Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. We all have it sometimes, but if work consumes most of our lives, how can we get out and see the world? What if there was a way to incorporate travel into your job?
There is! More than one way, as a matter of fact. There are a ton of jobs that include or require travel for those who are just itching to get out and see the world. You don’t have to let a career hold you back–you can let your career work for you in getting you out the door. Here are 10 great jobs for those who love to travel.
1. Travel Industry
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we? There are a myriad of jobs in the travel industry that allow you to travel–like flight attendant, pilot, or working on a cruise ship. These jobs focus on the action of traveling, but you’d definitely get a chance to see the wide world around you.
As a recruiter, it will be your job to visit colleges around the world and hire the most talented graduates. You might work for a technology company, or even a sport’s team. A ton of companies in a variety of fields have use for recruiters, and if you were hired, you would get to spend a lot of time on the road.
There are a lot of sales jobs that involve travel, but it depends on the industry. Pharmaceutical sales, for example, requires you to put in almost as many miles as you do hours, as you fly around the country and meet with clients and potential buyers.
4. English Teacher
We’re not talking about the English classes you took in high school, we’re talking about teaching the language of English overseas. Many countries will hire recent graduates with any major to teach English to young students as their second–or third–language. You’ll not only get to travel, but live abroad!
5. Travel Writer
The dream job for many writers, Travel Writers obviously get to see a lot more of the world than your Average Joe. And the job sometimes comes with great perks, like free meals or hotel stays in the hopes of a good review. But be warned: this is a really tough job to land, so you might want to start building your writing portfolio ASAP.
6. Au Pair
If you love travel AND children, you might consider becoming an Au Pair to a foreign family. Like a nanny, only better because you’ll be living overseas, you’ll get to stay for free with your host family, while having tons of time to travel around your new city.
Archaeology is a great field for travelers who love history and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. You’ll get to travel the world to go to digs and really experience culture up close and personal. But this job definitely needs a master’s degree, so if you’re in a hurry to travel, this one might not be for you.
News and media is an fast-growing industry, so why not consider getting into the middle of it with a job that incorporates travel? Some large companies will allow reporters to choose to work overseas as a foreign correspondent, so you’ll be the first on the scene in any foreign affairs.
There are hundreds of paths for a photographer to follow if he or she wants to travel. Create photos for advertisements, shoot destination weddings, or work for a magazine (ever heard of National Geographic?). It’s a tough industry to be successful, but if you’re passionate and talented, why not go for it?
And if you aren’t strapped for cash and still want to travel the world, why not volunteer? The Peace Corps sends workers around the globe, and there are various other international organizations you can choose to work for depending on your passions. This way, you’ll definitely get to see the world.
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