3/14/2013 12:00:00 PM

The World's Worst Travel Jobs

A trashed street in New Orleans; photo by Phelan Riessen
We all daydream from time to time about ditching our 9-5 to become a surf instructor or the next Anthony Bourdain. But the travel industry has more than its fair share of rough gigs. The London Telegraph just came up with a list of the toughest tourism jobs, from cruise ship morticians to window cleaners at Dubai's tallest hotel (see a terrifying video here). We have more than a few to add to the list. Our top five?




  1. Mardi Gras street cleaner: Trust us, what ends up in those gutters should only be viewed through the haze of five-too-many sazeracs.
  2. Sin City housekeeping staff: Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  But someone has to clean it up.
  3. Theme park mascot: Sure you're making children's dreams come true, but do you have to do it inside a fur suit in 100+ degree weather?
  4. Public relations for Carnival Cruise Lines: It's been a tough few weeks for the not-so-fun ships between the fire that left guests with overflowing toilets and food shortages and a cruise stranded in port today in St. Maarten.
  5. Chernobyl tour guide: Yes you can visit the nuclear disaster zone. And yes it's still very much radioactive. But now it's filled with mutant wild boars. Don't believe us? Watch this video.
We don't list these out to poke fun at the gigs but to tip our hats off to all the people that work hard behind the scenes to give us great vacations. What do you think are the toughest travel jobs? Who are the unsung heroes of the tourism world?

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