10 Amazing Travel Jobs (and How to Get Them)

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Always wanted to travel the world but never had the money to be able to afford it? What if traveling was part of your job? Sounds like a fairytale?

Despite all the doom and gloom about the globally recession/economy, there’s still a lot of great jobs available – many of which involve (or require) extensive traveling.

I’ve taken the time to select 12 jobs that all involve traveling that are also fairly easy to get (with the possible exception of pilot).

I’ve done this because it would be pointless creating a list of great jobs that are impossible to get. For example, becoming an international secret agent is probably a great job that involves a lot of traveling, but it’s also probably out of the reach of most people.

In light of this, let’s take a look at the top 12 travel jobs out there:

1) English Language (ESL) Teacher
ESL TeacherTeaching English is a great way to work abroad, as there are millions of people who want to learn, and getting TESL (‘Teaching English as a Second Language’) certification (i.e. what allows you to teach English abroad) isn’t particularly difficult.

There are lots of great websites out there for helping aspiring ESL teachers. Dave’s ESL Café is a great site that allows you to find ESL jobs, and FootprintsRecruiting.com is an excellent ESL recruitment agency that’s well worth checking out.

The easiest place to find a TESL job is in Asia. Many Asian countries have a great demand for English language teachers (such as Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea), and when you combine this with the fact that the cost of living is very cheap in most of these places and that the visa/entry requirements are fairly lax, Asia is perhaps the ideal place for ESL teachers.

ESL teachers are also highly sought after in Eastern Europe, but competition for places is often a lot tougher and you’ll be expected to have a high level of qualifications.

Many South and Central American countries also have a need for ESL teachers, and this can be a great place to teach if you can get around the tricky visa requirements.

2) Freelance Writer
Freelance writerBecoming a free writer is a dream for many people, and it’s easy to see why as it essentially allows you to work where you want, when you want for whomever you want (providing you can get the work).

The problem with going down this route is that freelance writing is fiercely competitive, so unless you’re 100% committed to it you may struggle.

Before becoming a freelance writer it’s best if you’ve had some experience writing before (even if it was just writing for free) so that you’ve got something to put on your resume.

Getting started as a freelance writer can be tough, and you’ll have to apply for dozens of writing jobs every day. Once you get more established and well-known, however, jobs should be easier to come by, but don’t expect this to happen overnight.

3) Tour Guide
Tour guideTo be a (successful) tour guide you really need to have a very specific personality (especially if you’re relying on tips for your income) and you need to be confident talking to large groups of people in an entertaining and authoritative way.

Obviously to become a tour guide in an area you’ll need to speak the local language or the same language as the tourists visiting.

The best way to get a job as a local tour guide is to find the local tour companies in that area and pitch yourself to them. Note that when applying it’s more important to show that you’re the right kind of person (i.e. energetic, confident, positive) than it is to know every little detail about the area (as you can always learn that stuff later).

4) Au-pair
An au-pair is someone (usually someone from another country) that lives with a family and who helps with housework and/or child care in exchange for room and board.

The kind of work you’ll be doing and the kind of life you’ll be living as an au-pair relies heavily on the family you’re working for/living with, which is why it’s important to not rush into anything.

To become an au-pair, the best way is to get in contact with the International Au Pair Association. Failing that, most countries will have their own group of au-pair agencies so you could contact them directly.

5) Cruise Ship Worker
Cruise shipWorking on a cruise ship is a great way to see the world (providing you don’t get seasick) as there are dozens of different kinds of jobs you can do.

Here are a few examples of the most popular jobs:

  • Entertainer (musician, dancer, singer, comedian, etc)
  • Bartender
  • Waitress/Waiter
  • Chef
  • Cleaner
  • Hotel Maid

Getting a job on a cruise ship as an entertainer can be tough (as there’s so much competition), but most of the other jobs are a lot easier to get.

Check out this post titled ‘how to get paid to travel’ for more details.

6) Yacht Crew
Yacht CrewWorking as part of the crew on a yacht is an amazing job, as the sense of accomplishment upon arriving at your destination can’t be understated, and the bonds you’ll make with the rest of the crew can last a lifetime.

There are lots of different kinds of yacht crewing jobs, but often you’ll be sailing around the world on a rich person’s boat whilst they live a life of luxury.

Check out this post for details on how to find jobs crewing on a yacht.

7) Naval Sailor
If you don’t fancy (or you can’t find jobs) working on a yacht or a cruise ship, why not consider joining the navy?

The great thing about the armed forces is that they’re always open to new recruits and working in the navy is a great way to see the world.

8) Pilot
pilotTo become a pilot you’ll need to put a lot of work in (as you’ll often need a degree and over 250 hours of flight experience among other things).

In addition to this, getting your flying license (which is sort of like  a driving license for planes) is very costly (it cost anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000) and requires a lot of practice.

That being said, the benefits of becoming a pilot are huge as the pay is good and you’ll be seeing the world.

9) Flight Attendant
Working as a flight attendant can be a great job if you enjoy working with people, and the entry requirements are typically fairly low (providing you’re over the age of 21).

Flight attendentTo get a job as a flight attendant, your best bet is to apply directly to one of the airlines that operate in your area. Obviously it helps if you live close to the airport.

I have a friend who works as part of a cabin crew, and he has a rather annoying habit of emailing me pictures from everywhere he goes. While I was enduring the cold winter of England I received a picture of him standing in the sun-drenched streets of Los Angeles. Needless to say I was fairly jealous!

10) Translator / Interpreter
The different between an interpreter and a translator is that an interpreter deals with spoken languages whereas a translator deals with writing.

Obviously to become a translator/interpreter you need to speak multiple languages fluently, and having a degree will also massively help your chances.

Finding these kinds of jobs can be tricky. The best places to look are at government buildings and foreign embassies, where translation/interpretation is required.

11) Farm Worker (‘WWOOFer’)
WWOOF WorkerThe Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an excellent organization that provides willing volunteers with farm jobs all over the world.

It’s unlikely that you’ll actually earn any money from this ‘job’ – instead your efforts will be rewarded with free accommodation and meals.

To apply, check out the WWOOF website.

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