The business world is changing. While more jobs than ever before have some sort of business travel incorporated into the role, only hitting the road occasionally just isn’t enough for those of us who live to travel, but still want to pay our bills. Luckily, there are now a wide variety of jobs designed to let you globe-trot. But how?
EXPLORE WITHIN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
The obvious place to start is in the travel industry itself! Everyone thinks of flight attendants city hopping as a way to see the world, but cruise ships and tour operators have plenty of great opportunities as well. Some are even accessible without any specific degree or training.
Cruise ships are especially great for incorporating work and travel because there are so many positions that the large cruise ships need to be filled. Culinary wizards can find work in the ship’s kitchens, many cruises have musical acts and shows perfect for performers, and the athletically gifted can often find work as trainers or teaching classes on board. This is not even counting the basic staff that every ship needs- cleaning crews, retail employees, severs, concierge, and excursion coordinators. Depending on the ship, there might just be a position for just about everyone!
A different kind of “office with a view”
Working as a tour operators can also be wonderful, especially if you want to spread your joy of travel. If you want to spend your days guiding groups of adventurers and making them fall deeper in love with travel and different destinations, then this could be the job for you.
Positions as an au pair can also be found globally. More than just a nanny, au pairs are meant to infuse children’s lives with their culture and diverse knowledge while also getting to experience the life and culture of their host family and country.
Au pairs live with their host families, thankfully making housing one less thing to worry about, and the positions last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. Every country has different visa requirements, including some that need you to be registered as a student, so it may be best to chose your dream location and start from there.
Working as an Au Pair is a one-of-a-kind, culturally immersive experience
There are plenty of international placement agencies as well as online services that help connect families in need of services with interested au pairs. Some families are even getting creative if their needs are more complex, check out this family’s au pair request that went viral.
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) is a common way to see the world in a more immersive way as many of the positions last from six months to a year. Most countries don’t require an actual teaching degree, just a bachelor’s degree, but certain regions most certainly require or at least encourage teaching certifications.
Latin America tends to have the least stipulations, followed by parts of Asia. The Middle East tends to be harder to find work in, while European jobs tend to be reserved only for EU passport holders, so perhaps don’t hold out hope for teaching in Paris for a year.
HAVE A REMOTE YEAR (OR TWO, OR THREE)
For several years there’s been a growing trend of companies giving options for flexible or remote work. So if you want to keep your job, but ditch your office, this might be an unexpected option for you.
Jobs in IT, phone customer service, along with marketing and freelance writing, can be done from anywhere that you can get a reliable internet and phone connection. Many medical companies also employ telepharmacists and telenurses to help with patient load.
If you don’t see your career field listed, don’t be afraid to ask your company! You may be surprised at how many businesses are implementing remote work into their corporate practices as a way to attract better talent.
And for a lucky few, there are opportunities like Remote Year, which allow 50-80 people to keep working while being part of a multi-country global group adventure. Click here for more information about this fascinating program.
Who needs a cubicle when you can work in the wide open spaces?
Of course, these aren’t the only opportunities! Those in the medical field can find work as a traveling nurse or doctor, the fashion industry will send their designers and buyers everywhere from the factories to hip cultural centers for trend spotting, and those who’ve mastered other languages can find work globally as an interpreter. Essentially, if you dream of seeing the world while still picking up a paycheck, you’ve definitely got options.
These positions will broaden your worldview and increase empathy, help you pick up a new language easier if you’re immersed in a culture, spark creativity, enhance problem solving skills, and often provide some nice tax-write offs. But the best benefit? You get paid to see other parts of the world!
If you find yourself traversing across the globe on a regular basis, you’ll want an expert to take care of all the planning and details so you can put all your focus on your work – and your adventures. Contact your trusted TMC, like UNIGLOBE Travel Designers, to help you with any of your travel arrangements.
Now tell us, if you could work anywhere in the world, where would it be and what would you do? Let us know in the comments!
Whatever your business, if you need to make your travel simpler and more personalized, contact one of our travel experts at 614-237-4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.