by A.J. Earley
There are a lot of well-known traveling careers out there. From travel writer, to airline pilot, to CEO, most of them seem rather unattainable, or maybe just aren’t right for you. If you go about it the right way, almost any profession could become a traveling profession, but it might take a lot of time and effort. Whether you’ve always been a carefree soul full of wanderlust, or it’s just time to move on from your current position, a job that entails travel could definitely be the answer. Here are several careers that you may not have known could easily turn into a traveling dream job:
When it comes to travel, hospitality is a great place to start, especially if you are pursuing a university degree and just need work in the summer. Most state and national parks, as well as resort towns, see the vast majority of their business come through during the warmer months. You could work at a different location every summer, or stick around if you love a particular destination enough. There are also corporate hotels that have staff hopping all over the world to fill positions that are needed during busy seasons, which vary widely when it comes to global destinations. You also have the opportunity to work for a major cruise line, where you’ll get to soak up the sun year-round.
When it comes to the opportunity to travel, a career in massage therapy is one of the top options. Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, from spas to medical facilities, even corporate venues. If you pursue a career in massage therapy, you could go the spa route, and hop from popular travel destinations during their busy seasons. For example: you could work at a major ski resort in the winter time, and then move to a spa near a lake or resort town that gets a lot of tourists in the summer. Most cruise ships have spas as well, which means you’d be traveling nonstop to all sorts of destinations. If you have a background in health care, you might even have the opportunity to become a sports team’s dedicated massage therapist, which means you’d travel to all of their games with them.
Being a nanny can give you almost unlimited options as to where you can work. Most families only employ nannies until their children are school-aged, which means you could hop around from town to town every few years. You could even become an au pair, which is a nanny who lives with a host family in a foreign country. Learning a foreign language is not necessary to become an au pair, but it does expand your possibilities immensely.
It’s no secret that chefs have the opportunity to travel, especially when they’re gaining experience. A lot of the world’s most well-known chefs study in Rome, Paris, London and New York, and then take up whatever opportunities they can get at high profile restaurants around the country. But it seems they all eventually open their own restaurants and stay put once they’ve got some clout under their belts. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Many big-name food companies have more than one executive chef on staff who travels year-round to hit trade shows and conventions to show off their products, as well as learn more about the industry. If you love to cook and travel, this could be a fulfilling lifelong career.
Many careers in the healthcare field are seen as stationary, but travel nurses are actually in very high demand. Travel nurses take up temporary positions all over the country, in areas where nurses are needed the most, which means pay is extremely competitive. In most cases, your housing and travel expenses will be covered. If you have a wanderlust and a passion for helping others, a career in travel nursing is definitely for you, and the time spent earning your nursing credentials will be well worth it.
These days, destination weddings are all the rage, and photographers who are willing to travel are a big commodity. If you’ve always had a knack for photography, it doesn’t take much more than some nice equipment and a little word-of-mouth to start up a career in this arena. Once you’ve established yourself, advertise that you are willing to travel. Your travel expenses and accommodations will be covered, and you’ll have the chance to see some of the world’s top destinations while making money doing what you love.
If you’ve always loved to travel, I hope these professions can give you some inspiration to make your next big career move. Don’t forget that you’ve got what it takes to be whatever you want to be. Just remember to plan your career goals out carefully, market yourself wisely, and never give up hope that the right path is just around the next corner.
AJ Earley is a personal chef, freelance writer, travel junkie, and root beer float enthusiast from Boise, Idaho. AJ posts tips, ideas and other interesting stuff on Twitter @ajvworld.
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