Travel Lovers: 3 Jobs That Help Others Experience the World
If you love travel but want to find a job that lets you settle down for a while, you could earn money from your passion.
Bonus: You don’t even have to go into an office to do it.
These three open customer service jobs let you use your love and knowledge of travel to help others create memorable experiences.
1. Assist National Park Visitors
The National Park Service is hiring up to 70 temporary positions for Yosemite National Park in California. Target start date is March 2017, and the position will last up to six months.
As a visitor use assistant, you’ll work at an entrance station, campground office, visitor center and/or other visitor contact stations. You’ll collect park fees, answer questions and provide informational handouts to park visitors.
Pay is $13.68 per hour.
Government housing may be available, and occasional travel may be required.
You’ll typically work in a “small outdoor structure” -- or booth -- exposed to the elements, so you should love the outdoors, even at high elevations or in the heat.
You’ll also be required to wear a National Park Service uniform while you work -- but that sounds like a perk to me!
You must be a U.S. citizen, able to pass a background check, and have a “favorable credit report.” You’ll need to be able to handle money and enjoy customer-facing work.
You should have two years of education beyond high school or equivalent work experience.
2. Book Unique World Travel Experiences
If you have a passion for international travel and want to help create those experiences for others, consider applying for this travel ambassador position with BootsnAll.
This is a full-time, work-from-home position, but you’d work on Pacific time. Your job would be to support customers via the phone or video calls.
“Your enthusiasm and passion for helping travelers is more important than previous experience.”
Nevertheless, previous travel, airline or customer service experience is a plus. The following requirements are non-negotiable:
- Must have very good spoken and written English.
- Must be available to work on weekends (to cover for colleagues' absences).
- Must have a very good internet connection (to handle audio and video calls).
- Must be very comfortable using multiple online services at once, like Google Apps.
To apply: Fill out the application online here.
If you’ve traveled to more than five countries, the company is also hiring one travel planner to join its team of 10.
3. Make Rental Car Reservations From Your Home Office
Car rental company Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, is hiring for several positions all over the country -- including this work-from-home job!
The position is open in nine states: Ohio, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, Missouri, Nevada, Illinois and Nevada, with specific metro-area requirements.
This is a full-time job, and you’d have a set schedule between the hours of 6 a.m. to midnight Central time. You‘d field incoming calls to answer customer questions and convert to reservations.
You should be at least 18 years old and have at least one year of customer service experience. You should also have previous experience either working from home, in a call center environment or in a position with sales/performance goals or commision-based pay.
Once hired, you’d need to work from a PC computer running Windows 7 or higher, with high speed internet access and a direct connection to the router.
To apply: Find an open position in your state here, and apply online. If you don’t see your location on the list now, keep an eye out -- listings change frequently.
Your Turn: Have you worked in the travel industry?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).