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Five Careers That Will Take You Around the World

Do you have a dream of seeing all of the beautiful wonders that this world has to offer, but feel like if you take off and tour the globe you will have to miss out on having a challenging and lucrative career? Don’t buy into that myth, because you CAN have a great career while travelling the world.  If you love to travel there are lots of ways that you can turn that passion into an income and make money as you follow your dreams of exploring the far reaches of this beautiful planet. There are several careers out there that involve venturing to far away destinations, and with a little hard work and dedication they can be yours. If you are ready to think outside the cubicle box and find a job that will fill your passport with stamps and your heart with passion, here is a list of five travel-friendly careers to get you started:

As a Travel Writer, This Could Be Your Office!
As a Travel Writer, This Could Be Your Office!

1. Travel Writer

If you have a way with words and a talent for expressing yourself, you might be able to generate a full time income as a travel writer. It is truly a dream job, where you get to make your own hours, write about what you are passionate about, and are offered free hotel stays and tours in exchange for writing about your adventures. However, travel writing is not an easy ticket to luxury and you have to be hard working and dedicated to your craft in order to make this career work. However, if you have the commitment to continuously improve your writing and the patience to build yourself up in the writing world from scratch, the possibilities are endless. There are a few different ways that you can turn your writing skills into an income, and many successful travel writers combine some or all of these strategies at the same time to make a full time living. These strategies include writing for guidebooks, creating content for travel websites, writing for newspapers and magazines, publishing your own E-books, or writing your own travel blog. The great thing about being a freelance travel writer is that you can do your work from anywhere in the world that you can park your laptop, whether it is an internet cafe in Bangkok or a chalet in the mountains of Switzerland. If you are interested in getting started as a travel writer, here are some great resources to provide you with more information: Our Global Goose Guide “Creating Your Dream Job: How to Become A Travel Writer” TravelWriters.com TheTravelWritersLife.com Matador U Online Travel Writing Courses

A Tour Guide in Moscow Shows Visitors the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
A Tour Guide in Moscow Shows Visitors the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

2. Tour Guide

If you are outgoing, good at public speaking, and love working with people, you could have an enjoyable career as a tour guide. Whether you are leading historical walking tours of Berlin, taking groups on cycling tours of Thailand, or leading whitewater rafting expeditions in New Zealand, you are sure to find a tour guide position that suits your level of adventure and interests. Not only will you get paid for exploring your favorite destination, you will get to share your passion for it with other interested travelers! Of course, there will be times when you are tired and just want to go home, and will have to put on a cheery face anyway for your tour group. You will also have to be very organized and able to adapt to any situation to keep your guests happy when something goes wrong. If you think you can handle the challenges, a career as a tour guide can take you on more adventures than you ever dreamed of. Here is some more information for aspiring tour guides: A more  in-depth description of the tour guide career from Working Abroad Magazine Grand American Adventures is looking for U.S citizens for tour leader positions for their adventure camping, walking & lodging programmes. GAP Adventures is looking for tour leaders for 18 month contracts in Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America and South America.

Have Camera, Will Travel!
Have Camera, Will Travel!

3. Travel Photographer

If you have a passion for photography and gift for capturing the world around you in beautiful and memorable photos, perhaps a career as a freelance travel photographer is something to aspire to. Every travel brochure, hotel review, magazine article, and guide book needs high quality photos of the destination, and you could be the person who takes them! Just like being a freelance travel writer, this career requires a lot of hard work to establish your brand and market yourself in the business. There are many ways to make a living from your photographs, such as contracts with resorts and tour companies, selling stock photos, working for a magazine or newspaper, and marketing yourself as a freelancer. If you are prepared to truly hone your craft to become the best photographer you can be, and learn how to market yourself effectively, you can make a living traveling to gorgeous places and capturing them on film! To read more about the Travel Photographer career path, check out these great links: Matador U Online Travel Photography Courses Making it as a Travel Photographer How to Become a Travel Photographer Dream Travel Jobs: Travel Photographer

Travel and Work on a Cruise Ship
Travel and Work on a Cruise Ship

4. Cruise Ship Employee

These days, a luxury cruise ship is like a floating city, with casinos, swimming pools, restaurants, cinemas, shopping and so much more. Whether you have experience in food service, childcare, entertainment, security, retail, IT, health and beauty or many other fields, your expertise is likely needed somewhere on a cruise ship! You could lead children’s activities at the on-board day care, style hair at the ship’s beauty parlor, or even translate your trade as every ship needs an electrician, plumber and other technicians. There are many perks to a cruise ship job, and the biggest is that you will get to travel the world as you work, waking up in a different beautiful port every day. During your days off, you can venture ashore and explore exotic attractions. Also, your employment will include accommodation and food on the ship, allowing you to save your wages for future travel adventures. The downside can be that you will be spending several months away from friends and family as most contracts last at least 3-6 months. However, that is what having an adventure is all about, and a cruise ship job could be a great way to make your unique skills mobile and allow you to travel the world while doing what you do! Here are some helpful links for those interested in a cruise ship position: AllCruiseJobs.com The Cruise Ship Recruitment Process The Types of Jobs Available on Cruise Ships

These Japanese Schoolchildren Could Learn A Thing or Two from You!
These Japanese Schoolchildren Could Learn A Thing or Two from You!

5. ESL Teacher

Do you have a natural gift for teaching, and a passion for sharing knowledge with your students? Guess what? You can turn your teaching skills into a world traveling career. English is becoming the global language, and there is a huge demand in many countries around the world coming from people who want to learn to speak English to increase their opportunities. There are so many jobs in Japan, Korea, China, South America, The Middle East, Europe for teachers of English as a second language. The salaries for these jobs vary, but many allow you to live a decent standard of living in the country, as well as save a bit of money. The real reward, however, is the deep and meaningful interaction you will experience with the local culture and the smiles from the happy children in your classes! Although some positions will only require a bachelor’s degree, it is a good idea to get an ESL teaching qualification as this will give you the specific skills and knowledge you will need and help you when applying for jobs. If you are interested in learning more about teaching English around the world, here are some helpful resources: Dave’s ESL Cafe (a great resource for ESL teachers) ESLEmployment.com TeachingTraveling.com If you dream of a career that suits your passions and personality, and lets you travel the world, these ideas are a great place to start. Go ahead and shoot for the moon, and create a career for yourself that will take you far beyond the ordinary. Of course, these five careers are not the only ones that allow you to travel the world. If you have any other ideas for globe-trotting occupations or other helpful links, please share them in the comments!

About Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.


  1. This list is a good starting point. But there are also some other alternatives which you can do many places if you arent big on computer skills. For example, I did timeshare sales and some of those guys made big dough and could do it in exotic locations all over the place. http://aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/how-to-find-a-timeshares-job/

    Or if you do have some computer skills you could try helping businesses make promotional videos for youtube. The guy I worked with was making bank.


    Best of luck to all you would be travel nomads.


  2. You can always work in hostels wherever you go.

  3. What great ideas. The freelance writing appeals to me most. I do alittle now and then already. My husband is pretty good with a camera, he’s even won a few local photo contest. We have threw the idea of becoming nomad travelers for years. Never really having the courage or know how. With the additional links you supplied, traveling is only some research away.

  4. Great article!

    Buying unique items from far corners of the world and selling them in your home country or on the web can also be a source of income, and more if you have an interest in import/export.

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