Travelling the world always sounds amazing. There are so many different cultures and places out there, and most of us would love to explore them. Yet, for most of us, travelling is challenging and expensive.
After all, how are you going to find the time or the money to travel when you are working a nine-to-five job? The answer is – not easily.
For people who really do want to travel, one way around this is to find a job that either pays for your to travel or allows you to. While most jobs don’t do this, there are a select few that do. Here are five of the most interesting ones out there.
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1. Flight Attendant
Being a flight attendant is probably the most well-known travelling job. Certainly, you do get the chance to see many different parts of the world. Additionally, the qualifications required for this type of position aren’t too high.
However, being a flight attendant can also be very challenging, particularly because of erratic hours and difficult customers. Additionally, flight attendants have little control of where they travel to and have limited time at any location.
As such, this job offers a glimpse into other cultures and other parts of the world, but the amount you actually get to see is very limited.
2. Cruise Liner Worker
Working on a cruise liner is a good alternative to being a flight attendant for people who don’t like the fast-paced nature of that job or who hate flying. Like flight attending, cruise liner workers do get the chance to see the world, and have the added bonus of getting good accommodation and food along the way.
However, the same limitations are also present – as have limited control over where you go and what you do when you get there. Additionally, this is only a career to choose if you are comfortable with being on a ship for extended periods of time.
3. Peace Corps
While it might not be a job in the traditional sense, volunteering with the Peace Corps can offer a fantastic chance to see other parts of the world and help other people as well. Working with the Peace Corps can help you to bolster your resume and get some travelling in, but don’t expect to earn much money in the process.
4. English Teacher
Teaching English is one of the best ways to travel the world, because there are so many foreign countries that need this skill. Most of the time you will need a certification to become an English teacher in other countries, but this certification is normally pretty easy to get.
With being an English teacher, no one is paying you to travel to different places. Instead, you have a job that can follow you just about anywhere – allowing you to earn money as you travel.
Personally, I think that this is a much better system. Any job that pays you to travel will be so restrictive that you can’t do what you want to do. If you are earning money as you go, then you have much more freedom. However, being an English teacher isn’t the only job that lets you do this and there are better ones out there.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Making money online isn’t a career that naturally lends itself to traveling. In fact, most people think that making money online requires sitting in an office for hours upon hours each day. In reality though, affiliate marketing is a very effective job for people who want to travel.
However, you can work just about anywhere as long as you are consistent about writing and working for some of the day, rather than be on “vacation mode” 100% of the time.
For example, if I suddenly found I had to move to another state for a few months, I could simply take all of my work with me. However, if I had a ‘normal’ job, that type of move would leave me stuck. Instead, I just need my laptop and the internet to make money.
This means that you can travel on your own terms, earning money as you go. That’s a completely different approach than saving money before you go and spending it as you travel. Because you are earning money all the time, it is also possible to travel longer and not worry about the work you are missing.
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It’s very possible to grow your business to the point that you can take time off and it will still make money. With a little careful outsourcing, it’s even possible to have your business run on its own while you are away.
Ultimately, this approach is much more effective than being paid to travel. Most travelling jobs place strong restrictions on what you can do while you are travelling or where you are travelling to. Additionally, you often end up working so hard that you don’t have the time or energy to enjoy the place you.
This isn’t the case with affiliate marketing. Instead, you are your own boss, which means that you get to make all of those decisions. Affiliate marketing has allowed me to enjoy adventure and travel where I never thought that I could. It has also provided a stable ‘full-time’ job and continues to do so no matter where I go.
A final advantage of affiliate marketing is that it is a field that anyone can learn. I consider affiliate marketing to be my full-time job now, but I didn’t know anything about it when I first got started.