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Love to Travel? Jobs That Will Pay You To Travel

You’re not alone if you love to travel. There’s nothing like seeing other ports of call, other cultures, other faces, and hearing different languages. If you’re from a big city, you will be thrilled to see the churches, castles and cathedrals of French or German region.

And a small-town dweller might particularly be interested in going island hopping – islands, capes, archipelagos and peninsulas abound in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

The Americas, of course, are one rich tapestry of wide open spaces and lofty mountains and crystalline waterways.

Can’t wait to switch your armchair travelling to actual travel hours?

Why not get paid for your travels, while you’re enjoying the landscape?

There are jobs that will pay you a living wage to go places – yep, to hop on a mode of transportation and to see the world.

Let’s be fair.  If you are going to be collecting a paycheck for doing a job, it won’t ALL be scoping out the scenery.  You’ll have to put in your allotted hours of work, as well.

But the really good news is that your job should be just as much fun as the time you spend away from the job, or in the vicinity, checking out the sights.

Taking notes?  Here are the sorts of jobs you’ll want to be on the lookout for:

  • Shipboard Careers – Number one on this list of seem-too-good-to-be-true jobs would revolve around cruise ships. If you like breathing in the salt air of the oceans of the world, looking up at the vast canopy of stars on a clear night and observing sea creatures that are iridescent and even fluorescent beneath the ocean floor, this might be the job for you. (A few sea creatures which shine so brightly that they light up the ocean include squid, shrimp, fish, octopus, jelly fish and worms).

Everything from Cupcake Supervisor to diving instructor and electrician are routinely sought by large, well-known lines.  No matter your specialty, there’s bound to be one of those needed on one of the fun-filled and action-packed boats. These cruises fill up pretty quickly with folks who have disposable income to spend, and will include customers from all walks of life, and of all ages.  Be certain you’re armed with plenty of good cheer and patience – and a knowledge of First Aid basics.  Remember, you won’t be able to just pick up the phone and reach a First Responder in an “incident”.

Here are a few jobs that cruise ships are routinely in need of:

  • Waiters and waitresses;
  • Exercise coach;
  • Teachers/Youth Staff (seasonal);
  • Bell Attendant;
  • Buffet Cooke;
  • A Sports Staffer (for Guest Activities).

As you can see, you can zero in on Guest Activities if you like guiding people through physical exercise or focus on the presentation and serving of gourmet-style food.

Shipboard jobs offer on-site gyms and day rooms or libraries and loans of DVD’s and movies.  Of course, the main reason for being onboard is the terrific places that you’ll get to visit!

There’s no commute time and you literally wake up in a different port each day or you awaken to the rhythm of the gentle sea.  The hours are long and the pace fast-paced (with so many activities going on at once), but it’s an adventure no matter how you look at it.

There are literally hundreds of listings on these shipboard sites.  One shipboard career link for a well-known line, Royal Caribbean International, was recently listing 108 postings: See link here:

  • Tour Guide – Do you absolutely spill over with passion about the food, culture, people and scenery of one particular country? What better lifestyle and job than to be in that country sharing your love of the area with tourists or with others interested in learning the legends, geography, history, etc. of the country. Many visitors will speak English, but it helps if you speak the language of the country.

Who would need a tour guide? Institutions that draw global vistors (like the United Nations in New York); hotels; and area attractions which highlight the area or region.

It’s only natural that you’ll be exuberant when presenting the high points of the country, and another plus is: if you know more about the area’s ins-and-outs than locals!

Cruise ships do hire tour guides, as do river boat ships.   But if you’d like to be the sort of Tour Guide/Tour Director that deals with groups of people from different lands AND gets to go home each night, that’s doable, too.   Of course, some tour companies have guides living out of a suitcase. It IS travel, after all!  See here for getting started:

  • Diplomat – This job is not as hard-to-obtain as many people might think. You would represent your country (and thus work for either the Department of State or the Department of Foreign Affairs – Google the office in your area). You’d be required to known other languages and to be pretty familiar with world events. To apply, write a letter and include a CV or resume to one of the above-named governmental bodies. If there is an opening and you pass a test, there’ll be a screening and, if hired, you’ll have the opportunity to travel to many different places that travelers don’t often have access to.

There are different slots available:  you can work as an interpreter, health specialist, administrative assistant or an economics agent.  Of course, the accommodations will be subsidized and travel costs will be covered.  Two other benefits which you might find appealing are duty-free goods and excellent vacation time.  If you’d like to join the Department of State’s Diplomatic Corps in the U.S., or to learn about related positions, you can go here:

A few other travel-related jobs are:  travel blogger/travel journalist; airline reserve agent (you would help customers with travel issues, and assist with ticketing, etc.); ethnomusicologist (these folks study the history of music and often travel to different sites for research centers, bringing back samples of the location’s music); translator and interpreter (translators work with the spoken language and interpreters work with the written word –hospitals and governmental agencies are two points-of-hire); geologist; au pair, flight attendant and pilot.  Religious/ministry work with travelling includes: missionary work (working for a church or office of a senior clergy, such as a Bishop, or for the board of a non-profit) and Peace Corps volunteer – see link:

Has your wanderlust doubled in intensity just reading about these careers for travelers?  Read no further.  Go and apply! And when you’re all packed and ready to go, duffle bag, foreign language dictionary and regional travel guide in tow, remember that variety is the spice of life.  Why not try living the home-away-from-home life of more than one of the above-listed jobs?  They’re all bound to keep you feeling that sense of newness and discovery.  Bon Voyage and have a great day at work!

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