How often have we sat at our desks at work and pictured ourselves lazing on a sunny beach or scaling a mountain far far away?! The good news is, you no longer have to choose between work and leisure. There are a host of opportunities available today for those who want to mix both. Here is a list of exciting career opportunities that will let you see the world and cash in a pay cheque at the end of the month.
1. See the World through a Lens: Photographers/Cinematographers
Whether you choose to do still photography or work in a film crew, this career is guaranteed to take you to exotic locations. For photographers the options are endless, travel photography, wildlife, fashion etc. And for cinematographers, a world of outdoor shoots for film and television awaits.
2. Sail the High Seas: Cruise Crew / Merchant Navy
The crew on any ship works very hard and stays away from home for months at a time but they party harder and see the world too! It’s a great way to meet new people and form friendships when you live and work alongside people from all around the world.
3. Teach and Travel: English Language Tutors
There is a growing need for English language teachers in various parts of South East Asia. Several charitable and commercial organizations are constantly looking for volunteers whose native language is English. This would be a great way to meet people, share some knowledge and tour some beautiful countries.
4. Take People on a Tour: Tour Guide
While this may not appeal to you as a fulltime occupation, if you are an expert on any destination or are well travelled and wouldn’t mind revisiting certain places, you could totally take other travellers around and show them the ropes.
5. Pay Your Way Around With a Pen: Travel Writer
Well you just need your laptop and the love for travel to get started. Initially you may need to spring for your own trips but as you build a reader base you will start getting paid to this! Imagine reviewing entire countries and sending in your assignment as you laze by the poolside of a luxurious resort in Bali!
6. Take Viewers on A Journey: Travel Show Host
While the entry barriers to working in television are high, there is nothing stopping you from giving it a shot. You need to be charming and well spoken and of course enthusiastic about discovering new places, food and culture. You could start off with a video blog initially and if it picks up, getting your own show or sponsors will become much easier.
7. Represent your Country: Diplomat/Foreign Service
Being in foreign services means having a highly paid job with a high level of responsibility and one that isn’t easy to get. But if you manage to clear all the exams, interviews, security checks and are qualified to make the cut then the world is your oyster.
8. Uncover the History of the World: Archeologist
If you are fascinated by history and don’t mind getting your hands dirty then this is the right career for you. Travel to places of historical importance and conduct your research at historical digs. Most such trips are funded by a grant and if you uncover something rare you’ve definitely hit the jackpot.
9. Interpret the World: Translator
If you have a flair for international languages this one will get you around the world too. Governments and private companies, all employ translators as global trade is key for economic growth and language barriers are often a problem when dealing with overseas clients.
10. Serve in the Skies: Cabin Crew/ Pilot
Well the perks are pretty apparent here. You will see the world, meet people and stay at the best hotels. If you don’t fancy being a pilot, you can be cabin crew, just remember both professions require training and hard work.
So whether your looking to make a career change or are just starting out, if you’ve been bitten by the travelbug then explore these options and soon you’ll be traversing the globe!