The Top Ten Travel-Friendly Careers

Working remotely
Are your two-week vaca­tions just a tease? If the rat-race is slow­ly killing your spir­it, or you just need a shake­up, you might con­sid­er a career that allows you the free­dom to explore the world as you work. You can work and live any­where in the world that has an inter­net con­nec­tion if you trav­el-size your career. Below are the top ten trav­el-friend­ly careers.

Teach Eng­lish
Coun­tries around the world are look­ing for native Eng­lish speak­ers to teach Eng­lish as a sec­ond lan­guage. All you need is a 120 cred­it hour TESOL or TEFL cer­tifi­cate and a Bach­e­lor’s degree in any sub­ject (some schools don’t require this but most do). In just a month you could be equipped with a skill set that will remove your geo­graph­ic bound­aries and pro­vide you an oppor­tu­ni­ty to live any­where. Often­times your hous­ing and expens­es are paid for on top of your salary. If you’re seri­ous about teach­ing Eng­lish and want to read more I rec­om­mend the guide, The Secrets to Teach­ing Over­seas From Prac­tic­ing Teach­ers. Also, you can teach Eng­lish online. This method doesn’t usu­al­ly require a TESOL cer­tifi­cate but does require that you are a native Eng­lish speak­er. VIPKID is cur­rent­ly a leader in this category.

Con­sult
If you’ve worked, you have expe­ri­ence in some­thing. Can you chan­nel your back­ground into a con­sult­ing busi­ness? Can you guide or coach new busi­ness own­ers? Do you have a back­ground in mar­ket­ing, sales, import or export? There are new expat busi­ness own­ers around the world that could use some help.

Telecom­mute
If you like what you’re doing why not pack it up and take it with you? Most careers real­ly are telecom­mut­ing friend­ly, the trick is to teach your employ­er this fact if they are of tra­di­tion­al nature. Your pitch is key, which is why I rec­om­mend you read, The Work From Home Hand­book or Earn an Income Abroad. The book helps fine-tune your pitch so you can address all of your employ­er’s con­cerns before they have a chance to con­sid­er what they are.

Blog­ging / Freelancing
There are trav­el writ­ers, copy­writ­ers, jour­nal­ists, blog­gers, free­lancers, PR writ­ers, con­tent cre­ators, tech­ni­cal writ­ers, grant writ­ers, and god knows how many more spe­cial­ties. And you don’t have to choose just one—you can cross plat­forms. Write about top­ics you have spe­cial knowl­edge in or are very pas­sion­ate about. Find your niche (or two) and build a plat­form and rep­u­ta­tion on it. Make it unique so you stand out to edi­tors and read­ers. Be your­self. If you play your cards right, you just might land some comped hotel stays and adven­ture tours.

Loca­tion of Inde­pen­dent Business
If you have an entre­pre­neur­ial spir­it, open­ing a busi­ness abroad is often much less finan­cial­ly scary. The start­up cap­i­tal required is often a frac­tion of that in the states. Take care to make cer­tain you fol­low all of the legal and tax reg­u­la­tions of the coun­try you choose to reside in or base your busi­ness from.

Pick­ing up What You Can on the Road
The brave and adven­tur­ous land in a new land in a new coun­try with the expec­ta­tion they will also land work. Farm work, apple pick­ing, grape har­vest­ing, hos­tel man­age­ment, and restau­rant work, are just a few exam­ples of jobs nomads often score.

Work­ing on Boats
There is an entire com­mu­ni­ty and way of life through boat living/working. You can staff a boat and see mul­ti­ple coun­tries, receive free room and board (or pay a min­i­mal dai­ly fee of $10–25 night­ly for food and fuel), and trans­porta­tion in exchange for a few extra hands. Whether your scrub­bing, sand­ing, sail­ing, cook­ing, or cater­ing, you’re doing it in the sun, salt water, and ocean breeze!

Online Work
No less than five years ago every time you saw a com­mer­cial about earn­ing mon­ey while work­ing from home, it was a scam. Today, it’s crazy to not con­sid­er work­ing online, even if it’s just part-time. There are a vari­ety of jobs avail­able rang­ing from admin­is­tra­tive work (like vir­tu­al assis­tants), to design work, buy­ing and sell­ing on eBay, mar­ket­ing, IT, mobile devel­op­ers, web design, lis­ten and review music and/or pod­casts, data entry, med­ical cod­ing, account­ing, pro­gram­ming, pod­cast tal­ent, audio/video edit­ing, pho­to edit­ing, and more.

Work­ing Hol­i­day Visas
This is much more plau­si­ble if you’re younger. Once you reach your thir­ties this route becomes much more com­pli­cat­ed or you become inel­i­gi­ble (depend­ing on the country’s visa restric­tions). The visa lasts for a year and gives Amer­i­cans the oppor­tu­ni­ty to live and work in places like New Zealand and Canada.

Teach­ing / Tutoring
If you know how to do it and are pas­sion­ate about it, why not teach it? With video con­fer­enc­ing, webi­na­rs, and online schools pop­ping up in every spe­cial­ty why not hop aboard? You can teach a lan­guage, an instru­ment, basic sub­ject (math, chem­istry, sci­ence), or a voca­tion­al skill (auto­mo­tive tech­nol­o­gy, mobile pro­gram devel­op­ment, how to use pho­to­shop, etc.).

This list isn’t any­thing close to exhaus­tive. You are only lim­it­ed by your cre­ativ­i­ty, moti­va­tion, and expe­ri­ence. If you want to see the world, set up a plan to mobi­lize your income and make it happen.