5. Cruise Line Employee
Best perk: Cruises for as little as $10 a day
Other benefits: The occasional invite on inaugural cruises, as well as free lodging and food if you’re working on a ship
How hard to get: Depends. Working aboard a cruise ship is much easier than scoring a corporate job in, say, the cruise line’s advertising or marketing departments. Onboard entertainment is an even easier gig to land, but you’ve still gotta be good.
Tradeoffs: Your base salary, on its own, should pay for that “authentic” hat you got at the Nassau straw market… and that’s about it. Yes, "tips, tips, tips" is the motto. Also, you’re living in the same confined space with the same confined people for months at a time, which sounds a little too close to jail/the navy for our liking. Corporate pay isn’t a whole lot better.