Do you sit in your office cubicle and dream of traveling to faraway places?

With a mental passport in your hands, your wonder takes you on a virtual voyage to places you’ve always heard of, but perhaps is unknown, unseen and undiscovered.

Places such as Paris, Dubai, The Amazon, Times Square, The Grand Canyon, Hollywood, The Galapagos, Machu Picchu, The Serengeti.

We read travel books, magazines and blogs. We meet with travel agents, search online, envy others social media travel posts, and speak with friends.

We know that it’s a good feeling to get away…to jump in that car, take off in that plane, kick back on that train.

But we let go of our reasons to travel and let excuses get in the way.

Money. Time. Family. Work. Obligations. Responsibilities.

And it doesn’t help that so many of the travel experts, hackers, bloggers, backpackers and entrepreneurs out there write about a life of travel as one that’s only reserved for travel writers, digital nomads or entrepreneurs.

If you were to Google “how to quit my job to travel the world” the sheer number of articles and resources dedicated to this makes everyone assume that this is the only way to travel the world.

Well guess what?

You definitely don’t have to quit your job in order to travel the world.

The main issue I have with the “quit your job, travel the world” formula is that I feel as though travel is often presented as an either/or option, either you have a job and never travel or you quit your job and travel the world. Why can’t it be something that’s in between? I believe it’s possible.

Actually, I know it’s possible, because I’ve done it.

For over 12 years, I got paid to do tourism marketing for America’s largest department store retailer to sales, management and operations for tour operators, domestic, and international destination marketing organizations.

My career in tourism allowed me to travel regularly across the United States and to New Zealand, China, Bahamas, India, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Argentina and Switzerland on work assignments.

Visiting major tourist attractions during various business trips.

Visiting major tourist attractions during various business trips.

We talk ourselves out of living a life full of travel. We begin to believe things like:

  • You must be rich to travel
  • You must be single with no children to travel
  • You must be young to travel
  • You must be free from responsibility to travel

Don’t believe these misconceptions. You don’t have to take a career break, you can work a 9 to 5, make a great salary and still see the world.

All you have to do is create a career where you travel for work. And the best way to do that is to find a job in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, where travel is a major part of the work experience.

According to travel blogger, Oneika the Traveller, with a few adjustments to your mindset you can travel frequently. The secret to living out your travel dreams lies in two words: research and discipline.

Instead of trying to figure out ways to fit travel into your life where only vacation days could allow, lamenting the fact that you are unable to quit your job or “escape the cubicle,” figure out ways to make the world your cubicle.

So how do you become a successful tourism professional who gets paid to travel around the world, while others wind up chained to their desks, dreaming about traveling to exotic places in the pictures they have taped to their cubicle walls?

It’s not by accident.

The first step is to get really specific and narrow down your existing interests, skills, knowledge and experience to a desired career path in this industry. The number one barrier to breaking into the tourism industry is not knowing what kind of work you want to do and what type of career paths exist in this industry overall.

When you figure out what you want to do, it becomes a lot easier to know how you’re going to do it.

If you’re seriously considering a career in the tourism industry, to help you get started I’ve created a free toolkit that you can use to close the gap between identifying what you naturally gravitate towards and how that translates into a tourism career. Also you’ll discover over 50 types of jobs in unexpected and often hidden sectors across the entire travel and tourism industry that you can explore.

What would it mean to you to have a career where you’re able to travel around the world? What’s stopping you from getting your tourism career started? Leave a comment below.

– Kimberly Ramsawak