10 Jobs That Let You Travel (But Aren’t In The Travel Industry)
It’s not only pilots, flight attendants and travel writers that get to experience the many perks of combining work and travel. Contrary to common belief, jobs that typically involve a lot of jet-setting aren’t strictly confined to those in the travel industry.
Here are 10 careers outside of the travel sector – spanning various industries and skill sets – that will let you to satisfy that incurable bout of wanderlust.
#1 News correspondent
News correspondents may be sent around the world on assignment to capture topical or breaking news and to report on stories by providing footage, articles and commentary for news networks.
Often seen as the pinnacle in journalism, news correspondents operate on the scene and often possess a specialist area of knowledge, allowing them to impart some of their own perspectives on a particular breaking news story. However, there is a bit of risk attached to this “glamour role” as correspondents may be sent into war zones or areas of conflict to report on events as they are unfolding.
Consultancy firms are hired by clients to advise and deliver solutions – as a consultant, you’re tasked with assessing situations and providing expert advice to the client. What’s more, you can pretty much consult in any given industry, including accounting, finance, marketing, public relations, engineering and project management, to name but a few.
Consultants may need to undertake significant amounts of travel for client meetings and may be required to work on site where the client is based, which may mean a temporarily relocation for the duration of the project.
#3 Fashion merchandiser
Fashion merchandisers need to plan and source merchandise to be sold in-store in the upcoming seasons. This requires the discerning ability to predict the next market trends, so keeping tabs on styles hitting the catwalk (as well as celebrity and street fashion) is a must.
Fashion in Europe and the US is a hotbed of style inspiration and can usually be a good indicator of the trends that will soon be hitting our sunny shores, which means scouting trips abroad are technically part of the job description. This is one instance where you can actually say you’re shopping in the name of work.
#4 Wedding photographer
Weddings will always be a lucrative business, and an important component of any wedding are the cherished photos you’ll be able to look back on for decades to come.
Wedding photographers will often get to experience some stunning venues and locations. The real kicker is scoring an invite to a destination wedding overseas. A paid trip to paradise? Um, where do I sign up?
These opportunities are pretty elusive so if it’s your endgame, work on building up an impressive portfolio and getting your name out there.
#5 International aid worker
Working for an NGO as an international aid worker involves providing localised help with international crises and disasters. Depending on your area of expertise (whether it be in areas such as community development, law, health or nursing) international aid workers may be required to assist with coordinating shelter and aid packages, supporting community development, helping provide clean water and sanitation, and providing medical care and support.
Humanitarian work is highly rewarding, but it’s also a difficult career path to pursue. Boost your chances by studying a degree in a related field and getting involved with a relevant volunteer program.
#6 Cruise ship worker
Cruise ship tourism is becoming more and more popular, which means that more cruise workers are required on board. From chefs and bartenders, through to entertainers and medical personnel, deck and service crew – there are myriad roles and skills that can help land you a gig on a cruise ship. Spend your days working on the high seas before docking at a port and whiling away your free time exploring exotic new places.
#7 Sales representative
If you believe yourself to be capable of selling ice to an Eskimo, then you might want to consider becoming a sales rep. Many industries and companies require a sales rep to spruik and sell their products or services to a broad base of customers. Sales reps are usually allocated a region to manage, given sales targets (and a lot of the time, a work car) and typically earn a base rate with commission incentives.
Life as a rep can often involve extensive travel depending on how big the region is that you’re servicing. If you’re a fairly autonomous person with a gift of the gab who loves nothing more than spending time on the road, then this role is for you.
#8 Foreign relations
The term ‘foreign relations’ is quite a broad umbrella. Should you choose to pursue a career in foreign relations, you may end up working for the government, an NGO or a multinational company, in issues such as diplomacy, trade, finance, aid and development, to name a few. This means that you will need to keep abreast of international issues and politics, so you better organise that subscription to The Economist ASAP.
To increase your chances of entering the highbrow world of foreign relations, make sure you have some relevant studies behind you (foreign relations draws upon all different areas of expertise such as economics, law and international relations), ensure that your general knowledge is up to scratch, differentiate yourself by learning a foreign language, and obtain relevant skills any way that you can (for example, take up an internship or do a semester abroad).
The primary role of an exploration geologist is to assist in identifying locations that will enable resource companies to be able to extract natural resources. As natural resources (such as oil and natural gas) are usually found in more isolated places, geologists often get to travel to some pretty remote regions in diverse environments and typically for long durations at a time. This makes for some pretty interesting stories for you to tell at your next social gathering. The typical qualification needed to become a geologist is a science degree with a specialisation in geology or related science.
#10 Freelance (anything)
As a freelance [insert job], you can pretty much take your job along with you to any corner of the world.
Whether your skills lie in the digital tech realm, design field, marketing, or writing fields, there’s a bounty of ways that you can capitalise on your existing skill set and become a full-time freelancer. Freelancing allows the ultimate flexibility and enables you to be able to work as you travel or vice versa.
Camha is a freelance editor and writer currently based in Perth. She has written for Broadsheet, AWOL, The Big Bus and the Huffington Post Australia, and tweets at @curatedbycammi.