The Best Jobs to Have in Travel
Love travel so much you wish it was your job? Well it can be. The travel industry is one of the most exciting industries to work in – and we should know! Whether you’re great at planning trips, writing about your travels, a pro-flyer or a travel chatterbox, there’s a role for you in the industry. Here are some of our favourites:
Flight Centre Expert like Claudio Martinoli
What’s it like? My role is really varied. I work for Flight Centre Business Travel so my primary role is to manage all the travel requirements for my corporate clients. My clients work in a variety of different sectors, from lifestyle management to pharmaceuticals. This means that the types of enquiries that I receive from them varies quite a lot, which keeps me on my toes!
Why is it so great? There is quite a lot I love about my job! I love the variety of the enquiries I receive from my clients. I also love the close relationship I can build up with my clients working in this brand. Building strong relationships with our clients is key to the success of my team. Finally, I love the people I work with. My team and I work very hard for each other each day, and I love to see them all succeed.
The perks: Flight Centre’s Global Gathering is a brilliant perk. The gathering is an incentive weekend that takes place in a different location around the world. Last year it was in Las Vegas. Next year it will be in Singapore and I have fond memories of the last Global Gathering there. Knowing Flight Centre, it will be bigger and better than ever! We also receive some great discounts from airlines and hotel chains which makes travelling the world that little bit cheaper.
A Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Member like Rachel Gildersleeves
What’s it like? My role is based on delivering a high standard of customer service to all our passengers on board. Whatever reason they’re travelling our aim is to make them feel like individuals and to ensure they want to keep coming back to us!
Why is it so great? The thing I love most has to be the opportunity to be in a new country every week, I have had some of the most incredible experiences of my life while on the job and have seen things I only used to dream of. One minute you’re visiting temples in Japan and the next you could be partying in Las Vegas or shark diving in Cape Town. I don't think I’ll ever get bored of exploring somewhere new.
A Flight Centre Destination Owner like Dominique Kotsias
What’s it like? I specialise in travel to North America, Caribbean and Mexico so it’s my job to work with the tourist boards and local suppliers to ensure we’re offering our customers the best holiday experiences. I have to keep my finger on the pulse of what is new and exciting in these destinations to ensure we stay ahead of our competition.
Why is it so great? Every day is different and I get to meet so many new and interesting people. Being able to travel while doing a job I 100% believe in, and enjoy, is incredible.
A Buffalo Tours Guide like Amy Somkarn
What’s it like? Every day I get to show people my home country of Thailand. The tours I run typically include visiting local temples such as the Doi Suthep temple and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. I also take people to the local elephant conservation sites such as the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang which I love going to.
Why is it so great? My job really makes me appreciate how wonderful Thailand is. It's such a unique country with beautiful landscapes. I also love to meet new people from all over the world – it’s a fantastic way to learn about other cultures.
A Flight Centre Travel Writer like Alex Gregg
What’s it like? I look after the Flight Centre UK and Round the World Experts blogs, commissioning, researching and writing articles for both sites, as well as helping to create specific destination, airline and hotel guides. Most importantly though, I proofread and edit our content to make sure it’s written to a high (and hopefully typo-free!) standard.
Why is it so great? The thing I truly love most about my job is the same thing I dislike most about it: learning about incredible, exciting destinations every day. It’s such a privilege to be able to read about, write about and even visit these fantastic places (Canada was my highlight) but be warned; it gives you seriously itchy feet.
A Flight Centre Travel Experience Manager like Claus Gurumeta
What’s it like? I create all of our Journeys itineraries and decide how they will be displayed on our print advertising and online.
Why is it so great? I love putting together amazing travel itineraries that I know people will absolutely love. I get to daydream about being in these amazing Journeys everyday, and learn a thing or two about the different places they include. The biggest downside is that my bucket list of places to visit expands every day.