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Jobs That Pay You to Travel
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Everyone loves to travel and to get paid to travel will be a dream comes true.
Travel jobs can be adventurous and will give you 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.
Jobs that Get Paid to Travel
Some of the obvious jobs that will get paid to travel are; working as a Pilot, as 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, in the Military Services.
You will even be paid to travel from state to state if you work as a Truck Driver, Bus Driver or on a Train.
Let's look at these ten other amazing jobs that will let you travel (the world) and get paid for it.
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 will sell. Hence, 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 new trend in fashion, as well as be a good negotiator.
2. Travel 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.
Travel the World
These oversea roadshows are usually held in conjunction with local student recruitment agencies or are organized jointly with the embassy.
So if you work in colleges or universities that participate in international roadshows, you might be lucky to join one of these roadshows.
3. I want to Travel the World as a Fire-fighter!
How do you get paid to travel as a Firefighter? Well you might if you join 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 should their expertise be required.
4. Get paid to 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 could be abroad.
Your role as a Management Consultant is giving advice in 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 that could be related to management, IT, human resources, finance and investment
It can involve a fair bit of travelling and it can be hectic.
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 to be 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.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of being 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 salaries!
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 accept volunteers from most countries, you can practically consider VSO as your home country's equivalent of the Peace Corps.
6. Be a Field Journalist and Get Paid to Travel
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 might face, after seeing so 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. Another Travel Job: 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.
You will try to sell your medical products and convince them that yours are better! Most important of all, is to help them solve specific problems that they may have. If this helps them and their patients, then you have made a good sale!
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. I Want to 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 will 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 will give 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 child care experience. Although Au Pairs are generally females, there are families who want a 'male role model' or a 'big brother' for their kids, and have taken in male Au Pairs. Male Au Pairs, generally, make up only 5% of the Au Pair 'population'.
Most families prefer a non-smoker, but some may take in smokers. Of course you should not be on drugs, and although not required, some basic knowledge of your host country's language.
Working as an Au Pair is a part-time job and doesn't pay well. It, however, allows you to travel abroad and get paid for board and lodging, which is a major cost of any traveling expenses.
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 will give 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 will 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?
Now you know you don't have to be in travel related industry to get paid to travel.
So start an in-depth research on the above list and 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