Bitten by the Travel Bug? 15 Jobs That Will Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Jobs that will let you travel

Do you often find yourself going through vacation days remarkably fast or daydreaming about the next time you can jet across the world and explore the sights and sounds of another country?

If you seem to constantly have a bad case of the travel bug, it might be time to cure it by incorporating travel into your everyday life. Rather than alternating between work and vacation mode, why not combine the two with a job that requires you to travel?

There are many jobs available that require some travel time—not to mention, traveling for work has a variety of other benefits. It can aid in personal development, such as an increase in cultural competency and more exposure to new environments and fresh perspectives. Travel can also create more empathy in an individual, which is a necessary skill for building cross-cultural relationships.

Employers can also benefit from hiring people who have traveled as they may be able to think innovatively about ways of operating and bring new ideas to the table. Research shows that people are at their most creative and “cognitively flexible” when spending time in a different setting.

So without further ado, here is a list of jobs that are well suited for the travel enthusiastcomplete with salary data and approximate travel time in each rolebased on data gathered by Indeed’s analytics team.

Here are 15 jobs that will let you travel

The 15 jobs on this list are diverse and varied, requiring different amounts of travel as well as a varied mix of skills and qualifications. Senior consultants, for example, make on average $92,113 a year and travel up to 80% of the time, while cruise DJs make $15.50 an hour and tend to travel based on short-term work contracts.

15 jobs that will let you travel

Always on the go

Some of the jobs on the list require travel times of up to 100%, such as cruise bartender, truck driver, airline pilot, flight attendant and yacht captain.

One interesting thing to note is the diversity of transport among these jobs, from planes to trucks to yachts and cruise ships. And of these jobs, none requires postsecondary educationhowever, a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is preferred if you want to be a flight attendant, airline pilot or yacht captain.

Airline pilots must complete either a 9-month long private flight school or have a college degree, plus 1,000 to 1,500 flight hours before they can become pilots. Yacht captains also need to record 360 days on the water at four hours each day in order to successfully obtain their licenses.

Flight attendants and truck drivers don’t have it as hard, although they also need intensive training. Flight attendants receive 3–6 weeks of formal training before their first assignments, and truck drivers must obtain their commercial driver’s licenses before driving professionally.   

Best of both worlds

If you like to have a balance of traveling and home time, you might consider finding a job that requires only some travel. Some good picks for travel enthusiasts include senior consultant, retail buyer, trade show/event manager, recruiter and travel agent.

These jobs are especially good fits for those with business-oriented skills such as problem-solving and logical reasoning, interpersonal skills, analytical skills and management skills.The travel time in these jobs range from very high (senior consultants travel up to 80% of the time) to relatively low (retail buyers travel at least 10%).

Trade show/event managers also travel up to 75% of the time, while travel agents and recruiters land somewhere in the middle, at 30–40% for travel agents and up to 50% for recruiters. These jobs all require at least a bachelor’s degree except for the travel agent role, where a bachelor’s degree is not required but recommended.

Short (term) and sweet

Finally, for the travel enthusiast looking for a project- or contract-based job, some jobs on the list don’t require you to commit to a career and make great seasonal opportunities for when you have a chunk of free time, such as after graduation or if you’re on break part of the year.

These include ESL teacher, cruise DJ, ski instructor and travel nurse, and they are all paid either by the hour or on a short-term contract. Travel nurses are paid the most of the bunch, making on average $1,380 a week with a 13-week-long contract.

ESL teachers make around $21.50 an hour and teach English for 3–6 months in a country abroad, which is definitely a role to consider for someone interested in a particular location who wants to live there short-term while making a difference in the community.

Cruise DJs are paid $15.50 on average, and the work is a great fit for someone who loves music and DJing and wants to share their passion with others while making some money and traveling the world.

The benefits of travel

No matter what type of travel enthusiast you are, these are all jobs that will let you travel for the majority, if not all, of your work, as well as pay you what you need to live comfortably.

And even after you stop traveling, what you take from traveling will stay with you. In a survey by HRZone, 80% of respondents said that traveling for work helped broaden their worldview by allowing them to explore new countries, discover new cultures and ultimately open their minds.

So if you’re just itching to go out and see the world but also want or need to work, check out these 15 jobs for travel enthusiasts. Even better, refer to the Indeed Career Guide for more helpful tips and tricks to landing the job you want and a variety of valuable resources on how to find a job, write your resume and cover letter and ace the job interview.

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