9 Jobs That Require Travel and Pay Well - Ideas and Tips
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Do you want to travel the world but don't have the money to do it? Saving for trips around the world can take years, so why not start achieving your dream today?
In a modern world that offers numerous opportunities, you can find a job that involves traveling and thus pays for your trips. Here are a few lucrative jobs that will help make your globetrotting dream come true.
If you're looking for even more tips on how to make travel your career, check out this article, which covers some very important considerations.
1. International Aid Worker
Helping people while exploring the world is a dream come true. Of course, working for an international aid organization is physically and emotionally difficult at times.
Not to mention, you might spend a week or so in a remote place with little to no access to basic facilities. However, you’ll make a significant difference in other people’s lives.
You can become an aid worker in an international organization like USAID or the Red Cross, or apply to be a Peace Corps Volunteer. You might need to have a background in social services, health, international relations, agriculture, or other fields in order to be able to help those in need.
2. English Teacher
Whether you’re a native speaker or you’re fluent in English, you can become a teacher and discover the world while helping others to learn a new language.
The major requirement for being an English teacher is usually having a Bachelor’s Degree or a CELTA or TESOL credential. Some schools or colleges abroad might also require previous teaching experience.
However, if you don’t have any teaching experience and you don’t have a degree, you can be an independent English tutor. Sure, you can choose another language, but English remains the most popular language worldwide.
3. Tour Guide
Tour guides travel the world, earn substantial pay, and share their joy and excitement with other travelers. The drawback here is that this job isn’t for introverts who have trouble spending a lot of time in a large group of people. Plus, it means living out of a suitcase, for the most part.
Besides excellent communication skills, you’ll also need to learn how to handle different people’s attitudes and solve troublesome situations. Moreover, you’ll also need to learn about history and different cultures. In some cases, learning a foreign language is a must as well.
The majority of nomads and world explorers are writers, particularly travel writers. Whether you’re a freelance or staff writer, you’ll cover popular or off-the-beaten-path destinations in your articles or blog posts for famous publications or journals, or your own website.
National Geographic, Conde Nast, The New York Times, and other well-known websites often hire new travel writers and offer great paychecks. You can earn even more if you explore rare locations and write articles based on your own experience.
5. Au Pair
Being an au pair is one of the most popular travel jobs these days. This job is highly prevalent across the world and widely common among those who want to have a job that involves traveling.
There are many websites, such as InterChange, that help connect host families and au pairs everywhere from Europe to America to Australia.
You should be responsible and healthy and love kids. An au pair lives with a host family for a fixed or free period of time in exchange for round-the-clock childcare.
On top of the opportunity to explore a foreign country and have a room for free, you can make an additional paycheck. You can even visit exotic destinations for free if your host family will bring you on their family vacations to help with the kids.
International journalists, in particular, have incredibly high paychecks and they can explore different destinations around the globe for free. While this job has its own risks, you can still reap more benefits.
If you’re curious, assertive, social, and you enjoy traveling, becoming an international journalist might make your dream come true fast.
7. Cruise Ship Worker
Unless you have seasickness, applying for a cruise ship job is the beginning of your journey around the world. Cruise ship workers have a great income, experience new adventures each day, and interact with people of different nationalities.
Moreover, there’s a wide selection of cruise ship jobs available, so even if you have no education or experience, you’ll definitely find a job for yourself. You can teach English or be a nanny, or be a cashier or a restaurant server on the ship.
The possibilities are endless as there are all kinds of jobs on cruise ships, but be ready to work hard and have a longer workday than usual. Sometimes cruise ship workers work up to 12-14 hours each day.
8. Flight Attendant
This job is hard to find, as there are plenty of requirements to meet in order to become a flight attendant.
If you’re lucky to get this position though, you’ll travel on impressive aircraft to various destinations all while enjoying good benefits and receiving a high paycheck.
Jet lag, disruptive and difficult passengers, and unlimited workdays are the downsides of this job.
If you decide to become a flight attendant, you should master the skills of CPR training, speaking a foreign language, and being a polite server no matter how rude the passengers may be.
Some airlines provide their flight attendants and their families with discounted or free flights to destinations of your choice.
9. Professional Chef
Do you love cooking and consider yourself an international chef? Do you know other cultures’ recipes and enjoy experimenting with recipes?
Restaurants worldwide are always on the lookout for creative and professional chefs, especially internationally ones.
While, again, this job can have an unlimited workday, you’ll earn enough money to explore other continents and improve your cooking skills at the same time. The salary varies depending on the restaurant and your experience.
If you're looking to brush up on your cooking skills, take a look at this article on some of the best YouTube cooking channels.
Finding a job that requires travel and pays well is extremely hard to find, but you can choose one job and enhance your knowledge and skills.
This way, you’ll have a better chance of getting your dream job. Don’t forget that you can become an entrepreneur and work with international partners while seeing new places and earning cash for your retirement.