Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to travel the globe? If you've got a serious case of wanderlust and the right skill set, making that dream a reality may not be as difficult as you think. There are plenty of companies out there looking for employees who want to travel as part of their job duties. Here are 12 types of positions that require travel, along with links to current job listings and their prerequisites.
There's never been a better time to get into the health care field. If you've ever been interested in helping people for a living, you can look for work as a travel nurse. These nurses are placed in hospital assignments for several months at a time, and then move around the country depending on where they're needed — often with free housing and full medical benefits. Some jobs require you to be a Registered Nurse, but there are positions available for those without that certification. TravelNursing.org allows you to search for assignments by location and travel availability.
Wholesale and retail buyers typically work for large corporations and help them make inventory purchasing decisions based on past sales and buying trends. In many cases, part of this job includes traveling to other corporate locations and vendor offices across the country, or even around the world, to negotiate and discuss. There are thousands of available traveling-buyer positions listed on SimplyHired, including several at retail giant Walmart.
Cruise line employee
Cruise lines are constantly seeking new employees, from camp counselors to entertain kids to food servers and ship photographers. You'll not only travel the world while working but also meet all kinds of fascinating people. Carnival Cruise Linesis a popular choice for aspiring cruise workers and currently has openings in departments like food and beverage, guest services, HR, entertainment and more.
"Working on the railroad" might seem like an outdated career leftover from the Industrial Age, but the American freight railroad industry is alive and well. The average job, including benefits, pays more than $108,000 annually. Jobs are based all over the country, and many involve travel. The railroads are also committed to providing work for veterans, and have made nearly 10,000 new veteran hires since 2012. For a list of all of the country's freight railroad carriers and links to their websites with job openings, visit the American Association of Railroads.
You don't necessarily have to be a flight attendant to enjoy the travel perks offered by many domestic airlines. United Airlines, for instance, is currently hiring for a wide range of positions, many of which involve travel, and some are even based in exotic locales like Buenos Aires. Many United employees and immediate family members are also able to take advantage of reduced-rate flights and travel passes.
Look up "tour guide jobs" on Monster.com, and you'll find a few positions, ranging from a Grand Canyon guide in Arizona to a VIP tour guide at Warner Bros. Studios. Your best bet for finding a tour guide job might be to determine where you'd like to live and then reach out to travel agencies and landmarks in that area.
It might not be the easiest way to make a living, but it sure would be fun. Though full-time travel writing positions do exist, most of the work you can get is freelance, as publications typically want individuals who are able to submit firsthand accounts of the location you're writing about. Freelancer.com has a few openings for freelance travel bloggers listed.
Behind-the-scenes travel employee
Imagine being able to work from home and having the opportunity to travel for free or discounted rates. Certain business and administrative positions at World Travel Holdings cruise line allow you to do just that. These full-time jobs include a free travel voucher for new hires and major travel discounts. There are also opportunities for employees to travel on the company's cruise lines to learn more about the products they're selling. The company is currently hiring for positions in its sales, IT and operations departments.
Construction project manager
Construction project managers not only make good money, but they also do lots of traveling. Often, they will relocate to different locations and stay for several months to oversee a project. Even if you don't have the qualifications to be a project manager, construction companies are worth checking out — many need to hire support staff to relocate, as well. A quick search on CareerBuilder.com pulls up more than 300 open construction project manager jobs.
Working as a hotel manager, especially at a resort, means you get to spend most of your time in and around a vacation hotspot. But without the requisite training and experience, don't expect to just jump into a hotel management career. The good news is, major hotel chains have lots of other job openings, too, many of which require relocation. It's a good place to get your foot in the door and work your way up. Hilton'scareer page has listings for a variety of hospitality-related positions.
Being a truck driver isn't an easy job, and you'll need to get your commercial driver's license to even be considered. But it pays well, and long-haul truckers and moving-company employees get to see the country while they work. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association is a good place to start to look for jobs and learn what is required.
Theater productions and musicians go on tour all the time — and they take busloads of roadies and stagehands with them. While theaters and venues may have their own stagehands, some still travel with each act. You can begin your search for stagehand jobs on the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees union website.
Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily assistant editor.
Originally published on Oct. 17, 2013. Updated Jan. 16, 2015. All job openings and information were current at time of publication.