5 Amazing Jobs Where You Can Travel the World and Get Paid

Not sure which direction to take? Just take off somewhere and work while you travel.
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Contrary to popular (party-pooping) belief, there are lots of jobs where you can travel the world and earn money at the same time. The following may not feature your average Joe (or Joanne) conservative office jobs but that’s not what you want anyway, right?

Jobs Where You Can Travel No. 5: Au Pair

If you’re good with kids then a job as an au pair can be extremely tempting if you’re looking at jobs where you can travel. This is largely down to the fact that wealthy families that can afford a nanny can also afford extensive and sometimes luxury travel. And who’s going to look after their little bundles of joy while they’re on their many travel trips? That’s right – you. All expenses paid travel here you come. Check out the iapa.org for more information and advice.

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Jobs Where You Can Travel No. 4: EAL Teacher

The opportunities to teach English as an additional language are as vast and varied as the requirements needed around the world to do so. There are many companies that can help you find work as an EAL teacher abroad but Footprints is a good starting point. Apply, do your research, pack your bags and you could be teaching English in places like Vietnam, China or South America before you can say, ‘bye bye office politics’.

Jobs Where You Can Travel No. 3: Tour Guide

Jobs where you can travel don’t come much more exciting and varied than this. From having many friends in this field of work I can tell you one thing for sure though: it is hard work. Extremely hard work. If you think you can handle the late nights, early mornings, strict itineraries and patience-testing tourists though, you’ll see parts of the world in depth that others can only dream of. You'll also meet an abundance of interesting people and have a paid travel experience you’ll never forget. Research a tour company thoroughly before applying for a job; think about the type of people that their tours would attract and consider whether you could live with these people day in, day out for an extended period of time.

Jobs Where You Can Travel No. 2: Flight Attendant

These days you don’t need many formal qualifications to become a flight attendant. Your pay, schedule and destinations will depend on the airline you work for but most flight attendants do the job because they love to travel the world, not because they want to make their first million. Think about which airline you want to work for and see if they're recruiting. Don't forget that working for a budget airline will prove to be an entirely different experience to working for one of the 'five star' giants (just as travelling with them is!).

Jobs Where You Can Travel No. 1: Writer

The hands-down winner of any list of jobs where you can travel has got to be a writer in my opinion. What I love about writing is that you don’t have to be anywhere in particular to do it. You could be jotting notes on a plane, typing away on the beach or researching in the hub of a bustling new city and still be earning money as a writer. Or you could just stay home and do it from there - it’s your choice (but where’s the excitement in that?). You don’t even have to write about travel - just by being out in the big wide world and experiencing new things you'll get inspiration for many different topics and niches out there. Starting a blog is a good way to get into writing and make a name for yourself. Click here for more tips on how to become a freelance writer.

So there it is – the top five jobs where you can travel the world, getting paid for it along the way. If you think some of these should be knocked off from the top five list and replaced with other jobs where you can travel then let me know in the comments section below.

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Zsuzsi 3 years ago from Hungary

Interesting hub and it's great to see the opportunities available out there.


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worldtravelexpert 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Zsuzsi. Just wanted to illustrate that 'work' doesn't always have to consist of a computer and four walls :)


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

Do you know if footprints takes non-native English speakers as teachers?


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worldtravelexpert 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Claudia. I believe so, although I haven't applied via Footprints for any EAL teaching positions myself so it's worth double checking with them directly. I think the main criteria is TEFL certification.


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

Ok, thanks for the additional info.


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Loved this hub. Great ideas and of course my favorite is writer because that's what I am currently doing when I travel...write, write ,write. Hopeful to do it full time in the not too distant future. Great hub so voted up and interesting and awesome all at once!


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worldtravelexpert 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Glad you enjoyed it Karen. Agreed: you can't beat combining travel and writing! Thanks for stopping by.

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