A travel job allows you to visit new locations as your job. Some choices are more obvious for a travel job, like a flight attendant, while some may surprise you.
Each month, we will highlight different travel job to give you an idea of what is possible for work when travelling. These jobs will be in a variety of fields, as the options are truly endless.
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This Month’s Travel Job: Flight Attendant
A flight attendant is the ultimate travel job. Being able to fly from country to country as your job is the wanderer’s dream! Flight attendants have been around since 1912. While the job may seem more service oriented to those on the plane, flight attendants jobs revolve more around safety.
If you’re thinking about becoming a flight attendant, know this, you’re committing to a lifestyle, not a job.
Featured Flight Attendant: Jen Nelson
Lipstick and heels, long days and layovers – sometimes in exotic cities like Paris, Tokyo and Honolulu, sometimes in Boise, Columbus, and Dallas – this is the life of a Flight Attendant.
Flying for an airline is a fun job that comes with some great perks. You get to spend my days working to and from amazing destinations, or to destinations with great hotels where I can catch up on sleep and hit the gym. But you can also spend weekends and holidays away from my family. You don’t get to sleep in my own bed every night, and you have a hard time keeping a regular sleep schedule.
Jen worked in marketing for five years before becoming a flight attendant. She hated it. Then she met someone who has been flying for 35 years and married a pilot, and who convinced her in one dinner it was the best job in the entire world. She applied and got hired on the spot. She took the job because I’m addicted travelling and wanted to write novels full-time.
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This job gives me the flexibility to work fewer days a month, earn a steady paycheck, pursue my creative ideas, and travel when I want to anywhere in the world!
More about the job:
The only requirements to apply to be a flight attendant are a high school diploma and being 21 years old. Many of flight attendants have bachelor’s degrees, many have master’s degrees. If you speak another language, that’s a huge bonus. Airlines are always looking for multi-lingual employees. Getting hired is a tricky, nonsensical process. Someone who’s great may apply for 17 years before getting hired, someone who seems average may get hired on the first try. Airlines look for customer service experience. If you’ve worked in a restaurant, hotel, or other travel-related fields that might help. Include your list of the countries you’ve travelled to, to show an interest in travel as well.
If you get an in-person interview, rock the socks off of it. There are tons of resources online for specific interview techniques depending on each airline.Think of the face-to-face interview like Sorority Recruitment. Talk to everyone you can, learn something interesting about them, make sure they learn something interesting about you, and if you’re lucky, they’ll give you a bid to pledge. Sorority recruitment training may help you be more comfortable talking to strangers and presenting yourself well in a large group environment. So if you’ve been in a sorority or fraternity, that may help you, too.
At Jen’s airline, the first year salary is anywhere from $22,000-40,000 depending on how many hours you want to work. She made about $32,000 my first year because she worked more. You get an annual raise depending on how many years you’ve been with the company. Once you’ve been there 10+ years, you can make $50-75,000 a year if you fly the standard amount of hours. One Senior Mama (as they’re affectionately nicknamed) makes $150,000 a year! Your salary is really dependant on how many hours you want to work.
Jen’s “Typical Day” as a Flight Attendant
As a flight attendant, there’s no such thing as a typical day. Jen usually flies two to three flights a day, with a wake-up time fro4 am to 8 am. During the flight, you make sure everything gets put away and prepare the cabin for takeoff. In the air, you serve snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re working First Class. If anyone gets sick or feels ill, you provide basic medical assistance (there’s a doctor on speed-dial in the Flight Deck to help with complicated stuff).
On the ground, you help everyone off the flight and go to the next one. This can go super smoothly and can be fun if you get happy customers. It can be a nightmare if you get someone who is angry, irate, or disrespectful. Usually, you have both types on every flight.
Once your day is finished, the airline provides a shuttle and hotel room for you to sleep, go to the gym, get food and coffee. If you have a longer layover you can go out and explore, visit friends who live in that city or relax by the pool. Your time is your own. Trips last anywhere from one-day turn arounds to five-day domestic trips, and even some rare nine-day international trips hopping around the islands of the Pacific.
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