Do you want to get paid to see the world? Here are 22 career options for travel lovers.
Best jobs for travel lovers
Working eight hours every day behind a computer screen isn't for everyone. Some people love to travel, and being stuck in a cubicle is draining to them.
If you're constantly planning your next vacation, consider finding a career that fits your lifestyle. Instead of spending all your PTO and hard-earned money on only traveling once or twice a year, you could make a living while seeing the world. Here are 22 potential career paths to consider.
Disclaimer: The following items are meant to provide ideas and inspiration for potential career paths. These are not open job listings, and Business News Daily is not hiring or recruiting for these positions. We advise conducting your own research before pursuing any of these occupations.
Colleges and professional sports organization employ athletic recruiters to travel to schools and sporting events across the country to scout new talent. You'll need to know the game inside and out, as well as the specific skills an athlete would need for certain positions on the team, but if you're an avid sports fan, this part of the job could be easy for you.
Do you work well with children and know a second language? If so, becoming an au pair might be a good option for you. Au pairs live with a host family in a foreign country and provide child care services, such as babysitting and assistance with schoolwork. You'll receive a small salary on top of your room and board, but you also get to immerse yourself in another culture as an extended member of a family. To learn more about becoming an au pair, visit InterExchange.
Construction managers not only make good money, but they also travel a lot. Often, they 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 hire support staff to relocate as well.
Companies hire consultants from a variety of fields to fix specific problems. Because their knowledge is so specialized, a consultant's client base is often spread over the country, or even around the world. Maintaining a positive relationship with clients requires regular on-site visits, making it a perfect job for people who love frequent travel.
Cruise line worker
Working on a cruise ship is a travel lover's dream gig. You make a living traveling the world, all while receiving free food and accommodations. Whether you're a restaurant server, a shop clerk or a performer in the cruise's entertainment lineup, there are opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to work on one of these floating resorts. Websites like Cruise Line Jobs list employment openings with some of the top-rated cruise lines.
There is a whole other world beneath the ocean's surface, and you can live it by traveling and teaching the essentials of diving. Scuba instructors get the opportunity to see parts of the planet that most people never would. A great way to get started is with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), which offers training and student-center courses.
ESL (English as a second language) teachers are in high demand both at home and abroad. When you take a job as an ESL teacher in a foreign country, you'll get to help students understand your native language while immersing yourself in that country's culture. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree, ESL training and a special license to get hired. ESLteacherEDU.org offers a step-by-step guide to becoming an ESL teacher.
Event coordinators might work on local events like parties and weddings, but orchestrating large-scale events like festivals and trade shows could be a golden opportunity for travel lovers. You'd meet with potential vendors from across the country, then travel to the event location to oversee everything from setup to breakdown. A search for "trade show coordinator" on Indeed returns more than 1,500 jobs in a variety of cities.
It may be the most obvious travel-related job, but it's also one of the most accessible. You don't need a specialized degree to become a flight attendant, and most major airlines only require prior customer service experience and a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The hours are frequently erratic, and the work isn't always easy, but you'll get a glimpse of hundreds of cities across the globe during your career. A bonus perk? Free or discounted flights for you and your family. Flight Attendant Lobby offers great resources and job listings for people who want to get into this career.
Foreign Service worker
If you want to combine your love of travel with your love of your country, a career as a Foreign Service officer or specialist could be right for you. The best-known Foreign Service job is a U.S. diplomat, but there are plenty of other career tracks that allow you to meet and interact with foreign governments. The U.S. Department of State has more details about these jobs listed on its website, and with more than 250 embassies around the world, there are plenty of opportunities for travel.
International aid worker
If you want to travel for a living while making a real difference in people's lives, consider working for an international aid organization like USAID. With this job, you can visit struggling countries and help residents recover from dire situations, such as natural disasters and famine. You'll need a background in a field such as health, agriculture or education and a strong interest in social work.
International tour guide
Imagine spending your days guiding fellow travel lovers through a bustling European metropolis, or perhaps a small village is more your style. Wherever you want to go, popular travel destinations are always in need of friendly, knowledgeable guides to lead tourists through city sights and cultural excursions. This National Geographic article offers some tips and inside knowledge for aspiring international tour guides.
Peace Corps volunteer
As the title "volunteer" might indicate, you won't exactly be making six figures working with the Peace Corps. But if you don't mind living on a budget, you can become part of a worthwhile organization that lets you travel the world and make a difference at the same time. Assignments typically last two years and involve working to advance education, healthcare, and economic and agricultural development in a community abroad. The Peace Corps also provides housing, health benefits and student loan deferment, not to mention an excellent resume talking point.
If you're skilled with a camera and capture the world, consider becoming a travel photographer. While publications such as National Geographic and AP need full-time photographers, you can also make a living by freelancing. Travel photographers are needed to take photos of everything from high-end resorts and tourist attractions to local events and cultures. Begin your journey at Fstoppers' website.
For the fashionista with wanderlust, a career in retail purchasing might be the ultimate dream job. In addition to monitoring in-store inventory, retail buyers attend vendor meetings, trade shows and conferences across the country (or even the globe, depending on from where the company sources its products) to identify industry and consumer trends, and make decisions about what products the company should sell. Of course, it's not just clothing stores that hire purchasing agents; most large retail companies employ buyers to help them select and negotiate merchandise deals.
If you love snow sports and traveling, combine your passions and become a ski instructor. There are openings at ski resorts throughout the world, including in the United States, France, Switzerland and Canada. When ski season is over, you can look for work at an indoor ski resort. Begin your search for ski instructor jobs at SeasonWorkers' website.
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.
Are you fluent in multiple different languages? If so, you could become a translator and travel the world helping people communicate. Translators must be fluent in at least two languages. Other helpful skills including computer skills and business skills, according to Day Translations. While the road to becoming a translator is long, you'll have the chance to visit many other countries. The countries with the most language service providers (LSPs) include the United States, Great Britain, France, China, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
In the age of Google searches and travel price comparison websites, some people may think that the professional travel agent is a dead career. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a decline in this occupation over the next decade, it's still a rewarding job for anyone who loves to travel. To offer honest, helpful advice to clients, travel agents often visit popular destinations to get firsthand experience of the resorts and restaurants they recommend. Whether your clients are business or leisure travelers, they'll thank you for your insider insight into local sights and activities.
Traveling nurses move around the country from hospital to hospital, bouncing from one temporary position to the next. You'll be sent to areas where nurses are needed most, and your housing, travel expenses and benefits are often covered. As with any nursing position, you'll need credentials from a nursing program to become a registered nurse. Visit TravelNursing.org for more information.
It might not be the easiest way to make a living, but if you've got a knack for writing, you can share your knowledge about popular travel destinations. Though full-time travel writing positions exist, most of the work you can get is freelance, as publications typically want individuals who can submit firsthand accounts of the location they're writing about. You can search for and bid on freelance travel writing assignments on sites like Freelancer.com and Upwork.
Long-haul trucking is an ideal job for those who prefer the open road to an office cubicle. Because of the extended time you'll spend driving by yourself, it's also a great career option for introverts. You'll need to obtain a commercial driver's license to start working in this field, but once you have it, you'll be able to see the country as you deliver shipments from one destination to the next.