Find a Job That Lets You Travel

by on April 17, 2012

Hawaii, Switzerland, France, China, Australia, Canada and a long register of specific towns and cities may be on your dream list to one day visit. Of course, the endless trips from one aesthetic getaway to the next will take place after you work and make a lot of money. The plan is to focus on school and receive a very difficult to achieve degree so that you can earn an exceedingly high paying job. After working that job for 25 years and when your peak quality of life years have passed, you can settle down and enjoy your trips to different wonders of the world.

Unfortunately, that never truly works out. By the time you start your nomadic adventure, if ever, you have engrained the need to work hard and long hours every day. The habits of a workaholic have been carved into your life and you have lost the ability to live in the moment, to relax, to enjoy not working. This is the regrettable outcome of so many lives.

But there is a cure – it’s to find a job that also allows you to travel.

Jobs That Involve Traveling

List of Jobs That Require TravelWhat if you were told that you could work a good paying job and visit the countries you have always wanted and some you may have never heard of? Instead of waiting to become a vagabond after work, there are dozens of jobs that you can start fresh out of college that employ the exact art of living one looks forward to living after work. You will find in the following job descriptions that there is not a specific occupational theme you have to be interested in to find a job that involves traveling. You will also notice that not all of the jobs require constant travel, some are sporadic and others as often as you would take a vacation with a normal job.

Resort Jobs: Do you have work history in hotels, restaurants and overall customer service? A resort in Hawaii, the Caribbean or Thailand may be scheduling you an interview. While you don’t get to necessarily travel for the job, you get to travel to the job. Once in the tropical resort business, you will be able to get a job at a resort at your next destination. It’s like getting paid to island hop.

Sports Administrator/Coach: If you are interested in national traveling and have a lot of experience or a professional background in a specific sport, you can apply to be a sports coach. You will be able to travel to the biggest and best stadiums and cities if your team is good enough. If that is the case, you will also be making enough money to go travelling internationally yourself.

Travel Nurse: Nursing does not have to be done in one specific hospital forever. With the drastic decrease of certified nurses in the world, there is a definite increase in the need for temporary nurses at various locations.

Cruise Ship Jobs: You may have a fond memory of sailing on the local lake or boating in one of the great lakes. If you love the sea, taking up a job on a cruise ship may be the perfect traveling occupation for you.

English Tutor: Unlike some of the big international countries that teach English as a second language, there are hundreds of smaller countries that seek English language tutors. This job opens the international scope for you to go to well known countries like France or Germany and also lesser known countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Freelance Writer/Editor/Photographer: These are likely the hardest jobs to profit in and be able to travel with since they do not truly necessitate a degree, but require pure experience, self-derived knowledge and passion.

Travel Agency: Who knew local retail business experience could expand to such a degree. By getting involved with a travel agency, you will be able to sell travel related products and services. Also like the resort jobs, you can hop to different travel agencies at different locations and often get travel discounts for yourself.

Airline Jobs: While this job requires traveling with and for others, you not only get to travel for work but the bonuses include getting cheaper or even free travel passes when on vacation time. Some flight attendants may be able to travel to a foreign country and be required to stay there for a few days before getting on the next flight to another country.

Reporter/Journalist: Becoming a travelling reporter or journalist can often be risky if having to report on serious matters in foreign affairs. Other times it could require travelling to majestic unknown territories to write on a particular community or tribe. The travel possibilities are endless for reporters and journalists.

Public Speaker: There are public speaking groups like Toastmasters or the National Speakers Association (NSA) that some people join to learn and leave to earn. The ability to make a lot of money from public speaking is connected directly with the ability to travel to different locations to give speeches.

Big Rig Trucking: If you have serious road rage, you may want to skip this job possibility. Although, some of the aesthetic sites you can see by travelling long distances on wheels may cure you of your road rage.

Recruiter: Some people don’t want to leave college. While the pay may not be great to be a College recruiter, you get to travel to hundreds of different high schools and colleges to recruit the best students.

Personal Assistant: It’s expected that almost any businesswoman or businessman will have to travel for business. Depending on their personal success, they may be at the point that they need a personal aid to help manage their daily lives as they travel. While the job can often be a 24/7 occupation, you get to travel to with your employer wherever they go.

Show Business: Do you have a unique and mind blowing talent? There are magicians like Chris Angel and David Blaine that constantly travel to show off their skills. You may have also heard of Circus Du Soleil which is like a common circus on steroids. People involved in show business get paid extremely well for traveling and showing off their talents.

Military: The interesting part of traveling for work in the military is that you may never know where you are going to end up. If nationalism is your number one priority and you want to travel, this is the choice for you.

Consultant: Becoming a consultant means you get to become an expert on nearly any subject you want and travel to other companies, businesses and clients who need advice on that subject.

Adventure Guide: You are able to get paid well for guiding groups of people through the Amazon, or acting as a Mountain guide or a Hunting guide. If getting paid to travel outdoors is what you are searching for, becoming a guide is just the thing occupation for you.

Auditor: Much like consulting, you get to travel to other companies and organizations. Instead of providing advice, being an auditor means that you have to assess and evaluate all aspects and quality of the organization, process, project, etc.

Public Relations: The basic definition of the job is to manage the flow of information between the public and organization. If the organization has a direct influence on people from Brazil, Australia and Japan, you may find yourself traveling to all three places to collect and report data.

Your Job Can Be Your Destination

While working and then making retirement a vacation process offers less stress when on vacation, you may find that living a bit of both fits you like a puzzle piece. Working while traveling and living abroad provides more benefits and a superior work and life experience. Many people go to resorts, travel the countryside and take trips to deserted islands and end up blowing all of their money. Afterwards they have to go back to the job they took a vacation to get away from. By getting a job in one of the above career paths you will be able to get paid for what others pay for, all the while getting the most splendid experience out of life.

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Travellers Guide May 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

Great article, I wish to get one of these jobs, I really like to travel, but because of my (office) job, I don’t have the time. I think that a job that allows you to travel will be fantastic!!!
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Carla Rondeau May 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

These are great inputs. 🙂 I do agree with you. Traveling the world should be done while young and not make it a habit to put travel plans in the backburner. Getting a job that will give you a good opportunity to travel to other places is sure one cool way to do it.


Wil January 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I just graduated and am planning to travel before I get a “real” job. This is quite an informative list of travel oriented careers. Being and Adventure Guide sounds like a lot of fun.
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Tim March 13, 2013 at 3:20 am

Thanks for posting. I guess those people who love to travel really get interested when they read this. I think I also want to work in one of these. Imagine, enjoying the place while working. This also serves as guide to job seekers out there.


Nina March 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Great post. I really love to travel, and the idea of finding a job that allows travel opportunity is really cool. Young people should plan to do this to enlarge their knowledge, their knowledge and their way of life.
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Turner April 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

Your list is a great starting point for working overseas. I prefer working online myself so that I can be free to come and go, but like you said there are a ton of other option as well. One other option are Timeshare Jobs.

They are all over the world and you can actually make a decent living.

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Jack April 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

And become a MC too, in my country some foreigns are very famous person cause they appear on our TV shows!
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Gadi and Tun April 18, 2013 at 3:04 am

Good practical list!
We started our journey as ESL teachers a year ago.
Now teaching in China, next will be South Korea and after Taiwan.
ESL teaching is great thing and also involves travel and learning different cultures.

Thank you
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Dipra Sen April 24, 2013 at 5:21 am

Hi Chris,

Good post but you’ve missed a good one, blogging job. There are many bloggers who blog on the road.
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mark April 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Well thank you for sharing. Travelling and working lightly is a dream and I’m sure would be amazing for my parents who are near retirement age.

I’ll share your article with them and see if it would spark any old travel bugs they might have had when they were younger.



Tours to India June 20, 2013 at 3:14 am

Great jobs ! I would to be a Freelance Photographer because I love to travel by shoot natural beauty. Thanks for sharing this blog definitely help job seekers who love traveling.


Richard Thompson August 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I have a few friends that have been travel nurses for a few years, and most of them have really enjoyed it. Being able to see the world while you are young is key, I think in anyone’s life. If you are able to experience the world first-hand while working, then you’ll really immerse yourself in that new environment and bring that back with you when you finally settle down.


Archie September 20, 2013 at 3:20 am

The trick is to find a job, among those on this list, that you personally believe in and that you believe will fit your skill set and preferences the most. This list is loaded with great career ideas that will make one efficiently juggle work and travel. Thank you for being generous with your ideas!


Duzadee December 4, 2013 at 1:04 am

in Thailand some travel bloggers get paid from travel agency or event big airline companies to travel. so good to be them and i wish i could work and travel at the same time like them.
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robby December 14, 2013 at 1:55 am

I really enjoy your blog and have taken a look at the others you have mentioned and found them to be interesting.


Donald Quixote from New York Tour1 January 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I never realized all the possibilities that were open to work and travel. I especially liked the idea of working for a resort. Island hoping doesn’t sound too shabby!


Sagar April 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

Nice and informative post

I fully agree that “Working while traveling and living abroad provides more benefits and a superior work and life experience.” Many people travel to destinations and places for relaxing after their retirement or for a vacation. They even have to plan for such programs.

What if you can enjoy these kind of benefits while you are working. The above article shows some best jobs that require you to travel. There are also many opportunities and advantages in doing these type of jobs. you will be able to do your job and also enjoy and the important thing you never have to wait for a vacation to relax.

Great list of jobs . I hope it would help many people to pick up the perfect job especially the freshers .

Thank you for sharing.
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addie April 22, 2014 at 3:16 am

I love traveling, but my job is office job. But these do look interesting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy your travel blog.


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