Combine work and wanderlust to create an amazing life for yourself. Have you always wanted to travel the globe and get paid to do it, but you didn’t know how to go about doing it? Here are 10 occupations where you can combine work and your wanderlust and make a living:
When someone needs help planning a trip, they turn to a travel agent. Agents must have personal knowledge of the places they book and recommend, so traveling is often a large part of the job.
You can combine other careers with traveling too. For example, if you have a medical background, you can become a travel nurse and tend to the sick in other areas where there are shortages of medical professionals.
Want to fly the friendly skies? Becoming a pilot is a highly glamorous and exciting job, but most importantly a pilot is responsible for flying passengers to their destinations all over the world. Extensive training is required to become a pilot and then you can work for a major commercial airline or a private company and you will, most likely, have time to explore the areas in between flights.
Being a flight attendant is a great opportunity to see the world. No college diploma is necessary. However, if you are selected, you will participate in a training program that you must pass and then will be responsible for making passengers comfortable and tending to their needs during their flight.
Want to see Africa or Cuba? Get a job as a tour guide. A tour guide gives specific narration on a certain area, so if you want to go to a particular destination, you can learn about it and then give tours on the area.
Cruise Ship Positions
From housekeeping to cooks, entertainers, activities leaders, computer experts, human resources and other staff, there are many positions available on a cruise ship. Not only will you work for the cruise line, you will live on the ship as well in furnished accommodations while you see the world.
Whether you are recruiting for a college or professional athletic team or for a company, you will be expected to travel around the country (and sometimes the world) meeting with potential candidates. You can tie your business into sightseeing before you get back on the road again.
In many foreign countries, teachers – especially English teachers –are in high demand and, in most cases, you don't even need a teaching degree to get hired. You can also stay in one place for about a year and can then move somewhere else, so you can see a destination more intimately before moving on.
As a travel writer, you can write about new destinations, review new hotels and share information on industry trends and changes for newspapers, websites and magazines. Some travel writers specialize in particular areas and write guidebooks as well.
Whether you’re being flown to a foreign country to document a wedding or to a remote island for a product photo shoot, getting a gig as a photographer can be a great way to see the world.
There are many other ways to tie in traveling to your career. For example, consultants will expand their clientele to include other states or countries and salespeople will often expand their territories.