Like most people, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into your career path. But have you chosen the career that best fits the type of lifestyle that you want to live? Are you settling into your desk job even though you always had plans of seeing the world and experiencing new cultures first hand? If you always dreamed of traveling the world but can’t find the time with your career and busy life, you might want to reconsider your line of work. Take a look at some of the most lucrative and growing vocations that not only allow employees to travel but often encourage it as a part of the job. Don’t wait until it’s too late to really enjoy your life; invest in a career that you love today.

Teaching English Abroad

English teaching is a great job for anyone interested in spending at least a year in a foreign location. There are so many English teaching opportunities around the world, allowing those on this career path to experience cultures throughout the world while providing a valuable service for young minds. If you currently teach English as a second language online, you’ll find that teaching abroad provides even more freedom and possibilities than ever before.

Being a native English speaker isn’t even a mandate of this career; the entry threshold is fairly low and those who speak English as a second language have little trouble picking up the career. The wages for this career path are some of the best when it comes to travel jobs.

Scuba Instructor

If you love tropical beaches, warm sands, and endless splashes of color, consider becoming a scuba instructor at your favorite destination. This career path is going to take a bit of upfront investment on your part, but it can also be one of the most rewarding careers for nomads and travel lovers. There are some courses and certifications that you should have before becoming a scuba instructor, and you will also need to log a number of hours by yourself while practicing your skill.


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If you haven’t already been certified as a scuba instructor, you can do so easily online, or check out certification programs in areas like Thailand that will help you learn your new career first hand. This skill and certification will allow you to pick up work around the world in some of the most exotic locations.

Work on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships are a tried and true travel job for all kinds of careers. Enjoy traveling around the globe by ship while you earn money in a career that you love. What’s more, cruise ship jobs are fairly easy to come by due to the variation in cruise ship employees. Although this is a fairly hard-working career, you’ll get to play as hard as you work; exploring foreign ports and partying with your fellow shipmates in the evenings. While you might be making a little less money working on a cruise ship than you would at a traditional job, but you’ll be able to do away with a ton of expensive bills, such as a car, insurance, and rent payments. That means more money in your pocket or savings account.

Work as an Au Pair

If you love kids, you can take advantage of one of the oldest traveling careers in the industry: the Au Pair. There are tons of families both in the US and internationally who are looking for the right person to help take care of their little ones. You have to be careful with this career choice, as it is not always a paying career, although you will be given food and lodging in exchange for your services. You’ll likely be given spending money each week as well, particularly if you are working in a European country.

Become A Freelance Photographer

Many of us love taking photos of events and everyday occurrences. If this is something that you enjoy doing in your free time, why not consider making a career out of it? Admittedly, becoming a freelance photographer is hard work and something that you will need to fully commit to in order to make it work. But if photography is your passion and it is something that you are good at, you can make great money snapping photos around the globe. You can even land a job working for a media outlet that mandates your continued travel in order to get the best shots on Earth.

Don’t let your wanderlust go to waste while you slave away at a desk job. Why not take something that you love and turn it into a global career that gives you the best of both worlds? It’s never too late to kick your typical job and start a new life of adventure with a job that lets you travel the world.  Feel free to check us out at