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13 Jobs to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Apr 28 2016 - 1:00pm

If you have endless wanderlust [1], you can get the best of both worlds by getting a job that requires you to travel. Traveling for a living is a way to make money while doing what you love, so it's a win-win! Here are some career options that may be the perfect fit for you.

— Additional reporting by Emily Co

Consulting

Consultants are problem-solvers, providing companies with expert advice on everything from management to marketing to IT. You won't be tied to one company as a consultant; rather, you'll travel from city to city, visiting the businesses that need your help. These visits may be either short- or long-term, depending on just how much support a company needs.

Travel Industry

It may sound obvious, but if you want to travel, look for a job in the travel industry! This can be anything from working as a flight attendant or a pilot to working on a cruise ship to becoming a travel writer. Much of the time you're traveling, you're also working, but you'll also have time to get out and explore the places you visit. And as a travel writer in particular, getting out and exploring is part of your job.

Recruiting

As a recruiter, you'll be expected to travel to colleges and universities around the country to recruit the best new talent, whether for a company or for an athletic team. During the peak of recruiting season, you'll probably spend more time on the road than in your own bed, but during the off-season, you'll find yourself spending more time in the office.

Sales

While some sales jobs require you to stay behind a desk or in a retail store, others — like pharmaceutical sales — require you to cover a territory, which involves lots of travel. Depending on the size of the company, that travel could involve simply driving to different cities in your geographic area, or it could involve flying to a different state every week.

Teaching English

English teachers are in high demand in many foreign countries, and in most cases, you don't even need a teaching credential to get a job. The travel involved in this job is a little different — you won't necessarily be seeing a new place every week, but you will get to fully absorb the culture around you. Most of these positions require a year-long commitment (or more), so you could teach for awhile in one country and then move on to the next.

Travel Writer

Travel writers seem to have dream jobs — they travel the world, and many will get VIP treatment in hopes of a glowing review. Getting a travel writing job is tough, and you'll definitely need some good sample writing to start with. Start writing for free or on other topics to see where it will lead you. While you're establishing yourself, your pay may not be consistent or even enough, so you may have to do other jobs to supplement your income. You could also start a travel blog to build up your portfolio and your reputation in the industry.

Au Pair

Go overseas to become an au pair, which is someone who stays with a host family and exchanges domestic services like child care for a small salary and free lodging. It's a great way to fulfill your wanderlust on a small budget.

Diplomat

There are a variety of jobs you can do as a diplomat, some of them being health care specialists and administrative assistants. Many diplomats are foreign service officers and have to take a foreign service exam. After you've passed all the requirements, you'll then be evaluated to see if you qualify.

Archaeologist

Depending on what type of archaeologist you are, you may be able to enjoy a lot of fieldwork, digging up ancient ruins. You need to go to graduate school to attain a career in this field. This job is perfect for the person with a love of history, culture, and the outdoors.

Reporter

As a reporter, you can choose to go overseas, maybe working for the foreign branch of a media company based in your country. It's definitely helpful to know another language but not always required.

Auditor

Auditors can get sent to different locations, giving them opportunities to travel. As an auditor, you will be checking records and statements for accuracy.

Photographer

Your love of photography can take you all over the world. Whether it be a photo shoot for an ad or a destination wedding [2], the possibilities are endless. It's a great gig, but it can be very tough to "make it" as a photographer, so you may need to find an alternative income while you're building your career.

Volunteer

Volunteering can take you far and wide and even offer you paying positions, though the salary is not always high. The Peace Corps and other international volunteer organizations might be great options if you want a chance to travel and also do some good.


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