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The Best Jobs for Embracing the Travel Lifestyle

11/6/17 by Samantha Larson

For those of us who are consumed by wanderlust, squeezing in a couple trips over limited vacation days throughout an otherwise desk-bound year just isn’t enough. The desire to travel isn’t so much a hobby or occasional diversion—it’s a way of life.

For such travel junkies, maximizing the time for globe-trotting requires figuring out a way to fund your adventures. In other words, it can mean finding a travel-friendly job that suits your travel-oriented lifestyle. Here, 10 gigs that will allow you to see the world and get the bills paid on time.

1. Outdoor Instructor or Guide

As a guide, you’ll have the world as your outdoor playground.
    Ehmir Bautista
As a guide, you’ll have the world as your outdoor playground. Ehmir Bautista

Whether it’s in scuba diving, river rafting, skiing, or mountain climbing, if you get certified as an outdoors instructor or guide you’ll be in a prime position to find work opportunities in the most beautiful places across the globe. Plus, most outdoor industry jobs are seasonal, which often means traveling from place to place in pursuit of the best weather for your sport of choice—and the off seasons give you the time to travel to whatever other destinations call to you.

2. Teaching English

In many parts of the world, being able to speak English opens up doors and opportunities that otherwise might not be available. Which translates to this: There is a lot of demand for English language teachers abroad. Don’t have teaching experience? Don’t worry: As long as you’re a native or fluent speaker, you can take some basic certification classes that allow you to secure a job teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), which often means a decent salary and a chance to become embedded within a new community.

3. Crew a Ship

Working on a yacht is equally demanding as it is rewarding.
    Tommy Gaessler
Working on a yacht is equally demanding as it is rewarding. Tommy Gaessler

Is there anything more romantic than traveling the world by sea? From cruise ships to private yachts, if you know your knots (or even if you don’t), there are plenty of opportunities to work on a vessel to make this dream a reality. Big cruise ships employ a large staff, including cooks, servers, entertainers, and naturalists. For those looking to catch some wind in their sails, websites likeCrewSeekers International, Find a Crew, andOcean Crew Link help connect boat owners who need hands on board with their new mates.

4. Field Scientist

Science isn’t all about stuffy ivory towers and lab coats. Get a degree in a field like archaeology, ecology, or geology, and you could one day find yourself in a position to pursue research in some pretty dreamy locales. What was the cultural significance of copper in British Columbia 7,000 years ago? How is climate change impacting corals in Tahiti? How did the Rwenzori Mountains form in Uganda? You might just have to go to find out—and tap into your inner Indiana Jones along the way.

5. Au Pair

An au pair is a popular way to immerse yourself with local culture.
    delfi de la Rua
An au pair is a popular way to immerse yourself with local culture. delfi de la Rua

An au pair works for a family abroad—usually taking care of responsibilities like child care and housekeeping— in exchange for room and board. Au pairs often become an essential component of their host family, which means au pair_ing offers much more than just a job but also a rich, immersive cultural experience that will likely leave you with lifelong ties to the place and, of course, the people. You can find _au pair positions by word of mouth, on websites such asaupairworld.com, or through an agency (but keep in mind that agencies will take a cut in exchange for lining up the gig).

6. Flight Attendant or Pilot

As a flight attendant or pilot, it’s not only your job to travel, but you’ll also be able to take your whole family on trips for cheap. Plus, the commercial airline schedule usually has pilots working sporadically throughout the year and offers flight attendants lots of flexibility, as well as the chance to experience foreign destinations on the company dime. But, as any industry veteran will tell you, you won’t get assigned those coveted overseas routes right away. Plan on putting in your dues on domestic routes until you prove yourself, then set your sights on international flights.

7. Social Media Influencer

The explosion of social media has enabled a whole new way to make a job out of travel.
    Avi Richards
The explosion of social media has enabled a whole new way to make a job out of travel. Avi Richards

As social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have exploded in popularity, a group of savvy travelers have found a way to leverage their followers and online reach into a full-time globetrotting job. By posting wanderlust-fueling photos, helpful tips, and inspiring features, influencers have captured the attention of their audiences—as well as travel and lifestyle brands in the space. The result? Many have the luxury of traveling the world on someone else’s dime, thanks to sponsored content and partnership opportunities.

8. Foreign Service Officer

If you want to travel in the name of public service, consider launching a career track to become a diplomat in the foreign service. U.S. diplomats are key in maintaining the country’s relationship with other nations, which means globe-trotting per your assignments. The work and lifestyle might seem glamorous, but the jobs are hard to come by: They requires passing rigorous exams, and only about three percent of those who apply are accepted.

9. Travel Nurse

Travel nurses work in countries that have shortage of medical help.
    Steven Lewis
Travel nurses work in countries that have shortage of medical help. Steven Lewis

Travel nurses are hired at hospitals across the country when there are local shortages. Travel nurses typically spend between 8-13 weeks working at any given location—just enough time to come to get to know a new place, and then move on to the next destination once your feet start getting itchy again.

10. Travel Agent

In the age of online booking, travel agents were feared to be a dying breed. But they’re making a big comeback: According to the American Society of Travel Agents, the profession has begun to grow again in recent years, with much of the demand coming from corporate, luxury, and group travel, which inevitably means trickier logistics. Many travel agents are freelance, which means getting to set your own schedule, and the gig usually comes with other travel-friendly perks like discounts, upgrades, and, of course, research trips to scope out new spots.

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Originally written by RootsRated for ExOfficio.