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What should I do after high school if I don't want to go to college, but I want to travel?

I want to do modeling or something with traveling.

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Mary’s Answer

As someone who's worked with models I really really really want to impress upon you something that a lot of aspiring models don't understand: modeling is acting. It's not you looking pretty, its you selling a product. Sometimes the people you're working with will have you wear awful outfits and dump paint on your head, or roll around in a mud puddle, or in general wear things and behave in ways that you find unattractive, and you have to be okay with it. Because it isn't about you being attractive, it's about you helping them bring their vision to life.
I think many people, young women in particular, turn to modeling because they either think it's easy or because they're insecure and want validation. If you fall into those categories, don't do it. But if you do enjoy the creative life, my suggestion is join theatre companies. Look into local community college art classes and see if the photography or drawing classes need models, or if the film students need extras in their films. There are lots of small businesses starting up that want models and brand ambassadors for their stuff.

I use to work for a vintage clothing store, and we would hire women, dress them up in cool outfits and send them out with flyers for our store at the local farmer's market or at the street fairs that were happening. You could always offer that type of service to the businesses in your area. Or look online and see what major music festivals are going on this summer, and find out about volunteering. Sometimes the musicians need people running their merch booth. Sign up to work at multiple festivals over the summer, and get your traveling in.
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Jeannette’s Answer

Hi Olivia,

I can't help you with the modelling part but if you want to travel, I can suggest
- if you need to support yourself while travelling, learn some sellable, transportable skill you can use for doing that -- I'm thinking of student-age service type jobs like barista (you can't go wrong knowing how to make good coffee), but really anything that you're good at and/or interests you would do.
- if the travel is outside the United States and you aren't already speaking a language other than English, learn one of the ones that are mostly spoken worldwide like French or Spanish, or another one appropriate to where you want to go
- if you're looking for a job without a degree that will send you somewhere, to another state or country, hmmm. That's really broad and hard to answer, without knowing more about your interests

Without knowing more, I'd say -- first step, start with a language and work your way outward from there.

Good luck!

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Marcelius Levites’s Answer

Hello, Olivia. College education is indeed a crucial stepping stone towards achieving great things in life. It's a gateway to opportunities and financial stability, which is essential if you dream of traveling the world. Here are two fantastic resources that can guide you on your journey. Best of luck!

Discover Jobs That Pay You to Travel: 15 Exciting Career Opportunities
Do take a moment to explore this website. It's packed with insights that could be invaluable in shaping your life's direction.

1. https://www.makingmoneyandtraveling.com/get-paid-to-travel-jobs/

2. https://www.goatsontheroad.com/get-paid-to-travel/

May these resources illuminate your path towards success.

Marcelius Levites recommends the following next steps:

Research your path
Write down short & long term goals
Make sure you understand what your true purpoe of life is.
Try New Things
Join a Group Chat with people with th same mindset of you and ask people who travel about their experience.
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Natalie’s Answer

If I was you I would look into some modeling schools just to get more experience. Then I would look into some Modeling agency's that can start booking you different photo shoots where then you would get a agent that should start booking you different jobs and that where the travel should come in at.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Olivia,

Becoming a flight attendant requires relatively short training and will allow you to travel. If you are on an international route, you'll have layovers (likely to be short). You'll also have free (or discounted) flights for yourself and family.

You can qualify as a nurse in a relatively short time (2 - 4 years) and be a travelling nurse or sign up for international programs.

You could get a certificate to teach English as a foreign language. You could teach in different countries. Or you could teach in a high-income country for part of the year and use your earning to travel part of the year.

Don't discount college. You'll have the opportunity for a year abroad or even do all your studies abroad. You'll be able to travel for conferences. If you get a PhD, you can do a postdoc abroad.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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