Travel careers - jobs that require travel

Discover the very best jobs that let you travel. If you are considering a career in travel and are looking for jobs that require travel there are few things you should consider...

Jobs that let you travel often involve a set of pros and cons that you should consider carefully before making a decision. Keep reading to explore all the best travel jobs, what they are, all the relevant details you need to know and what their pros and cons are.

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Firstly, it should be noted, that many of these jobs require some kind of formal education (but not all), often involving several years of study and/or work experience. Just like any serious career, you have to be prepared to put in the hard yards.

And if you are not actually looking for a full time career have a look at my Make money while travelling and Backpacker jobs pages for all you backpackers out there. They both have heaps of options for making money as you travel.

However, if you are specifically looking for a carrier or jobs that involve travel then keep reading. Whatever you're after, like everything in life, with some hard work and dedication nothing is beyond your limit. So, let's get started!

Oh right, I also fully recommend you check this book out. It has 220 pages of tips and tricks to help make your life of travel a reality! Stuff like how to travel for less money than you spend at home, how to travel long-term even if you are in debt, specific tactics and tricks that will land you the cheapest airfares possible and so much more. How to Live a Life of Travel E-Guide.



1

Flight Attendant / Cabin Crew

Okay, this one is pretty obvious, and there is a reason that this job first pops into people's minds when they are thinking of jobs that allow you to travel.

It is pretty easy to get this job, as you normally do not need any formal education. Generally fluent English is a requirement and a second or third language never hurts. And some kind of customer service background (it could be as simple as working in a retail shop) puts you ahead of the other candidates.

If you are hoping to see anything other than the inside of airports you want to work on "long-haul" flights (think international or long flights) as opposed to "short-haul" flights.

Other perks generally include heavily discounted flights for you (and often for immediate family). Long haul flights often give you a couple days stopover at your destination so you can quickly get out and see some of the local attractions.

When you are first starting out you will generally have fewer options as far as your schedule and what destinations you are sent to. The work can be gruelling and involve long hours. Remember, you are serving a plane full of people, many of whom are not the friendliest customers in the world.

How to find a job: Most major airlines advertise directly on their own websites, but these two are also worth checking out: www.aviationjobsearch.com and jobs.cabincrew.com.


2

Travel agent

This is another popular option that requires minimal experience or skills when starting out. Generally if you have good computer and telephone skills, combined with some kind of customer service experience, you are good to go (most agencies provide in-house training to new staff).

Because your job basically revolves around recommending destinations and/or activities to do there to people, travel agencies often send their staff to visit these destinations to gain first hand experience and knowledge.

I personally know a Swedish travel agent based in London and she is forever in some new exotic destination because of work. And to top it off, you also get heavily discounted flights, accommodation, and more, when you are not working.

The age of Google, travel blogs and comparison websites has hit the industry a bit, with a decline of jobs available. It is impossible to predict how this trend will continue in the future, so if you are looking for a job that is guaranteed to still be there in 20 years this may not be for you. That said, what industry is totally secure these days?

How to find a job: The best way to find a job you should check out your local employment websites or visit some local agencies in your area in person to see if they have any positions available.


3

Cruise Ship & Cruise Liner jobs

If you have some kind of skill and customer service skills there is a good chance that there is a position available for you.

Cruise liners are basically giant floating resorts employing 1000's of people. Jobs can include translators, housekeepers and cleaners, hospitality staff, office administration, chefs and cooks, fitness instructors, child and aged care workers, doctors and nurses, retail staff, musicians, dancers and entertainers, diving instructors, casino workers, and a whole lot more.

Living conditions for staff can be cramped, you may be sharing in dormitory like conditions, and the wages may not be as high as you would like. The positive is all of your food and accommodation is included - if you stay away from the casinos you can save a lot of money!

How to find a job: If you would like, you can have a look at my Cruise ship work page for more details. However, if you are serious about this, I would fully recommend that you check out this great guide, it is full of insider tips and tricks to land a better cruise ship job with better pay and other conditions. Without it, you are a bit like a cruise ship with no captain! Click the image or click here now for more details!

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4

Yacht crew / sailor

If working on a big cruise ship is not your thing, but you are drawn to the idea of sailing parts of the world then you are in luck - another option is to work on a yacht either as a sailor / coxswain or as a crew member with some other skill.

Depending on the skills you have the pay can be anything from nothing / voluntary (for your first couple of trips, until you have more sea faring experience) right up to a very nice pay packet for positions such as engineers, captains and such.

So what is involved? Basically, when the super rich have a large yacht and want to go on a sailing trip they are interested in enjoying themselves, not with the day-to-day activities of operating a yacht. So everything from cooking, cleaning, maintenance, and other general activities need to be completed. And that's where you come in - the yacht needs to be kept ship-shape (excuse the pun!)

If you are skilled in other areas (such as dive instructors, masseuses, photographers, hairdressers, etc) you can often find a position.

Sometimes you will be island hoping (think the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea), other times you may be sailing up the coast or right around a country (think sailing up the east coast of Australia through the Great Barrier Reef or around parts of Asia) or even inter-continental trips (think going from Europe across to somewhere in North America). The possibilities are endless.

On the down side, you will generally be dealing with very wealthy people. And well... sometimes... they can... be difficult to deal with. Expect to work extremely hard for long hours (12 hours a day) - this is their pleasure cruise, not yours. Accommodation on the yacht will be cramped and expect to be living in shared quarters.

You will get some time off to enjoy yourself, especially when you are docked at a port. And even if you are working hard, you will be sailing on a plush yacht around exotic destinations, soaking up the sunshine and sea-spray - I would be prepared to work very hard for that experience!

How to find a job: To find out more about what to expect, have a look at this great article by a fellow Australian Crewing on a yacht. And check out these sites to find some jobs: www.findacrew.net and www.crewseekers.net and www.yacrew.com. In fact, just type into your favourite search engine "yacht jobs" to find a whole lot more.


5

Au Pair

Working as an Au Pair typically is not what I would consider a travel career, but I've decided to include it here because it is a very popular option with younger people and backpackers as a way of getting out and exploring the world.

This job basically involves living with a family and minding their children. Their age(s) typically range from 2 years and above, where the youngest child is under the age of about 12 - although there are always exceptions to any rule.

Entry level into this field is low. You will have to pass a police check (as you will be living and dealing with children - this position involves a huge amount of trust), good communication skills and any previous experience in childcare or working as an Au Pair will help you stand out from the crowd, but is certainly not a mandatory requirement.

There is a whole range of things you may be doing, including changing nappies, minding the children while the parents are at work (which would involve cooking/feeding them), helping with their homework, taking them to (pre) school and picking them up again, some light housework, and basically any other tasks you would typically expect a nanny to undertake.

The pay is not great, but the upside is that your accommodation and food are supplied, along with most other day-to-day expenses such as utilities, Internet connection, and you may even have access to your own car. The work is typically part-time; you won't be expected to work from the minute the children get up in the morning until they finally go to bed.

Another bonus is that the families that hire Au Pairs are generally from the wealthier end of the social spectrum. This can involve a whole range of other benefits such as going on luxury holidays with the family, spending your weekends doing in a whole range of interesting activities (either with the whole family or you taking the children yourself) and a range of other benefits.

How to find a job: There are a number of great websites out there that help potential Au Pairs connect with families, have a look at www.easyaupair.com and www.aupair.com and www.aupairworld.com and www.thebestaupair.com


6

English / ESL teacher

If you are fluent in English (you don't have to be a native speaker, just fluent) this is another popular option for those looking for a career that allows them to travel.

There are various organisations and different positions and countries require different levels of skill from potential employees. It could be as simple as taking their internal TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program (generally 4 - 6 weeks long) right up to having a master's degree in education. Obviously, the higher the level of education you have, the better your chances are of securing a better-paid position.

Contracts can range from 3 months right up to 2 years. And the longer the contract you choose to accept, generally the better the pay. Another great benefit is accommodation and food is often also included.

Some of the disadvantages are the short nature of contracts. Accepting a 3-month contract (which you may have to do for your first assignment) means that you have to secure another position soon.

And while you typically earn what is considered good money in the country you are working in, depending on the currency exchange rates, you may leave the country you may find your earnings are not worth that much in another country. A good example of this would be teaching in an Asian country that has a low currency and then flying to somewhere like Australia, North America or most of Europe.

It can be a great option to get out and see the world. Because you are based in a country for at least 3 months you get a really good chance to really explore the local surroundings and immerse yourself in the local customs, traditions and cuisine.

And as a final bonus, it can lead into a more flexible position where you become an independent teacher/tutor, where you can teach people over Skype - allowing for a much more flexible travel lifestyle.

The most popular places for people to teach English are Asia or South America. The Middle East and Europe are also popular destinations, but typically the requirements are harder and often require a university bachelor's degree at a minimum.

How to find a job: If this sounds like something you are interested in checking out more have a look at www.tefl.com and www.footprintsrecruiting.com and www.eslcafe.com and this is great resource listing other websites and useful information www.transitionsabroad.com


7

Destination / Landscape / Travel Photographer

Okay, let me get one thing straight right away - this is a hard job to get, only the very talented and lucky get to do this for a career. Basically like any art form (music, painter, sculptor, etc) only a few ever make a full time living off it.

And it is getting harder and harder to get a job like this - with the Internet and the rise of (relatively) cheap yet high quality digital cameras, the Internet is awash with brilliant photographs of most destinations. Many companies will pay a royalty fee to use these photographs rather than hiring their own professional photographers.

However, if you are passionate about photography and you can make this work, there is almost no better job in the world!

Basically you get to travel to the most amazing destinations across the world and take world class photographs that thousands or millions of people will drool all over as they view them online, in print form or even on television.

If you are talented but do not make it as a travel photographer, your photography skills can help you land other travel related jobs, like on a yacht crew, as listed above. I even saw a position advertised once where a tour yacht on the Great Barrier Reef were looking to hire a photographer just to take professional photographs of the customers as they were diving (which they could then purchase for a fee).

Other options include freelancing (be creative, perhaps you could land a gig as a destination wedding photographer) or selling your work online.

How to find a job: For tips and tricks just search online for phrases like "travel photography tips" or "travel photography guides", there is a wealth of information out there. One great article I found was Chris ODell's Guide To Travel Photography, full of great information.


8

Travel Tour Guide

Another option is to work as a tour guide/leader. It could range to tours in a specific city, region or even right across an entire continent on a contiki tour.

Apart from having a good knowledge of the area you would like to operate as a guide in, entry-level requirements are generally pretty low. Depending on the organisation you are working for, it could include first aid certification, a PCV (passenger carrying vehicle / mini-bus) driving licence, basic mechanical skills, or a second language.

Other skills that you will require include strong leadership skills, good organisational abilities, enthusiasm, patience, and plenty of travel experience never hurts.

Tip: If you are interested in this, but are not sure if you can get a job, then organise your own free tour in your local city. Get a friend to video record it, and upload an edited version to a video sharing site like YouTube. Also make a PDF version of the itinerary. This first hand experience and evidence will make you stand out from the crowd.

While good English is great, it is not a requirement. Any country that has an affluent middle class has contiki tours all over the world; they are always looking for tour guides fluent in their own language.

There is also a lot of flexibility, you do not always have need to have been to a destination to be sent their by a tour company - however, you will be expected to do your homework and read up on the destination. The amount of money you earn my not be great but generally all of your food, transport and accommodation expenses are covered.

As with any job, make sure you fully research the company before accepting any job offer and that you understand what you job role, responsibilities, pay, allowances and entitlements are.

How to find a job: Most companies advertise job opportunities either on their own website or on employment website. But a few of the market leaders include www.eftours.com (educational travel with coach trips on every continent), www.backroads.com (luxury biking and hiking trips around the world), www.dragoman.co.uk (overland adventure company with long duration trips), www.trafalgartours.com (popular coach touring company) and www.intrepidtravel.com (guided backpacking trips across the world).


9

Ski or scuba instructor

If you have extensive knowledge in skiing, snowboarding or scuba diving (or all three) this can be a great way to travel the world.

Basically you just follow the season around the world. When it is summer in the northern hemisphere it is winter in the southern hemisphere, so you could be skiing in New Zealand or Australia (yes, Australia does have snow and a ski season). Or if the ocean is more your thing there is always somewhere nice and warm to go scuba diving.

Apart from extensive knowledge in the activities themselves (and relevant certifications allowing you to teach them) there are no other real requirements. Previous experience, first aid certification, proven leadership skill, good communication abilities and customer service skills will all help get you a job, but are not a requirement.

Pay can vary greatly depending on where you go, what you are teaching and what other arrangements you have. For example some snow slopes will give you food, accommodation and unlimited ski lift passes (for when you are not working) but the pay many not be great. On the other hand, you may get a great pay teaching scuba diving for a tour boat company on the Great Barrier Reef, but you will have to have your own food/accommodation and a car or public transport to get to and from work each day.


10

WWOOFer / WWOOFing

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an exchange program where volunteers work between 4 - 6 hours a day (typically with 2 days a week free) on an organic farm in exchange for food and accommodation. But it must be noted that you receive no additional pay.

As such, it is not a job that will allow you to travel the world, unless you already have money saved up or you have some other way of making money while travelling.

I have included WWOOFing on this list because it is a great way to get to see amazing parts of the world that most travellers never get to see. With farms listed on virtually every continent the possibilities are endless.

For me, the best thing about this is that you get to stay with "real" people who have an intimate knowledge of the area. Often they will take their volunteers out and show them the local hidden attractions that only the locals know about. It is an experience well worth your time in my experience.

To learn how you can make money while travelling, have a look at Make money while travelling page. This will allow you to WWOOF your way around the world and make money at the same time - the perfect combination!

How to find a job: You can work for a few days a few weeks or a few months - it is a very flexible way to travel. To search for opportunities or to find out more information have a look at wwoof.net and wwoofinternational.org.


11

Buskers and Street Performers

Before you scoff at this, you should know that there are professional buskers out there travelling the world AND making decent money at the same time.

And it doesn't have to be on a busy street. There are many festivals all over the world that employ buskers and street performers to add to the general carnival atmosphere of their events.

While being able to belt out a few classic rock songs on an acoustic guitar may make you a small amount of money on a busy street, to be really successful in this you have to have some other extra "wow" factor. And if you have this, you can make some serious cash.

I saw a guy in Prague with a bunch of old plastic buckets, tin cans, hubcaps and other assorted things that most people would consider trash, belting out the most amazing drum solos. No joke, I estimate that the guy made about 100 Euro in the 20 minutes I watched him - he was great. Apart from his amazing drumming abilities, I think what people most liked about him was the passion in his eyes, you could tell he loved what he was doing - performing.

So if you are a talented performer this could be perfect for you. And don't worry if your friends or family have something sarcastic to say or roll their eyes at you - while they are stuck in their Monday to Friday soul crushing job you will be out there travelling the world doing what you love best - performing!

How to find a job: For more information and to join the international busking community have a look at www.busk.co and streetslive.org.


Other jobs that may involve travel

Okay... wow... when I was researching this list, to see if I had missed anything, I came across some amazing articles. Entitled as "Travel Jobs", some of the jobs they listed blew my mind away - one article even suggested that you join the navy so you can travel the world.

For the sake of completeness, I am going to quickly list these jobs below. But it should be noted that while some of these jobs do require travel and others may involve travel, it is my opinion that if you pick one of these occupations simply for the travel aspect, you have your entire perspective of life wrong.

In my mind, these jobs should be undertaken because of your passion for them, and any travel involved should be considered an added bonus. Besides, most of these jobs require major commitment on your behalf, lots of university education and years of industry exposure before you will get the chance to travel.

So, without further ado, in no particular order, here we go:

  • Pilot
  • Diplomat
  • Missionary
  • Navy sailor
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Travelling nurse
  • Geologist
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • International aid worker
  • Importer / Exporter
  • Executive assistant
  • Athletic recruiter
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Marine biologist
  • Virtual assistant
  • Cocktail mixers
  • Oceanographer
  • Civil servant
  • Field service engineer
  • Consultant
  • Archaeologist
  • Event coordinator
  • And many more...


Basically any job can involve travel. I worked for a web design company and sometimes travelled abroad to train new staff in our offices around the world. If you are good at what you do, in today's global economy you can generally travel...

Do not forget...

And do not forget to have a look at the Make money while travelling and Backpacker jobs pages. They both have heaps more options for making money as you travel.

I also fully recommend you check this book out. It has 220 pages of tips and tricks to help make your life of travel a reality! Stuff like how to travel for less money than you spend at home, how to travel long-term even if you are in debt, specific tactics and tricks that will land you the cheapest airfares possible and so much more. How to Live a Life of Travel E-Guide.


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