Anyone with a strong case of wanderlust will be happy to know that they can not only travel for free, but get well paid for their escapades. It might sound too good to be true but traveling and getting paid for it has been around for centuries, since the time of merchants to present-day business people.
There are lots of available options for jobs that pay you to travel; you don’t need to be an employee caught up in a corporate lifestyle if that’s not your thing. However that isn’t to say you don’t have to lift a finger to get paid.
As with anything worth doing, travelling as an occupation involves hard work- but it is work that is often exceptionally enjoyable and always interesting.
While there are conventional jobs such as being an air attendant, there are also some less conventional work opportunities around the world. Check out our list below for some epic jobs that will have you exploring the four corners of the globe.
Sports / Language Instructor
Whether it’s scuba diving or hitting the ski slopes, teaching people the ins and outs of something you specialise in is great for travel and can pay well. If you’re a native English speaker, there are also plenty of openings around the world for language instructors.
Perhaps it’s the ocean and sea that intrigue you. Cruising industry continues to grow steadily around the world with an almost 7% increase from 2017 to 2018, totalling 28.5 million passengers. Some of the best financial travel opportunities involve working on cruise ships since you’ll also be getting room and board included in your employment package.
It doesn’t get much better than that! Unlike airlines, cruises have a variety of different jobs for people with different backgrounds and skills- everything from engineers to entertainment crew and childcare workers to beauty therapists.
Of course I’m going to include this one- it’s what I do! If you’ve got good writing skills and are wondering how to get paid to travel to more off-beat spots and cover popular or unknown and new destinations, then being a travel blogger could be it.
You’ll be responsible for everything in your blog such as sourcing images, building an audience, timekeeping, enhancing your craft of storytelling, learning technical skills, gaining a following on social media and more. Your income will depend on the success of the website so it’s a lot of work but can be very rewarding.
Although travel blogging and travel writing overlap in many ways and can be synonymous, travel writing is generally on a freelance basis for regular publications such as magazines and specialised travel websites. Travel journals and publications are a great place to start for talented writers wanting to share their travel adventures.
If you have an eye for photography, then that could be the way to go. Some photographers become wedding destination photographers, take charge of photography tours, hold workshops, teach and sell stock images all of which bring in income. Videography is also a popular option that is increasingly in demand.
If you’ve ever wondered how people travel and get paid at the same time, I hope this article clears it up for you!
The job you choose can be as conventional as airline staff, or more unique and less obliging like a travel blogger. If traveling is your dream, you can make it part of your dream job too. What makes a travel job unique is that it never has to be permanent, which in this fast-moving world makes it all the more inviting.