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Jobs That Pay You to Travel
Do you love to travel but can’t afford to do it as often as you’d like? Consider a job that pays you while you travel. There are many traveling jobs, ranging from the mundane to the exotic, with varying requirements. For example:
Flight attendant. This is perhaps the most obvious option, and one with relatively few requirements besides a cheerful manner and the ability to be calm in a crisis, large or small. One downside is that you see more insides of airports than you do beautiful locales. But you probably get a great break on air fare when you travel for fun.
Cruise ship employee. These jobs range from performers to bartenders and servers to housekeeping and more. The work is much like similar jobs on land, but the scenery is much lovelier and ever-changing.
Traveling nurse. In this job, you work for a company that places nurses in underserved areas. You might stay for a month or a year or more, giving you a chance to immerse yourself in your new surroundings. Of course, you have to be a nurse to consider this job.
Au pair. You care for the children of a family in a foreign country, including traveling with them. You probably won’t have a ton of free time, but you can see new places with – and occasionally without – your young charges.
Organic farmer. An organization called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms offers food and board in return for four to six hours of farm work a day. There are member locations all over the world.
Tour guide. If you are friendly, confident and unafraid of public speaking, you could be a tour guide. Depending on the company, you also might need special skills, such as first aid, and special knowledge, such as art history.
English teacher. There are many opportunities to teach English overseas. Possibilities range from being a private tutor to working in a classroom. You need teaching credentials and at least a working knowledge of the language of your students.
Destination wedding photographer. With the increase in destination weddings, the job of wedding photographer has become much more exotic. You have the same responsibilities you would if you were shooting a wedding in your own back yard – only you will be somewhere much cooler.
Bartender or server. These are pretty universal jobs. If you can serve food or drinks here, you probably can serve them anywhere. However, you almost certainly need to be pretty fluent in the language of the country where you are working.
Finally, before you leave for a traveling job, make sure that all your travel papers are in order and that you fully understand what you are getting into. And of course, always be sure that you are working for a reputable company or employer.
Then enjoy the journey.