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10 best jobs for travel lovers
June 30, 2022

10 best jobs for travel lovers

These days, it’s become easier than ever to find both remote jobs and those that offer the opportunity to travel for work. The challenge isn’t necessarily identifying a job that provides the flexibility to travel, but more so choosing a career path that best aligns with your skills and interests. Ready to make a move? Here are 10 interesting career options that are popular among travel lovers.

Digital nomad working on laptop by pool

Traveling nurse

The demand for nurses is high, and if you enjoy traveling, there are programs that allow you to move from one location to another. Search for temporary positions in high-demand areas, which are more common in recent years as the country experiences a shortage of healthcare workers, specifically nurses. Once accepted for a position, you can jump into your new role and move on to another location once you complete your assignment. 

Writers or bloggers

Building an audience on a travel blog will take some time, but it is possible to monetize a highly trafficked website or social media presence that has a large following. If you’re a stellar writer but don’t want to maintain a blog or strive for influencer status, you can pitch editors at travel publications and build a portfolio of travel articles. Those who prefer stable work have plenty of options, too. For example, there are travel companies of all sizes, from hotel brands to guidebook publishers, where you can apply to work as a remote writer, editor or copywriter. 

Teaching English abroad

If you love kids, then you might want to consider becoming an English teacher for children in a foreign country. You’ll form meaningful relationships with your students and peers. Additionally, it allows you to improve your foreign language skills and gain valuable cross-cultural experience. Keep in mind that you will likely need to earn either a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate or a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate to be eligible.

Au pair

Being an au pair is a fabulous way to travel and experience a new place while you work. Childcare is at the heart of this job, but it may also include housework, in exchange for room and board. It’s a great opportunity for people who love kids, cultural exchange and making new personal connections. Au pairs also accompany their host family on vacation so they can continue to care for and play with the child(ren). In these cases, accommodations and travel expenses are typically covered. 

Cruise ship crew

Working on a cruise ship and being able to set sail to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations sounds like a complete dream for a travel lover. And, you can’t beat the commute of exiting your room and being at work. While cruise ship workers put in a lot of hard hours during their shifts, they also get time off to travel beyond the port to explore while on longer breaks or in-between new guests. Working on a cruise ship is ideal for someone who loves interacting with a diverse, international group of people in a customer-oriented field. 

Software or web developer

Software and web developers used to be tied to an office, but the increased adoption of online communication technology has changed that. Full-time remote employment is common, and contract or freelance work are also options for these roles, which provides the opportunity for flexible work hours and therefore more time to travel. 

Graphic designer or illustrator

With the latest digital design and illustration technology, in addition to drawing tablets and pens, designers can take their work with them on the go. These jobs make it easy to live abroad or as a digital nomad since the only requirements to work are a computer and reliable internet connection.

Travel agent

How would you like to help individuals or families book their dream vacation? Travel agents can have a brick and mortar location, but many have moved to a virtual space using a website as their storefront. Potential clients can contact travel agents via email, phone or instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Once the details are worked out, the travel agent makes all the bookings and emails the necessary details to the client, all while working remotely. 

Telecommuting remote work

Are you seeking a remote job that you can do from anywhere in the world? Remote work has become more common since employers were forced to continue daily business while allowing employees to work from home during the pandemic. These days, as more companies are open to hiring remote workers, finding a remote job from popular platforms like Indeed or LinkedIn is totally possible. Once you’re hired, you’ll likely be able to work on the go, as long as you follow any specific policies outlined by your employer. 

Flight attendant 

Becoming a flight attendant requires a serious love for travel because you’re always on the move. If you are OK with being away from your home base most of the time, then a job as a flight attendant could be a great option for you. The main perk of this job for travel lovers is the ability to see the world and experience new places on a regular basis. Other benefits can include free travel and hotel stays, in addition to a competitive salary. Flight attendants have the opportunity to see new places during the time in-between flights, with hours or even days to explore local attractions.

Becoming a flight attendant does come with a few stipulations, though. You have to be at least 18 years old and meet other requirements, including a health check. You also need to have a valid passport. 

How to work and travel the world

As these career options show, it’s possible to travel the world and work at the same time. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Explore remote work opportunities with your current employer
  • Invest in a quality laptop and plan for a reliable internet connection
  • Create a realistic work routine that you can stick to while traveling 
  • Travel during the off-season to save money and avoid crowds
  • Take advantage of working in a different time zone and explore in the mornings or evenings while your coworkers are offline

Plan ahead

The good news is that it's possible to travel while maintaining a job, but you may have to put in some extra effort to make it happen. When you find yourself with opportunities to travel for work, make sure you have an affordable and reliable option to get around from one destination to another, like car sharing with Avail. Every trip is protected by Allstate insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance so you can travel with peace of mind.