If you love to travel and hope to have a career that will let you see the country or the world, then we have some good news for you: there are a lot of jobs out there for people of all backgrounds who want to travel for work.
Below, we’ve put together a list of ten jobs that are great for people who like to travel. Hopefully, these will give you an idea of the types of travel jobs that are available to you.
That belongs in a museum! If you can say it straight face, then a career in archaeology might be for you. Archaeologists travel all over the earth, often to very remote regions, where they might remain for long periods of time. The work can be dangerous at times, but if you enjoy traveling, aren’t afraid of the unknown, and have a passion for learning about human history, then this could be a great occupation for you.
2. Umpire / Referee
You dont have to work at the professional sports level to travel on the job. In fact, umpires and referees from the high school level on up get to travel on a regular basis. Sure, the locations may not always be glamorous, and the lodging provided (if any) might not be anything to write home about. But high school sports officials often get to see a good chunk of their state, and college officials are able to see a lot of country.
3. Traveling Nurse
No matter where you go, registered nurses are in incredibly high demand. As a result, some nurses choose to travel from city, bouncing from one temporary position to the next. Unlike most occupations that provide a lot of travel opportunities, traveling nurses stay in each location for at least a few months at a time. This gives them time to experience the cities that they travel to, instead of just getting a quick peek out of the hotel window.
Auditors make sure that an organizations finances are correctly accounted for. Some auditors (known as internal auditors) work for a single company, and rarely travel. However, others work as consultants or for banks or government agencies. These auditors frequently travel, as they need to be on-site to thoroughly study an organizations financial activity. Depending on the size of the job, auditors can be on the road for weeks at a time.
5. Flight Attendant
Flight attendants get to see a lot of great places over the course of their career. Sure, you might start out shuttling between two points for a couple years, during which time the only landmarks you get to see are between security and the terminal. But as you gain experience, the world is the limit. Plus, a perk of this job is that you get to fly really cheap (and sometimes free). So taking that great vacation you’ve always wanted might finally be possible.
6. Truck Driver
Truck driving may not be the most glamorous job on the planet, but if you want to see the country while you work, there aren’t many better ways to do it. Long haul truck drivers can be away from home for weeks at a time, and their loads can take them to all corners of the country. Driving a truck a long distance on a tight schedule takes a lot of hard work, but for people who love to travel, the scenery is well worth it.
7. English Teacher
There are opportunities to teach English in countries all over the world. Whether you want to travel to China, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Kenya, or anywhere in between, chances are good there are opportunities there for English teachers. For most positions, you will need to be certified and have a college degree, nothing good comes easy, right? We recommend using Idealist.org to find available positions.
8. Marine Engineer
Marine engineers design, maintain, and repair the mechanical systems used in marine vessels like cargo ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers. To test their designs and perform the necessary maintenance, they need to spend a good amount of their time traveling on ships. As an added bonus, sometimes the ships they travel on embark and disembark from really interesting places, so marine engineers are able to see much more than just the ocean waves.
9. Athletic Recruiter
Athletic recruiters work for professional and college sports organizations. Their job is to travel across the country (and sometimes the world) to find players that they can recruit to play on their teams. Recruiters normally need to have a significant amount of experience playing and coaching before they’re qualified for these positions. However, if you love traveling and sports and don’t have what it takes to be a professional athlete, this is one of the few occupations that will give you an opportunity to do both.
10. Travel Agent
If you have an infectious passion for travel and want to help other people have great travel experiences, then working as a travel agent might be a great fit for you. One of the great perks of working as a travel agent is that some cruise lines and hotels will pay for travel agents to vacation. The idea is that if travel agents like what they have to offer, they’ll recommend it to their clients. Now, you cant expect those perks the first day on the job, but still, that’s a pretty good incentive to keep growing your career.