Travel is back. Even though this banal phrase may be floating around, these globetrotting-friendly careers go unnoticed. Ahead, meet four people working in tourism jobs off the beaten path. All of them are unique job opportunities that could very well inspire you to rethink your own career path.
Director of Mindfulness Programming
At leafy Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, you can recharge your batteries with Dr. Nina Smiley, a Princeton-trained psychologist and co-author of “The Three Minute Meditator” (Mind’s I Press) and “Mindfulness in Nature.” (Hatherleigh Press.)
“Sharing the simplicity and power of mindfulness meditation in this spectacular space is a perfect fit as I teach people how to use real-time, real-life mindfulness to reduce stress and improve well-being. “Smiley said.
On vacation, people can be more open to exploring new skills, explained Smiley, 70, who invites clients to experience mindfulness during wellness weekends and private sessions, many of which are wind along steep forest trails above clear Mohonk Lake.
Smiley believes getting into this niche is all about cultivating your own practice and then training to share mindfulness. “Many programs have wonderful teachers who provide training, and since COVID-19 much of it is available online,” she said.
Smiley has studied and practiced mindfulness since the 1980s, and when Mohonk Mountain House opened her spa in 2005, she became marketing director. “I saw an opportunity to bring mindfulness into my workplace and shaped a vision of how to do it, creating courses that I incorporated into existing programs and new offerings at the over several years,” she said.
Wildlife Conservation Officer
Vaman Ramlall, 46, is passionate about wildlife conservation and determined to make a positive impact, so accepting this unique career opportunity in Richard Branson’s Necker and Moskito Islands in the British Virgin Islands was a no-brainer.
“Working in the tourism industry and being able to say that your work is actively saving species from extinction is indeed a privilege and an honour,” he said.
Ramlall works daily with critically endangered species and educates clients, school children and locals about nature.
His best advice? “It takes hard work, diligence, care and resilience, of course, but the real requirement for this particular specialty is a genuine passion and love for animals and their welfare. prerequisite, and without it, it is impossible to succeed in the role,” he said.
To date, Ramlall and his colleagues have witnessed great victories on Necker Island, from reestablishing the colony of flamingos in the mid-2000s that had been largely hunted and disappeared from the BVI, to recently welcoming the first baby giant tortoises.
“We believe these are the first naturally bred Aldabra giant tortoises anywhere in the world outside of Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, so they are extremely special,” he said.
Ramlall believes the tourism industry will increasingly be at the forefront of wildlife conservation, so if you’re curious to be a part of this movement, jump in now.
“We must work together to ensure we have a positive impact on addressing climate change, species extinction and planetary health,” Ramlall said. “I’m extremely proud of our little paradise for endangered species that I call work.”
West Village resident Anthony Berklich, 37, typically clocks up to 200,000 miles a year and shares some of that joy with his clients, booking luxury trips for them through his consultancy.
Berklich, a travel writer and marketing consultant for luxury hotel brands, broke into the field after working in television and earning a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He decided to start his Inspired Citizen blog, focusing on in-depth stories about life-changing travel experiences.
“Throughout this process and through learning the ins and outs of the travel industry and what customers are looking for, I’ve turned that into advice for luxury brands in the travel space. who needed help improving their guest experience, marketing efforts, and revenue while guests are on the property,” he said. “My goal is to share those experiences with people and make them help understand how they can also experience it.”
For aspiring brand consultants, Berklich recommends creating a brand or service that fills a gap. “While the travel world has come a long way in modernizing reservations and the way they communicate with travelers, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot to be created to make travel easier, smoother and more a better experience for travelers,” he said. “Don’t wait for someone to offer you the perfect job. Create the job and let people know why they need you.
Customer Experience Manager
In the six years that Daniel Brigano, 38, has worked at the Plaza Hotel in Midtown East, no two days are the same, he said. Her job is to make sure the customer’s journey goes smoothly, from in-room amenities to answering questions.
“Our guests are what make my job not only unique, but fulfilling,” he explained. “The Plaza welcomes guests from around the world, from royalty, executives and CEOs to those who have always dreamed of spending a magical night at this iconic hotel. My job is to bring that magic to life by creating memorable experiences for all of our guests.
To keep his high-pressure job in perspective, he strives to live by Maya Angelou’s quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget what you did. how you made them feel,” emphasizing the importance of cultivating traits like kindness to others to excel in the hospitality industry.
“Anyone can learn the logistics of the day-to-day operation; however, you cannot teach empathy and compassion. It just comes from the heart,” he said.