9 Cool Weekend Jobs that Include Travelling

9 Cool Weekend Jobs that Include Travelling

In Travel While Working by Phoebe Nicolas

Do you feel like your weekend is passing without being productive? Are you looking for some extra income that can be combined with your passion for travel? Some of us are looking for an extra job to help pay the bills. And there are those who are looking for a weekend job to fritter away time and make some cash while travelling. There are plenty of weekend travel jobs that you can do on top of your weekday 9 to 5 job.

Here are some of the cool weekend jobs that Include travelling that might work perfectly for you.


1. Event Coordinator 

If you like planning and have the enthusiasm to produce events from conception through to completion, the weekend event coordinator job is perfect for you. As an event coordinator, you will plan everything from weddings to parties, trade shows, concerts, conference and meetings etc. The event coordinator controls an event from coming up with different ideas to clean up. You’ll meet up with clients to work out details, plan everything with the client and their team, check out and book locations, food, entertainment, staff and the whole execution of the event. It sounds like a lot to do, but if you enjoy working while travelling, this job works well for you as a weekend gig.

2. Photographer

Do you have the passion in taking photos and want to make money and travel at the same time? Then a photographer job might be right for you. You must have the artistic eye to take pictures of people, places, landscapes, food etc. Using a combination of technical skills, as a photographer you can work as wedding and event photographer, fine artist, or even sell your photos to commercial clients and other online sources. Furthermore to knowing how to use and care for your camera’s equipment, as a photographer, you must also be skilled in the wide variety of photo editing and printing equipment available. Types of photographers include commercial/industrial, portrait, aerial, scientific, news, fine arts and university. Most of photographers are self-employed and must work hard on their portfolios to gain new business.

3. Makeup Artist

If you have the talent for applying makeup, take classes in makeup artistry and put your skills to test as a makeup artist on weekends. A makeup artist doesn’t need formal education to become a makeup artist, but training and certifications will help you increase your skills. You can be a makeup artist to celebrities, performers, individuals, entertainers, or for special events such as weddings, parties and more. You can choose to work independently or with a team. With the variety of clients, you’ll also get to travel to different locations. Depending on the agreement between you and the client, the transportation fees and accommodation are usually free especially for weddings and big events. Makeup artists must also work hard on their portfolios to attract new business. Make a video or take pictures of your work and post it online to boost your exposure.

4. Assistant to the Makeup Artist

The assistant to the makeup artist is the one helping the makeup artist with almost everything. From running errands to doing the hair, setting up and carrying some of the equipment. Makeup artist’s assistant can also do makeup on big events such as wedding for the other members of the entourage, or on large numbers of models in fashion shows. They are also an important part of theater shows and film productions. They stand by on set to maintain continuity and may also be given responsibility for minor or principal characters. The great thing about this is you get to go wherever your boss needs you to be and it’s an opportunity to travel for you.

5. House Sitter

This can be a cool weekend job that includes travelling if you can advertise yourself as trustworthy and of course have excellent references to provide.

House sitting is the practice whereby a person leaving their house for a period of time entrusts it to one or more “house sitters”, who by a mutual agreement are permitted to live or stay in the property temporarily, in exchange for assuming any combination of responsibilities. These can include, but are not limited to, taking care of the home owner’s pets, performing general maintenance (including pools, lawns, air-conditioning systems, etc.), keeping trespassers off the property, readdressing the mail, and in general, making sure that everything runs smoothly, just as if the owner was at home. It is reasonably assumed that pet care is typically a paid service, although some “house sitters” may choose to include this as part of their agreement at no cost, or a nominal fee (source is Wikipedia).

6. Tour Guide

As a tour guide, you will be responsible for helping people to visit unfamiliar areas. You will usually make special trips over the weekend with groups of tourists in order to show them important places of cities and provinces. As a tour guide, you must have the knowledge of the destination’s history and other important facts. You should know the best places to visit, where to eat, where to stay and have a keen sense of direction. A tour guide should be friendly and outgoing, a people person type. You must be chatty and can communicate well with some humour on the side.

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7. Tour Coordinator

Another weekend job that you can start is becoming a tour coordinator. As a tour coordinator, you will plan everything from destinations, itineraries, budget, food and transportation. The usual number of group of people in a tour is 12-15 persons. Your target demographics are mountaineers, beach lovers and adventure junkies. You can arrange trips by joining an online group or creating a travel agency of your own. You can always start small. Once you established a name and good reputation, people will definitely start asking for your services. Try to get positive reviews and tell your friends to recommend you.

8. Rent out your car and be the driver

Wouldn’t it be cool to rent out your car on weekends and drive people around? This part time weekend job is very common anywhere. You can easily search online for car and driver for hire service for short trips to nearby provinces, so why not be part of the growing community. Your main job includes transporting passengers on chartered trips or sightseeing tours. Your schedule, route and destination are generally arranged by a trip coordinator for the convenience of the passengers, who oftentimes are on vacation. And if you advertise your service, chances are weekend travellers will contact you directly.

9. Blogging and Vlogging – Start a weekend travel blog and vlog

Do you have what it takes to be an online influencer? And since you like travelling, why not make money blogging and vlogging by writing and documenting your weekend trips! Write useful and informative articles like where to go, what’s new, what to try, where to eat and where to stay. Start a travel vlog and record your weekend adventures. Share it online and grow your engagement. Once people start to notice you and established a good audience online, you can surely generate a passive income from the readership and audience you have through one or more income streams like advertising and affiliate partners.

If you’re not sure how to start, you can sign up for free online courses. From there you can learn different techniques on how to be a successful blogger or vlogger. Remember the power of social media and how it will help you grow your market. Many of the successful bloggers and vloggers are earning millions! Most of them get to travel for free through sponsorship. If you have the qualities and perfect recipe for success, blogging or vlogging can be a great weekend job for you.

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There could be more weekend jobs out there that include travelling. Some will be easy and some necessitate talent. Just keep an open eye to opportunities and always be ready to take on challenges. You just need to find one that fits your skills and interests. Never stop learning and discover your other great potentials. It’s your weekend after all, so it might as well be something you like and enjoy doing!

I hope you find this list helpful or that I motivated you somehow. This post will be updated if I have more to list. If you liked this, please share it with your friends and family.

Phoebe Nicolas