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The side hustle that will allow you to travel for free

Mar 20, 2024 by Thea Engst

These days, it feels like just about everyone is working a side hustle to help bring in extra income or to get discounted products. But if your favorite purchases are less about things and more about experiences—you’ve just found the perfect side hustle! Our Group Coordinator program helps you travel for free, earn rewards to spend on even more travel perks, and gives options to earn cash, too. Interested? We thought you would be. Here are five reasons to consider starting your side hustle as a Group Coordinator with Go Ahead Tours.

“Putting a group together earns me free spots to travel with family and friends.” —Group Coordinator Davis


1. You’ll share life-changing travel experiences with old and new friends

We don’t need to tell you that travel teaches us about other cultures, wildlife, history, and ourselves. As a Group Coordinator, you’ll be able to share all of those rich experiences with the six or more friends and family members who go along with you. Taking groups on tour with Go Ahead means gathering people together and opening the world to them, all while you earn free travel. “I meet new people as friends bring their friends and the circle grows with each tour,” said Davis, who’s been on four tours as a Group Coordinator with Go Ahead.

“Go Ahead has allowed me to see the world and brought me friends all over the U.S. and the world, and all for free!” —Group Coordinator Davis

2. You can choose from more than 200 tours around the world

Dreaming of kayaking through rainforests in Costa Rica? Choose our Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife tour. How about seeing Italy’s most iconic cities all in one trip? Check out our new A Week in Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome tour. This side hustle with Go Ahead could take you to all those places and more—for free. With more than 200 itineraries spanning six continents for you to choose from, the most difficult decision will be which bucket list destination you want to check off first (and second, and third).

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3. Enjoy the industry’s top rewards program

When it comes to traveling for free, we offer the industry’s best rewards program and the best traveler ratio (you earn your free spot on tour by bringing just six friends or family members). This side hustle allows you to travel for free and get paid—plus, it gives you perks that extend beyond a complimentary trip.

  • Our loyalty program. Collect Global Rewards points, which stack up per traveler per day and increase with every trip you go on. Spend your points on more travel, Convention Tours (exclusive trips created just for Group Coordinators), on-tour activities, and more.
  • Additional on-tour activities. Our trips are all about immersive experiences from beginning to end, but we also offer additional activities and outings that serve as the icing on your travel cake. These add-ons bring you even closer to local culture, traditions, and wildlife. Getting more travelers booked on your trip means you earn reward points to spend on experiences like these to share with your group.

    Imagine tasting Irish cuisine before witnessing a live performance of music and dance on the Traditional Irish Dinner & Show excursion on our Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland tour or cruising the otherworldly Mirror Lake on the Berchtesgaden: Salt Mines & Village Visit on our Germany, Switzerland & Austria tour. “When I think back to my favorite parts of our A Week in Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini tour, the optional dinner cruise and cooking class stand out,” said staffer Maeve. “Getting to swim in the Aegean was so refreshing and felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The cooking class was a great opportunity to get to know other travelers while having fun making some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had.” Share experiences like this as a Group Coordinator and keep your crew of travel lovers coming back for more adventures.

4. Free travel is just the beginning

Being a Group Coordinator means that for every six people you bring with you, you earn one complimentary spot on tour. But this gig is also the best side hustle to make money from, too.

Beyond ways to travel for free, we offer cash stipends or commissions based on how many travelers you book on your tour. You can earn between 5-10% for every traveler you book. If you want to learn more about our flexible earning options, call our expert Tour Consultants.

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5. We’ll support you every step of the way

When you sign up to be a Group Coordinator with us, you’ll get access to our ever-growing Group Coordinator toolkit, which is full of tips and tricks to fill your trips. Plus, you’ll be paired with your own dedicated support team, who’ll be there to:

  • Assist you in choosing from over 200 tours.
  • Plan your very own Customized Tour. (A trip to the filming locations of The White Lotus, anyone?)
  • Create a website just for you to advertise your upcoming trip.
  • Send you email templates to forward to potential travelers.
  • Add you to our private Group Coordinator Facebook group to learn from the best—other Group Coordinators.
  • Help you earn your free spot (and plenty of rewards) on one tour after another.

Ready to start traveling for free? Become a Group Coordinator today.


About the author | Thea Engst
Thea fell in love with travel as soon as she arrived in Venice, Italy on a family trip as a child. Since then, she has made having adventures around the world a priority, with trips like retracing her grandfather’s steps through WWII, climbing glaciers in Alaska, and horseback riding in Iceland. Thea is a nomad at heart, always planning the next trip. In her off-time she is working on a novel inspired by the woman she was named after, mixing cocktails, and watching any procedural crime show she can find.

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