We’ll keep this short and sweet.
Here are some reasons why you should consider looking for work from home travel jobs:
Working from home saves you a lot of time.
One of the reasons why a lot of people in the workforce are opting to shift to working from home is that home-based jobs allow them to save a lot of time because first, most works from home jobs are flexible, and second, the most obvious of all, you don’t have to travel and deal with day-to-day traffic.
Especially if you are a mom, you will surely benefit from this. It means more time to play with your kids, as well as more time to be a homemaker.
Home-based jobs help you save a lot of money.
When we say “a lot,” we do not necessarily mean you’re going to be a millionaire if you work from home (although that’s possible). What we mean by that is that, since you are not going out of your home, you get to save money from transportation, and other miscellaneous activities or spending when you’re outside the house.
Also, since you don’t necessarily have to be in office attire, you get to save a lot from shopping for office clothes. Amazing, right?
You get to be more focused on work.
As a home-based worker, you get to be more focused on the work because there is less distraction. You do not have officemates who are going to bug you or a boss who’s going to just call you and ask you to do something.
You get to choose the kind of travel job you want.
Remember what we said earlier? There are a lot of home-based travel jobs out there, and that’s great because that means you can choose from the many options. You are not stuck with just doing one job. In fact, you can even do more – as many as you can – for as long as you can manage all the work right.
Now, speaking of travel jobs, proceed to the next section as we are going to share with you now some of your travel job options.
HOME-BASED TRAVEL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
As mentioned above, in this section, we are going to talk about the real deal – some of the popular travel job opportunities that you can do from home.
Our list include the following:
- Travel Agent
- Cruise Planner
- Travel Blogger
- Travel Writer
- Travel Video Blogger (Vlogger)
- Disney Travel Planner
- Local Coordinator (LC) for Exchange Students
- Instagram Travel Influencer
- Social Media Manager Specializing in Travel
Now, allow us to share with you a few important information about each of the travel job we listed –
Working as a remote travel agent is actually one of the most famous work from home jobs in the travel industry.
As a travel agent, your job basically revolves around helping people plan their dream vacations, and in other cases, even business trips (if you are particularly working for a company).
As part of your job, you have to make tons of decisions, as well as plans to consider to be able to help your clients make the right travel choices, as well as discover options that they thought have never existed.
Generally, working as a travel agent is a satisfying and equally rewarding job.
What’s nice about working as a travel agent is that you have the option to either work for a company, or put up your own travel agency and run it from home. The latter, of course, is a great choice given the possibilities of earning bigger and making it big in the industry.
Home-based travel agents usually work in flexible hours — which means they get to do work whenever and wherever they want.
In terms of salary, how much you make as a home-based travel agent depends on whether you work regularly or as a freelancer for a company, or if you run your own business. However, to give you an idea, according to ZipRecruiter, the national average rate of remote travel agents is $65,021 per year. It could go as low as $17,500 up to as high as $144,000.
Are you inspired to work as a travel agent? Well, get more inspiration in this video by Tourist to Local as she shares about her how she landed a remote job as a travel agent:
If you are someone who loves taking a cruise or living the cruising lifestyle, then working as a home-based cruise planner is perfect for you!
What’s nice about it is that there are actually various options for being a cruise consultant. However, one of the most common is Cruise Planner, which is affiliated with American Express.
Basically, this option is a home-based franchise opportunity that allows you to run your own travel business from home by providing you with the right tools.
Apart from the tools, this requires you to undergo a six-day training session in Florida and allows you to take advantage of award-winning marketing programs, as well as benefits from American Express.
Furthermore, with this franchise, you will also get to build accreditation towards your Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) certification, which is a must to be able to work with suppliers.
Becoming part of Cruise Planners by getting this franchise may be a little costly though with a price of $10,995 excluding royalties and fees. But, once you’re at it, and you’ve run it successfully, the earning potential is endless.
By the way, particularly with Cruise Planners, you will earn back your investment through commission on cruises, hotels, flights, excursions, as well as ground transportations, passports, and many more.
Have you gone to a lot of places already? Do you have photos or videos of those travels? How about writing? Do you love writing and sharing information with other people?
If your answer to these questions is a yes, then becoming a travel blogger is perfect for you!
As a travel blogger, while you can share about all your travel experiences, you can also choose a specific niche like traveling for single people, traveling for couples or families. You may also want to go blogging about island travels, mountain, cruise, or luxury travel. By choosing a particular niche, it helps your blog become more focused, and it also helps you get the specific audience you are looking into.
But then again, at the end of the day, it’s all up to you.
Travel bloggers, similar to the rest of the bloggers out there can make money through different methods or techniques. You can earn through ad networks, direct ad sales, collaborations, affiliate marketing, or you can opt to create your own informational travel products and sell them online, too!
While the best and most ideal option is to create your own travel blog, you can also opt to become a ghostwriter for someone else’s blog.
Anyway, to give you a hint, according to Indeed, the average pay for travel bloggers range from $12.24 – $24.67 per hour. Once you become successful though, you can earn really big with blogging — even earning six digits a year!
Unlike blogging, which is usually written based on personal experience, travel writing is about exploring and researching.
Travel writers are technically freelance writers or independent contractors who write articles as well as reviews for different entities like newspapers, magazines, as well as travel guides, and websites.
When working as a travel writer, you may write about different topics like food, accommodation, activities, even nightlife about specific travel destinations or niches like adventure travel, family-friendly travel, or eco-tourism.
As a travel writer, how much you make will depend on various factors like your knowledge and expertise, educational background, training, etc. However, according to Study.com, the average salary for a travel writer in the country amounts to $62,170 annually. Apart from that, you can also expect to receive amazing perks like free travel and accommodation in certain places.
Travel Video Blogger (Vlogger)
Basically, travel video blogging or vlogging is like blogging but the difference is that you speak in front of the camera, and make a video out of it instead of writing on your computer.
You share your travel knowledge, ideas, and experiences in the form of a video, which will, later on, be edited and then uploaded on YouTube (the most common platform for video blogs).
Similar to blogging, as a travel vlogger, you can decide on focusing on a particular niche to make your vlog more credible in the eyes of your viewers.
When it comes to how much you make as a travel vlogger, again, it depends. You have to work on your views, subscriptions, and traffic to earn. But basically, like blogging, you get to earn from ads, collaborations, sponsorships, as well as affiliate marketing.
Disney Travel Planner
Are you fascinated with anything Disney or should we say, do you know everything about Disney?
If your answer is yes, then be a Disney travel planner!
While there are many authorized Disney Vacation Planners out there, Academy Travel (Mickey Vacations) is one that we can recommend getting affiliated with especially if you want to specialize in Disney destination vacations — because that’s what exactly what they offer.
Anyway, by being a Disney travel planner for Academy Travel, you will work as an independent consultant whose job involves planning, organizing, as well as booking Disney vacations for clients.
Fortunately, there are no startup or monthly fees required to be able to join.
As part of the team, you will get to receive 60% of the total agency commission. Commission checks are mailed to you on a monthly basis.
Local Coordinator (LC) for Exchange Students
Local coordinator (LC) for exchange students are independent contractors whose job is to go out into the community to find families who are interested to host foreign exchange students. They basically visit schools, churches, as well as various youth programs to network and hopefully, find what they are looking for.
But the job does not end there. Local coordinators also handle orientation as well as monitoring in case there is a need for assistance for both foreign exchange students and foster families. LCs also act as a point of contact as well as a mentor to the students while they are in the country.
Although it may require travel to communities, most of the work can be done at home.
According to the International Cultural Exchange Services, local coordinators usually earn around $8,000 a year. More so, the job may earn you travel benefits, which is great especially for someone who loves traveling, right?
Instagram Travel Influencer
Just like blogging and vlogging, being an Instagram travel influencer is something that you can do and make money from only if you have a huge following.
Instagram, as we know is a social media platform that is particularly ideal for people who have a knack for taking amazing photos and short videos.
As an Instagram travel influencer, you can make money from sponsorships, donations, as well as collaborations.
If you are wondering about how much an Instagram influencer makes, well, according to an article posted online by The Washington Post, it says that “A rough rule of thumb is that influencers can make $10 to $80 per 1,000 Instagram followers per post — though much compensation is a mixture of payment (say, a daily rate for traveling to and posting from a hotel) and freebies.”
So, imagine if you have 500,000 followers on Instagram, you can potentially make between $5,000 and $40,000 for one post alone. It’s definitely financially rewarding, right?
Social Media Manager Specializing in Travel
Social media management is another exciting and fun job for travel enthusiasts or those who want to work in the travel industry.
Obviously, the job requires you to be social media savvy. You have to be someone who loves social media, at the same time, travel.
To be able to bind your two passions though, you have to particularly look for a company that specializes in the travel agency, and work as a social media manager for them. You may also opt to look for travel organizations, and check if they are looking for a social media manager for their social media platforms.
Although we could not find a specific rate for social media managers who specializes in travel, according to Indeed, the average income for a social media manager in the country is $48,051 per year. Generally, how much you make will depend on your knowledge, skills, experience, educational background, and also, it will depend on whether you are employed or you run your own social media management business.
WHERE TO FIND HOME-BASED TRAVEL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
There are a lot of places where you can find home-based travel job opportunities. You can find it by searching for a particular company that specializes in the travel industry, or you can simply visit online job listing sites and do a quick search there.
Some of the job listings sites where you can potentially find a travel job opportunity include Upwork, ZipRecruiter, FlexJobs, Freelancer, and Indeed.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOME-BASED TRAVEL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Having been greatly affected by the current situation, experts believe that the travel industry will eventually rise up once the world opens up to travelers from different parts of the world, and when that happens, businesses in the travel industry will surely regain whatever was lost, and if belong in there, you surely would be glad, right?