If you’re like me, you’ve most likely spent a significant amount of time sitting around with your head in the clouds daydreaming about a life where you get to travel more…and get paid for it! These kinds of jobs do exist, so if you’re looking for a change in career, you might consider one of these options:
This is the one I am working towards. This “job” actually encompasses a lot of different professions that have the ability to work independent of a specific location. That is, anybody who can work remotely online, really. This can include graphic designers, web developers, writers, and even some data entry and admin positions. There are a few ways to get into this kind of work, but most do involve working in the field in a location beforehand to get some experience and positive recommendations under your belt. You can either find a company that will hire you to work remotely, or you can freelance.
Resources and information for aspiring digital nomads:
upwork.com: Set up a freelancer profile and start getting work!
Also check out Upwork’s Top 10 Digital Nomad Blogs.
If you’re good with people and really want a job that allows you to travel extensively, you can’t go wrong with a career as a flight attendant. This is one I actually looked into extensively and even got called back for an interview before I ultimately decided it wasn’t for me. As I looked into this one quite a bit, here are some of the pros and cons…
Pros: lots and lots of travel, free flights on your off time, exploration, tons of other travel perks.
Cons: You’re going to be really, really tired. Also they usually don’t let you choose where you’re going to be based, which means you’ll have to move somewhere after you’re hired. This is why it didn’t work for me. It’s not great for people who are married to people who also work and can’t just up and move to any city.
However, if you have a lot of energy, you’re unattached, and willing to do whatever, this could be a great career for you.
Resources and information for aspiring flight attendants:
…and most importantly, make sure to regularly check the job boards for any airlines you would like to work for!
Teach English Abroad
Teaching English abroad has very few requirements. Usually, you just need to be a native English speaker, have a college degree, and have passed some form of TEFL or ESL certification in order to qualify. I have a TEFL certification myself, and I can tell you that it wasn’t that hard to get. The course only cost me a couple hundred dollars and was offered online at my own pace. If you have the necessary requirements, you can apply for jobs teaching English to students (both children and adults) in countries all over the world!
Resources for aspiring English Teachers:
I know people in sales and I often look at them with envy in my eyes when they tell me about how they flew to Anguilla for the 6th time this year, or how they have to go to Korea to meet with the distribution center representative. Others tell me about the various conferences they present at all over the country in cities like New York, Miami, and Chicago. Of course, it’s not all fun and games and the job usually does involve a lot of hard work and stress, but if you have the right disposition for it, sales can take you places…literally.
Resources for aspiring sales professionals:
This article about what to consider before becoming a traveling sales rep.
And of course, check your favorite job boards for keywords: travel and sales.
Join the Peace Corps
This one is only for my U.S. Citizen readers, as the Peace Corps is an American organization, but if you are one of my international readers, it’s possible that your country might have a similar organization. I would definitely do some Googling if I were you!
The Peace Corps is a great organization that acts somewhat like the military in that it takes volunteers, recruits them, and assigns them somewhere for a period of time determined by a contract (usually two years), but instead of military work, they go into places that need help with things like teaching students, building schools, farming, installing running water in villages, and other such projects. They don’t pay much, but they will cover all your travel and living costs while you’re abroad, and you get to go on an adventure at the same time as doing a little good for the world.
Resources for aspiring Peace Corps Volunteers:
This article titled ‘10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Joining the Peace Corps‘
This book: What to Know Before You Go
Find a Job Abroad
This one assumes a lot, and not everybody will qualify for whatever reason, but you could always just look for and apply to work at jobs in other countries. Depending on what country you’re from and what professional skills you have, there may be opportunities open to you. For instance, many countries have expedited visa processes for workers who possess skills that they need. This varies from nation to nation and profession to profession, but if you have specific professional skills (think nurses, doctors, engineers, teachers, etc.) it wouldn’t hurt to look on the immigration website of the country you would like to move to and see if your profession is on their list. You might find yourself with a work visa faster than you think! If you aren’t on the special professions list, all hope is not lost. Many countries have options for companies to sponsor workers from abroad that they would like to hire. This also varies from country to country, but usually these visas are available to workers in higher skilled professions. For instance, an animator might be able to apply to work in an animation studio in another country. If they are the best applicant, the company can apply for a working visa on behalf of the worker.
Resources for aspiring workers: