Blogs, drones and Instagram, Oh my.
Way back in 2005 we lived in a Twitterless existence, devoid of Instagram, personal drones and Oculus headsets.
A lot has happened in the span of 10 years. We are a decade older, a bit slower and, I think, quite a bit more distinguished in the face department.
The travel industry has matured as well, infusing various parts of the industry with wonderful innovations and crazy jobs we never would have fathomed existed in the future.
Sadly, there is no DeLorean time machine coordinator as of yet, but we can wait and hope in that regard.
What follows is a list of just those moneymaking endeavors that are relatively new. Of course, if you have any others that we may have missed, please let us know in various comments and tweets.
Full-time Travel Blogger:
Let the fingers do the typing so that the legs can do the walking amid wonderfully exotic destinations.
It’s true, you can write your way around the world, which is something this person has done, as well as this person and this person. (And of course let’s not forget all these wonderful people).
Social Media Manager:
Social Media Managers have been around for a while now, but the advent and growing popularity of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook created a crucial cog in so many industries.
Becoming The Product:
Sidled up right next to social media managers are the people who are mandated to get a bit more creative for their ends.
A recent and classic example is Carnival Vista, which became self aware and began tweeting its feelings earlier this year.
Indeed, 2015 was the year that someone embraced the opportunity to put “Became a cruise ship” on their resume.
As Wikipedia reminds, the first mobile applications began in 2008, which seems like ages ago.
It’s the year we were given Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, movies that spawned a movie empire and great disillusion, respectively.
Apps allow us to connect, engage and crush candy as we wait for various appointments.
Drone Magic Maker:
While that might be our own title for this specific job, it doesn’t seem so far off considering the report we posted this past July.
Switzerland’s Kulm Hotel St. Moritz now offers a movie-making package that offers experts giving tips on drone filmmaking as well as the landscapes that will make a truly priceless home video.
Work From Home, In Paradise:
Mashable reports there is a new service that affords the lucky few a chance to actually work from home, although that home is on a boat traveling on the exotic comfort of the ocean.
Now this doesn’t mean you have to be employed in the travel industry. However, it’s astounding that just about any job that allows you to work from home, a growing number these days, also allows you to experience a holiday environment that bookends your respective 9-to-5 job.
It beats mainlining coffee as you drive in traffic to the office.
Director of Vibe:
For better or worse, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is a real phrase uttered by real people.
To that end, some resorts have turned to a “Director of Vibe” to ensure that their destination is cultivating an unbelievable experience for its patrons.
Cosmopolitan interviewed Melissa Rosenfield who explained her position is far more than just an events coordinator.
Rosenfield explains about her job at the Viceroy Hotel in Anguilla: I’m the social director, the party planner, the camp counselor and the good-time Charlie. I plan all programming and handle all celebrities and VIPs and just manage the ‘cool factor’ there. The original job description was just like, ‘make sure the music and lighting is cool.
Now if only we could find out how to become cool.
Trick Shot Celebrity:
If you have the time, talent and charisma to pull it off, you can turn insane trick shots into a career, touring the globe with your mystifying shots from distance.
And as Dude Perfect explained to The Blaze, this can become a very real career thanks to YouTube and social media attention.
There is a big market for these videos, and the demographic is anyone who has a few minutes to kill in-between checking emails at work.
This budding industry was so astounding we just had to give it a section all its own, although you could argue this is little more than a travel blogger who poses instead of writes
Harper’s Bazaar chronicled one Danielle Bernstein who commands $5,000 to $15,000 for a single Instagram post thanks to her stunning number of followers.
Chief Instagram Officer:
At least one resort felt the need to hand over the Instagram posting to a special individual.
As ABC News reported in 2014: A seaside resort in Turkey is looking for a Chief Instagram Officer. Job requirements of the CIO at the Hillside Beach Club: lounge around the resort snapping gorgeous photos and updating the hotel’s Instagram feed.
Lastly, we want to give hope to the robot and android contingent out there.
The robot uprising has begun in earnest in Japan where the Henn-na Hotel employs robots at its reception desk.