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Note: This article is an extension of Tim Patterson’s original piece, 10 travel jobs within your reach, first published on Matador in April, 2009.

Freelance writer / photographer

This may mean travel writer, but it doesn’t have to. Let’s say you were a banker; why not start submitting articles to finance mags and journals? The point is to become location independent, and you don’t have to write about travel to do so.

If you do want to write about travel for a living, checking out MatadorU would be a good start.

ESL teacher

These gigs easier to find in some countries than others, and requirements vary from a bachelor’s degree in any field to a master’s in education plus TESL certification. Based on my own personal experience, finding a job in Korea was the easiest and in many ways (when cost of living is taken into account) the best paying. Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam are also popular options.

South and Central American countries want ESL teachers, but getting the visa is a bit tougher than it is in Asia. There are plenty of gigs in Europe as well, but in general the requirements are more strict.

Recruiting companies such as Footprints can be extremely helpful if you’re looking for an ESL gig; another option is to hunt them down on forums like Dave’s ESL Cafe.

Travel nurse

Who qualifies to be a travel nurse? According to TravelNursing.com:

Registered nurses in most specialties
Dialysis nurses
Nurse practitioners
Advance practice nurses
LPNs/LVNs with 6 years of recent experience
Radiologic technologists
Physical therapists
Occupational therapists
Speech language pathologists
Nurse Managers
Other allied health care specialties

The pay and benefits are great, assignments can be long or short-term, and in many cases, housing is provided.

Travel agent

Because travel agents work as a middleman between travelers and hotels / airlines / tourism bureaus, they must typically have firsthand knowledge of what they’re trying to sell, which means visiting plenty of new places. Future travel agents have several options as far as education; most travel agencies prefer some sort of training, which may come from a vocational or technical school, a community college, or a university.

Tour guide

This is one of those travel jobs for someone who’s figured out that “home” isn’t necessarily where they were born. If you’re in a place far from your home country that you chose because something about the culture, people, music, food, etc. just spoke to you, what better way to earn a living than by sharing that passion with others?

One option for wannabe tour guides is to seek out a tour company in the area and apply for work. While in many cases it may be necessary that you’re fluent in the local language, speaking English can definitely be an advantage, as many of your clients will likely speak it as well. Another option is to work as a freelance guide, particularly if you have a niche or specialty area, such as local cuisine or outdoor activities.

Navy sailor

Doesn’t matter how the economy’s doing; the military is always hiring. While there are many reasons why this isn’t the best option for everyone, the positives of being a Navy sailor are that you’ll be taken care of as far as health benefits and insurance, and you’ll absolutely get to see the world.

Yacht sailor

Know a little something about boats but don’t want to join the Navy. Join a yacht crew instead. Seriously, there are plenty of rich folks out there with boats that need a few good men or women. Sail the world and live the good life while watching them live the high life.

Cruise ship gigs

Okay, so you have no clue how to sail a boat. But unless you’re prone to seasickness, cruise ships offer dozens of on-the-water travel jobs with widely varying educational and experience requirements. A few examples:

Broadcast technician
Sound technician
Production manager
Electrician
Casino dealer
Masseuse
Chef
Line cook
Bartender
Waiter/Waitress
Cleaning and maintenance crew
Inventory manager
Hotel manager
Diving instructor
Childcare worker
Musician
Dancer
Entertainer/Performer

There’s a ton more. I mean, Royal Caribbean is looking for a Cupcake Supervisor. Chances are you’ll be able to find something you’re qualified to do on a ship.

Au pair

An au pair is essentially a nanny or babysitter that may also do light housework. The positives: Families that can afford this are typically wealthy, meaning you may experience gourmet meals, private chauffeurs, and free vacations to resorts. The negatives: as Shannon David said, “scooping soggy poo out of the bath.”

You can find work as an au pair through an agency in the country you wish to live (check out the International Au Pair Association for help).

Geologist

Clearly this one requires some advance planning. You’ll need a background in physics, chemistry, and mathematics; at least a master’s degree, possibly a doctorate. But man — talk about field trips. The largest employers of geologists are the oil and gas industries, and you can find yourself hopping from one “exotic” location to the next seeking out more sources for fossil-fuel energy.

Busker

What you don’t need: a bachelor’s degree. What you do need: a seriously creative skill or talent. Strumming a guitar isn’t likely to draw a lot of attention, but strumming a guitar while balancing the instrument on your nose, hula hooping, and playing the harmonica can bring in a decent crowd. (Just ask this guy.)

Busking can be surprisingly lucrative depending on what you do – and you can do it in pretty much any area that gets a lot of foot traffic. And no shame in telling friends and family what you’re doing back home; there are weirder jobs.

WWOOFer

It doesn’t pay, but if all you need is a roof over your head and food to eat, then this certainly counts as a job. WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an organization that pairs volunteers with farms all over the world. In exchange for room and board, as well as meals, you’ll work a set number of hours on the farm.

Start with a week on a flower farm in Oregon and move to a month on a cattle ranch in Montana. Spend the entire spring working on a coffee plantation in Hawaii. Live on a chestnut farm in France. The possibilities are vast.

Peace Corps volunteer

Nope, the pay ain’t much. But you do get health insurance, student loan deferrals, and a pretty sweet bonus at the end of your Peace Corps service. The application process takes a lot of work, as it includes essays, references, college transcripts, and financial/medical history info. You’ll also have to go through an interview.

Flight attendant

Salaries for air cabin crew members vary enormously based on the airline and experience, but in most cases you can expect to start higher than minimum wage. As a newbie, you’ll have fewer options as far as your schedule, number of flight hours, and the destinations you visit.

The good news: If you’re at least 21, aren’t what might be classified as “extremely” short or tall, and have a clean criminal background, you’re probably good to go. Some airlines may prefer you have some sort of degree, but it’s rarely required.

Pilot

The training is extensive, but the travel benefits are obvious. While the first thought that typically comes to mind is commercial aircraft pilot positions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that 34% of pilots find work “dusting crops, spreading seed for reforestation, testing aircraft, flying passengers and cargo to areas not served by regular airlines, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons.”

Most airlines prefer to hire college graduates, and to obtain a license, you need a minimum of 250 hours of flight experience. Other requirements include passing a fairly strict physical exam, having perfect vision (with or without corrective lenses) and strong hearing, and not having physical handicaps that might impair performance.

Importer / exporter

This one can get a little hairy, as (from what I’ve seen) there’s a fine line between legal and illegal in the biz. When I lived in Brazil, airport security kept a careful eye on foreigners coming in with electronics, especially Apple products, which are insanely expensive in the country and which visitors can sell for a cheaper price to locals and still make a killing. In other words, buying something in one country and selling it to a buddy in another country for an inflated price isn’t exactly how it’s supposed to work.

If you want to make a legit job out of this, become an agent. Most manufacturers of domestic goods are interested in foreign distribution; typically, agents take about 10%. This is one of those travel jobs for someone with experience with or interest in marketing.

Host / hostess

Really, truly, honestly — it’s not always a euphemism. It doesn’t have to mean sex or the type of “massage” in which quotations are required. You work in a bar and flirt with the customers. You get them to spend money on drinks. You feed their egos. Maybe you dance with them. And you pocket some pretty decent money.

The negatives are pretty obvious.

Interpreter / translator

There is a difference: An interpreter works with spoken languages, while translators deal with written languages. Depending on your employer, you may be required to have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and it helps if that degree is in linguistics. You can also work as a freelancer. The most important qualification, obviously, is that you are fluent in at least two languages.

Government agencies are one place to start looking for interpretation and translation work. Other options include community organizations and hospitals, as well as any type of event which involves international competitors or attendees.

Diplomat

As Tim says, “If you read The New York Times and don’t smoke pot, you’re probably qualified.” Salaries can be pretty good, as can the benefits – vacation time, subsidized accommodation, duty-free goods, and frequent travel – more specifically, travel to many places the average traveler doesn’t have access to.

Depending on your country’s office of foreign affairs or department of state, a bachelor’s or master’s degree may be required to become a diplomat. You’ll start by simply submitting a resume and cover letter; eventually, you might be tested on subjects like world events and languages. There will also be a security screening that includes physical and mental health exams, as well as extensive background checks.

Missionary

The big requirement here is that you’re a Christian who wishes to travel for the purpose of evangelizing and providing humanitarian services. Depending on the church or board you seek employment with, a bachelor’s degree may be required. There is pay involved, although you will be constantly working to raise more money for your projects. Both short and long-term mission trips are typically available.

Ethnomusicologist

This was offered as a bachelor’s degree option back when I was earning my bachelor’s in music, and if I could rewind time I might consider it more carefully. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and cultures, and those in the field travel extensively to record sounds and music at the source for research. Knowledge and passion for both music history and audio recording is necessary for this job.

Airline ready reserve agent

Pay for this gig is typically minimum wage, but it comes with travel privileges. You’ll assist with ticketing and working with passengers on tasks such as issuing upgrades, resolving complaints, transporting baggage, and preparing paperwork.

Requirements: be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a driver’s license, and (in most cases) have decent typing skills.

Online poker player

A former co-teacher of mine from my ESL days recently moved to Thailand. Via Facebook, I saw he had a pretty sweet little house on the beach with a pool and thought to myself “wow, he must have found a great teaching gig.”

Turns out he’s given up the ESL rat race to play online poker, and he’s banking. Obviously this is an independent gig; the only requirements are that you play well enough to win 51% of the time. While you can potentially earn a ton and travel anywhere you like, keep in mind that this will be a tough one to spin on the resume if you ever decide to get a “real” job.

About The Author

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle is a musician, writer, and teacher just trying to see the world while doing what she loves for a living. She's taught ESL in Salvador, Brazil and kindergarten in Suwon, Korea, and now she's a full-time freelance writer living in Seattle (just to keep the city alliteration going). She'll try pretty much any food once and believes coffee is its own food group.

  • Candice

    My roommate is a geophysicist and he’s currently working on a super volcano in Bolivia. I wish I liked rocks too. 

  • CruDes

    I’ve been in the Navy for 5.5 years and have lived in Japan the whole time. This article is absolutely spot on with the whole “see the world” aspect of the job. I’ve seen Hong Kong, Korea (Busan, Chinhae, Pyeongtaek, Seoul (including up to the DMZ) and Donghae), all over Japan, Guam, Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, and Mackay), Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, and Langkawi), Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam; all because of the Navy.
    I’ve also had the good fortune to sail with sailors from India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Frankly, they’re all great people with outstanding cultures!

  • http://www.woodruffinns.com/luray-va-bed-and-breakfast-testimonials.php romantic bed and breakfasts

    These are really awesome jobs.  Tour guide is the most attractive job. Such jobs
    help a person see all the places easily.

  • Aceshigh666

    Im currently on a MSc Mining Geology course at Exeter University.

    The advice here doesn’t cover the hunt for mineral resources, which are more likely to get you around the world. With the oil/gas industry, you may be working offshore, and whilst you may be technically away in some exotic country, 360degrees of sea may not seem too interesting.

    The mining industry has a major shortage of geologists. If you’re wanting to travel to Africa, Russia, China, Australia, South America, US/Canada (+many others), this may be something for you.

  • http://twitter.com/FarawayVR Faraway Vacation

    They are all very awesome jobs. The Travel and tourism
    industry does provide a list of really great and very attractive job. Great
    list

    Cheers

    http://www.farawayvacationrentals.com

  • http://www.world-first.co.uk/ @WFTristan

    I think anybody who can get a job doing what they love is going to be Wealthy, not necessarily in a monetary way, i consider myself exceptionally lucky to be in a job where i get to talk and think and write about travel everyday.

    tristan

  • http://twitter.com/CharlesMcCool McCool Travel

    Online poker player. Great. Nice list of 20 jobs. I bet there are at least 99, if someone wants to do a longer post.

  • charles

    The ultimate travel job was owned by a friend of mine worked for an underwear company that did swimwear as well. He had to go on a swimwear shoot in the Maldives for a week. Tough job but someone has to do it. It takes a bit to make me jealous considering I work in travel and get to travel on freebies.
    charles
    http://www.holidaysplease. co.uk

  • Kwangjoo

    I’m currently doing the ESL thing in South Korea, but I am getting ever so slightly fed up with Asia, so I have been thinking HARD recently of a way to Europe (seemingly impossible, even though I speak 4 European languages!) and then I read this and I was like, “Uh, hello! Au pair, you fool!” So I have been ROCKING the website that you suggested for that and *KAZAM!* it’s amazing!  So, thanks for the nudge in the right direction, oh Great and Wise Travel-Bum’s Collective Consciousness. 

    I’d actually really like the Cupcake Supervisor job in my true heart, but I dunno if they will be as impressed with my general B.A. and lack of culinary experience as I might hope…

    • Tinamarie

      Careful aupairing in Europe. I did it and have heard many a nightmare story about the living conditions. If you’re fine with bare minimum wages (Like illegal Mexican type, but you have a visa), very long hours (30 plus), and working with someone who is a lot like the boss in the Devil wears Prada except clearly working at home, then go for it. I’ve heard more negative than positive and I was unfortunately one as well. 

      • Jeff Gartner

        Clearly an idiot mind my friend Tinamarie you dont´ve any idea about illegal working in other country.

        • Dayna

          As someone who at one point lived with a handful of amazing Mexican  illegal immigrants (unbeknownst to me at the time), Tinamarie is right on and you sound like a righteous prick who has never cared for someone else’s children.  Au pairing can either be great or horrible, though I doubt you’d have any experience with it (which clearly makes you an idiot, based on your own criteria).  Sometimes parents are lazy and use au pairs as substitute parents – responsible for everything from the moment the kids wake up til the moment they go to bed… and they get paid next to nothing for it.  Some gigs are great – some are not.  A friend of mine was getting paid 400 USD a month (A MONTH!) for these responsibilities, with the justification that she was receiving room and board (but who cares, when you have to cook every single meal and care for the kids when they wake up at night).  My illegal immigrant friends would’ve fled that scene in a hurry.  Also, your spelling makes you look like an idiot.  Go back to school.

      • Maria

        I am spanish and i have aupaired in france, italy, england and germany. The true thing is that it was always amazing and the families were great. About the pay, you need to understand those families are giving you a place to live as well as food, so the pay is more than enough for whatever you want to buy. The only place i could complain a little about is france, but still i had a lot of fun. Next time, please give your opinion on something you know about.

        • Tinamarie

          Hey shut up. Read the damn comment. It specifically states I do have experience in it

      • be more

        30 hours = long hours??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36001645 Jenna Makowski

    Love seeing ethnomusicology on a list of travel jobs. With a masters degree in ethnomusicology myself though, I gotta say it’s difficult to find funding (short of self-funding). And it’s nearly impossible to find funding if you’re an independent researcher detached from a university, and if you’re not working on a PhD dissertation.

  • Anne_Merritt

    Cupcake supervisor? To think, in my personal time, I do that job for free.

    A very smart list, Michelle. I love ESL teaching, but you’ve definitely stoked my curiosity about other fields!

  • Anon

    This list is very incomplete. Standard narrow-minded American approach.

    • Nina

      And this person replied as anon like a standard narrow-minded asshole.

      • Ethan Davis

        Maybe, but it still would have been nice for this list to be a bit longer.

        • Lava

          I second that! And a little less US oriented. Hello people, people in other countries read the net too!

  • Leonidis

    Working abroad can be a great way to explore and sample different cultures. Although when its all about the work maybe that takes away from the travelling experience. I really like the list, although the chances of suddenly being able to join the navy, become a geologist or flight attendant, will be unlikely for many. Here’s a great place to see maybe some more attainable jobs related with travel
    http://jobs.adzuna.co.uk/adventure-travel

  • GraceLikeRain910

    Correction:  The Navy isn’t always hiring, they are getting rid of people right and left.

  • Kate_rio

    The link attached to the hostess category is a who’s who of human cr*p. 

  • A pilot

    Seriously?  A pilot?  That’s absolutely terrible advice.  I AM a commercially licensed pilot, cannot find work, am saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and can barely afford rent let alone dream of travel right now.

    Terrible terrible suggestion.  Please remove it.  Some of the others are more realistic but suggesting someone become a pilot so they can travel is flatly irresponsible.  (note: most of those “other pilot jobs”, like the one I used to have, do not come with any kind of travel benefits anyway!!)

  • doleesi

    Online poker player? are you kidding me? how much just be rich? very ‘realistic’ suggestions….

  • Mike Krebs

    I worked onboard ships for 3 years as a broadcast technician.  Awesome job, and it’s so easy to work onboard cruise ships.  I have told this to many a person who says they want a travel job.  Sadly, too many folks think these jobs are hard to come by, but they are not.  I think a lot of people would rather think about doing travel jobs than actually doing… but thats just what I see.

  • benny blocksberg

    I can vouch for the private yacht crew gig. In four years I’ve seen most of the Med and the Caribbean, east coast US and now I’ve found a job closer to home in Thailand.
    Eighteen-hour work days, unreasonable owners and insane colleagues are among the downsides, but…psssst…it’s also tax-free. Whoop.

  • http://www.roomfor5.co.uk Drina Murphy (Room For 5)

    I always wanted to be cabin crew growing up, I’d have no chance now, I hate flying!! :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/lukeboychuk Lucas Boychuk

    We own an action sports resort in san juan del sur, nicaragua…and are looking to employ a lot of people…managers for the restaurant, bartenders, cooks, skate and surf shop managers, golf, scuba instructors, surf instructors, etc….www.surfranchnicaragua.com – contact us there to apply.

  • Dan

    You forgot skiing instructor! But cool article all the same!

  • dmcrae

    this is great advice….I may be wanting to join WWOOF because of you. I thought I had to pay to travel anywhere until I found out about this. Thanks for your help.

  • Nicole

    Our organization provides a job list site for adventure travel careers – and many of them are full-time, permanent employment with benefits.

    http://careers.adventuretravel.biz/

  • Chel

    There’s also the old standby of hotel and catering jobs . Seasonal in nature with food and board thrown in but don’t be fussy about standards on these. Split shifts and days off give plenty of opportunity for sightseeing/experiencing real local culture. Reasonable grasp of local language is desired but more can be learnt in situ. Did this myself years ago.

  • http://torino.bbakeca.com/bakeca-donna-cerca-uomo/torino-1 Donne Torino

    Great list..I always wished to be freelance photographer.

  • http://fashioncraz.com osaid

    nice article… 

  • Suvidhabisht

    i find your blog very creative & informative.
    jobs in India

  • Anon

    Just become a diplomat! Now why didn’t I think of that… oh right, because it involves rigorous testing and interviewing, background checks and intense study. Seriously, Matador? Get real.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625623851 Patricia Adkins

    Don’t forget about working at a hostel- look at hosteling international for great summer hostel jobs!

     http://hiusa.org/about_us/employment

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T7XZSGEFZZAQXV5ZTABVBZ4UPY Oldies50

    They did a similar article on
    TravelExplosion.com
    the other day.  I don’t know how travel agent got on the list.  If I had a choice I’d work on a cruise ship.  At least you’re actually able to travel to different countries.

  • http://www.VacationCareers.com/ Mark Ewing

    I travel for a living as a professional group travel organizer.  It is a great way to go if you like travel, like people, and don’t mind sharing your love of travel with people.    I do this on my own, as my own business.  It isn’t a paycheck job, but the pay is good.   If you are interested in learning how to do this, feel free to contact me.  http://www.TravelJobInfo.com

  • http://www.VacationCareers.com/ Mark Ewing

    I travel for a living as a professional group travel organizer.  It is a great way to go if you like travel, like people, and don’t mind sharing your love of travel with people.    I do this on my own, as my own business.  It isn’t a paycheck job, but the pay is good.   If you are interested in learning how to do this, feel free to contact me.   You can reach me through http://www.TravelJobInfo.com

  • http://www.AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com/ Around the World in 80 Jobs

    I am currently selling Timeshares in Mexico. Although, filled with dispicable human beings, it is a job you can make good money at and do all over the world. Here is my latest post on how you can find a timeshare sales job.  http://aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/how-to-find-a-timeshares-job/

  • Rob

    Import  – Export business! LOL … first thing that came to mind was George Costanza.

  • Andrew Grundill

    if I only I could find a job like these.

  • MJ Masminster

    Flight attendant is my goal

  • CMTravelAnd – Holidays, cruises, farms

    Travelling for “free”? Very interesting!

  • CMiraJobs – Offers

    Jobs & travel? Good idea!

  • Paul Salo

    Studying abroad or getting a job is a good way to start as you can usually get settled easier (legal visa etc) Starting a company is a surprisingly good way to start for the adventurous. Here is a video with ideas for starting a company in China. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZHFYpX0FrI

  • Jina Zarifis

    they forgot trucking.

  • Jina Zarifis

    they forgot trucking.

  • Travel And Explore The Places Of The World

    They are all very awesome jobs. Surely great for the travellers….

    http://www.worldfortravel.com

  • TheBestAupair

    Being an au pair is a great job for people who are between 17 and 30 (depending on which country you want to go to. This article does not really help you become an au pair. If you are interested, have a look at http://www.thebestaupair.com and read through the Information & Support Section. It has practically everything you need to know!

  • TheBestAupair

    Being an au pair is a great job for people who are between 17 and 30 (depending on which country you want to go to. This article does not really help you become an au pair. If you are interested, have a look at http://www.thebestaupair.com and read through the Information & Support Section. It has practically everything you need to know!

  • Joel Andre Baud

    Don’t take the cruise job..trust me! they rake you over the coals!

    • Edu Lopez

      what ’bout rock star?

    • Paul McGowan

      Just depends on your rational for being there WHICH job you take :) Bartender for instance was great fun, drinking, parting and visiting cultural areas / beachs everyday, you even get to change bar every two weeks so it’s never really boring. Waitering however you work the same dining rooms for 7 months…. ice skater, dancer, singer, etc you get days off, decent pay, bonuses (guest interaction, use of facilities ie: pool, gym, tours, etc). It’s an adventure, good way to taste a bit of different countries but not a career path.

  • How To Work In Travel

    These are all great jobs but this article is missing many different opportunities in the travel industry itself. There are plenty of jobs that will let you travel, but it’s hard to beat a professional career with a airline, hotel chain or government tourism board. Check out http://www.HowToWorkInTravel.com.

  • How To Work In Travel

    These are all great jobs but this article is missing many different opportunities in the travel industry itself. There are plenty of jobs that will let you travel, but it’s hard to beat a professional career with a airline, hotel chain or government tourism board. Check out http://www.HowToWorkInTravel.com.

  • Bradley Colson

    I just finished a year teaching English in China. What an amazing time that was, pay was great, people were friendly. It was the best time I’ve had in a long time. If you aren’t settled down, TEFL is a great way to travel and make money.

    • Chase Yaden

      How did you go about finding a good job in China? I am having trouble sorting through all the potential jobs on websites like Dave’s ESL Cafe. Also, did you have a TESL certificate? Some jobs seem to require them while others don’t.

  • Dragan Tapšanov

    I am Lifeguarding Instructor, it is great job if u love traveling… you guys should apply for it if u r in US. best Regards

  • Barry Creed

    Most of these jobs are of the “drifting” type. You can only do them for a few years, but not for the rest of your life….

  • Vanessa Joy

    Love this! I was an au pair two years ago, am currently teaching ESL, and about to do WWOOFing next year–travel definitely doesn’t have to be expensive!

  • Davide Mowgli Vadalà

    I just published a similar article about traveling jobs, and I have to say that we have a partially different view :)
    http://www.nomadtravellers.com/content/98-budget-travel/179-traveling-jobs-22-ideas-to-make-money-for-your-trips

  • Davide Mowgli Vadalà

    I just published a similar article about traveling jobs, and I have to say that we have a partially different view :)
    http://www.nomadtravellers.com/content/98-budget-travel/179-traveling-jobs-22-ideas-to-make-money-for-your-trips

  • http://www.cheapflightstrip.blogspot.in/ cheap flights Trip

    Very interesting and useful article for the travelers. Thank you so much..

  • Reidrick

    I don’t understand how tech-related jobs were left out. I met a guy in Zagreb, Croatia, who worked as a programmer for a cloud support company and the job allowed him infinite travel across the world. He’d been traveling nonstop while working for a year before I spoke to him.

  • Anon

    That’s what I was thinking. I’ve been wanting to become a diplomat since I was in high school. You don’t HAVE to have a college degree, but in general, they’ll laugh at you unless you have at least two. The competition is outrageous.

  • Anne

    I just stumbled upon this article… Being a trained conference interpreter myself, I feel like this article makes my profession seem very easy. Getting a degree in linguistics won’t help you at all, you need a Master’s degree in Conference Interpretation, otherwise no government agency will hire you. It is a tough job that not everyone can do and involves a lot more than just being fluent in two languages, that’s pretty much like saying that everyone who has two hands can play the piano…

  • Heather Wilson

    I wrote this on Facebook and I am going to write it here: I have to write, being married to a “Navy Sailor” – I am sure you don’t realize the tone of disrespect in this part of your piece; at least I hope you don’t. You are very incorrect that the “military is always hiring” regardless of the economy. In truth, most branches of the military can’t release people fast enough. And you don’t go into how it is you “get to absolutely see the world.” Living on a ship, sleeping in a rack no larger than a dining room table, being months or years away from your family and friends without heat, air conditioning, regular internet… It is not a ‘glamorous’ life. I just read that to my husband and he laughed and asked, “Who wrote that?” My answer is, “Obviously someone who knows nothing about the Navy.” As a military brat and a military spouse, you do not join the military to “see the world.” That is absolutely the wrong attitude and while I don’t mean to me an overly sensitive milspouse, it would have served you well to do better research.

  • del

    Online poker player? Recommending people gamble for a living? Really? Sounds like a way to get horribly in debt in some dangerous ways, in dangerous places.

  • T.W. Anderson

    Buskers can make a pretty healthy living if they are good at it.

    I still think having an online business is the way to go :) Travel the world with your active and passive income = the perfect travel job and you do it all on your own :)

  • Carly Peters

    I agree being an aupair is a good job to do while travelling, if you like kids, but the idea that the families that hire aupairs are wealthy is not very accurate. Most of the families are parents that work full time and need someone with their kids for cheap. That isn’t always the case, but aupair’s do not always make good money, and can often work a lot for what they do make. The wealthy families generally have a lot of people fighting for that job and they are much more difficult to get. Often housecleaning, other chores around the house, etc are included, not just child care, so be prepared to be a house keeper, nanny, and more.

    I am not trying to discourage people from being an aupair, but I do think people often see it as much more glamorous that it is in reality. It is hard work, but if you have a love for kids and don’t mind semi-running a household, you’ll do fine and you’ll get to see a lot of great places!

  • http://zerodeadtime.com/ Graeme Voigt

    Thanks for the list! There was a few there I hadn’t thought of!

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