Many people say, “I’d love to travel, but I don’t have much time off of work.” But what if you could find a job that would allow you to travel frequently? What if there was a job that would actually pay you to travel? Here are seven travel jobs perfect for those with incurable wanderlust.
Flight Attendant, Pilot or Cruise Ship Worker
The most obvious choice for a career that allows you the opportunity to travel is one that facilitates travel for others. Flight attendants, pilots and cruise ship workers travel constantly and have the ability to leverage their down days into an opportunity to see literally hundreds of cities around the world. These jobs frequently come with free travel perks for you and your family. While pilots require specialized training, flight attendants and cruise ship workers do not require advanced degrees.
Au Pair or Nanny
If you’re just out of school or are starting out in your career, being an au pair or nanny is a great way to travel to a new location and spend a prolonged period of time there. In exchange for providing domestic help and taking care of your host family’s children, you’ll have the chance to experience life in a new country and sometimes even travel with the family. Being an au pair is a unique opportunity to be imbedded in a new place or culture.
Consultants travel around the country and the world to client locations with the goal of solving problems or deploying business solutions. Many of the big consulting companies have their employees fly out to client sites for a four-day week and return home on the weekends. If you’re travel inclined, you can use your weekends to explore new cities. As a bonus perk, consultants can rack up obscene amounts of airline miles and hotel reward points, which can be used for personal travel to see the world. As consultants are moved from project to project, they can explore many new cities where they are based.
Public Relations or Publicity
Public relations professionals, sometimes called publicists, travel frequently for events or to meet with media. The travel life of a publicist can be so glamorous that it’s frequently used in movies to imply someone leads the jetsetter life. While that can gloss over the long hours and the sometimes difficult situations, PR pros frequently travel and see the world. If you love a challenge and working on a wide variety of projects, this could be the role for you.
Meeting, Event or Tradeshow Planner
Corporations and associations employ meeting planners, event coordinators, and tradeshow managers to put together customer events and professional exhibitions. Meeting and event professionals plan, set up, and tear down complex events around the world. The benefit of being an event professional is the opportunity to spend a prolonged time in many different cities. Meeting professionals need to be exceptionally well-organized and have strong attention to detail. Someone in this role can often earn lavish travel reward perks in travel programs for the business they refer to specific hotel or event venues. For the right person, the rewards can be almost endless!
The job of a financial auditor may not seem like it would involve a lot of travel, but it actually can. Like consultants, financial auditors travel frequently to customer sites only to spend hours locked in conference rooms pouring over spreadsheets. However, many auditors only work a four-day week at client offices and have long weekends to explore the local cities where they are temporarily based.
One of the world’s most common occupations is also one that has frequent travel. While there are many kinds of sales roles—such as inside sales or referral sales—the job is essentially the same: get someone to buy your product. And once you’ve nailed that first sale, get them to buy more of your product. Sales is a highly social business and personal relationships are often the key to getting the deal…or not. To develop those relationships, you frequently need to spend time with your clients and prospective customers face-to-face, which involves travel. Travel is such an ingrained part of being a salesperson that many companies still refer to the role as a “traveling sales representative.” Sales is a great role for extroverts and there can be lots of travel opportunities!