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What careers are best for traveling?

I have a passion for traveling and I would love a career that would let me travel and also make a fair amount of money. #career #travel #money

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Eric’s Answer

Hi Clifta! I'm sure there are a lot of answers to this question - Sales happens to be one of the most travel-heavy careers I've encountered. At Global Account Management levels, you're almost guaranteed to be on the road for a good portion of the time, affording you opportunities to visit a lot of interesting places. Another benefit is that you control your own level of income.

That being said - the focus is definitely not on leisurely travel and it can be stressful at times.

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I'd suggest taking a look at "travel-heavy" jobs online and seeing if anything piques your interest.
Thank you comment icon I will look into these options. Thank you! Clifta
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Lauren’s Answer

Like many people have said, sales or sales enablement is a good profession for travel. I never saw myself as someone who'd be in the sales world, but I like teaching and helping train others so that's where I'm at at the moment!

Beyond that, working at a company that's not headquartered in the same country as you, or a company that has an emerging global presence, will present organic opportunities to travel. Especially if you are promoted enough to be in a more senior position.

I'd also stress that you don't need to have a ton of money to travel, and that traveling for work can be exhausting and not give you much time to sight-see or really enjoy yourself. You often don't get to stay in many places over the weekend or for an extended time: it's just in and out. I know people who are freelance writers, freelance software engineers, dogsitters, bloggers, social media consultants, ESL teachers, etc who get to travel the world on their own terms, so how you want to travel for work is something to make sure you're really solid on.
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Sy’s Answer

As people have said, there are actually many jobs that you could take that involve travel. But I would first start with the role itself. Just because you will travel, does not mean it's for you. Being in sales vs. a travel nurse vs. a flight attendant are all very different experiences, and no matter the place you're in, you need to be passionate about that first, otherwise travel can become difficult if it's to do something you don't love. Do you want to hop from city to city? Do you want to be international? Or do you want to live for some months in each place? Different roles provide different experiences.

If your core goal is to travel, as the profession itself, then being a flight attendant is a good option. I have friends who wanted this, and did it for a few years before starting a longer term career that did not involve travel. They did see the sights all over the worlds. If you want the ability to travel, but have a career in mind that does not usually result in travel, then as folks mentioned, working with an airline can give you the inexpensive travel options you are looking for without requiring someone else to dictate your travel for you.

With anything, it is not a guarantee that it will give you what you are looking for, so in whatever you pursue, do your research, and talk to folks who have done the job, to get a good sense of what it's really like day to day.
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Kai’s Answer

Clifta,

Being in Sales is most likely going to end up being the most lucrative while allowing for wonderful travel opportunities. If you're just starting out look for "business development roles" at larger companies so you can learn the ropes and transition into a higher level sales job that includes travel. Tech/software startups will most likely provide the fastest progression routes. For a role like this you will need to develop & showcase high drive and productivity skills. Pros - most of these roles are also remote/WFH opportunities.

Good luck!
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Priya’s Answer

Jobs that require travel or allow you to travel as you work, so you can get out there and start adventuring.

Flight Attendant
Cruise Ship Worker
Travel Agent
Customer Service Agent
International Aid Worker
Foreign Service Officer
Consultant
English Teacher
Au Pair
Tour Guide
Telemedicine
Writer
Ski Instructor
Engineer
Scuba Diving Instructor
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Clifta,

There are a wide variety of careers that involve travel. I think that the travel industry has a large amount of travel related options, especially airlines and hotels. It actually depends on a simple question - do you want to do a job around travel or do you want to do a job that also allows you to travel? I personally think that it can be hectic to be focused on travel all the time. Being a tour guide or working at a hotel front desk can be challenging work. Traveling for a living, being away from home for months at a time, can be challenging on friendships and family life.

I would recommend that you try and find a job that doesn't actually make you think of travel at first. There are jobs in roles like Human Resources or Training that can initially sound like there would not be a lot of travel. However, these are roles that can have travel. For example, I am in the Training business (also called Learning and Development). A trainer is a teacher, but in business rather than in a school. I have seen many parts of the world while training for various companies.

Your challenge here would be to have a company that has locations in a lot of places. Do you want to travel nationally or internationally? Make sure that you know what the company you want to work for has available. I mentioned a role like Human Resources because those roles exist in almost every large company in the world, including airlines and hotels. With this basic mindset around helping people succeed at their job, you will have a job that can translate anywhere in the world. Plus there is often the benefit of traveling with others who do a similar job to you.

I love traveling and I have been fortunate enough to visit 17 countries and a large portion of my home country, the United States. Combining work and travel is a wonderful way to engage with the world. I hope that you are fortunate enough to find a job that you love and will let you travel.

Gloria
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Ginamarie’s Answer

Careers in sales often have a decent amount of travel, whether it be local within a defined "sales territory", travel throughout the US, or even international. Keep in mind that traveling for work is not always as glamorous as it may sound! Long days and long nights on the road can put strain on personal life at times, its about finding the right balance.
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MOHAMMED’s Answer

hi Clifta
there are a lot of things to say n this one , but i guess you should have a look at this below , it may help you to better undesrtand those kind of jobs :
https://expertvagabond.com/best-travel-jobs/
kindly
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Thomas’s Answer

While I agree with some of the answer that being a flight attendant is great option.
I would first start my journey learning foreign languages, especially to the countries you are interested in.
If you can, learn 2 or more.
By doing this, you will open more opportunities that may involve traveling to those countries.

If you learn Spanish and French, you would cover most of Europe and South America.
If you learn Chinese, then you would be able to communicate with billions of people.
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Emily’s Answer

I agree with what everyone is saying on this thread, and you're probably already considering this, but study abroad in college. It's such a great experience. If you study in Europe, you're only a quick train ride to another country for a weekend trip.
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mary’s Answer

Nursing can be a great way to combine traveling and making a great living. Travel nurses typically sign contracts to work for a specific amount of time in a specific locale and generally receive more reimbursement for doing so.

mary recommends the following next steps:

evaluate interest in nursing
evaluate availability of nursing programs
evaluate cost of nursing programs
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Martina’s Answer

A flight attendant would be a great career for traveling. Depending on the your experience and the airline, you can make a decent amount of money and reap the benefits.
Thank you comment icon Thanks so much for the info! Clifta
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Lynette’s Answer

Travel Agent, Cruise Ship jobs, Airline jobs just saw this site that shows more: https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-awesome-travel-jobs-and-how-to-get-them/
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Lynette, I will look into this website. Clifta
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Nilofar’s Answer

A career in Sales, Healthcare and humanitarian to name a few would allow you to travel a lot and earn a decent living at the same time. However, traveling whilst working can be at times more of a strain than enjoyment so understand for yourself what aspects of travel you enjoy the most and maybe consider a seasonal job that would allow you to take extended periods of time off.
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Michael’s Answer

I have friends that are travelling nurses. They stated they loved it and gave them freedom to travel from place to place. Maybe look into this. Best of luck!
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Linda’s Answer

You could be a Travel Nurse. Get your nursing degree and then sign on with a Traveling Nurse company. They have nursing positions in all states. You could travel to Hawaii or Alaska or any state. They are highly paid. They pay for your housing and you can take different assignments for a set number of weeks. You can take time off if you like between the assignments. My friend did this and loved it.