It’s not just hospitality – the industry needs artists as well.
When it comes to working in the hospitality industry, not everyone wants a job sitting behind a desk or greeting customers. Instead, their creative side beckons and they want to travel the globe, taking photos or writing stories. Unfortunately, it’s a common belief that you can’t make a living being a travel writer or photographer. On the contrary, there are many creative travel jobs available in the industry, where you can work for a corporation or even freelance, travel around the world, and make a good living.
Travel Photographer: A travel photographer isn’t always the khaki-clad adventurer, wandering off into the jungle in search of that perfect wildlife image. Destination tourism bureaus and travel suppliers are always in need of compelling imagery to sell the dream across magazines, websites and even books. In order to make a living, freelance photographers need to learn how to drum up business by finding opportunities, networking, and selling prints both online and through photo bureaus.
The skills you need to bring to the table as a travel photographer include creativity and a good eye, practical and technical photography skills; excellent communication and people skills; the ability to multi-task; good organization and time-management skills; and the ability to be flexible for shoots that take place at various times. Right now on TravelJobs.com, companies like ESPN, Disney, and Norwegian Cruise Lines are all looking to hire photographers.
Travel Writer: If you can tell a story, describe a destination or interview someone, then apply for a position as a travel writer. Writers are not always living on ramen soup and cereal as they write their stories. Many make a good living writing copy for corporations and websites, articles for magazines, and some make money off their own blogs. You need an ability to write, meet deadlines and tell a story. Research skills are also important if you are writing about destinations. You don’t, for example, want to write that a resort in Punta Cana offers a scuba diving excursion when the excursion stopped being offered months ago.
Travel writer Andrea Rotondo recently wrote that the life of a travel writer may look glamorous, but there's a lot more to the job than lounging in exotic locales. “Organized press trips and customized "familiarization" junkets feature rigorous schedules that last from sunrise until well into the evening, attempting to squeeze as much as possible in to give writers the best sense of a destination.”
You can get started by reading a lot of travel magazines and blogs, start writing about local destinations or tell a story. Many people want to visit a destination because of what a travel writer wrote about.
Companies such as ESPN, SONIFI, Walt Disney, Resorts and Lodges and more, are looking for travel writers to write up resort information and sporting events as well as marketing materials for the hospitality industry. You can also freelance for corporations, magazines, and websites, or even write guidebooks or contribute to travel books.