Tourism, Catering & Hospitality
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Whether it's just casual work for one summer or a career in the business, tourism is one of the best ways to work abroad. Often the easiest way to land a job is to pitch up at the right time in the right place but to arrange a job in advance we feature a selection of employers in our Seasonal Job Centre.
Articles on Tourism Jobs Abroad
Jobs in Tourism
Finding a job in the world's largest industry isn't too difficult if you are resourceful and determined. We present a short overview of the sort of work available in the worlds largest industry.
Jobs in Catering
If you can feed others you can feed yourself. We take a look at how cooking and catering skills can bring rewards to worker travellers.
Use Catering Agencies to Secure Placements Abroad
Having armed yourself with the very best in cookery courses you now want to show the world your skills and make a living. The agencies listed here may be able to help with the next step.
Adventure Tour Leaders
In this job you can get paid to watch sunsets over the Serengeti and the paying customers do all the washing up.
Ibiza Spotlight receive many emails asking for advice about working on this Spanish island. This guide to Jobs in Ibiza gives information on how to find a job, what qualifications are needed, when is the best time to apply, and how much can be earned.
Entertainment Jobs in Greece, Cyprus, Greece & Spain
Those with experience or the self confidence to learn will have an opportunity to coach sports, communicate in foreign languages, and act, dance or sing their way around the Mediterranean.
Working in an American Theme Park
Theme parks are big business in the States; many employ thousands of seasonal staff each year. We look at Six Flags, Cedar Point, Disneyland and Dollywood.
Dress Up as a Giant Rodent
With thousands of seasonal and permanent contracts available each year, Disneyland Paris is a major employer of worker/travellers, though scruff bags needn't bother applying.
Your Experiences of Working in Tourism, Hospitality and Catering Jobs Abroad
Working as a Holiday Rep
Natalie Peck gave up a well paid job and applied to an advertisement in the Jobs Abroad Bulletin. Two weeks later she started a job with Olympic Holidays in Faliraki, the liveliest resort on the island of Rhodes.
To be or Not to be.. a JMC Holiday Rep
Lucy Corne spent four months working as a children's rep in Gran Canaria. Here, she describes the highs and lows of the role.
A Life as a Rep
When people say "all you do is lie around in the sun" it makes Nicki Craven's blood boil because working as a rep is hard work. And though you have the best times and the worst times the bad is definitely outweighed by the good.
Cruising the World
In the last eight months Emma Jones has been to places most people only dream of and saved over £7000 in the process. All by working onboard a cruise ship.
Working on Private Yachts
After a ski season in the Alps, Chris Adler landed a job in the Caribbean catering aboard Jacques Villeneuve's private yacht.
An Intrepid Tour Leader
Follow Marlo Perry's travels around Southeast Asia, leading her tour groups from one new year to the next for Intrepid Travel.
Diving into Management Down Under
Dom Nemer had never worked in a hostel, knew nothing about diving, and had never managed anything in his life until he started working on North Stradbroke Island just off the coast of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.
* We've collected and listed the first hand experiences of lots more working travellers in our Blogger's Guides to Working in Tourism, Catering & Hospitality. We also collate relevant articles on this Pinterest page.
Working in Tourism Interviews
Tour leaders and other tourism professionals answer our questions in The Working Traveller blog section of our sites, including...
Caitlyn O’Dowd, Tour Guide
When we spoke to Caitlyn O’Dowd she had been dividing her life between working as a tour guide and living off season in the Netherlands. She tells us any day during the season can see her guiding in one or more of 45 cities in 11 countries in Europe.
Katie Wilter, Superyacht Stewardess
Rhodes graduate Katie Wilter is a graphic designer and social media enthusiast with itchy feet. Now a super yacht stewardess she is seeing the world from a porthole and blogging about it. When we spoke to Katie she was heading along the east coast of the USA from Nova Scotia back down to Florida.
More Tourism, Catering and Hospitality Posts in The Working Traveller
More articles on working in tourism can be found in our blog, including...
Gentleman Dance Hosts Wanted for Cruise Ship Jobs - Working a passage by sea is now largely confined to crewing on privately owned yachts. The days of going down to the docks and offering to make yourself useful during a voyage are now mostly long gone but nimble on their toes gentlemen aged 40 plus can earn near free travel at sea by dancing and socialising with single women on board cruise ships.
3 Tour Group Leader Jobs in Thailand - A good leader can make or break a tour and will need to suit the company they will keep. For Southeast Asia backpacker tours this means having the energy of a Duracell Bunny, able to cope with both alcoholic overindulgence and cultural overload.
3 Jobs in the Field With Gap Year Organisations - Armed with university deferments around 7% of UCAS applicants will taking a gap year, with many choosing to let a gap year organisation handle the fine details. Those of us with exams consigned to our past can have our own overseas adventure by joining a gap year organisation as a paid, or expenses paid, staff member.
3 Handyman Jobs in Europe Next Summer - Three places those handy with a hammer, sensational with a screwdriver and dazzling with a drill can get some holiday job action next summer.
3 Jobs Abroad for Cyclists - If you are comfortable on a bicycle saddle, try applying to the three companies we have selected here, whose tours range from gentle meanders sampling the wares in Californian or French wine regions to climbing thousands of feet in the Himalayas or the volcano pitted landscape of Chile.
3 Jobs Leading American Teen Travel Trips - With destinations around the world trips for teenagers and young adults are orientated towards either culture and languages or adventure activities. Most staff are Americans but other nationalities are also represented in the ranks of the companies listed here.
13 Tips from Redditors on Finding a Job and Working in a Hostel - We tracked down a few answers from helpful redditors below, both on getting and doing the job, paid and unpaid hostel work. All we’ve done is reproduce a varied selection of advice, both good and bad, correct a few typos, and given credit where it is due.
Hostel Jobs in Amsterdam - One way to stay longer in Amsterdam is to find work at one of the city’s hostels where both paid and unpaid jobs can be found.
Landing a Holiday Rep Job - A career as a holiday rep is one of the most desirable roles in the travel industry. If you want to see the world, and get paid for it, there are few jobs where you can do so in such an outgoing, social environment.
The Ins and Outs of Finding Work on Tenerife and Lanzarote - The Canary Islands are a winter free Nirvana boasting an almost perfect climate which attracts nearly 10 million visitors each year and where there are tourists in such high numbers, there are usually plenty of work opportunities.
Travelling & Work Opportunities in Backpacker Hostels - Even the most intrepid of travellers have found themselves running out of money abroad. If you’ve gone to work in Australia hoping for a farm picking job but with no luck, you could try working in a backpackers for an extra dollar or ten, or even a bed for the night.
Work as a Diving Instructor in Sharm el Sheikh - Are you a certified diver with the travel bug, interested in enjoying the Egyptian sun? Start-up costs can be high to teach in this area, so working as an instructor is recommended for those who are interested in longer term opportunities rather than a quick few bucks.
10 Summer Jobs in Benidorm - Relocating to Benidorm? Or maybe you’re just looking to make a little extra money during your summer holiday? Whatever your reasons, the temperature is climbing and so is the competition. Grab some of these summer jobs in Benidorm before they’re all gone.
Scary Work in the UK This Halloween - Equal opportunities legislation outlawing discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and the disabled has yet to be extended to the undead. This combined with the undermining of disability benefit claims by courtroom film evidence showing zombies running has led to increasing poverty in the supernatural class. Fortunately the Halloween holiday provides zombies, ghouls, ghosts, monsters and vampires with a few weeks of legitimate employment and a chance to vary an otherwise all brains or blood diet.
3 Jobs Abroad Next Summer With PGL - PGL have varied roles for the summer, including in retail, housekeeping, admin, maintenance, instructor positions, and language jobs.
Free Travel to European Festivals - Hard working, friendly, professional and committed people can receive free tours to European festivals and events by joining the Pillow Adventure Travel Company team as ground crew, tour cooks, leaders and managers.
Reader's Letter: Working in Australia & Cambodia - Trevor Park shares a few first hand tips for getting a job in Australia and Cambodia.
Two Big Websites for Landing a Summer Job - Since we first began listing tourism companies in our directory numerous brands have been taken over or merged and consolidated their overseas recruitment for the group with a dedicated jobs website. Two of the largest, with among the most overseas jobs available each season, are TUI and Holidaybreak.
Tourism, Catering & Hospitality Vacancies in JAB
We add the latest tourism jobs to our Jobs Abroad Bulletin.
The OJC Directory
Tourism, Catering & Hospitality Links - Find jobs with tour operators, in hotels, restaurants, bars and resorts, or with airlines, overland companies, travel agencies and working on cruise ships and yachts. More relevant links can be found in our Region & Country pages.