Examples of Jobs That Allow You to Travel
There are many ways of making money on the road, and many great jobs that can allow you to do so.
In this modern age, there are more jobs than ever that a person can do whilst living remotely.
I have created a list of several of these jobs and provided basic information about each (such as what the job involves, estimated annual income, what requirements/skills you’ll need to do the job and whether the job can be done all year round) in order to give those who want to work and travel a few ideas.
I have separated the following list into ‘online’ jobs (for jobs that require the internet) and ‘offline’ jobs:
There are many different types of writing you can do, from writing novels and newspaper columns to writing technical articles about specific topics. Despite the plethora of resources online to help budding writers find work, becoming a professional writer can be a difficult due to the amount of competition out there. Still, if you’re determined and skilled enough, it’s definitely a possibility.
Estimated Annual Income – Somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 would probably be a good annual salary estimate.
Required Skills/Qualifications – Obviously you’ll need a firm grasp on the English language (or whatever language it is you plan on writing in), which means you’ll need to know the in’s and out’s of grammar, punctuation and how to use your computer’s spell-checker. Having certain qualifications (such as a degree in journalism or English language) can help, although more important is a portfolio of previous work that can showcase you abilities.
Suitability to Travel – All you’ll need is a laptop, an internet connection and some inspiration to fuel you. Fortunately, traveling is great for inspiration (especially if you’re a travel writer), so writing and traveling go hand-in-hand.
Seasonality – Regardless of the season, writers will always be required for a wide variety of jobs.
This job involves designing and creating websites to customers’ specifications.
Estimated Annual Income – Difficult to say, as each individual job will pay differently but $50,000-$60,000 is more than achievable.
Suitability to Travel – Perfect. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
Seasonality – The need for new websites is never-ending, and isn’t affected by the seasons.
This is similar to a web designer, but you’ll be doing more work on the backend (i.e. the inner workings of the website), as opposed to working on the design.
Estimated Annual Income – Because you’ll require more technical knowledge than that of a web designer, you can also expect a larger salary. $60,000-$85,000 is well within your reach.
Suitability to Travel – Again, all you’ll need is your laptop and an internet connection.
Seasonality – This kind of work is always needed, no matter what time of year.
A software engineer typically develops and creates software for either Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems (or some combination of the three). However, with the rise in mobile technology (such as smartphones and tablets), software engineers are being asked more and more to create software for these devices (i.e. ‘apps’).
As a software engineer, you best bet is to work for a company instead of going freelance, as typically you’ll just be one cog in the machine that leads to software being created (other ‘cogs’ include software testers, graphic designers, and other software engineers).
Estimated Annual Income – Software engineers have the potential to earn very high salaries. $50,000+ is easily achievable.
Required Skills/Qualifications – You’ll need some serious programming knowledge (most probably C++ and Objective-C) and a firm understanding of the principles of programming. Companies will also be far more likely to hire you if you have some kind of qualification in software engineering/programming (preferably a college/university degree).
Suitability to Travel – Excellent. You’ll need a computer with the relevant developmental software and an internet connection. It’s likely that you may need to be involved in some kind of meetings at some point, but for this you can always make video calls on Skype or use software such as GoToMeeting.
Seasonality – Software is always in demand and will be all year round.
Social Media Manager
With social media outlets (such as Facebook and Twitter) playing an ever more major role in peoples’ lives, companies have begun to jump on the bandwagon and are now hiring people to interact with their customers via social media in an attempt to build their brand, increase customer loyalty and attract new customers.
Estimated Annual Income – $30,000.
Required Skills/Qualifications – You’ll need to be fairly tech-savvy to begin with, but companies will look for people who already have a solid online presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Suitability to Travel – If necessary, you could probably just do this job with your smartphone and an internet connection, but having a laptop is recommended. Some companies that are more general brands (such as Xbox or Playstation) will be more likely allow you to do this job from home (or wherever you please), whereas clients who are set in one location (such as a restaurant owner who wants you to promote his one restaurant) may want you to offer more of a physical presence (particularly at events).
Seasonality – This kind of job never ends, and you’ll be expected to keep in touch with your customers (at least momentarily) almost every day of the year. Of course, your workload and the nature of what you’re doing will be shaped around new product launches, seasonal holidays and general events going on in your industry.
Your job is essentially to record individuals’ or business’ finances, keep their affairs in order and prevent them from going to jail for tax fraud. For a few months at the end of the year, you’ll be extremely busy filling out tax forms and figuring out how to save your clients money.
Estimated Annual Income – The great thing about being an accountant is that you can have multiple clients, meaning there’s potential to earn big money. Expect to start on $35,000 and earn more as you gain experience (and as you gain more clients).
Required Skills/Qualifications – You must obviously be good with numbers, so a maths qualification helps. You must also know the basic laws, protocol and loopholes regarding tax in the country you’re filing tax forms in.
Suitability to Travel – Most of an accountant’s work occurs towards the end of the year, leaving you relatively free to roam as you like during the remaining 9 months. This means that even if your clients want to see you in person during the vital tax-submitting period, you’ll have plenty of remaining time in the rest of the year to travel.
Seasonality – As previously mentioned, keeping track of company books never ends, but the busiest time for an accountant is at the end of the tax year, so in that regard accountancy is somewhat seasonal.
For those who are technology illiterate, traveling to places without internet connections (do these even exist?) or who want to do something more physical and ‘real’ there are plenty of jobs that you can do that will allow you to fulfill your travel dreams.
As a photographer, you’ll be selling photos to magazines, media companies, newspapers and stock photo websites (among other places).
As with being a writer, making it as a photographer is tough as the competition is so fierce. With so many amazing photo editing tools these days (such as Instagram), taking great, unique, stand-out pictures has become more difficult than ever.
Estimated Annual Income – This is completely dependent on how good you are (or, more specifically, on how many photos you sell). A ballpark figure would be $35,000.
Required Skills/Qualifications – You must know how to take photos with a high quality camera and know how to use Adobe Photoshop. You must understand key photographical concepts, such as composition, light balancing, using perspective, etc.
Suitability to Travel – Photographers by nature need to travel to get their photos, so in that sense it’s a perfect job (especially if you’re a landscape photographer). You’ll need a high quality DSLR camera (and most likely a tripod).
Seasonality – Spring flowers in bloom, sunny summer skies, autumn leaves falling and winter snow in the trees all make for great photos.
An au pair takes care of a family’s children (like a nanny) and may also be responsible for doing basic housework (such as cleaning), and taking the children to play in the park.
Estimated Annual Income – Au pair’s won’t earn a lot of money, but they’ll usually get free room and board in exchange for their work. An annual income might be around $6,000.
Required Skills/Qualifications – You must be good with children and have a good degree of patience.
Suitability to Travel – In Europe, au pairs are in high demand, meaning it’s easy to find a family in another country, stay with them for a few months then travel around the surrounding area. Unfortunately, there is less demand for au pairs outside of Europe, so if you want to travel another continent you’re better off finding a different job.
Seasonality – Au pairs are always needed, although the demand seems to be slightly higher in the summer months.
Hotel workers can do a range of jobs, from working the front desk and cleaning rooms to waiting tables and working in the kitchen.
Estimated Annual Income – Working 40 hours $20,000
Required Skills/Qualifications – Working the front desk or working as a chef may require you to have some kind of qualification, but being a cleaner or a waiter only require a willingness to work hard.
Suitability to Travel – Of all the jobs on this list, this is perhaps the most location-fixed positions, as you won’t have a whole lot of maneuverability to move around once you’re there. That being said, it can be nice to get a job in a hotel on the other side of the world, make friends with the other hotel workers and enjoying the local area.
Seasonality – Most hotels are seasonal. If you’re working at a hotel in sunny Spain, it’ll obviously be busier in the summertime (meaning there’s more chance of you getting a job there). If you want to work at a hotel on the Swiss Alps, however, you’ll have more luck during the winter (i.e. the ski season).
You’ll be mowing people’s yards, pruning bushes, raking leaves and water plants.
Estimated Annual Income – $18,000.
Required Skills/Qualifications – You’ll need some degree of physical stamina. That’s about it. It also helps if you have a basic knowledge of plants, although this is not essential.
Suitability to Travel – Finding a gardening job in a new location can be a little difficult, not because of the lack of work available but because it can be difficult to market yourself and to find out where the jobs are being advertised.
Seasonality – Gardening is a fairly seasonal job. During the spring, summer and autumn there is lots of call for gardening work. In the winter, you’ll be lucky to find any gardening jobs at all.
Whether you walk your tour group around the historic streets of London, take them on an adventure tour through Yosemite national park or drive them around the Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, there are many different types of tour guide.
Estimated Annual Income – $25,000-$30,000 (largely dependent on how much you make from tips).
Required Skills/Qualifications – You’ll need to have an extroverted, confident, outgoing personality, and you’ll need to be able to learn (and remember) any number of historical and cultural facts about the area you’re in. if you’re working on a tour that involves driving, you’ll obviously need a driving license.
Suitability to Travel – Excellent, providing you fit the bill. Tour guides work unconventional hours, giving you plenty of time to explore the places you’re staying in during your days/time off.
Seasonality – The necessity for tour guides often follows the whims of the tourism industry. While there will be a need for tour guides all year round, the demand increases during the busiest tourism months. Of course, these ‘busiest months’ will be different for every place.
Summer Camp Worker
During the summer (especially in America), parents will send their kids to summer camps. These camps hire workers from wherever they can find them and give them the task of looking after the children, leading them through their daily activities and kicking back with the other camp workers in the evening. Expect to do lots of outdoor activities such as canoeing, trekking and playing soccer.
Estimated Annual Income – An entire summer’s work (generally 9 weeks) could earn you around $1,000. This might not seem like much, but you’ll also get your accommodation paid for you and free daily meals.
Required Skills/Qualifications – Summer camps favor workers who are reasonably young and fit. As you’ll be doing lots of physical activities it’s important you’re reasonably in shape. You’ll also need to be good with children, as you’ll be spending most of your time looking after them.
Suitability to Travel – Jetting off to a summer camp and working there for 4+ weeks gives you a great starting point to travel from and some cash in your pocket to fund your adventures.
Seasonality – These jobs are only really available during the summer months when kids aren’t at school.
Depending on which country you’re in, you could find work as a full-time teacher, a substitute teacher, or an English tutor for foreign language students.
Estimated Annual Income – $20,000.
Required Skills/Qualifications – Most school will require you to have some kind of teaching certification. If you want to teach English abroad, getting TEFL certified is an often necessary step. Knowing the local language of the country you want to teach in also massively helps, as does having previous teaching experience.
Suitability to Travel – If you want to move to another country for a year, finding a full-time teaching job is a great way to ingratiate yourself. That being said, schools in Africa, South America and South-East Asia are always looking for substitute teachers.
Seasonality – Most schools take a break for the summer, so teaching work generally dries up during this time. If you want a full-time teaching job, it’s best to apply in the spring so that you can secure a job for September (when the school year starts).
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