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Adventure Application & Placement Profile

Please fill out these basic application forms and we'll get you to your destination!

Step out of your comfort zone

Traveling and working takes courage. Take the leap of faith to discover yourself and the world around you. we're here to guide you.

We'll Be There Every Step of the way

We simplify your experience by handling all the logistics of getting you hired, organizing the travel to your destination and securing your housing. Follow our 6 easy steps and you’ll be on your way to traveling, having fun and getting paid.

Spend less time on our application and more time dreaming up your perfect experience – we’re here to help!

Step 1

Start Here - Explore Your Options

We partner with employers in all 50 states to offer you a location and job that match what you are looking for. Since our specific employer needs are always changing, we list sample jobs and current recruiting locations for your exploration.

Complete your application here

We keep it simple – tell us about your background, interests in a destination work experience then pay your program deposit of only $85 to secure your spot on the program

the easiest 5 minutes of your day!

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Step 2


Now that you have completed your basic application and paid your deposit, you are well on your way! One of our experienced Adventure Guides will be reaching out to you to get you enrolled in our hiring portal.

Now you’ll submit the following documents:

  • 2 Personal References
  • Letter of Intent

Your Adventure Guide is here to guide you – ask them all the questions you have!

Not Ready to Apply Yet? Fill Out Our Interest Form

Our team will follow up with you on next steps and help answer all the questions you have as you’re exploring your options.

Step 3

Getting Hired

Now that you’ve been enrolled, we will start sending you positions that match your profile. You tell us which ones you want to pursue!

In the meantime, your Adventure Guide will prepare you for your interview(s) and update your resume in our proven-template.

Your Adventure Guide is your personal contact with AdventureEXP – don’t hesitate to reach out for anything and everything!

Important Information on this Step

This step takes the longest because we’re finding you the right placement for your experience and that takes time! Because our partner employers have seasonal needs, depending on the time you submit your application will affect how quickly you move through this step.

Expect to have multiple interviews.
You will have a secured placement at least 4 weeks before your departure.

We will stay in touch with you weekly with new positions and all of our travel resources.

Step 4


It’s happening! All your hard work is paying off!

  • Your Adventure Guide will coordinate your travel itinerary with you –driving or flying – we’ve got you covered!
  • You will meet your Career Coach who will be supporting you during and after your experience
  • We will plan your onboarding with your new employer and communicate all position-specific information to you

Awesome Resources

Check out our Travel Tips and Pre-Departure Resources here.

Your housing will be secured and you’ll meet the people joining you at your destination work experience.

Our Adventure Guides have all traveled around the US for long-periods and have endless tips & tricks to help you have the best experience!

Step 5

During Your Program

Our philosophy is in simplifying the logistics of realizing your dream to live on your own in a cool place. Then we make it affordable (and a net financial gain) while you’re there with meaningful work. Through AdventureEXP, our support doesn’t stop there!

  • Airport pick-up / meet at your destination
  • Check-in to housing
  • Experience Orientation
  • Assistance with onboarding at your new employer
  • Regular professional development sessions with your Career Coach
  • Local excursions
  • Emergency Support – we’re there when you need us most.

Stay in Touch With Us

Our programs are customizable because we understand that everyone’s situation is different.

Call/text your Adventure Guide about specific support you need and how AdventureEXP can help you pursue this destination work experience.

Our Core Values

Courage | Social Equity |Fun | Impact | Freedom

Step 6

After Your Program

You did it! You moved out on your own and gained life experience!

It's important to remember that coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

What’s next:

  • Work with your AdventureEXP Career Coach to use your experience as a tool for future success in your career (it’s included in your program fee)
  • Interested in another destination work experience? Apply to be an On-Site Program Coordinator and work for AdventureEXP part-time supporting other Adventurers while having another experience of your own
  • Share your story with us – we need your feedback to make our future experiences even better

What is an On-Site Program Coordinator

For those Adventurers that want to have another destination work experience, apply to be an On-Site Program Coordinator and you will work part-time for AdventureEXP while working full-time for another employer in your desired location. You will support the other Adventurers in that location during your experience and represent AdventureEXP

  • Discounted program fee (only pay for housing)
  • Paid weekly work from AdventureEXP
  • Host excursions of your choice for your cohort of Adventurers
  • Take a leadership role in helping others grow like you did on your experience

What is a destination work experience?

We are Travel Lovers and Matchmaking Experts

A destination work experience is for the bold adventure seekers chasing new experiences in a structured and supported way.

It’s a choice to live intentionally, step out of your comfort zone, travel, have fun, try new things – gain life experience. All while earning money to cover the cost of your adventure.

Our Mission

At AdventureEXP, we believe in the power of meaningful travel. We believe in individual potential and how it is empowered when you take that leap of faith and choose to take charge in your own life.

All our programs have four basic cornerstornes

1. They are tangible – we make the connection to employers in destinations throughout the US, get you hired and then faciliate all the logistics of travel and housing.

2. They are affordable – all of our programs are paid opportunities that enable you to actually earn money on your experience.

3. They are supported – we are there when you need us most – coordinate your arrival, onboarding to your new employer and hosting regular excursions.

4. They are credible – you gain interpersonal skills from the overall experience, professional skills from joining a company and technical skills from your job – these are all building blocks for your future.

Our mission is to guide you on an adventure of transformative change. Choosing a destination work experience is a choice to be independent, to be courageous and to discover your passion. The destination is important to help you decide where you want to go but the real learning comes in the journey and the skills you gain along the way.

Our Team

Marketing Director

Alex Molnar is the Marketing Director at AdventureEXP, with experience working alongside marketing teams in the greater Denver & Los Angeles area. Alex specializes in creative design and enjoys using her skills to contribute to the exciting advances that happen everyday at AdventureEXP. Driven by curiosity, she takes pride in seeking out new challenges and adventures! Alex loves to explore new areas, and lives by the philosophy “don’t wait for the right moment to start, start and make each moment right”. In her spare time, Alex enjoys hiking, video production, art, traveling and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Content Creator

Justin is the Content Creator for AdventureEXP. His mission is to share his passion for travel and inspire others to take journeys of their own so they can widen their perspective on the world – in his opinion, that’s what matters most. He has traveled to over 30 countries while teaching ESL, volunteering, and learning about new cultures along the way. When he’s not writing or traveling, he enjoys hiking, trail running, snowboarding, yoga, and studying languages.

Adventure Matchmaker

Adam works directly with our partnered employers and Adventure Seekers as our Lead Matchmaker. His mission is to help people be the best version of themselves and that traveling helps you achieve this. He has traveled to 20+ countries, has lived in 3 states and traveled/worked in China for almost a year.

Adam’s Life Philosophy:

1. Do honest, ethical, quality work

2. Be here because you want to be

3. And have fun

Our Core Values

Social Equity

An active commitment to fairness, justice and equality in our programs and resources. We design our programs with minimal barriers to entry so all people have the opportunity to travel and grow


The unique ability to persevere in the face of overwhelming adversity. Traveling, living on your own and working in a destination takes courage.


This to us answers the question “why are we here”. At the end of the day we value fun and the potential fun has to pave way for future excellence


Through intentional travel you impact your own life and the lives of those around you. This is power that we treasure and work everyday to cultivate


This is what we are chasing – whether it be financial freedom, emotional freedom or time freedom. We believe this is where we find our joy.

What We Do

Connect People With the Right Jobs For Them

Get Your Job Postings & Company Info Out to the World

Career Advice & Travel Resources

Free Resume Feedback & Connect with Employers

Find Your Ultimate Travel Job

Making money while traveling takes courage. Step out of your comfort zone - discover yourself by traveling the world around you.

Our Traveling Job Programs

Adventure EXP’s destination work experiences are for the motivated and curious. Move to the coolest places in the United States, work a full time job, and set yourself up for a successful future. Want to find out how?

We find you a role at a company during their busiest season.
You earn money and work experience while traveling.
They provide accommodation and hands-on job training.

What Makes AdventureEXP Different

Program Preparation

Work with your personal Adventure Guide to:

  • build your resume
  • choose the right program
  • prep for your interview
  • plan your door-to-door travel logistics
  • access all of our travel & work resources

Access to Top Employers

Once you complete our simple application and pay your program deposit, you get access to our network of top-tier employers that are hiring throughout the US.


Living in some of the coolest places typically means accommodation is difficult to find. We subsidize housing to make living costs more affordable

Career Coaching

Working, living with roommates, and adjusting to a new environment is hard. We make it easier by being there when you need us most. An AdventureEXP Career Coach will provide real-time support in travel emergencies and as you work to grow your professional network.

Guaranteed Work

In order for you to get the experience you deserve and to ensure you can afford your destination work program life, we require your employers to provide you with a minimum of 35 scheduled work hours for every week. You may also be eligible for overtime, depending on the job you select.

Future Participation

We are only as successful as our Adventurers. We help you build your resume for this year and the next. Past participants qualify for paid leadership opportunities on future programs through AdventureEXP.

What's Included In Your Travel Job Program?

All travel jobs are paid. We consider all locations and placements on your potential to complete the program with a net financial gain. Check out our Budgeting Calculator to see what we mean!

AdventureEXP will cover your housing deposit, first month’s rent. You are responsible for covering the cost of living and monthly expense of housing that we secure for you while participating in your work experience. Ask your personal Adventure Guide about available scholarships.

NEW TO 2021!! If you refer a friend who participates in our program, you will receive $100 off your program fee.


Candidate Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • Legally able to work in the US
  • SUBMIT AN APPLICATION including your Letter of Intent and two Personal References
  • Completed high-school or high-school equivalent

Choose Your Traveling Work Adventure

Program Type

Consider how long you are interested in participating in a destination work experience. Employers plan their business needs around your program length and expect you to stay through your Adventure End Date.


Depending on the time of year you decide to participate, some locations around the US may be hiring more Adventurers. 

No one place is better than any other, it depends on you and what experience you want.


Your work-life experience will be a big piece of your overall program lifestyle. Think about your current skill set and what skills you are hoping to gain during your adventure. All positions are guaranteed a minimum of 35 hours per week to ensure you get experience and can cover the cost of living during your adventure through AdventureEXP.

Program Dates

How long are you comfortable being away from home? Pick the length of program that fits into your school schedule and other goals:

  • Typical program lengths are 2-12 months with 3.5 months being the most common length
Work Environment

Think about your Adventure location and what amenities you want to have nearby. We work with employers all across the US, including Urban, Remote, Suburban, and Rural.

Food and Accomodation

Being comfortable in your housing is an important piece in your overall success. We have four housing options to choose from: dormitory, hotel, apartment and homestay.

COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 has been a challenge for all of us, especially for the travel & tourism industry. We at AdventureEXP are prepared to continue hosting our destination work programs within the limitations of current travel restrictions, social distancing and recommendations by the Center for Disease Control.

All partner employers have provided us with their COVID-19 policy including their current safety measure they are taking as recommended by local, state and federal government, what their procedures will be if restrictions change and force a temporary or long-term closure of their business and how they will handle the employment of our Adventurers. These policies will be provided to you before you formally accept a new positions.

If your program is cancelled by your employer, AdventureEXP will attempt to find you an alternative destination work program and assist you with the cost of rerouting to that new location.

Should you decide to cancel your program before your experience begins, your program fee will be refunded within the terms of your signed Terms & Conditions.

Should you decide to leave your program early due to COVID-19, your program fee will not be refunded but AdventureEXP will support you in continuing your program at a later time at no additional cost to you, pending the availability of open positions.

For those of you not comfortable with participating at this time, follow our content on social media and stay up on our new exciting adventures we are putting together. Fill out our simple Interest Form to stay updated on travel restrictions, new program locations we are offering and next steps for when you are comfortable traveling again.

From your friends here at AdventureEXP, stay safe, stay positive and know that your next adventure is just around the corner.

Destination Work Programs

Seasonal & Gap Year Experiences

Why Choose Us?

AdventureEXP offers destination work experiences that we customize to your life and career goals

Live in the coolest spots in the U.S. | get paid | Gain experience | Learn professional skills | Step out of your comfort zone | Travel with purpose

Ready for your adventure?

We call our jobseekers ‘Adventurers’ because of the courage, responsibility and commitment it takes to participate in a destination work experience. It’s a unique chance for you to explore your country, gain work experience and have fun in a structured & guided program where you can earn money to help offset the cost of your travel. We see our programs as experiential learning to help you in your future life. Our programs range from two months to two years. We have the perfect connections for your experience.

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Talent Searching?

We work with employers across industries to help them find the right people for the job.

Our unique recruitment strategies allow us to effectively support you in hiring seasonal positions and interns. We market your positions to our qualified candidates and use our winning formula to match you with candidates that have been looking for jobs like yours. We make your life easier by simplifying recruitment.

Our Story

We believe there are many different paths to be successful and that success walks hand-in-hand with happiness. We host meaningful experiences so you can get out into the world, have fun and grow in a safe space. Our programs are about traveling the US and working to help offset the cost of that travel.

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Check Out Our Adventure Portal

We know you’re awesome, motivated and inspired. It’s our mission to provide you with the tools you need to be the best version of yourself. Our Adventure Portal is your One-Stop-Shop for planning your experience and getting the help you need.

Build your budget. Understand your taxes. Connect with our Career Coach. And So Much More!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the experience?

Whether you are looking to travel to one location for a season or see multiple locations throughout a year, we have the right experience for you. We partner with employers all throughout the US to place Adventurers like you on either a One Season Placement or our Two Season Rotation. We set you up with a job so you can work to help offset the cost of your travel. Check out our programs here to see your options. Choose your adventure!

How old do I have to be to participate through AdventureEXP?

While our diverse program types cater to people in all stages of life, the minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

I'm interested in a job. How does the process work?

AdventureEXP makes Destination Work Experience in the US attainable by simplifying the process and supporting you through every step of the way.

1. Explore your options and submit an application – easiest 5 minutes of your day!

2. Pay your deposit and get enrolled in our Hiring Portal

3. Meet with employers – interview and find the right experience for you

4. Once you’re hired we handle all of your experience logistics – book your travel, secure your housing and plan your onboarding with your employer

5. We’re available during your experience – stay in touch with your personal Adventure Guide for anything and everything you need

6. Join our alumni network and apply to be an On-Site Coordinator for future experiences – you’ll work part-time for AdventureEXP while working for another employer. Sounds cool, right?

What types of jobs will I be offered?

We primarily work with employers in seasonal areas of the country so the available jobs do depend on the time of year you are traveling. A few of our most popular positions are:

  • Hotel/Resort Worker
  • Food and Beverage – Barista, Bartender, Server
  • Grocery Store worker
  • Retail/Apparel Associate
  • Kitchen – Chef/Prep

Review Our Programs and Apply Today to speak with your personal Adventure Guide and review available positions.

I am interested in a program. How do I pick the right one for me?

It is important to start with what is most important to you. Are you traveling with a group of friends? Interested in a specific destination? How long do you want to have on your Destination Work Experience? Submit your Application then participate in a 1:1 advising session to explore your options

I'm an employer. How can I find the right candidates for my open positions?

AdventureEXP partners with universities, professional societies, community centers and much much more to find the best & brightest for your hiring needs. Submit your interest to showcase the positions you need help hiring and we’ll offer your positions to our ever-growing candidate pool. Once we learn your business and understand your needs, we facilitate the hiring and on-boarding process for all Adventurers to join your organization for their Destination Work Program through AdventureEXP.

I have completed my program. What do I do now?

AdventureEXP is here to help you along your career path. Whether you need help deciding your next steps, putting your experience on your resume or just want to share your experience – we are here to help! We help people be the best version of themselves through life experiences, empowerment and support.

1. Sign up for your 1:1 Career Coaching session to update your professional portfolio (resume, LinkedIn, etc.)

2. Apply to be an On-Site coordinator for a future AdventureEXP placement

3. Join our network of Adventure Alumni

4. Share your experience on social media and tag us @aexp_travel