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Taking Your Travel Inspiration And Applying It To A Career


Almost every single traveler, or lover of travel, would agree that living the nomadic lifestyle is thoroughly inspiring. But when we’re asked to explain why it’s inspiring, we might come up with different answers. One person might say that they love learning about new cultures and histories, another might have a fascination with the variance of geographical biomes and landscapes, while another (perhaps the most relatable person,) might simply travel to eat great food and put on a few pounds from time to time.

However, inspiration is not limited to these three categories. In fact, your travel experience can actually serve you very well when it comes to apply yourself to a potential career. It might sound silly, but it’s absolutely true.

For that reason, we hope to explore why this might be the case, and use a few examples to show you why and how you might use your experience to consider your charted career path for the future. Let us explore this together:

Travel Writing

Travel writing is one of those jobs that you needn’t be hired to start practicing. However, if someone enjoys your scribbles and the notes you have made, there’s every chance this could turn into something more. Travel writing is often seen as a mythical and quite difficult career path. We think ‘how might I have the insight needed to help others learn about places they have never been before?’ But really, it’s not as insanely impossible as you might think to learn and achieve.

We would recommend practicing your writing style, but most of all, just practice. Open a blog or a website dedicated to recounting your stories and telling your experiences. But most of all – travel to places. Try and take the route less trodden. Try and bring something to light that you don’t see, and try to encounter things worth experiencing. The more you do this, the more content you will have. It can also be prudent to travel with someone into photography or to perhaps take up the craft yourself, as while words can paint a thousand pictures, sometimes a real picture to go along with that can help you market your content more thoroughly, especially on social media and the like.

It might take some time for your travel writing to be monetized, but through affiliations with your blog, or perhaps applying for positions using your now-built portfolio as something to offer, you could be in with a great chance of bettering your output.

Future Plans

It can sometimes be that we’re so enthralled with a place, a future career path or at least business venture can seem worthwhile. For example, we might decide that a beautiful village in Northern Spain might be the perfect place to open up a small charcuterie after we begin our retirement. Perhaps we might like to invest in property, slowly but surely building them up over the years, only to offer them as AirBnB ventures, perhaps gaining a sense of regular and routine income after we stop working.

Remember – just because a type of business might be saturated in your own country or city, it doesn’t mean that can be the same case abroad. Sometimes, bringing your own flair and style to a certain place can turn heads all on its own. For example, while wonderful, there are an incredible amount of soul food places in the United States. But head to somewhere in Europe, and all of a sudden it’s much sought-after, because there’s less of a cultural precedent for it in those places.

Who knows what you could bring to the table? Odds are, if you’re confident in your approach and conduct the correct research, your idea could be much more possible than you might know.

Travel Guides

Travel guides not only have the fantastic job of showing other tourists around hallowed and beautiful places, but often they can work on a shift pattern. For example, traveling across a country themselves, they might take a job here for two months, there for three months, all the while getting an intimate and extensive knowledge of certain landmarks or tourist traps.

You need to prove your worth of course, and remember that this kind of work is hardly only localized to landmarks or institutions. However, this could be a great way of building your international resume, potentially giving you more of a reason to stay for extended periods in a country. Just remember to apply for the correct paperwork.


If there’s anything at all that travel should teach you, it’s that good hospitality never goes unappreciated. The good service you experience abroad may just encourage you to contribute to that wonderful sense of welcome. You might decide to open a restaurant, perhaps showcasing cuisine from your culture while applying tips you have learned from some of the best restaurants you’ve eaten in abroad. A bed and breakfast or small hotel can be the perfect place to exercise your caring nature over all of your guests, and often there are small businesses such as this up for sale, provided you know what you’re getting into.

It might even be that you find something more akin to your current skillset. For example, massage courses or sports massage courses could help you provide a service that can help travelers or those who are traveling for a particularly demanding purpose. For example, a sports massage service can be a fantastically popular business outside of a ski resort, because the demanding nature of that experience can often lead to injuries, pulls, tears, or issues that might need a careful touch to resolve.


When opening your business back home, you might use your travel experience to bely the customs you use to open yourself to international trade. Considering the opportunities you might have had there, a great potential could be opened up to you, as you could be ahead of the curve in a networking capacity.

With this advice, we hope you’re better able to take your travel inspiration and apply it to a career.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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