6 jobs that you can travel with and never look back

6 Jobs That You Can Travel With and Never Look Back

jobs you can travel withDo you have extreme wanderlust? Do you dream of making money that follows you everywhere you go during your travels? I think you’d agree that finding jobs that you can travel with is a dream for most people who love to get away.

Did you know that with a bit of research, though, finding one that fits your needs can be easier than you thought? And no, “astronaut” is not going to make this list.

I’m not going to list jobs that take a decade of schooling and training to get. This is a list of realistic jobs that you can travel with.

Are you ready to put that passport to use? Stop what you’re doing because this article is going to show you 6 jobs that you can travel with and how easy or difficult they are for you to get.

6 Jobs That You Can Travel With

Jobs That You Can Travel With

1. English Teacher Abroad

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Might be a little difficult for some
Pay: $2000 – $3000 per month

One of the most popular and sought after jobs that you can travel with is being a professional English teacher. You speaky the English? Yes? You’re hired!

Ok, so it’s not that easy. In general, you do need a college degree and a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). But if you can acquire those and are ready to travel, the pay isn’t bad.

You normally even get your accommodation taken care of, too.

While the TEFL isn’t too hard to get, the degree will take time if you don’t have one already. Hit the books for a couple of years and enjoy very rewarding career and the travel that comes with it.

New insight: I wanted to add a reader’s insight from the comments section and place it right here. Surprisingly, my exaggeration of how easy it could be to teach English abroad actually rings true in some places. Sweet! Thanks James!

“You speaky the English was more or less all I had to listen to at an interview with Thai school staff. Being presentably dressed and well mannered also help a great deal. They’re not keen on teachers with tattoos here, so if you have any, keep them covered up.” – (read the original comment left by James in the comments section below the post).

Additional Resources: Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies

2. Flight Attendant

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Not the easiest
Pay: $1000 – $4000 per month

I’ve never seen the life of a flight attendant as glamorous. This may be because of many years as a firefighter dealing with people calling 911. Customer service isn’t always fun.

But you know what is?

Constantly flying around the world, partying in seemingly limitless cities, taking in all the different cultures, FREE TRAVEL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, and of course, the view from working above the clouds.

Did I mention the free travel? I did? Ok good.

All those perks are needed because customer service in a confined space with cranky passengers can be difficult. The training can be grueling, the hours are sometimes long (16 hour flight to australia anyone?), and you’ll have to get used to skyping your loved ones.

But hey, when it comes to jobs that you can travel with, those perks are hard to beat.

Additional Resources: The Essential Guide To Becoming a Flight Attendant

3. Work as an Au Pair

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Not too bad
Pay: $400 – $1000 per month

This is another popular one, especially among young female wanderlusters.

An au pair is a live-in babysitter. You’ll probably need mastery of a second language since you’ll be communicating with your host family and their kids constantly.

You should probably really love children too, just FYI.

Besides your basic household chores, you’ll also be helping teach the kids a new language. Kids are sponges when it comes to language. (Try not to cuss around them. They’ll out you quickly).

In return for your duties, you get room, board, and a modest income. Also, you get to live in a foreign country and truly experience a new culture up close and personal.

Don’t expect to have too much free time though. Kids need lots of attention. But this also makes for a very rewarding job.

(Unless they’re brats).

Additional Resources: Au Pair Guide: A Helpful Handbook For Your Time Abroad

4. Bartender

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Easy
Pay: $1000 – $4000 per month

You know what’s one of the best things about working in the bar industry? The job description is just about the same everywhere you go!

>Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs all have a proven formula when it comes to bartending. Be attentive, be social, and make really good drinks!

Never stop smiling and you’ll be a winner, trust me.

Wherever you’re working, it’ll be helpful to know the basics in the native language. (Although when I’ve partied abroad I’ve found basic sign language seems to work). But to avoid insulting your patrons, take a cram course in the native language. You’ll pick up the rest as you go.

The more experience you gain bartending, the more opportunities will open up with a potential for higher pay. And who wouldn’t love to say they bartended all across the globe?

Additional Resources: The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail

5. Work on a cruise ship

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Not bad
Pay: $2000 – $3000 per month

While traveling the world working on large cruise ships or private yachts is a spectacular way to see the world, there’s definitely work involved.

Have you ever seen those reality shows that follow the staff of high end private yachts as they serve high end patrons? I’d never be able to just stand there getting shouted at.

But in general your cruise ship patrons aren’t going to be quite that rude. You’ll just need to be fast, attentive, and always have a “the customer is always right” attitude.

Your food, accommodation, transportation, and even insurance is covered while working on most cruise ships. Further, many also provide vacation time so you can travel on your own.

There are also a boatload (see what I did there?) of different types of positions available. As a result, you could work as a deck-hand, stewardess, chef, paramedic, entertainment manager, entertainment staff, engineer, and many more.

Additional Resources: Cruise Confidential: One Crazy Year Working On Cruise Ships

6. Build an online business around your passion

Jobs that you can travel with

Ease of attaining: Relatively Easy
Pay: Varies depending on your niche with no limits

While working for someone else is the norm, working for yourself can be a game changer when it comes to traveling abroad. Build a website around your passion and you may never feel like you’re working.

Forget taking care of kids and teaching English, sign me up!

Further, there are literally limitless niches you can work in online. It’s just a matter of determining your passion and understanding a little bit about building websites and getting traffic.

If being your own boss is important to you or you’re just tired of working for someone else, then take a look at my #1 recommendation for creating a consistent stream of revenue online. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Whether you’re a photographer who’d love to share and sell your work online, a freelance writer, travel blogger, fitness enthusiast, yoga instructor, or freelance anything really, this is a great option with the right knowledge base.

Follow the training and in a very short amount of time you’ll understand the process of building consistent revenue from the internet.

Helloooooo neverending vacations!

Additional Resources: www.wealthyaffiliate.com

Jobs that you can travel with

Give Me Some Feedback

Let me know what you think. Are you a world traveler? What jobs have you picked up along the way to extend your vacations?

Do you have an even better option to add to this list of jobs that you can travel with? Do you have an idea for a business you can build around your passion? Want to know more about Wealthy Affiliate?

Ask me anything. Share your story in the comments below. And speaking of sharing, did you enjoy the article? Share it to your networks!


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  • Hi, Eric. This is definitely a great list. Many of these are great for someone who is single, like a flight attendant or cruise ship worker. I couldn’t imagine being away from my family for that amount of time, though. Now the building an online business idea I can really get behind. That way, you can take your family with you, and as long as you have an Internet connection, you’re set.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Now that is some smart thinking. I wanted to make sure I put that option out there because not all wanderlusters are single. Thanks for the comment man! I appreciate it!

  • Deraj says:

    Wow, what a great and creational post. I never thought of those work in that way like you have described here. Well done. Among all, I like the No.6, Online business because most of the people can do that and there is never late to start online business 🙂

    • Eric Cantu says:

      I think a lot of people now are looking to be their own boss, and with the right training and drive, it’s definitely more possible now than ever before. I definitely stand behind the WA recommendation I made above. It’s a great starting point. Thanks Deraj!

  • Vicky says:

    I think the most glamorous job would be the cruise ship. All the different people you could meet could be exciting. Thanks for your incite into a better way of working. Gives a person something to think about.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Can you imagine everything you’d see and experience? And all over the world too. I think I’d get sick of the customer service after a while cuz it’s hard being sober when everyone else is drinking and making demands lol. But it would definitely make for a cool experience. Thank you Vicky!

  • James says:

    As an English teacher for 14 years in Thailand (with no TEFL or other qualifications) I can add that in some countries it is very easy to get a job as an English teacher.

    You speaky the English was more or less all I had to listen to at an interview with Thai school staff. Being presentably dressed and well mannered also help a great deal. They’re not keen on teachers with tattoos here, so if you have any, keep them covered up. I’m okay though, not one tattoo blemishes my lovely English skin…lol


    • Eric Cantu says:

      That’s really cool insight, Jimbo. I think I’ll add that to the post. Maybe I should ask around when I’m in Thailand in May. And I’d imagine once you land one job as an English teacher it becomes that much easier to land the next. Thanks, Jimbo!

  • Brittany says:

    This is great. I love how you incorporated everything into one idea with your love of travel. This is new and refreshing. Wealthy affiliate huh? Im looking into it now. A very interesting and easy read. Great job.

  • Linda Watson says:

    I like the last option! Working for myself anywhere I want! All are really good options though. So many people feel trapped in jobs they can’t stand and travel only on vacation. That’s sad. Thanks for a great article!

    • Eric Cantu says:

      I like the last option too. But as i mentioned in one of the other comments I would have looooooved to bartend all over the world if i was 10 years younger haha. Maybe in another life, right?

  • Peter says:

    Great list of jobs you provided Eric. I like the idea of a laptop lifestyle that really suits me rather than being on a schedule like the other ones you talked about. When I was really young living in a youth hostel at a ski resort town, they were almost begging us to come work on the hill. You can really travel for cheap doing it this way. What is your favourite job to do travelling? Thanks for this, Really well done.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      You lived in a youth hostel in a ski resort town huh. Wow. I bet you have some stories! Thanks for the comment, man. My personal preference is the whole online business thing. I like the idea of working for myself instead of for someone else, buuuuuut if i was younger I’d totally try the bartending thing just to say i did it lol. Thanks again, peter.

  • Ashley says:

    Hi Eric!
    These are great suggestions! I have considered many of them myself at one point or another. I have definitely looked into being a flight attendant and working on a cruise ship and they are both excellent choices! Someday I hope to be able to work remotely from my laptop no matter where in the world I am (like on a beach), while still making enough money to travel freely. That’s the dream! Thanks for sharing this wonderfully inspiring article. These are some awesome ideas!

  • Xdeem Li says:

    Hi Eric,
    Thanks for your post. To be honest with you, I ‘m been traveling for the better part of last 6 years and actually looking to return home. However, once I settled down, I would like to travel again. Your list of jobs are very attainable for most, and that meant you were very considerate for most people who may be interested in traveling. However, there should be good opportunities for professionals aboard too. For example, what about medical and legal professionals. I’m sure their services could be valuable. Me personally, I like to be a portfolio manager, looking to find hidden investment value in emerging markets. Cheers.

  • Derek Smith says:

    Interesting post, nicely put together, thanks.
    One downside of the cruise ship is the “no fraternising with the guests” rule, which means that all those lovely rich widows are off limits.
    One advantage of the teacher abroad is that in many Asian countries, teachers are treated with respect by the students. This is a concept that many western teachers find hard to grasp …

  • Dino says:

    I have never think on this topic before! Great post! I think that I also can travel around with my own job as a music performer. That’s great to know that!

  • Hi Eric,

    Great post man! I have done the bartending thing overseas and loved it! Meeting amazing people and basically a non stop party haha! I also did the TEFL course years ago when you didn’t need a degree but I failed to follow through on that one.

    I am now on the Wealthy Affiliate train and my dreams of travelling the world are slowly taking shape 🙂

    Thanks for a fun post and bringing back memories 🙂


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