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Helping Plan Others Travel; Good Gig?

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1. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This kind of goes back to an earlier thread about "the end of the road".

I've come to the realization lately that I'm no longer excited by my job. It has been a good run (nearly 7 years), and it has actually been quite a cool job, but I've got this crazy notion that I should actually be enthusiastic about what I do and want to improve myself in the career, and well that ship seems to have sailed.

So what does excite me? You guessed it; travel. Shocker. But what I've found is that aside from my own travels, I also really enjoy talking travel, planning travel, and researching travel. That said, I should probably be a bigger help around here.

Anyway, I've been looking into a couple of "adventure group travel" companies as perhaps my next career move. I'm not really one for group travel myself, but I've found some interesting companies that seem like they would be really fun to work for. I don't think I can mention them by name here, but there is one based out of my home state that focus on "natural travel" and does carbon off-setting and a bunch of cool stuff. At any rate, I'm not looking to be a guide or anything. I want a home base, but I want to deal with travel. I also want to work for a company that values travel.

So my question is this: does anybody have any experience working for a company like this? Will the grass always be greener on the other side? Will the pay be terrible? Do I ask too many questions?

Any advice from my traveling psychiatrists would be much appreciated.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I don't work for one, but I have from time to time tried to get myself hired by a company that plans and executes adventure travel - basically with the same rational that you have. I like posting here and helping people plan their travels, so it follows that I should enjoy that as a career.

(an aside: I did once do some work for a client that sold golfing vacations, but I don't think that's exactly on point.)

I will say that I have found it an incredibly competitive field - there's lots of people interested and few positions. Based on my knowledge of the entertainment industry and their pay structures, this tends to drive the wages down. In essence, you get less pay, but this is offset by the "glamour" of working in an industry with some catchet. As I said, I know this is true in entertainment, and I assume it to be similiarly true in travel.

I'd be interested to know what else you might find out.

3. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Greg,

I have similar suspicions about this type of job being rather difficult to get and then probably underpaid if you're lucky enough to get it. I figure it is worth a shot though, I mean, you never know until you try.

I have a few plan B's & C's out there designed to buy some more time (teaching English in Korea or Japan); I just think I need to do something. I need a change.

I'll keep you posted on whether it works out.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi John

That's good to hear :) I absolutely agree with you that's it really fulfilling passing on tips and helping others to plan their journies. A lot of people helped me in the early days here on TP (and continue to do so) and it's just good to pass it on. Also, it's something I feel is really kindred among travellers. It's lovely how 99% of travellers you meet want to pass on some good info instead of hugging it to themselves.
That's not something you experience much in other areas of your life, in my opinion.

Anyway, moving on from that, I shared a room with an Australian girl in Brazil who had been working for the past 3 years with an AUstralian travel company coordinating tours in Vietnam, Cambodia and China. SHe had some stories and seemed to love her job. She said that for a young person the pay is great, tips are usually great, but long-term prospects can be a bit bleak. I think she meant that if you were an actual tour guide though. Maybe if you were worknig behind the scenes in a tour company you can really build a lucrative career out of it. :)

I wish you the very best if you decide to pursue it. :)