Does the idea of sitting in the same office for the next twenty years of your life, doing the same job day in and day out, sound like a death sentence to you? If it does, then you may want to consider a career that allows you to travel.
Yes, those kinds of careers do exist. While your chance of making a six figure salary is limited, travel careers have more lifestyle perks than most stationary careers. You will get to see places in the world most people only dream of seeing, you will meet a variety of new people, and work schedule will never be boring.
While a travel-focused career may sound like constant luxurious evenings on secluded beaches and days in sunny tropical climates, they do have a few downfalls. A career that involves a lot of travel comes with a chaotic schedule, which makes having a family difficult. Careers that involve travel usually have specific education requirements and experience. But if you have the right credentials and are looking for an exciting career, one of these ten careers for people who love to travel will definitely be of interest to you.
10. Executive Assistant
Executives of large companies are very busy. As such, they require assistants to maintain their schedules, take calls for them, supervise clerical staff and essentially, maintain their lives. That’s where executive assistants come in. Their work is fast paced and always changing according to the needs of the executive.
While the job of an executive assistant may not be glamorous, it does open the door to travel. Often times when executives are needed to travel for meetings, their executive assistant is required to come with them. Though you won’t spend a lot of time traipsing through cities alone, you will get to see many places of the world. Your pay won’t be that bad either. The median pay for an executive assistant is $49,636 with the top pay around $70,000.
9. Flight Attendant
If you don’t mind spending a lot of hours in the air, then being a flight attendant is just the career to get you traveling the globe. Flight attendants serve as a vital part of an airline crew by assisting passengers and ensuring their safety and comfort. Flight attendants can work for commercial airlines, private jets, business jets, and some military aircraft.
Working on a private jet or working on a commercial airline that does long hauls will allow you a longer stay at more diverse destinations. While the idea of setting off on an airplane to exotic destinations may seem like a dream job, just remember that your stay won’t always be long. Sometimes flight attendants only get a few hours between flights. You won’t always get to choose what flights you will work on and your hours will be hectic, including weekends and holidays.
8. Au Pair
Working with children is a rewarding career. Working with children and traveling the world, that’s an amazing career. To be an au pair you must have some kind of childcare experience or training and be able to speak a second language. You will live with the family for which you work and provide them with childcare. Depending on the ages of their children your responsibilities could be anywhere from changing diapers to assisting with school work.
While au pairs generally do not make a very high salary, they do get free room and board and the ability to experience another country. If you are lucky enough to be an au pair for a family that travels frequently, you will most likely accompany them to assist in caring for their children. That means, if the family you are working for has a second house in the Cayman Islands you will be traveling to the sunny beaches along with them.
7. Travel Writer
Like any other writing career, travel writing takes time to break into. But if you do manage to score a travel writing gig, you’ll be in traveling heaven. Travel writing can take on many forms: first-person features, guidebooks, destination articles, and research based stories.
Each type of writing has its own requirements and its own travel destinations, which means that your assignments will change with every trip. Depending upon the article requirements, you could spend the majority of your travel researching, or you could find it sitting on the beach writing about a tropical island’s most exotic beaches. The salary for a travel writer will vary upon the quality of their work and the company for which they work. The average salary for a travel writer is $57,000.
Degrees in archaeology are not that common, mostly because the degree requires a lot of travel to areas of the world that generally do not have five-star hotels or kid friendly dining areas – not very family friendly. But, if you are a person who is interested in traveling solo to deserted areas of the world then archaeology may be of interest to you.
Archaeologists study prehistoric people and their cultures by searching for and unearthing artifacts. Essentially they use precision tools to find and preserve artifacts. They monitor and document field work as well. Archaeologists earn about $48,000 per year and require a university degree in archaeology to gain employment.
5. Travel Nurse
While working as a travel nurse may not get you around the globe, it will almost certainly get you to the four corners of the United States. The development of travel nursing came about when there were not enough nurses to fill the needed positions. The open positions may be anywhere in the United States and are most often needed for specialties such as oncology, cath lab, neonatal, dialysis, and ER.
Travel nurses are called upon during high-volume periods, scheduled vacations, or staff training. Because nurses are always needed to make doctor’s offices and hospitals run smoothly, there will always be a need for traveling nurses. Travel nurses tend to make a bit more than local nurses. The average pay is above $75,000. However, travel nurses can expect to work overtime and receive bonuses.
Fluency in one language is an aspiration for many people, fluency in two languages is a feat most of us may never achieve. But those who do have the ability to speak two languages have the opportunity for a great career as well as the possibility to travel.
Interpreters convert information from one language into another. They work with spoken language or sign language. Most interpreters work in schools, hospitals, courtrooms, political and business meetings, international conventions and conferences. Interpreters are generally based in one area, but can also travel to assist companies and individuals who need interpreter services. Interpreters require a language degree and a certification in interpreting.
3. English Teacher
Many jobs that require travel have you moving from one corner of a country to another every week or so. However, teaching English allows for a longer length of time in one area of the world. Most people who join one of the many companies that provide opportunities to teach English abroad, sign at least a six month contract. During the time abroad, English teachers are able to be part of the community where they are teaching. They will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of the area and make relationships with those around them.
To get the best jobs, you will need to have a degree and qualification to teach English as a foreign language. The degree will take four years to obtain and the qualification take approximately four weeks.
For those who can do more than take a quick snapshot with a cell phone, photography may be a perfect career. Photojournalists and travel journalists have the ability to travel on assignment to far away locations. Just how far away those destinations are depends on the company for which the photographer works and the assignments they are given.
Another option for those in photography is destination wedding photography. Couples that choose to celebrate their union in tropical climates or high atop a mountain still need a wedding photographer. The amount made as a destination wedding photographer is of course dependent upon your rates. A career in photography generally requires three years of education and a bit of on-site practice, but those with a good eye for detail can make a living while traveling the world.
1. International Aid Worker
Beginning a career as an international aid worker fulfills not only a desire for travel but also a need to help those less fortunate. Aid organizations such as USAID and the Peace Corps hire aid workers to assist in countries that have been devastated by natural disasters, war, economic crises, famine, and despotism. Because there are many areas around the world in need, the extent of your travels depends entirely on your specialty and the areas in which the organization for which you work services.
To be an international aid worker, you must have a background in the area you are specializing in, such as; engineering, education, health, crisis management, agriculture, or private enterprise. With some kind of training and experience in those types of areas you will be able to help those in need and travel to distant countries that few others are able to see.