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Jobs That Pay You to Travel

Updated on February 13, 2018
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As an engineer, Mazlan had the opportunity to travel and work abroad. He has traveled to over 30 countries.

How To Get Paid To Travel

Everyone loves to travel and to be paid to travel is a dream comes true.

Travel Jobs

Travel jobs can be adventurous and will give exposure to many new things such as foreign cultures and meeting new people from other parts of the world.

There are few jobs that allow you to travel if you are a junior staff but there are jobs where travel is an essential requirement. So, which are the best travel jobs?

Jobs Where You Get Paid to Travel

Some of the obvious jobs that allow you to travel and get paid for it are the Pilot, the Flight Attendant, as an English Teacher in a foreign country or as a Teacher in an International School, as a Travel Tour Guide, as a Travel Writer, as Cruise Ship Employee, as a Diplomat and of course, if you are in the Military Services.

You will also get paid to travel from state to state if you work as a Truck Driver, Bus Driver or on a Train.

So, How To Travel The World For Free?

Easy, look at these ten other jobs that pay you to travel (the world) and decide which are the best travel jobs for you.

1. Get Paid To Travel as a Merchandise Buyer

If you work as a merchandise buyer for a large fashion retail store, you might be traveling around the world to pick the latest in fashion. You will be responsible for the selection of new products that sell. So, you need to understand customers' needs and the ability to react quickly to any changes in demand

You also need to have a good eye, to spot the new trend in fashion, as well as be a good negotiator. Are you the right person?

Roadshow to recruit international students
Roadshow to recruit international students

2. How To Make Money Traveling The World As International Student Recruiter

You may not know this but Universities and Colleges are vying for the best international students to study at their institutions, not just to get the best brains but for better cash flow as international students pay higher fees.

So, oversea roadshows are held on an annual basis (some do more) to recruit these students.

Overseas Roadshows

These overseas roadshows are usually held jointly with local student recruitment agencies or with the embassy.

If you work in colleges or universities that participate in international roadshows, you might be lucky to join one of these roadshows.

Hotshot crew members from U.S. Forest Service, South-western Region, Kaibab National Forest.
Hotshot crew members from U.S. Forest Service, South-western Region, Kaibab National Forest. | Source

3. Travel For Free And Get Paid as a Firefighter!

Hmm, how do you get paid to travel as a Firefighter? Well, you might if you join the Inter-agency Hotshot Crews (IHC).

Inter-agency Hotshot Crews are professional Firefighters employed by the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. You can join as part-time staff, available for each of the forest fire season, or as a permanent staff.

Most of the works are in the US and Canada but may be traveling to other countries if their expertise is required.

4. Get Paid And Travel As A Management Consultant

If you work as a Management Consultant in companies such as Accenture or McKinsey, you will be traveling to a client's office, and this can be abroad.

Your role as a Management Consultant is creating better value in the client's operation, on how to improve their business operation, how to implement an effective staff separation scheme, how to do mergers and on many more issues related to management, IT, human resources, finance, and investment.

It can involve a fair bit of travelling and it can be hectic.

See the world as peace corps volunteers and experience a new way of life!
See the world as peace corps volunteers and experience a new way of life! | Source

5. See The World As A Peace Corps Volunteer

To be a Peace Corps Volunteer, you have to be an American aged 18 and above who can contribute expertise in education, IT, health, business, community development, agriculture, or the environment.

You might be working either in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, South America, Africa or the Middle East.

Do They Get Paid As Volunteers?

No, there's no monthly salary. However, there's a living allowance to pay for the monthly living and housing expenses, free medical and dental care and a paid traveling expenses to and from the country of service.

At the end of your 27 months service you will be paid a transition fund of $7,425; after tax. In addition, your student loan may be eligible for deferment or better still, for a partial cancellation.

UPDATE: Feb 2018 taken from Peace Corps website

The Peace Corps provides each Volunteer with housing and a living stipend that enables them to live in a manner similar to people in their community of service. Unlike other international volunteer programs, there is no charge to participate in the Peace Corps. There is no application fee, although costs may only be partially covered for required medical examinations during the application process.

Upon completion of two years of service, the Peace Corps provides each Volunteer with more than $8,000 (pre-tax) to help with the transition to life back home. This money is yours to use as you wish.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of working as a Peace Corps Volunteer are the international experience and exposure that you will gain. Unlike other jobs that pay you to travel, the Peace Corps works closely with the locals almost all the time, hence your knowledge and understanding of the local culture (and maybe their language as well) is an asset that is highly sought-after in today's global economy.

That alone is worth more than your monthly salary.

Peace Corps Equivalent

Britain's equivalent of the Peace Corps is VSO, an independent volunteer sending agency. If you are between 18 to 75 years old you can volunteer and be part of the VSO community to fight and tackle poverty.

You don't need to be a British to join. Just the enthusiasm and commitment to contribute are all you need.

Financial compensation is similar to Peace Corps except for the transition fund. Instead, VSO pays an allowance to cover part of your home country's expenses.

Since VSO has offices in other parts of the world and accepts volunteers from most countries, you can practically consider VSO as your home country's equivalent of the Peace Corps.

Field journalist get paid to travel
Field journalist get paid to travel | Source

6. Get Paid to Write & Travel As A Field Journalist

A Field Journalist's job can be fun, exciting and also dangerous. You might be covering troubled areas and your life could be at risk. There's also the psychological trauma that you face after seeing in person the many wars, disasters, death, sickness and human sufferings.

So, if you work for an international news agency and if you are the lucky one to be selected, you get to travel the world and get paid for it!

7. How To Get Paid To Travel As A Travel Nurse

If you are a certified nurse, register with a reputable company that will find a suitable job for you in your desired location, either locally or abroad.

Currently, there's a shortage of qualified and experienced nurses not just in America but in most parts of the world.

So, if you love to travel and see new places, new people and new cultures, become a Travel Nurse. You will also gain new experiences, new practices while getting paid for it.

8. As a Medical Sales Representative

As a Medical Sales Representative, you provide the link between your pharmaceutical company and the health-care professionals such as doctors, pharmacies, and hospitals.

Your role is to convince them that your products are better. Most important of all is to solve the specific problems that they have. If it helps them and their patients, then you have made a good sale!

Regional Travel

Initially, your travel may be limited to regional travel but as you move up the ladder, you might be traveling abroad for sales, conventions, seminars, and training.

9. Travel As An Au Pair

An Au Pair can simply be defined as a domestic helper or assistant, usually from another country, working and living with, and considered part of the host's family. They help with the housework, take care of the kids and in return, get free board and lodging, and a small allowance.

In Europe, Au Pairs are allowed to work part-time and study part-time. This gives you the opportunity to work and study; say a foreign language, preferably the language of your host country.

Au Pair Requirement

To be an Au Pair, you must be between 18 to 30 years old and have some childcare experience. Although Au Pairs are generally females, there are families who want a 'male role model' or a 'big brother' for their kids and will take male Au Pairs. Male Au Pairs, generally, make up only 5% of the Au Pair team.

Most families prefer a non-smoker but some may take in smokers. Although not a requirement, some basic knowledge of your host country's language helps.

Working as an Au Pair is a part-time job and doesn't pay well. It allows you to travel abroad and get paid for board and lodging, which is a major cost of any traveling expenses.

Travel the world as NGO worker with organization like UNICEF
Travel the world as NGO worker with organization like UNICEF | Source

10. Travel the World as NGO Worker

You can work as a Non-Governmental Organization or NGO worker for an international organization such as the World Health Organization or UNICEF.

Working with these reputable organizations gives you the comfort and security when you have to travel and work in countries that have conflicts.

You could be working in the agriculture, health care, infrastructures, education or anything else in between. These organizations give you a decent salary but other NGOs may not be financially strong to pay you well.

If you love to contribute and make a difference, then get paid to travel as NGO worker.

Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

So now you know you don't have to be in travel related industry to get paid to travel. Have you decided which are the best travel jobs for you?

If not, start an in-depth research on the above list. Salary-wise may not be that great but you get a change in lifestyle, outlook, and perspective of our global neighbors, by joining one of these professions.

They say that change is good for you.

'When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves' ~Victor Frank

© 2012 Mazlan


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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      @CareerCounsel, yes you are right. It's great to travel and get paid for doing it. Thanks for the compliments and vote.

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      Jenny 4 years ago from New York City

      Who doesn't love to travel and get paid doing it? Great hub, wonderfully written. Voted up!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @GClark : Thanks for the tips and sharing them with the readers. I am sure many will find them useful.

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Enjoyed this hub. Note: you can also make a living as a free-lance writer of travel articles, etc. plus if you have a good eye and talent for photography you can add punch to your writing and increase the value and demand for your work. Also consider selling photos to stock photo agencies who will market your work.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Paul Kuehn. We learn new things as we travel and we learn to accept what used to be foreign and alien to us. You are one of those lucky few who are paid to travel. Thanks for the votes and Share.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @livingabroad. Thanks for the visit and the compliment. You are lucky to in Koh Samui. It is a beautiful place and if you enjoy diving, it is perfect. There is another hubber, hoteltravel, who also live in Koh Samui. You may want to check him out.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a fantastic hub with great ideas on how to get paid to travel. When I was younger the military paid me to travel, and then later as a diplomat I did a lot of travelling. These were all great experiences and I certainly learned a lot about the world. I'll probably keep travelling until I pass away because it is so exciting and rewarding. Voted up and sharing.

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Really interesting stuff here! You must have spent a lot of time, or have amazing worldly knowledge (or both) to put something together like this. I never knew there were so many ways to make money and live overseas, however I am currently TEFLing in Thailand and have a really good gig on Koh Samui. Here's to working and travelling the world!

      Great stuff here. Up, awesome and SHARING.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @watergeek , Thanks will try that.

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Recently I received a message from an old Peace Corps buddy I knew in the '70s. She'd Googled my name and found the new website I posted a couple of months ago. So I found her on Facebook and it turns out she's already "friends" with another PCV we knew then. Just out of the blue, the three of us are connected.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @watergeek Way back in the late '60s we had couple of Peace Corps volunteers teaching at our school. Can't remember all their names but I remember Mr Bradley Jessup as he was our class teacher and also taught Biology. Wonder if I can look him up, you know how? Where were you attached to during your stints? Thanks for dropping by and Sharing

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Please note that to qualify for the Peace Corps you have to have a Bachelor's degree in a topic that's practical, e.g. agriculture, business, teaching, health. I was in twice and I also recruited for a year or two. Interesting hub. Makes me want to go again.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @krsharp05, Thanks for the compliment, and thanks for dropping by.

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Fantastic ideas to travel and make money! What a great way to see the world. I've never thought about being an international firefighter. Love your work. -K

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @rfmoran, that sounds like an easy job. Wonder what's inside that envelope! There are so many ways to get paid to travel, thanks for sharing.

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Excellent Hub, especially with so many people looking for work. I once met a guy who got gigs as a courier. His job would be to supervise a shipment of something, as small as an envelope, and to travel with it.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @randomcreative. Thanks. I am glad you find this useful.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @dmop, When I worked in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, I was there alone. My family stayed back in Malaysia and came to visit during the school holidays. Those were the sacrifices that we had to make! It can be tough for some people. My kids were all at the Uni except for the youngest, still in high school. So it wasn't so bad.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Hypersapien Thanks for dropping by and your compliment. Have a great day.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wow, great topic for a hub! This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in pursuing work options that include a lot of travel.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      That's a lot of ideas that could pay a person to see the world. Probably not something I can do with seven kids, but very interesting. Voted up and useful.

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      Hypersapien 5 years ago

      Nice hub with some great ideas, thanks!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Simone, I didn't know about the Hotshots until I did my research,. They must be really dedicated and amazing people. Thanks for the visit.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Om, Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These are ALL cool opportunities. I know plenty of folks who have traveled abroad as management consultants and salesmen, as well as people who have worked in the Peace Corps and as teachers and au pairs, but international firefighters? How cool are THEY??

      Thanks for introducing all these options.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Aha, I never thought there were so many ways we can get paid to travel. This is really good to know! Thanks for doing such great research :)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @tirelesstraveler, Thank you for your kind comment. I love to travel too, but will have to put it on hold until the 6 month AP is over!!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @brsmom68, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Any article that has the word,"travel" makes my heart sings. Nice hub. You have done a nice job of pointing out some jobs not often thought about.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      This Hub lays it out in a nutshell. Well done! I am not much of a traveler, but for anyone who is this is some very good information. :)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @lindacee, Thanks again for another visit. And thanks for the votes. I am glad you found the article useful and interesting.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @leahlefler- Good to hear from you again. You are lucky to have the opportunity to travel and get paid for it..I read it in one of your Ireland? Will you have another opportunity in the near future? Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Kbdare - Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. Have a great day.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Robert, Good to see you again. Thanks for the compliment. Will maintain or better my standard for my future articles and I hope I will not disappoint you.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Riverfish24, Thanks for sharing. I have done both the short business travel as well as being based overseas, in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. As you have rightly said, the experience and exposure will leave you enriched as a person.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great ideas for us to get out and see the world! Good research on each of the careers you covered in this Hub. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      There are so many great ideas for careers and other opportunities that actually pay for all travel expenses - very comprehensive! We traveled with our company when it outsourced, so they paid our moving expenses and housing expenses for 1 calendar year. It was really a fantastic opportunity!

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      Kbdare 5 years ago from Western US.

      An interesting Hub with some great information. It would be great to travel and be paid at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Another great article! I love the idea of getting paid to travel. I am quickly realizing that I will be enjoying your articles.

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome information! Great suggestions and it is indeed wonderful to travel for work, even though these trips are usually short and hectic, but its all worth it. I have had the chance to travel to a bunch of countries on work and its been a great experience. Work+Shopping+site seeing+interacting with people from diverse cultures = leaves you enriched as a person and in experience.