I’ve talked about travel jobs in this blog before, but as it’s a subject I know a lot of people are interested in, I decided to revisit the topic in order to provide information to those of you who might have itchy feet and a need to work. Even though I’m in my 30’s, I think about retirement a lot. I think because my parents are nearing retirement age and talk about it all the time, it gets me to wondering what I would want to do in my own retirement. While my parents are looking forward to moving up to the Pacific Northwest and enjoying leisurely days sipping coffee by the Puget Sound, I’ve got a more active ambition for my own retirement years.
I’ve never thought that I would enjoy stopping work altogether because I would get bored, but on the other hand, my greatest ambition in life is to travel as much as possible. What better time than retirement to get out there and experience more of the world? Plus, I plan on living a long time and as having enough retirement savings is a constant worry for pretty much all of us, I figure why not work as I travel?
Mind you, the jobs I’m about to mention are absolutely not limited to retirees…that’s just what got me thinking on this particular day. So even if you’re 18 and have no idea what you want to do next, these could be some good options for you, too. There may come a time before retirement age that I decide to put my wacom pen away (graphic designer reference) and hit the road doing odd jobs, too. Why not?
Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and get to the travel jobs already! I apologize to those of you who aren’t from the U.S. as most of these jobs are geared towards U.S. citizens (though not all are!). However, it might give you some ideas on the kinds of jobs that might be available in your own country, so hopefully you’ll find this article useful as well.
Coolworks.com is a site where you can find jobs in awesome places such as national parks, ski resorts, dude ranches, retreat centers and more! Some of these jobs are rugged outdoorsy jobs such as hiking guides, lifeguards, and ranchers; but there are also jobs serving food, teaching, farming, maintenance, retail, administrative, cooking, front desk, etc. so there’s definitely something for everyone. The cool thing about the jobs on this site is where you’ll be working. (The site only lists jobs in the United States so you’ll need to be a citizen, permanent resident, or possess the proper work authorization visas in order to get these jobs.)
Workamper.com is a site dedicated to those adventures people who live in an RV, travel around, and of course work along the way! While many workampers are retired people who live in their RV, many are not retired and just prefer the life on the open road. There are workampers of all ages! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, Workamper.com is a wonderful resource with a wealth of information on everything you need to know in order to prepare for your new life on the road. Check it out!
TransititonsAbroad.com is an awesome site dedicated to helping people transition to a life abroad! They have information on everything from getting employment in another country to studying abroad, finding housing, teaching, interning, etc. They feature job boards but they also feature a wealth of information in the form of articles and resources to assist you in your efforts.
GoAbroad.com is another site with a wealth of information that will get you started on your goals of moving abroad. They feature a variety of programs from internships to jobs, study abroad opportunities, volunteer opportunities, language schools, and more. If you’re not sure which program is right for you, they have an option on their site to help you choose a program that best suits your needs and interests.
Work on a cruise ship
There are a variety of jobs one can do aboard a cruise ship, so it’s an interesting option for those who might want to travel the world while working. Of course, working on a cruise ship isn’t for everyone as the hours can be long and if you’re like me and you get horribly seasick and puke your guts out on boats, it may not be the best option. However, if you’ve got your sea legs and you want to explore the world, this can be a great option.
Here are some sites to get you started on your search (all nationalities check, not just for Americans):
- Jobs at Carnival (recruits in North and South America)
- Viking Cruise Line Jobs (U.S. and E.U. positions available)
- All Cruise Jobs (lists different cruise lines worldwide)
- Princess Cruises Jobs (recruits globally)
- Cruiseshipjob.com (recruits globally)
- Royal Caribbean Jobs (U.S. and Canadian applicants OR global applicants who can procure the proper visas)
- Disney Cruise Line Jobs (recruits globally)
If you’re looking for a cool summer gig, you might want to check out summerjobs.com. This can be a great resource for people who have summers off, such as teachers and college students, but is also a good option for people who want to go somewhere else for a few months and figure it out when they get back. A note on this job site…it did list a lot of “junk” listings (a million ‘drive for Lyft’ ads, anyone?), however, it also listed cool jobs like the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, summer camps, etc. so it’s worth taking a look at even if you have to sift through some junk. This site is for U.S. based jobs. However, if you’re a foreign national and are interested, they do offer some information on getting your work visa here.
Yeah, I went there. The honest truth is that sometimes there’s nothing like Craigslist to find what you’re looking for in a job. Sure, there’s a ton of spam on Craigslist and you’ll have to sift through ads for surrogate mothers, porn, and “get rich quick” schemes, but there are also a lot of really legitimate jobs and gigs on there in every possible field. In my working years, I’ve actually found a lot of my full time, corporate graphic design jobs on Craigslist. I’ve also found apartments to rent, free couches and office chairs, and pretty much anything else I might need on the site. I know people who have found their roommates on Craigslist as well.
It’s a great site for connecting with jobs, event or short gigs, places to live, things to do, cheap items, and anything else somebody who is new in town and looking to get themselves set up might need. If you’re thinking about traveling around and looking for work and accommodations as you go, check it out. I know the site is worldwide, but I’m not sure how popular it is outside of the United States (maybe my international readers can weigh in). Long story short…definitely use Craigslist, but don’t arrange to meet anybody in a shady alley, don’t give away personal information until you’ve gone and sat with the person in an office interview chair, and if it sounds spammy or too good to be true….skip it.
There are a lot of sites that you can search for seasonal jobs, so rather than listing just one or two of them I wanted to talk about the subject at large because the best sites may vary depending on where you want to go. You can check pretty much any job board and filter for seasonal jobs, but if you have a specific destination or type of job in mind, you may also just want to Google it. Searches such as “Seasonal Jobs in Alaska” or “Summer Camp Jobs in the United States” or “Ski Resort Jobs” can yield the kinds of results you’re looking for.
I’ve written about traveling and work before, so if you’re just joining me now and interested in the topic, you might want to read my other articles on the subject.
- Travel Jobs!
- Career options for digital nomads.
- How to change your career to allow for more travel: Part 1.
- How to change your career to allow for more travel: Part 2.
- Summer job in Alaska? Yes please!
- Inspiring Traveler Interview- Janae from skiddinginbroadside.com and Wanderlust Wednesday: Antarctica if you’re interested in learning about the unique opportunity to work in Antarctica.