Published on October 18th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
Get Paid to Travel: Ten Jobs That Let You Work and See the World at the Same Time.
Some people just love to travel. Two or three weeks of vacation every year isn’t enough exploring to satisfy their restless spirit. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like staying at home for too long in between trips – and you aren’t independently wealthy enough to simply wander the planet at will – take heart. You can visit new destinations and make money at the same time.
There are many jobs that allow you to travel for work. Keep in mind however, that travelling for work is still work. It’s not a paid vacation. So, you’ll get to pack your bags and journey to new locations, but you still have to get the job done while you’re there.
I used to be a travel writer for a publisher of destination guide books. Later I went to work for a travel destination website that promoted attractions, accommodations, and entertainment options for vacation spots all over Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. That career shift actually mirrors changes in the industry. While travel guide books do still exist, the information in print publications becomes outdated so quickly that most of the travel writing is now done for the web.
There are opportunities for content producers for travel-related websites and blogs, and if you can’t land an in-house gig, many of these also use freelance contributors.
Influential travel writers, bloggers, and photographers also make a living through sponsorship on their own popular social media channels. People now travel the world as Instagram celebrities, however you’ll need a great deal of fame and followers in order to achieve this.
You don’t actually have to write about travel in order to travel for work. Freelance writing on any subject can be done from just about anywhere in the world that has a decent internet connection. I once wrote all of the content for a Canadian start-up website from an apartment my family had rented in Mexico.
One of the most difficult things about being a freelancer is lining up clients. However, once you have a few loyal paying customers for your work, you don’t have to be at home to do the actual writing. This strategy requires a lot of self-discipline. It can be a challenge to make yourself sit at a computer and produce quality work when there’s a whole new world outside your window waiting to be explored.
Work for an International Hotel Chain.
People who work for big hotel chains often have the opportunity to swap locations. Start by getting hired at your local branch and then look for options to transfer to other locations around the world. Big brands like to have their seasoned and skilled staff work at new locations to bring the local team up to speed. Plus, in the tourism industry, English speakers are often in demand.
Another advantage to this is that even when you aren’t working, you can enjoy generous staff discounts at your company’s accommodations around the world.
A similar travel industry job would be working as a flight attendant for an airline. How much of the world you’ll see depends on which company you work for and where they fly. But for you, a day’s work will be in the air, and you’ll often have layovers to explore destinations between fights. Airline staff also enjoy the perk of free or deeply discounted travel in their time off.
There are fewer positions available and they require a lot more training, but of course airline pilots enjoy similar travel opportunities and perks.
A popular choice for Canadians looking to see the world is teaching abroad. Many of my university classmates did this after graduating with a degree in English. Friends of mine have taught in Japan, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey. Many destinations simply require that you have native fluency in English and a Bachelor’s degree. Other schools also ask for a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate or a Master’s degree. You won’t necessarily be moving from place to place every day, but you can experience living in another part of the world for periods of time.
If you have a hobby that you’re passionate about, it is possible to get paid for it. Yoga or dance, scuba diving or skiing, resorts and destinations need people to lead guests in their many activities. Some certification may be required, but if you have the skills and a longing to travel, this can be a way to get paid to go.
If you don’t have a particular skill that you can teach others, but you are a good communicator and like to meet new people, you can work as a tour guide.
People often underestimate the amount of travel involved in many corporate jobs. My sister is a client trainer for a technology firm. As such, she travels to client offices all over North America to help teams get set up and get the most out of the software they’ve purchased. (A lot of this could be done over the phone and the web now, but many clients prefer to have someone on hand face-to-face when they’re adopting new technologies.)
Other corporate jobs that involve travel include auditors and consultants who often travel to work onsite from client offices for periods of time.
Event planners travel to scout locations for upcoming events, hire local vendors and service providers, and of course attend the conference or other occasion itself in order to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
There are also many jobs in the arts and media for people who like to travel – and you don’t have to be a movie star. From location scouts, to the crew that works on set, the sound and light technicians and the people who load and unload all the equipment, the film and TV industry has many positions that require people to be on the move.
Journalists, photographers, and videographers also frequently have to work from destinations around the world. These are highly sought-after roles, so the competition for these jobs can be fierce.
People who love to travel often prefer to spend their money on experiences over material things. If that sounds like you, rather than saving up your hard-earned pay cheque to splurge on a vacation, why not consider a career path where you can see the world and earn a living at the same time?
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