Everyone knows that flight attendants, cruise ship employees, and ski instructors get to travel for their jobs. However, what about the rest of us working people who don’t want to work in tourism/hospitality but still want to travel? If you’re not set on working for an airline or resort, here’s our list of the best non-tourism jobs for world travelers. To make the list, these jobs either require travel or they enable employees to work remotely 100% of the time.
If you’re looking for regular travel in a fast-paced business role, consulting might be for you. Consultants often travel Monday-Thursday each week, racking up a ton of points and miles in the process. Although the hours can be long during the week, many consulting firms allow “alt travel” on the weekends. This means that instead of flying home, consultants can fly to another city for the same or lower ticket price. Not a bad gig, eh?
2. Photographer or Videographer
Multimedia is the next big thing for advertising and content creation alike. With the growing presence of video on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, there’s a spike in the demand for good video and photo. Those who have careers in photography and video have a leg up in getting assignments to shoot all over the world. The first step here is perfecting your artistic style and craft!
3. Graphic Designer
The beauty of graphic design is that it can be done 100% virtually. Because good graphic design is so in-demand these days, many designers are going freelance and servicing clients from wherever in the world they want. This works best if you already have a portfolio and are good with making new connections to sell your work.
4. Supply Chain/Procurement Manager
As a supply chain/procurement manager, your job is to buy things. Often, companies purchase their components from third-party vendors around the world. If you’re in charge of this procurement process, you’ll likely have to travel around to your vendors and negotiate deals based on your budget. If you like dealing with math and financial modeling, while still traveling the world, this is a great career prospect to consider.
5. Sales Representative
If you do a quick search on “remote jobs” on LinkedIn, many are labeled “Business Development” or “Customer Relationship” positions. Nearly all of these jobs are actually sales positions. These roles often involve calling clients, negotiating deals, and hitting revenue targets. This career is best for those who enjoy dealing with people and don’t mind working odd hours (depending on your time zone and the time zone of business).
6. Natural Scientist (e.g., Geologist, Archaeology, Biologist)
Jobs that require field work also require their employees to go into the field (duh). These jobs are typically in the natural or social sciences industry, and include exploration in geology, biology, and archaeology. If you’re aspiring to be one of these things in your future career, you probably already know that these areas require extensive research and field work.
7. Software Developer
The best jobs for traveling the world are those that only require a computer and a brain. Being a developer is one such job. If you’re educated in computer science or have experience in development (I clearly don’t) you can easily find a remote job that enables you to pick up and leave. The three main options here
8. Teaching English
Like teaching others and traveling? If you’re a native or fluent English speaker, you’re in luck. In many other countries, English teachers are in demand. Applying for a teaching position gives you the opportunity to move abroad and live in a new city. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a new place and help students learn a new language.
9. Freelance Writer
If you enjoy sitting down and writing for hours on end, freelance writing is a fantastic option. Because you’ll be working with remote clients anyway, you can be a freelance writer anywhere there’s internet. Sites like Problogger can help you find good writer job postings.
When you run your own business, you can do whatever you want. Depending on the nature of your company, you can uproot and move your headquarters to wherever in the world you want to go. Entrepreneurship (or “solopreneurship”) provides the most flexibility of all of these options, but is also potentially some of the most challenging jobs for world travelers.
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