Jobs that require travel – get paid to explore the world…
I’ve always personally been involved in jobs that require travel because of my deep thirst for adventure, my longing to explore new cultures, to feel new things and to grow inside.
I think traveling is one of the most beautiful ways to find yourself, to get life experience and be touched by the magic of the world; and being able to combine it with your work and get paid for it is pretty cool!!
If travel is one of the things that makes your heart beat and you don’t want to wait until your 50s or 60’s to experience it, finding a job that requires travel could be one of the best things you do with your career.
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. – Christopher McCandless
I’ve listed all the jobs that require travel below(I tried to add the coolest ones I could find) with the benefits of each one:
The laptop lifestyle/internet marketer
This would have to be the most flexible of all the jobs, because it is the epitome of true freedom. You can work any hours you like, you can decide your own income, you continuously meet new amazing people through it and not only do you travel to conferences and masterminds in exotic locations but you can run it from anywhere in the world.
There is a small learning curve (of roughly 90 days) if you have no previous experience, but this is not really a downside, because you can still earn while you learn.
It’s a very creative and enriching career because it lets you combine the passions and interests you already have into your work. Success in this industry also goes hand in hand with personal growth – which grows your character and makes your life way more awesome than you ever imagined it could be!
The biggest perk of this profession and what makes it so utterly beautiful is that it’s all about designing your own life- where YOU make all the rules!! You can accommodate your work around everything that’s important in your life(being with family, your best friends, exploring new hobbies, philanthropy, long weekends, late nights and extended vacations without anyone telling you what to do or when you can take days off. It’s not even the flexibility that tops it! The work is so enjoyable (you can outsource anything you don’t like to do) that you feel like you’re on a permanent vacation all the time.
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If you treasure your freedom, love helping others and love to be creative, the laptop lifestyle is definitely the lushest career you can experience.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.- Mark Twain
The training to become a pilot is extensive, but once you’re qualified, your job literally consists of flying all over the world to all different countries on a regular basis.
Some of the benefits of this career are you never have to ‘take work home with you’ you only work roughly 14 days a month, you(and your immediate family) get excellent flight discounts(or fly for free) when you travel in your spare time and hotels and rental cars are much cheaper.
As a pilot you’ll need to be in great physical health (there are exams every 6 months) and also very mentally fit, because other people’s lives depend upon your ability to stay calm and solve problems while on the job.
Most airlines require a license, perfect vision, perfect hearing and a minimum of 250 hours of flight experience.
The world is a place which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it. – L. Chesterfield
International Aid Worker
Being an aid worker can definitely be one of the most rewarding careers.
The incredible friendships you make, the things you learn and the lives you change for the better are what makes this job such a joy and so meaningful.
If you are looking for a job to make a difference in the world, something that will touch your heart and make a positive difference to other people’s lives…. this is a terrific option.
Another aspect that makes this job so special is exploring foreign countries, experiencing new customs, feeling the gentleness, kindness and strength inherent in others , learning about new cultures and experiencing life is from a whole new perspective.
You will have days that are very interesting, challenging and exhilarating, but beyond the day to day work, you will feel a great sense of fulfillment and purpose(which can be hard to find in other jobs ).
International aid workers usually work in third world countries that are experiencing poverty, famine, wars, natural disasters or economic crisis. The prerequisites to land this kind of job usually require qualifications in relevant areas (ie education, health, agriculture engineering etc).
As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.- James Lane Allen
One of the benefits of being a tour guide is spending your days outside enjoying nature, being able to explore new, historically rich and exciting places and meet people from all walks of life from different cultures and nationalities.
It’s a terrific job if you love to make new friends; you have a thirst for knowledge and a deep passion for local history, culture, food, music and adventure.
Finding a job as a tour guide is usually easy to come by if you know the location well (or are prepared to learn about it), you have a general love for people, you go out of your way to make people feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, you can speak the local language or are fluent in more than one.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharal Nehru
Bartending is a great job if you love to party, love music and love the nightlife. This is a job never short of action(whether it’s the funny drunk people, the lush music in the background, the cool conversations or the lively atmosphere).
It’s quite easy to get a job bartending anywhere in the world, even while traveling you can work in a bar for a few weeks, change cities and easily pick up a new job. Even if you can’t speak the language very well you can usually get by.
To work in some bars you’ll need an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) license and it’s recommended you do a mixing course beforehand.
Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.― Wendell Berry
Working on a cruise ship is a great way to see the world! There’s lots of different types of work you can do(from chef, bartender, hostess, cleaning staff, casino dealer, masseuse, hair stylists, entertainment staff) amongst many others.
One of the benefits of working on a cruise ship is you won’t need to pay for food or accommodation and you’ll have no bills which is great for saving, whilst waking up in a different exotic country all the time.
It’s a great way to see a lot of countries you haven’t been to, to explore new cities and meet interesting people. Whilst you often won’t have large living areas (or might be sharing your rooms with other employees) the breathtaking ocean sunsets, the crew parties and exploring new countries can definitely make worth it.
I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.- Hilaire Belloc
If you master the English language well and love interacting with people of all ages, getting work as an English teacher could be an exciting profession. It will let you choose to work in heaps of exotic locations, whilst exploring different cultures and really absorbing life as a local.
Most teaching jobs will last from a semester to a year which is the perfect time to experience another countries customs, festivals, traditions, learn about the special ways they experience life and make lifelong friendships.
The most common qualifications to teach English are TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and CELTA (the Cambridge English Language Teaching Award).
You get educated by traveling.- S. Knowles
This can be a pretty exciting profession. It’s very flexible, lets you travel to lots of destinations, capture stories and learn new perspectives and experience the world through the expression of art, discovery, creativity and adventure.
Whilst initially it can be hard to get recognition and paid enough for your work, since the internet has now become a vital information exchange channel and communication tool, it’s definitely gotten a lot easier. If you can’t find work for a big company or organization, you can easily create your own website, blog regularly, establish your brand and promote your work through social media.
I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful. – Justina Chen
Becoming a travel nurse is an excellent profession if you love to look after others, you like the adventure of experiencing new cities and you want a job that will always be in demand.
There is a huge shortfall in trained medical staff in most areas of the world (especially in third world countries and remote areas) and whilst some areas can be dangerous, the rewards of looking after the sick and providing medical attention is very noble and beautiful work.
As a registered nurse you can usually find both short and longer term positions all over the world in exciting destinations (or even across your own country). The pay and benefits are usually good and you get to care for people whilst experiencing new work environments and situations and enjoying each new city you live in.
The only downside is that you may be required to sit an additional exam whenever you relocate.
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.- Hans Christian Andersen
Being a roadie can be a cool job if you love music, being on the road a lot, you don’t mind lifting heavy stuff and working unusual hours.
Being a roadie can be a very spontaneous, exciting lifestyle because you are in a new city each day, you live out of your suitcase, there are heaps of parties, you get to watch lots of gigs and hang out with lots of band members and you get to experience a glimpse of the real rockstar lifestyle.
Road crew are the people in charge of all the electronic, physical and technical parts(lighting, stage hands, instrument technicians and all the other jobs) that make each concert run smooth.
If you’re energetic and work really hard, with a little luck you can land a great job with a big touring company or your favorite music act.
Travel brings power and love back into your life.― Rumi
Being an Au Pair is a great job if you love working with children, learning new things and like integrating yourself in a new city. An Au Pair is slightly different than a babysitter in that you usually live together with your hosts and are treated as a member of the family. You’ll also likely form a special bond with your host family and make friends with lots of locals.
As most families that hire Au Pairs are fairly well off, there can be a lot of perks in this career from free accommodation, spending money, gourmet meals, vacations and day trips (host families often like to take their au pairs with them on their annual leave and on shorter trips).
To become an Au Pair, a college education isn’t necessary, but a background in childcare and great references help a lot.
You can find work as an au pair through an agency in the country you wish to live, or check out the International Au Pair Association.
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. – Pico Iyer
Being a Woofer is a special job(although you won’t get paid) and a great way to travel the world whilst learning new skills. This is a great job to learn about new cultures, work in nature, meet lots of kind people and get to know yourself better.
WWOOF stands for – WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms which is an organization that pairs up volunteers with farms all over the world. In exchange for room and board, as well as meals, you’ll work a set number of hours on the farm.
As a woofer you’ll meet a lot of generous hosts, experience life in a lot of cities and work in areas as vast as flower picking, planting seeds, making wine, shearing sheep, harvesting fruit and roasting almonds to building things.
It’s definitely a great way to get life experience and see the world from a whole new perspective.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine
A flight attendant is a great job that will let you see the world, make lots of friends and usually provides you with ample time to explore new cities on your days off.
The perks of this job are free travel (and upgrades into first and business class when there’s space), instant family(due to the type of work, you can get close and have great fun with coworkers) and meeting lots of cool people all the time.
To become a flight attendant doesn’t require specialized training,(although a high school diploma can help), you should be able to land this job if you have good people skills, you have customer service experience, you present well and you’re the right height(Typically between is 160cm to 185cm (5 ft 3 in to 6 ft 1 in) tall. Knowing additional languages helps too.
Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are a lot of jobs that require travel, so even if you try a few things until you land your dream career, it’ll be worth it, because any job that lets you explore the world, find yourself and experience and enjoy this magical life is an adventure worth taking!!
To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen
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