Travelling anywhere freely and making a living. It’s something that many of us dream. But there are careers that allow you to literally travel for a living and live your best life.
Nature of some jobs often means having you the misfortune of being away from family and friends for long periods of time. It may also mean not being able to go sightseeing and outdoor excursions the way others travellers do. The ultimate nomad experience, except you’re tied down to a contracted role for the most part. Unlike backpackers and nomads, the pay is guaranteed to be exponentially high from the get go given the obvious risks of travel. More than enough to put food on the table for families.
So what are some of these travel-related careers we’ve been referring to? Precisely what are 7 of them:
Being a pilot takes is one of the most common travel careers and the first many of you may think of. Pilots must be very skilled and undergo a lot of training and supervision plus a rigorous interview process before granted a pilot license not to mention a job with an airline.
Concentration and memory very key attributes professional pilots must have. They have the pressure of flying people as safety as possible and do this during unsociable hours. Very delicate and precarious profession, arguably the most of all on this list. One thing that goes wrong – plane not having sufficient fuel or radar/GPS going wry or pressing the wrong button on the main controls could lead to life-threatening consequences.
According to Aviation Job Search, the average annual salary for a commercial pilot ranges from £22,000 to £175,000. This all depends on their position within the airline company, level of experience, type of aircraft they fly and the flights they do.
2. Flight Attendant
Long gone are the days where flight attendants had to be of a certain gender, age and physical shape. Now the role is one that’s more diverse and accepting as the travel industry moved on from stereotypes.
Being friendly, welcoming amd providing good hospitality is the aim of the game for an attendant. Double checking boarding passes, providing outrageously expensive food and drink, leading passenger safety demonstrations on the flights. You know – the ones people don’t bother paying attention but was critical to our health and safety. Advertising lottery tickets and various brands with leaflets, booklets and coupons. Any one feeling lucky like Google?
The average flight attendant stands to earn around £17,000-£20,000. Perhaps up to £60,000 with greater experience and holding a senior position in their line of work. They’re also reimbursed on food and accommodation costs.
3. Racing Driver
Big F1 fan so this was the first career I thought.
The road to becoming an F1 driver is very intense. Aspiring racers typicaly start from the age of 5-8, racing in go-karts then making their way to junior formulas as their learn their driving skill and craft through their younger years. Very few actually end up making to the pinnacle of Motorsport as F1 is often billed. Mainly due to sponsorship and backing running dry as Motorsport is an expensive venture to be involved in.
If make it to F1 then you’re guaranteed to travel to 20+ countries across all but one continent – and growing as the sport’s calendar is increasing. Some of the junior racing/support categories like Formula 3, Formula E and Formula 2 take place all over Europe, Middle East and Asia so globetrotting is also done as drivers contest for titles.
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4. Freelance Travel Writer
Press trips for reputable brands and companies, sponsored travel campaigns with fellow travellers tagging along, all-inclusive getaways to luxury islands and cities. All without paying a penny. That’s the glitz and glamour that all travel and lifestyle influencers and when most tell themselves that they’re 100% made it in the profession.
Travel writing sees people exploring the world with all expenses being covered, in exchange for discussing their personal travels or/and reviewing hotels, restaurants and bars to name a few. Being a freelancer means you do it whenever it suits you as long as its before a deadline. No need to clock in or out of a workplace, no need to wake up 6am for a 9-5. You do the hell you what!
Press trips for reputable brands and companies, sponsored travel campaigns with fellow travellers tagging along, all-inclusive getaways to luxury islands and cities. All without paying a penny. That’s the glitz and glamour that all travel and lifestyle influencers salivate at when its mentioned. You’ve 100% made it if you’re getting these gigs regularly.
Notoriously difficult in its own way. Industry very competitive and more often than not aspiring models are on the receiving end of scams and exploits. The stories I’ve heard of how models have succeeded often start with how they bumped into someone well involved in the industry and are recommended. Being in the right place at the right time with important contacts gives you the rare opportunity. Personality, good physical health and shape and a great portfolio are king.
Much like racing drivers and travel writers, the lucky few travel to fashion shows and PR events in some of the world’s biggest cities. London, Paris, New York being the main ones. Normally models are always on the move. Must be ready to pack something together last minute as they are often called at any point or time for shoots. It’s that taxing.
6. Language Teacher
It’s becoming more and more commonplace for people working abroad to take up a job teaching a language. Being able to inspire younger generations and give them life skills to shape their future can be rewarding and gratifying.
I’ve known a lot of my Uni friends and acquaintances who graduated, only for them to relocate to a foreign country to teach English in schools. This makes sense as a comprehensive knowledge of the international language makes them more employable and they often pay handsomely.
7. Event Promoter
Events abroad such festivals, concerts, parties to club nights are reasons why people travel in the first place, particularly during spring breaks and summer seasons.
Now the people behind these events taking place in the first place are event promoters. Agencies and companies are always looking for people with energy, enthusiasm and friendliness to help market their events and make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s a fun way to bring people from different backgrounds and countries together under one space and live their best life.
Promoters potentially get perks from free booze to accommodation and obviously free entry to the events themselves.
So there you have it guys: 7 professional careers that allow you to travel and get paid at the same time. Some of these are more realistic than others but all rather cool and spontaneous in their own kind of way. For some a lot of effort, skill and dedication is required along the way. The common ground is that they’re exploring the world with a financially and spiritually.
What high-end jobs and careers do you know of that involve frequent travel? Have I missed any one out that deserve a mention. Shoot your comments below. If this is your first time reading my blog give me a follow or sub and enjoy the content.
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