pexels-airportDo they really get paid to do that?

Yes, we’ve all heard the saying “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” but there are just some jobs that sound appealing from the title alone. Some of these jobs make you reconsider your life decisions, and whether or not you picked the right career path. Aside from the high influx of digital nomads (travel writers, bloggers, etc.) and freelancers temporarily settling all over the world, there are more travel-related occupations that don’t require sitting in front of a computer.

Here are some professions that allow you to travel AND help people at the same time.

House Sitter  

Professional house sitters take care of homes for owners who are away. They may also take care of pets (if they have any). Most house-sitting opportunities are free in exchange of services, but others get paid to take care of their hosts’ home like they do their own.  

Locations can be found locally or all over the world, and personal travel expenses are your responsibility. The process includes setting up a trustworthy profile and undergoing an interview/screening process, as you need to make sure the homeowners can rely on you.

Foreign Service Officer

Aside from making sure your country’s ties with other nations is intact and harmonious, working as a Foreign Service officer has its perks. You basically get to live in a foreign country for a few years. You have a chance to thoroughly explore your assigned location, usually on the weekends and days off. Plus, you get to take your family with you. This is where your nationalism and love of travel come together. You also get to polish your foreign language skills!

Au Pair

In short, a nanny with full travel perks, with a side job in translation and language lessons. Wherever the family goes, you go. They are usually considered a full time member of the host family for the duration of her service.

Google Street View Photographer

Although it is somewhat a little less luxurious than the other jobs on this list (as all you do is drive around or ride some sort of vehicle), at least you can say “I made/took that!” whenever someone searches Google maps for directions to their destinations. You’ll be at peace with the fact that people’s travels are safer and more convenient because of you. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view as you go, too!

Travel Trainer

This occupation requires more patience than usual since you’ll be teaching individuals with learning disabilities how to use public transport independently. Before you start assisting and teaching, you’ll need some training, as well as accreditation.

Tour Guide

If you enjoy learning about a country’s culture while also imparting this knowledge on to tourists, this is for you. You’ll need to be adaptable and ready to deal with tourists with all kinds of attitudes.

Flight Attendant/Pilot

Otherwise known as the most basic job that comes to mind when you think about travel. It’s no easy task for pilots and flight attendants to have to know their planes inside and out, but in exchange, they get to explore different countries and even receive discounted airline tickets (for themselves and sometimes, family). Homesickness barely pops up in their vocabulary – this job isn’t for those who get lonely easily.  

ESL Teacher

A gratifying career choice, English as Second Language teachers are in demand, as more and more students want to learn the universal language. In this profession, you don’t only teach children and individuals, you also teach families. Your lessons are bound to be passed on to later generations.

Cruise-Ship Anything

Who said you need to be able to sail a boat to work in one? Those who have steady sea legs will be able to find a job that they qualify for whether it is being a waiter/waitress, bartender, musician, hotel manager, chef, or entertainer on a cruise ship. Who wouldn’t want to lounge on the shores of the Caribbean on their days off?

Peace Corps and Non-Government Orgs

Working for NGOs and the Peace Corps are far from luxurious, but the fulfillment makes up for it. You visit developing countries and help the locals live in a safer environment. It’s more of a volunteer opportunity than a career, though, so you need to live on a budget.  It doesn’t pay much, but the difference you make does.    

Change of career, anyone?

About the Author:

Ayah HeadshotAyah Granada is currently a content writer and editor for Formerly a student journalist. Full time writer, part time bibliophile and a TV series hoarder-slash-enthusiast. She’s currently focused on helping travelers find the best vacation deals through Shore Excursions Group. You can find her on Twitter @ayahgranada.