If landing your dream job means landing in a different city every week, make travel a part of your career. Not all jobs in exotic travel destinations require a long list of prerequisites – just about anyone can travel for work with a little know-how and a well-polished resume.
In 2019, these jobs are perfect if you want to travel the world and explore places you might not otherwise be able to afford to visit.
1. Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in another country can be a wonderful way to experience another culture. There are lots of programs for teaching abroad, and a simple bachelor’s degree is often all you need to get started. In some places, a TESOL, TEFL, or DELTA certificate may be required.
Teaching positions are available across the globe, but countries like China, South Korea, and Japan often hire people with any type of bachelor’s degree. If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you might still be able to find a teaching gig in Latin America, where visa restrictions and degree requirements tend to be a little more relaxed. The starting salary for this type of job can fall around $21,000 per year, and the cost of living might be subsidized by your host organization.
Geologists and geoscientists are paid handsomely to look for valuable pockets of oil, natural gas, or precious minerals in locations all across the globe. If you’ve got a passion for travel and a passion for the outdoors, a career as a geoscientist can combine your interests and cover all of your travel expenses.
Geoscientists explore all aspects of the natural environment, including water quality, volcanic eruptions, climate change, natural resource management, and more. As a geoscientist, you might find yourself camping one week and traveling the world as a consultant the next. This diversity of work environments makes this career especially attractive to the travel-prone. Geoscience can be lucrative with an average salary above $100,000 in the US.
3. Management Consultant
When organizations want to improve their operations, they’ll often hire an expert in efficiency and management. A management consultant applies their knowledge to solve complex problems and navigate challenges in a broad variety of contexts. This career often requires an MBA in business, finance, or human resources.
As a management consultant, you might find yourself in a different city each week. Management consultants can choose to specialize in a specific field or industry and might find most of their clients through recommendations and word of mouth. Consultant salaries often top $100,000 per year.
If you aren’t rich enough to sail across the globe on a mega-yacht, working on one might be the next best thing. Deckhands are the entry-level position on multimillion-dollar yachts and come with all the perks of endless oceanic travel (if you can handle a little seasickness).
Superyachts have between one and ten deckhands for cleaning, maintenance, and occasional interior duties as well. It’s an active job, and it isn’t always glamorous when working on maintenance and cleaning. Deckhands are usually hired based on previous experience working with boats, outdoor recreation experience, or technical skills. You’ll need to get your STCW Basic Training and a seafarer’s medical certificate for most jobs, and the pay averages around $36,000–$44,000 per year.
5. Cruise Ship Employee
If yachting seems a bit outside your comfort level, you can always sail the seven seas aboard a cruise ship. Cruise ship employees work long hours for months on end, but you’ll get to see a lot of amazing places, and most cruise ships have a multinational crew from across the globe, allowing you to make friends and meet people from more places than the cruise route.
Cruise ships are known for getting a little bit wild for guests and employees. If you can handle the manic schedule, nonstop partying, and close living arrangement, you’ll make a comfortable living. Crew members, servers, and bartenders can make up to roughly $30,000 per year, often with almost no rent, food, or vehicle expenses.
6. Stage Technician
Anyone with a passion for music and travel should consider becoming a stage technician. Stage technicians often called “roadies,” are the glue that holds your favorite live performances together. The job requires constant travel—some music groups perform in a different venue every night.
Stagehands are involved in all kinds of technical roles, from audiovisual work to pyrotechnics, costume, hair, and makeup design, taking care of instruments, gear, and more. You’ll travel constantly and may even travel internationally if your band makes it big. It’s not a glamorous job; stagehands often have to load and unload a ridiculous amount of equipment at all hours of the day or night, and you might not get a great night’s sleep on a moving tour bus. But a stage technician can expect an average salary of $40,000 with this number rising depending on the success of the musicians you work with.
7. Au Pair / Nanny
Au pair positions are common in European countries. An au pair works for a family doing housework, cooking, and childcare in exchange for room and board in a foreign country. An au pair position is a chance for cultural exchange between a young person and the host family – some countries, like Switzerland, require you to take local language while working abroad, and your host family’s children have the chance to practice their English.
There are several agencies for applying as an au pair, and you can even track down au pair positions yourself through job posting sites or unofficial message boards. Your expenses will be covered by your host family, and most au pairs make a salary of around $200 a week in the US and roughly $600 a week in Switzerland, so the pay can vary substantially depending on where you choose to work.
8. Travel Nurse
If you’ve got a background in healthcare, traveling the world as a nurse is a great option for exploring the world.
Travel nurses take temporary positions of 8–26 weeks in hospitals all over the US or all over the world. These healthcare positions are in high demand as the baby boomer generation gets older, so expect this market to grow shortly.
As a travel nurse, you’ll have the chance to help people in new places multiple times per year, and your travel and living expenses are almost always covered in full. You can use these positions to explore different cities for a few months to see if you might want to live there long-term. Salaries fall around $20 an hour, but with the stipends, you can make roughly $40 an hour.
9. State Department Employee
The US government employs hundreds of US citizens in embassies and consulates across the world. In addition to an ambassador, each embassy has employees managing everything from passport and birth certificate services to law enforcement. Employees of the state department also perform several specialized roles in education, business, media, and artistic exchange.
If you’re related to someone who works in the state department, you’re eligible for job placement programs that simplify the hiring process. Many people start their careers in foreign service positions by pursuing an internship.
A typical starting salary for an administrative assistant within the US Embassy is around $26,000, but positions and salaries vary by location.
10. Athletic Recruiter
The world’s best college and professional sports teams constantly hunt for new talent. Athletic Recruiters travel far and wide to find promising young athletes for their teams. The best college scouts are in the field every day, identifying the most talented young athletes at high schools and colleges around the US and the world.
Athletic recruiters look for the right balance of skill, personality, and character. You’ll have the chance to work one on one with your recruits and potentially change their lives as you set them on a path for success in their sport. Careers in athletic recruiting also net very respectable salaries at over $50,000 per year on average.
Maintaining a Home Base
No matter how far you travel the world for work, it’s important to have a safe and secure home to return to. Smart home security systems with automated locks, security cameras, and environmental sensors help you travel for longer periods without worrying about your house or apartment. You can issue temporary digital keys to friends to care for your pets or water plants, and any alerts from cameras or sensors show up right on your smartphone.
Traveling for your job in 2019 is easier than it’s ever been, and transitioning to the travel life doesn’t need to scare you.
Traveling the world while furthering your career makes all of these jobs especially challenging, exciting, and invigorating. If you’re ready to put a few more pins on your world map and a few more stamps in your passport, start planning your career in one of these ten fields.