Ok, so last time I told you a little about my story and the steps I took (and continue to take) in order to achieve a lifestyle that allows me the flexibility to travel. This time, I’m going to talk a little more about what kinds of career options are out there for those of you who can’t just drop everything and start traveling. We don’t all have trust funds, so it takes a certain amount of hard work and dedication to craft the life of our dreams, but I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely possible. With that, let’s get into some career options!
First, decide what you want to do with your life.
Perhaps you’re happy in your current field, but you just want more flexibility to travel. Great! You’re in a good spot. Perhaps you’re completely miserable in your current job, however. If that’s the case, you need to decide what it is that you want to do. There are plenty of options out there for people who want to travel more, but you need to pick which option is right for you and start taking steps TODAY in order to make it happen for yourself. If you’re happy in your current position, you may want to skip ahead to the section on transitioning to a more flexible position.
For the rest of you who are looking to make major career changes, keep reading.
Making a career change.
I don’t know what it is that you want to do or what you’re currently doing, but it doesn’t much matter. The principles are the same. You need to decide what it is you want to do and start making changes today in order to make it happen for yourself. For me, I went from customer service rep to graphic designer by slowly improving my skills and portfolio, taking a few less than glamorous jobs that helped boost my resume, and spending my off hours learning. You can do that as well for whatever it is you want in life. Just remember, companies like to hire people who already have the skills and experience they are looking for. You’re not going to land a job that will teach you what you want to do. You have to do that on your own (or go back to school) and use that as leverage. It’s going to be hard work, but it’s worth it.
Careers that allow for travel.
If you’re not sure what you want to do, but you know you want to travel, here are some options to get you thinking. These aren’t the only options, however! Look for opportunities in all areas. Keep your eyes and ears open, and create opportunities for yourself by being proactive and seeking out advice, approaching companies, and marketing yourself as who you want to be, not who you currently are. If you’re looking for ideas, why not look into one of these careers?
- Flight attendant (TONS of traveling!)
- Sales (they usually do a lot of traveling to meet with clients).
- Digital Nomad (this encompasses pretty much any job you can do remotely or freelance- graphic design, programming, writing, video editing, photography, etc.)
- Teacher (you’ll get a lot of time off with which to travel).
- TEFL/TESOL teacher– How about getting your certification and teaching English abroad?
- Bartender/Restaurant server/etc. (Might not be that glamorous, but it’s flexible and there are jobs everywhere. You will need a work visa for this if you want to take it abroad. If you’re in your 20’s, look into working holiday visas. If you’re too old for a working holiday visa, you can still travel around your own country and do this. If you’re from a large country such as the U.S., there are a lot of places to see!)
- Start your own business. I know this one is probably the trickiest of all, but if you start your own online business, you can run it from anywhere. Think about skills you have that could make you money online. Set up an Etsy store, do online language tutoring, get into consulting, sell online courses in your area of expertise…the possibilities are endless.
- Work seasonally. There are seasonal positions available all over the place, and if you leverage it correctly, you could do a fair bit of traveling. Think summer camps, winter ski lifts, shops that hire extra help around the holidays, hotels and restaurants during busy Spring Break.
I’ve listed a variety of positions here, from educated white collar positions to temporary, nomadic positions. What best fits your situation? What can you do today to start working on your job skills and making your resume more attractive to potential employers in your area of interest? Start working on those skills today! Research what it takes to get a job like that, and start working on it!
Transitioning to a more flexible position.
Say you’re already happy in your current field, but you just want more time off and flexibility. Short of quitting your job whenever you want to travel and then having to find another one when you get back, there are options. I’m going to focus on computer work here because it is the easiest to transition to anywhere.
There are a variety of job boards online for remote working positions in a variety of areas. Check these out, and make sure to do some searching of your own!
Other options that may be a little more risky, but might pay off:
- Ask your employer if you can transition to working remotely. They may say no, but then again, they may say yes!
- Become a freelancer. Try sites like Upwork.com to find work.
Whatever you choose, and however you do it. Good luck in your transition! I hope this article was inspirational and informative for you. If you’ve made a similar transition in your own life, what are some of the things you learned along the way? Any tips for those people out there who might be looking to make a change in their lives?