Do you want to explore the world and be your own boss? Starting your own business doesn't mean you have to stay in one place. Many businesses don't require a brick-and-mortar shop, and some businesses will even take you across the world.
Traveling and owning a business isn't for the faint of heart, however. If you're determined to see the world while owning a business, check out these nine business ideas for people who love to travel.
1. Traveling personal assistant
Some people, such as politicians and celebrities, require a personal assistant. Personal assistants usually travel with their employer whether they are going on tour, have speaking events across the country or have business in other countries.
If you're very organized, have great time-management skills, and are a problem-solver, create a personal assistant agency. Personal assistants typically arrange travel and accommodations, manage schedules, run errands and coordinate with other staff members.
2. Travel blogger
If you love writing and photography, a travel blog could lead you across the world. Bloggers often create helpful guides, explore new cities, take interesting photos, and provide recommendations and tips. Before you take the plunge, understand that blogging is hard and time-consuming. It often takes a couple years before you can make money blogging, but when you do, you could get paid to travel the world and write about it.
If writing isn't your expertise, but you're better with a camera, try being a travel vlogger. With YouTube, vlogging is a lucrative business. Take your business on the road and create videos about traveling the world. [Read related story: How to Turn Your Blog into a Business]
3. Social media influencer
The days of only posting cat videos and family updates on Facebook are long over. If you have a large following online, you can make a steady income through sponsored posts and pictures. Many brands use influencers to advertise their products and encourage followers to buy the products.
Some brands will even foot the bill and pay for social media influencers to attend their events or stay at their resort in exchange for documenting their experience on their social media accounts. [Read related story: How to Become a Social Media Influencer]
4. Travel agency
While the travel agent industry has declined in recent years, there are still people who seek the advice from experts, and you can't be a travel expert if you don't travel. People want honest and helpful advice. Travel agents help people plan vacations and trips across the globe. They often have specialties for different countries or niches. If there is a country or city you love to visit, you can make recommendations to others wanting to see more of the world.
Photography is a great skill to have if you want to travel. If you start a photography business, you could travel the world and capture its beauty with your camera. You can sell these photos to publications or as art. You could also become a wedding photographer. People need a skilled photographer at their destination wedding.
6. Public speaker
Do you have expertise in your field, solve problems or do people want to hear what you say? If so, you could become a public speaker. Speakers often travel across the country or even the world to spread their message. These individuals also have other streams of income, such as being a social media influencer, selling books or creating a blog about their expertise.
7. Traveling event planner
Event planners plan corporate and professional meetings and events. They typically arrange everything from catering to selecting the location to travel accommodations. If you have the networking, organizational, and time-management skills, you could travel the world as an event planner.
If you're fluent in multiple languages, creating a translation business could be a great way to see the world. Translators are needed in almost every industry. They assist international businesses, globe-trotting executives and high-profile individuals by translating documents, books, emails, conversations and more.
9. Wedding planner
The job of a wedding planner is to create a stress-free wedding day. Wedding planners must be the calm in the middle of the storm and have a unique ability to soothe nerves when everything doesn't go as planned. While a lot of wedding planners have expertise and a network in a specific town or location, many couples opt for a destination wedding. These weddings can typically be even more stressful, because you must figure out how to get guests from point A to point B. You also must make accommodations over the phone rather than in person. However, this is great opportunity to travel to beautiful places across the globe.