Love to travel? These 5 jobs are for you
See the world—and get paid to do it.
If you’ve been bit by the travel bug, you know how dispiriting it can be to toil away in an office, waiting for those two paltry weeks of vacation each year.
But what if your job was to travel?
A ton of jobs involve routine travel, and others let you make your own schedule. So you’d be able to continent-hop whenever you wanted.
A job of this sort is “ideal for those who have a spirit of adventure and don't like to get stuck in one particular routine,” says Gail Abelman, a medical recruiter in Atlanta who staffs this position. “You can have a stable career and an ongoing vacation rolled into one.”
We searched the globe for five awesome careers, that involve travel. Apply for one of these positions—and pack your bags!
Teaching English as a second language in a country outside of the U.S. offers a way to use your teaching skills while immersing yourself in another culture.
And there are a lot of opportunities abroad, according to Monica Weintraub, owner of New Life ESL, a Beijing-based recruiting agency that places English teachers at schools in China. You could be teaching anyone from young children just learning their ABCs to adults who are practicing English for business purposes.
Beyond the public education system, China specifically has several types of schools including private institutions, international schools or training centers—all of which need your skills.
Pay for an ESL teacher varies greatly depending on location, but Go Overseas, a Berkeley, California-based company that helps facilitate job opportunities outside of the U.S., has a breakdown of what an ESL teacher may make in China.
And there’s more: The salary for such a position is enhanced by a housing allowance, says Weintraub. With many national holidays and steady vacation periods between semesters, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the country also.
Most schools require a four-year degree and an English-teaching certification, like a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), but Weintraub says that some schools may be flexible on requirements if an applicant has an outstanding personality and passion for education.
If you were to become a travel nurse, you’d have a chance to change your scenery with each new contract—and contracts typically last between eight and 13 weeks. Travel nurses are used in a wide variety of clinical settings: home health, rehabilitation, hospice care, lab work and administration to name a few. Abelman, t adds that specialists in the ICU, ER, OR and labor and delivery functions are in the greatest demand.
While many positions are in hospitals, the facilities also include high-profile teaching institutions and small community hospitals. Median hourly pay for a travel nurse is $31, according to PayScale, but Abelman says pay is usually higher than the equivalent role for a permanent staff member, and many companies also provide free housing.
Disaster housing inspector
Following a natural disaster, there is usually a short-term need for inspectors to assess the condition of housing.
While previous experience in construction or real estate helps, it’s not necessary—training is often available for those, says to Tiffany Victoria Bradshaw, the Los Angeles-based owner of Bradshaw & Co. Business Consulting, who has done this on the side since 2003. “It requires patience and compassion since you are dealing with folks who have had a loss,” Bradshaw adds.
Depending on the situation, this role typically pays between $35 and $45 per hour.
Why watch the kids down the street when you can watch the kids on the other side of the world?
Travel babysitters tend to the kids of clients who are constantly on the road, and whose families tag along. Clients range from professional athletes to business executives, and random vacationers.
“Sitters choose their travel assignments knowing that sometimes they don’t even leave the hotel room—but hotel rooms are very luxurious with the best amenities,” says Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company, based in Miami Beach, Florida. No special training is required, but patience and flexibility are a must. Oh yeah, you’d better be good with kids, too.
Pay for this job depends largely on the negotiation with your client—could be anything from $15 to $30 an hour— but there is one major perk: It’s an “all expenses paid” gig, which usually means meals, transportation and other needs are all set.
Love being in the great outdoors? “Why not get paid to do it by spending a week or two at a time in the middle of the wilderness, guiding clients and enjoying big skies, towering mountains, thundering rivers and untamed wildlife?” says Steve Silberberg, owner of Fitpacking Weight Loss Backpacking Adventures, who is always looking for new guides for his Hull, Massachusetts-based business.
Being a wilderness guide is also a great opportunity to get to Alaska, where wilderness is its own industry.
Experience leading groups in an outdoor setting is required, as are a number of certifications, from current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT to CPR and Basic Life Support.
This job pays between $28,000 and $34,000 per year depending on specialty, according to Salary Expert.
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