If you have been paying close attention to my Social Media lately, then you may have noticed that I’ve been hopping from one city to another. Within one month, I was on about 5 different planes, 6 different buses and many Uber/Lyft rides.
This, however, wasn’t a production of my main job or even a vacation, it was all thanks to the side job I have. My side job doesn’t require me to travel much, which works well with my full-time job, but most of the time it doesn’t work out that way for other people.
Just because it doesn’t always work out that way, doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs that allow you to travel or that they can’t also be flexible. These opportunities are a bit hard to come by, but if you do the research and keep your eyes open, you will see that there are a bunch of opportunities!
To make life easier, here’s a list of 25 jobs that allow you to travel the world.
25 Jobs that allow you to travel the world
Tour Managers make sure everything runs smoothly on the road. They are the ones who handle the schedules, make sure the artists make it safely to the venue, schedule hotels, deal with promoters, handle money coming in/out and deal with the booking of flights, etc…
The life of a tour manager is not easy since you are dealing with a lot, but the work itself can be quite fun and you get to travel quite a bit.
People who dance for a living, also get to travel. There are plenty of companies ready to hire dancers for shows and will pay them to fly where ever the company needs them. Being a dancer is tough though because of all the practicing they have to do and the hours they have to put in.
These are the people that help you travel! They find the best rates for you, they will also book for you and ensure you have a great experience abroad. As people that often put together travel and recommend certain places, they need to travel to make sure they are providing accurate information to their clients. Being a Travel Agent has wonderful perks, but it is a lot of work.
If you know a lot about a city and are a people person, then this job is definitely one to check out. As a tour guide, you would be able to go to the city of your choice and become familiar with that city. Once you are familiar with the city, you are able to guide a group of people through the city.
If you know the city’s history and have no problem speaking in front of people, then this job will be easy for you.
As a Sales Representative, you would need to travel around in order to make your sales. This often requires going to meeting in other cities, conferences and trade shows.
What better way to travel, then by doing what you love? I’ve met so many musicians that have gotten to travel the world. The people you love listening to, also go on tours, put on a show and get to travel the world.
Cruises can’t be successful without its employees. The bartenders, the cleaners, the waiters and all the crew you see on a cruise get to travel around while they work.
Teach English Abroad
I’ve met quite a few people who have worked as English teachers abroad and have been able to travel around. One of my friends has even been able to go to different countries in Europe.
If you want to be a nurse and also be able to travel, this is one way of doing it. Traveling Nurses will go where they are needed and get to travel while doing their job. Sure, it may be a bit of a hard job, but you still get to travel.
Have you ever noticed your favorite actor or actress moving from one set location to another? Well, that’s part of their job! Actors and actresses do need to travel for their jobs, which is why the majority of them have long-distance relationships.
Scuba Diving Instructor
Scuba diving equipment and classes are quite expensive, but once you got yourself the certification to become an instructor, you are able to travel around. Scuba diving is very popular in different places, so getting a job as an instructor won’t be very hard. Plus they also make some good money making it easy to travel around.
The training can be a bit challenging and the beginning as a flight attendant can be rough, but stick around long enough and you’ll get to go on international flights and the benefits only get better.
Working for an embassy
Government jobs are great for many reasons, but one of them is the opportunity to work abroad. If you work for an embassy, you’ll get to work abroad (think – Polish Embassy, French Embassy, etc..). Having this kind of job lets you travel around in a country you’ve never been to before and you could even travel the world.
Sure, you may have to pay for some courses to learn about photography, but the end results are amazing, depending on how much effort you put in. There are plenty of photographers that get to travel and make money doing it! Think wedding photographers – most will travel to the destination and get paid to take gorgeous photos!
Sure the Peace Corp may not pay as much(after all you are a volunteer), but they still pay you something! About $10,000 after completing two years. You also get to travel and they provide you with housing and living stipend. There are requirements such as completing two years, but aside from that, anyone who is a U.S Citizen and 18 or older can join the Peace Corp.
I have seen plenty of people make money from being a virtual assistant, in fact, most of the people I know live abroad now. Being a virtual assistant does require organization and to be attentive to your emails depending on what projects you are given.
Working as an Events Manager or Coordinator will most likely get you to travel at least 25% of the time. The managers and coordinators are the ones handling the events and this usually means visiting the location of where the event will take place. So if your company has events in France and Belgium, guess where you’re going? France and Belgium.
Working for a Tourism Board
Being part of the tourism board means that you may need to travel. Most travel around as part of the job, after all, they are working in tourism.
Travel Journalists are usually hired by magazine companies. These are the people that get to travel around, exploring and writing for a living. Think Conde Nast Traveler or National Geographic.
Whether a movie producer or a theatrical producer, producers, in general, get to travel. They oversee the production of either the movie or the theater, the financial aspects, the choreography, the playwright, etc..so they need to be on location to make sure things are running smoothly. Whether the movie or show is happening abroad or in their city, they need to be there.
Business Consultants provide professional advice in particular areas that may help the business. If done as a freelancer or contractor, you may get the chance to travel a lot, helping companies improve their business.
Like flight attendants, pilots need to travel for their jobs. I mean who else would fly the plane? Being a pilot does have requirements, but if this is your career path, not only will you be making money, you will also get to travel.
Makeup artists are needed by just about everyone. Whether an actor or musician, anyone needing to appear on stage or on tv needs to look good! Some Makeup artists are fortunate to travel and still make money from it due to their jobs.
I have met quite a few sound engineers, who get to travel for a living. Sound engineers are the ones who deal with audio behind the scenes at a concert, theater and anywhere else that may have an event with music.
Truck driving can be a difficult job – long drives, sleeping in the truck and being away from home often, but truck drivers do make decent money and get to travel.
For more job ideas, check out my post – Jobs that let you travel.
How to get these jobs
Many of these jobs can be found on regular job sites such as Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, but for the unique type of jobs such as Virtual Assistant and Photographer, you could find those on sites such as Freelancer or Upwork.
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