Let’s face it, not all of us are satisfied with two weeks of vacation time. If your heart has a strong desire to see the world, these 22 career options may be calling your name.
Believe it or not, photographing families and weddings doesn’t have to only be in your home range. Your job can be as mobile as your equipment and laptop, as long as you wish it to be. Offer to photograph a friend’s destination wedding or look into freelancing for publications and other venues.
Freelancing is definitely not easy work, but it does come with its benefits, one of the largest being a very flexible schedule that allows for lots of time for travel.
Similar to freelancing, online tutoring allows you to work anywhere that can connect you and your laptop to Wi-Fi. Search for tutoring in your specialty on Craigslist and other similar sites.
Traveling and the travel industry go hand in hand. Working for a cruise line, airline or tour company will allot you inexpensive to free travel opportunities. For example, many airlines, including Southwest and JetBlue, allow their employees and immediate family members to fly free on standby.
Consulting is a hot job field right now and has nearly 200,000 available positions across the country. Available full-time or part-time, most consulting positions require a lot of travel and can be done while telecommuting, which is the perfect combination for women who love to explore new territory.
That’s right, you can get paid to travel. While racking up your frequent flyer miles, you can also be cashing in a paycheck. Start blogging about your personal experiences, hotel reviews and sightseeing, and it may just lead to new opportunities.
There are various degrees of media that allow a reporter to travel. Local reporters are able to travel around their local terrain to bring relevant news stories and also have short contracts that give the possibility to move across the country as they wish. National reporters are also given the same opportunity, but generally in a larger terrain and potentially rougher atmospheres (think live natural disaster reports and more).
College and athletic recruiters have a high amount of travel spent scouting for new students and players. Not a glamorous position, it doesn’t pay well, but does offer a lot of other benefits that include high travel time and potential to find “the next big thing.”
Instead of backpacking across Europe post-college, get a gig teaching English abroad. Teach Away Inc. recruits potential employees who get set up with a position in Dubai, China and more.
For those of you ladies who grew up bilingual, there is a large potential out there to become a translator in your second language’s country. Many overseas companies seek out bilingual employees to gain a wider market range, giving you the chance to work and travel to a new destination.
Surprisingly, not all event coordinator positions stay local. Many larger event operations have contracts with companies that require travel work. However, these positions often call for long, grueling hours that don’t allow for a lot of exploring.
Sales or retail
While some sales positions require immediate travel to sell various products, some (including those in retail) may require long-term travel. If you know that you’re one who doesn’t want to stay put in one place for long, look into moving up in a sales or retail company.
Insurance auditors require a lot of domestic travel to adjust claims. Not promising for wide-range or appealing destinations, this position does keep you from the daily 9 to 5.
If you’ve already got your nursing license or are considering a new career, a traveling nurse may be just for you. A position that includes a high salary, housing incentives and frequent travel can most definitely be a win-win.
If you don’t mind getting sweaty and sleeping on the road, a roadie is a super-suave way to see the world (or at least a good portion of the United States). In this position, you’ll need to be open to odd hours, heavy lifting and unsteady schedules; however, most roadie gigs include tickets to the show, which may be worth all of the negative aspects of the job.
If you’re outgoing and have a platform to speak on, being a motivational speaker may be the path for you. Requiring a lot of travel, you can inspire others and get your sightseeing on.
For ladies who don’t have many bills and love to help others, mission work may be your calling. Although not glamorous, mission workers are able to travel abroad and give back to the world at the same time.
International aid worker
Similar to mission work, international aid workers are often sent to areas and countries facing natural disasters. Non-profit humanitarian and government organizations, including the American Red Cross, UN agencies and USAID, don’t promise the most attractive destinations — they do promise a life-changing experience.
Scuba or ski Instructor
Although seasonal, scuba and ski instructors travel to various locations to work during peak visiting times. If it’s something you love, your dream job is most likely to include lodging and unlimited lift tickets.
If you don’t pay mind paying for your own travel, you could save a dime on lodging by offering up your services to house sit or swap. Some even pay for your time, which is a huge bonus for pocket change.
Look similar to a celebrity or have a super-close relationship with the Kardashians? You could get paid for public appearances. Seems far-fetched but a look-alike gig brings in a whopping $11 million per month!
Sell ice cream
It may seem a bit ambiguous, but if you want to travel the world and support yourself, there is nothing to stop you. Similar to the story of the woman who quit her six-figure salary to sell ice cream in paradise, the world is your oyster.