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Become a Traveling Bartender

Are you one of the many travelers who like to find work wherever you're visiting? Working at a hostel in exchange for free accommodations is a very popular option, but that doesn't usually include a paycheck. If your goal is to make some cash while you travel and you have some bartending experience, you have an advantage.

Popular destinations have many restaurants and bars that need to staff up during their high season. Low and a high season refers to the volume of tourism they destinations get during a particular time of year. Usually dependent on the seasons, holidays and weather.

How do you get a job as a bartender while traveling?

The process is similar but often less informal than if you were applying for a job in the US.

  1. Research when the beginning of the high season is at the destination you want to visit and plan to arrive slightly before the beginning of that season.

  2. Once you're there, be proactive. Visit the bars and ask the staff or manager direclty if they are in need of staff. You can increase your chances of getting the job by visiting the restaurants and bars when they're not busy. Usually in the morning when they first open. (Nothing worse than someone interrupting work-flow when it's busy)

If you do end up getting hired, remember this will likely be hard work. If you've worked as a bartender before, you'll know what to expect. But, it will also be rewarding. You can expect to work hard and play hard, but most of all create great friendships.

For those that don't have bartending experience, you may still be able to find a bartending job. Especially if you are able to speak English and at least understand the local language. Many businesses popular with tourists are often in need of English speakers during high seasons. But, I would recommend you be proactive and at least learn how to pour a proper pint.

Would you like to be a bartender while traveling?

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly on Instagram at @Catching.Planes


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