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Jet Setting Jobs: Opportunities in Travel and Tourism

Whether you're looking for work outside the normal nine-to-five or just need a change of scene, you might be thinking of a career in the travel and tourism industry. This kind of work allows you to earn money while traveling the world-- gaining both life experience and work experience in the places you've always wanted to see. There are a variety of jobs available in the travel and tourism sector. Below, you'll see just a few of the most popular ones. For more travel and tourism career opportunities, do an online search or check in the local newspapers.

Travel Agent

One of the most obvious and traditional choices when considering a career in tourism is working as a travel agent. Though in recent years vacation planning via the internet has become increasingly popular, travel agents help to simplify what is still a complicated process. They give advice on destinations, book flights, rental cars, hotels, and tours, and provide information about visas, customs, etc., for international travel.

While working as a travel agent might not provide as many travel opportunities or freedom as other tourism-related careers, about 15% of travel agents are self-employed, allowing them to choose their location and set their own hours. This can be a good career for somebody looking for stability and self-employment opportunities.

Travel Writer or Photographer

If you have a flair for language or a talent with the camera, you might want to consider a career as a travel writer or photographer. Travel writers visit cities and countries around the world, writing stories and taking pictures of the places and cultures they experience. Unfortunately, travel writing is a difficult industry to break into, but once you do it, you can expect a lifetime if travel, adventure, and doing what you love.

Flight Attendants

One of the most glamorous jet-setting careers you can have is working as a flight attendant. Flight attendants have the opportunity to travel the world, often living in multiple cities, while earning a generous hourly wage of around $18 the first year to $28 the fifth year (Continental). It's important to note, however, that there is a lot of competition for this type of work, and only a few make it past the first interview. And language skills are a must! Most airlines look for flight attendants fluent in at least two languages.

Cruise Ship Staff

The cruise industry is one of the fastest-growing in the travel industry, and work on cruise ships has become a highly sought-after career. This kind of work allows you to see the world while working in housekeeping, security, food/beverage service, entertainment, retail, and many more. Pay ranges anywhere from $500-600 per month for a dish washer, to $4,800-6,400 per month for chief on-board doctor. This, of course, includes room and board, which makes even the lowest salary seem more generous.


Travel in the U.S

New York Vacation Rentals

One of the best places to go for vacation with the whole family is New York's Niagara Falls area. Considered one of the most beautiful wonders of the world, Niagara Falls separates Ontario, Canada and New York. New York vacation rentals are plentiful in the area. Popular with vacationers, some of these cabins are located in campgrounds where chalets, RVs (recreational vehicles) and Park Models may also be rented. Ideal for families, these are the best choices for any type of vacation. These New York vacation rentals and camps offer amenities like pools, playgrounds, and game rooms. They also organize activities like visits to nearby Niagara Falls. So for families, especially those who are traveling in RVs, and those who plan to camp out in tents, head out to a campground can make the most out of New York vacation rentals and campsites.

Colorado Cabin Rentals

The cabins in Colorado, especially those near Estes Park, are some of the most popular summer destinations. It is also home for the Rocky Mountain National Park. Families can rent cabins and enjoy various summer activities together. These campgrounds welcome families with tents, Park Models or RVs. Campers can take part in various activities designed not only for children but for the whole family. These campgrounds have amenities like playgrounds, game rooms, and souvenir shops,. Some sites even have free Wi-Fi access. Families who rent cabins in Colorado afford themselves the opportunity to enjoy various special amenities like heated swimming pools and hiking trails as well as enjoy visits to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountains' splendid mountain views, wildlife, rock climbing routes, the Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road, and Fall River Road are huge tourist favorites. Those who rent cabins in Colorado will find these attractions adventurous and unforgettable.

Dairy Land Family Vacations

Wisconsin vacation rentals abound in Sturgeon Bay. A more practical (and adventurous) choice would be to stay in a campground. Sturgeon Bay, known as the "friendliest small town in Wisconsin," is home to several RV and tent campgrounds. Some of these campgrounds are in Door County, a favorite summer destination especially in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It has 5 of Wisconsin's state parks, lighthouses dating back to the 1800's, and a cherry orchard that's over 2,000 acres wide. For those families who choose to park their RVs or pitch their tents in selected campgrounds, they will enjoy numerous indoor and outdoor activities. There are also campgrounds that rent out fully-furnished cabins for those who love camp life but do not have tents or RVs. Choose only the best when you stay in a cabin like these Wisconsin vacation rentals.

Beautiful Vacations in the Buckeye State

Ohio campgrounds located in Aurora are also attractive vacation choices. These campgrounds have game rooms, playgrounds, and pools. Campers can play baseball or practice their volleyball and basketball abilities in the campgrounds. When there are no activities, campers can either go fishing or relax in the cool afternoon breeze. These Ohio campgrounds give campers a glimpse of the Amish life as well. Ohio's Amish Country is composed of 8 counties namely, Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Stark, Coshocton, Knox, Ashland and Richland. Each county boasts of its own activities and attractions. There are museums, historic districts, county fairs, and specialty shops that catch the fancy of any visitor. The Amish Country also offers guided tours. Any family who spends their vacation in these Ohio campgrounds is assured of a good time and memorable fun.

Bring Your Family Closer Together this Vacation

To sum it all up: make planning easier by relishing in the accommodation offered by vacation rentals around the country; especially since they are complete with all the modern amenities and features of home. If these vacation homes do not fit into your family's budget, rest assured that tent camping and RV campgrounds offer some of the best facilities, activities, and locations available. Campgrounds offer more activities that will engage children while parents can rest and relax.


Planning a Weekend Family Getaway

With regards to taking vacations, do not limit yourself by getting it into your head that going for a week or two is your only choice; even taking a quick weekend can be quite fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a small getaway from your humdrum everyday life, simply take a weekend to vacation with your family. These trips are also a fantastic way of having a lot of family fun, without the need to spend a lot of money. Oftentimes you don't even have to spend the night away from the coziness of your house. Simply plan a trip to a location a few hours away, enjoy the day away, and get back in time for bedtime. If going away for a couple days sounds like something your whole family would enjoy, below a few weekend family vacation ideas to get you started.

Collect Ideas

It's wise to ask around and see if any of your family members have particular ideas for places they would really like to go, before you begin actually planning your trip. One of your kids may reveal that they have actually been wanting to go to some attraction such as the zoo, or they may even have a strong desire to revisit a location that they went to when they were younger. Although some children can be quite vocal about their wishes, other children have a propensity not to share their ideas until you ask. Once you get a good idea of what everyone might like to do, you'll be better prepared to plan a few fun family weekend vacations.

Make Plans Beforehand

Even though you can certainly have a wonderful time by just hopping in the car and driving, a weekend family vacation can definitely benefit from just a bit of planning. One of the things that will help you to save money for other expenditures on the trip is to pack a lunch or some other snacks and refreshments to take with you on the drive so you do not have to buy them later on. If you are traveling with small children, load up a few games or activity books so that they do not get bored on the way. If you do plan to stay overnight, do a bit of online or telephone investigation to help find the best hotel rates. Just a little planning often goes a very long way in cutting down on wasted time and expenses for your vacation. Don't forget to make sure that everyone who has a camera takes it with them so that when you return home you will be able to frame the best pictures in classy black picture frames.

Excellent Locations to Go for a Short Trip

Although a trip to a park or the zoo is always enjoyable, there are also plenty of other creative and fascinating trips you can go on. Do a little research and ask around a little to see if there are any kinds of festivals or events taking place nearby over the weekend. You might even fun going someplace like a clothing store outlet, and have a blast doing a lot of shopping. Or there are many other options for the whole family, like looking at the stars, visiting a cool museum, going on a nature walk, or visiting a big library that you've never visited before. You may even want to bring a few activities along that everyone can get involved in, whether or not you have a plan for when you'll use them. For example, it would really be a shame to end up at the pretty park on a windy day if you didn't think to bring your kite along. Of course you will want to get plenty of snapshots so that you'll be able to print out your pictures and place them in some imaginative green picture frames shortly after you get home.

And now you know that planning a short vacation for your family can actually be a very simple process. Planning a vacation that everyone in your family will enjoy can be simple when you put these hints into action.


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