8 Jobs You Can Do While Traveling the World

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Written by: Paige Watts | August 05

All over the Internet, there are stories of people who have gotten so restless in their 9 to 5 jobs that they’ve condensed all their belongings to a carry-on and gone off to travel the world.

So why does it still seem so improbable to the average person?

While writing and teaching seem to be the most common and popular ways to travel and work, there are plenty of other jobs you can do if these things aren’t your cup of tea.

Here are 8 jobs that can help break up the monotony of a regular 9 to 5 and take you anywhere in the world:

1. Dive Under the Sea 

Are you adventurous enough to journey to the ocean floor? Do you have a diving instructor certification, or at least have a few weeks to become certified?

Then get to just about any beach in the world and you’ll find a job. This article talks about all the different places you can work as an instructor, plus estimated salaries. You can teach diving at resorts and dive shops, or even oversee diving and other water sports aboard cruise ships.


2. Destination Wedding Planner

Travel to all kinds of romantic locations, check out swanky hotels and venues, taste-test delicious food, and work on a daily basis with locals and learn about their culture and customs. Sounds like the dream, doesn’t it?

Wedding Planner Magazine suggests starting out by picking a few locations and becoming an expert on those regions. You’ll want to spend a lot of time there making connections with the locals and learning everything you can about the location so you can plan the best wedding for your future clients. Then you can expand your business and plan for more destinations.

So basically, yes, you do need to spend a month in Greece. Bummer, I know, but you’ll get through this.


3. Hit the Ground Nursing

Nursing is an incredibly popular and important job, but it’s not a profession that usually lends itself to having time off. With many nurses working long hours, nights, weekends and holidays, there’s little time left for vacationing.

But traveling nurses are on a continual paid-roadtrip. While they still work long 12-hour shifts, they have a say in where they go, what important days they want off, and can take time off in-between contracts.

To be a traveling nurse, you have to be a Registered Nurse and have had at least 18 months of experience in your specialty area. On average, assignments usually last for 13 weeks. For more info on becoming a traveling nurse around the U.S. and the world, try TravelNursing.org.


4. Hotelier Host

From underwater rooms in Zanzibar to breakfast with a giraffe in Kenya, working in the hotel industry affords many unique experiences. You can work a lot of places in exchange for room and board and do some really cool things like manage a lodge in the middle of the jungle in Guatemala; but you can also find paid hotel jobs around the world, and some that even pay a salary in addition to covering room and board.

You can work in the kitchen, at the bar, as a steward or a room attendant, in a shop or as a receptionist.

And, hotel employers love people who can speak a lot of languages, so if you have a few of these on your resume, this could be the job for you. I once sat in a German hostel lobby for an hour and heard the receptionist speak to guests in five different languages!


5. Universal Yoga Guru

Yoga on the beach, anyone? Or in the mountains? Oh, a yoga retreat in Asia!

You really can take this job with you anywhere you choose to go. You could work at resorts and spa retreats, or with local yoga studios. You can even set out on your own and hold your classes in the open air.

Arrange 5-day yoga retreats to the Philippines and be a yogi travel agent scouting out the best location with the best food and hiking spots. The world is as open as your chakras.

Check out Yoga Trade for opportunities.


6. Recruit Students From Exotic Countries

International recruiters for universities spend time in a designated country making connections with local high schools, educators and embassies in order to market their school and recruit students.

As an international student recruiter, you can specialize in a country or region that you love or you can reach out to new regions where your university could benefit from recruitment.

Recruiters connect with international students at college fairs and learn the laws and culture of their assigned country. They help make an international student’s transition into a new culture and new school as smooth and as rewarding as possible. At the end of the day, you can reward yourself for a job well done by exploring your host country.


7. Be an Expert Guide in Every City

If you can walk backwards while loudly talking to a group of easily distracted tourists, you might be a tour guide. Or might want to consider becoming one.

Guides are needed in museums, zoos and historical sites and you can guide on buses, segways and bikes. You can lead tours yourself as a freelancer, or you can work for visitors’ bureaus or corporations. There are so many different areas to work in, but it is also an important part of the job that guides keep everything organized, keep their group safe, and are prepared for emergencies[10].

Now, if you can wrangle a group of adventurers on a white water raft, mountain bikes or camelback, you might be cut out to be an adventure tour guide.

For this, it may be easier to work with a corporation who will organize the hotel and travel details for your group. A lot of these adventure activities will require special skills or specific languages for the region, but there is a high turnover rate for hiring adventure guides, as most work a couple years before moving on to a new country and jobs are pretty easy to find.


8. Become Your Own Boss

A lot of these “quit my corporate job to travel the world” stories end in the travelers starting their own online business. There are a lot of freelance opportunities out there that you can take and then turn into a full, successful career.

Jobs like web designing, programming and graphic design only require a computer, Internet access and specialized software. Copywriting, SEO, and social media marketing require only a computer and the Internet. We caught up with John MacIntyre and he talked about how he turned his email copywriting freelancing into a successful international marketing agency.

You can make decent money to travel while freelancing, and once you’ve gained experience and some clients, you can jumpstart your business and have a career that you can take with you.


So now that you know your skills and your career are portable, what’s stopping you from traveling the world?

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Paige Watts

Paige is from Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from the University of Evansville. She loves to travel anywhere and everywhere but particularly to places filled with castles. In between her travels, you can find her curled up with a book trying to reach her goal of reading every book ever published. As an intern at Ambitious.com, Paige is pursuing her dream of being able to read, write, edit and travel.

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