The 6 Best Travel Careers to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

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We all wish we could travel more and see the world at our own pace without being tethered to a desk or bound by a repetitive daily schedule. The typical 9-to-5 grind, however, rarely lends itself to the jet-setting lifestyle. If your monotonous office job has you craving a change of scenery, you could always reevaluate your career (or career goals) and move in a more travel-friendly direction.

For those stricken with insatiable wanderlust, there are numerous professions that allow you to explore new cultures, terrains, and new experiences on a regular basis. There’s still going to be plenty of hard work involved, but it beats staring at the same cubicle walls for 40 hours a week.

Read on to discover six of the best travel careers around.

Cruise-Ship Worker

From cooks to bartenders to childcare professionals, cruise ships require a wide range of professionals to keep the ship afloat—and the scenery can’t be beat. Explore the world for a living as you meet people from around the world and bask in the crisp ocean breeze.

Travel Nurse

For anyone with a medical background, there is a constant need for locum tenens physicians and travel nurses. These jobs allow you to travel on a regular basis to wherever your particular skills are needed. You may find yourself in Hawaii one month and Miami the next.


Do you have some form of professional expertise? Maybe it’s in project management, online marketing, or team building. Whatever the case, if people are willing to pay you for your wisdom, you might consider becoming an independent consultant. Meet with clients all over the country (and world) as you share your knowledge and enjoy the travel lifestyle.

Travel Editor

Becoming a travel editor is a dream job for people who love to explore the world, but make no mistake—it’s a challenging lifestyle. In order to make a cozy enough living to fund your travels, you have to secure some lucrative publishing clients or generate tons of ad revenue on your own website or blog. If you have a knack for these things, a travel-editor job may be in your future.

ESL Teacher

Move to a country you’ve always dreamed of visiting and teach English as a second language (ESL) to eager students. For this career, you’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree and specialized ESL training, but for people who are passionate about traveling and teaching, it can truly be a dream job.


If you have a job that affords you the freedom to work independently from home, consider taking your laptop on the road. Whether you’re an at-home writer, accountant, graphic designer, or website builder, you don't have to remain trapped in your bedroom. Get out there and explore while doing what you’re already passionate about.

Of course, there are other great travel careers to consider, from convention workers to Peace Corps representatives to au pairs. Ultimately, it’s about finding a lifestyle that works for you.

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