For those of you with insatiable wanderlust thinking, ‘what job is out there that require you to travel the world constantly and actually get paid for it?’ there are plenty of options when it comes to making a career out of being a nomad.
If you want more from the expat lifestyle than the usual home-work travelling and you want to be neither a tourist nor resident for all the places you explore, or if you simply want to take a few years off and discover the world and still receive pay checks (not to mention, the pay is quite hefty for work that requires a lot of travel), there’s always a career out there for the wayward spirits in the world. Here are a few suggestions for jobs that will take you around the world.
Journalism (Travel Writing)
Requirements: English Degree, Writing Experience, Love of Travel
Travel writing has been one of the most coveted jobs especially in the recent years with the popularity of blogging in the internet. Travel writers get to experience the best of the countries and places they visit. Most travel writers say that it’s like getting paid for going on vacations, but it’s not all fun and games. To be a good travel writer, you have to research the places that you visit very well. You need to look at the places through the eyes of a tourist and a local and you need to be ready for anything. Adventure is the middle name of this job, and if you’re not game for the best and the worst scenarios in every trip, then this might not be the job for you.
The requirements listed above are of course a guide line if you want to write for major travel journalism companies like Lonely Planet or National Geographic and the likes. At this day and age though, travel blogs would not actually require a degree. There are several websites and famous blogs that offer travel writing jobs. If you aim to have a career at travel writing, then you already know the best travel blogs and the writing styles that they look for. If you don’t have any kind of English degree or professional writing experience but you still have a passion for travel writing, try to put together a portfolio of your own personal travel experiences and use it in your application. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, send direct messages to blog moderators and website admin even if they don’t have an announcement for an available position.
Requirements: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree, Internship or Teaching Experience, Patience
English as Second Language or ESL teachers can hop from one country to another. This profession not only allows you to travel the world, it also gives you the opportunity to interact with all kinds of people, young and old and from different cultural backgrounds. ESL teachers educate even CEOs of major corporations around the world. There are also specific kinds of ESL teachers for those who wish to learn British, Canadian or Australian English. While this is less adventurous as the normal types of careers that require travel, being an ESL teacher is one of the most fulfilling and character enhancing jobs one can ever have. In a classroom, you will interact with different people and get immersed in cultural diversity more than any other expat jobs.
The requirements listed above show the real types of requirements that ESL schools look for with their teachers. You have to be able to teach your students pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and the likes and in turn, you have to be a master in the English language yourself.
Requirements: Bachelor of Arts, Good Portfolio, Adventurous Spirit
Much like travel writers, travel photographers are required to travel very frequently, research subjects well and be ready for anything. Unlike the travel writers however, travel photographers need to be a little more physically in touch with their subjects. A travel photographer needs to be patient with the weather and conditions that he is faced with in the different parts of the world and unlike travel writers who would be able to write basically anywhere with electricity or even with just something to write with no matter what the conditions, travel photographers are faced with subjects that they can’t really control. Whether it would be landscape photography or photo journalism, you always have to be in the moment, you can’t put off your work and your camera should be attached to your hands.
There are no formal degrees needed for travel photography, but having arts degrees or some sort of training for photography is always favoured by major companies. If you want to work as a free lancer for travel magazines, blogs or books build the most awesome portfolio and blow their minds when you apply for a position. If you really believe in your talent even without experience or formal training, watch a few photography tutorials on the internet and develop your own style. Show some character and willingness to push the envelope when you apply and this career is yours.
Field Service Technician
Requirements: On The Job Training, 2 year Technical Course, Commitment
This is not the type of job that comes to mind when you say “travel job”, in fact, not a lot of people are aware that Field Service Technicians get to travel nearly as much as tour guides. Field Service Technicians are deployed all over the world by major corporations for maintenance or service of mechanical or technical equipments. This can range from construction, transportation, engineering etc. Field technicians need to be available at a moment’s notice and must be willing to stay in different countries for prolonged periods of time. You may be stationed in the UAE for 2 months, then Japan for a week then the US for 5 days. Working hours are also rotating; you have to be committed to this job if you plan to succeed.
Even major corporations don’t really require a degree for Field Service Technicians, since they have on the job training programs. This job is very specific and technical that no single degree actually prepares you for the type of work you will encounter, different corporations will require different types of skill set for their field technicians, but they mostly favour those who have degrees in mechanical engineering or even a 2 year associate degree for a technical course.
Requirements: Nursing Degree, 1.5 years of clinical experience, NLCA License, Patience and Endurance
Travel nursing is an industry that developed due to the shortage of nurses in the world over the recent years. Travel nursing companies supply nurses for temporary positions all over the world. Nurses from agencies are transferred from one country to another for different nursing staff requirements such as physical therapy, travel health care, occupational therapy and the likes.
You need to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree along with a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLCA) legitimate license to practice nursing internationally. You also need to have at least a year and a half of clinical experience as a nurse. This is the type of job that would require long hours, nerves of steel and maximum endurance under any circumstances. It takes guts to be a travel nurse, but the return is very rewarding. Not only will you be able to assist in saving people’s lives or restoring them to good health, travel nurses are also paid handsomely for every assignment.
Requirements: Research Background, Anthropology Major, Writing Skills, Passion for Exploration
Cultural Anthropologists are the modern day equivalent of Indiana Jones (sans the whip). Adventure and danger may not be too far off when you take on this career, you will not only try to understand different cultures but actually immerse yourself into cultural studies. You need to be dedicated in your research and follow where ever this may take you. Just because most cultural territories and indigenous groups have already been discovered doesn’t mean that this job is easier than it was before the modern times. Culture is an ever changing and evolving concept, and with that means that there’s always going to be an unexplored side to what you think you already know.
The jobs available for cultural anthropology are mostly for research. You need to have good writing skills to translate your data into something that a company or an organization can actually use. Cultural anthropologists are used by government factions for research and data gathering, corporations if there’s a need for cultural target and organizations and academic institutions for research and studies. This position is more abundant than you think and it is available anywhere in the world. Though no formal education is actually required a degree for anthropology is always favoured.
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