How many of us have woken up on a grey and rainy morning and wished for some summer sun? Sometimes a week or two in the sun just isn’t enough to lift our spirits. If you’ve decided to make the move permanent and don’t know where to begin, here’s our list of the top ten jobs that will allow you to get paid while traveling around the world and soak up some sun in the process.
1. Flight Attendant
Perhaps the job most synonymous with travelling, air stewarding, is a great choice for anyone who loves to travel and who has a degree. Not only will you get to see the world while you’re working, you’ll also benefit from discounted rates on flights for your friends, family, and yourself. However, it’s not all fun and games. While lots of the major airlines pay well (PayScale reports that flight attendants can make up to $81,330 per year), the hours are long and the work can be gruelling.
2. Au Pair
If you have a love for children and speak more than one language, then becoming an au pair abroad is a great way to immerse yourself into a foreign culture. Families will provide food, board and a small salary (up to $37,367 per year, according to PayScale) for looking after their children, and you’ll reap the benefits of family life -- ideal if you ever get lonely while travelling.
3. Aid Worker
Love to travel and passionate about helping others? Then becoming an aid worker is the perfect job for you. Any healthcare specialist or medically trained worker can be sent to areas in crisis to help get the community back on their feet. The work is as rewarding as it is challenging and you will definitely feel a sense of achievement once you see the results of all your hard work. Check out organisations such as the British Red Cross or Médecins Sans Frontières for more information. Aid workers can earn up to $30,000 a year, according to Shmoop University.
4. Field Service Engineer
A field service engineer is a good choice for anyone with wanderlust and who doesn’t necessarily have a four-year degree. Travelling from site to site, your duties could include anything from customer service to troubleshooting and repairs. After a few years on the job, you could choose to specialize in a particular area like power generation, computer repair, or construction. Working for a large company like Aggreko, which offers power generation solutions to thousands of businesses globally, means that you would be in high demand and could pick and choose where you want to travel to. PayScale reports that field service engineers typically make about $62,439 per year.
5. Teaching English as a Foreign Language
This is often the go-to job for new university students that have no idea what career they want to embark on! Along with your degree, you’ll need a separate certification like a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification or a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), but these can be achieved either through full-time study in about 4-6 weeks or part-time or online over a longer period. Then, all you’ll have to do is decide where you want to go, and what kind of teaching you’d like to do. Some of the options include teaching a summer school class through games and play, teaching in a primary or secondary school, or teaching employees business English. You can also supplement your income with private tutoring lessons either in person or through video chats like Skype. Depending on where you travel to, you can make $4,000 or more per month by teaching English abroad, according to Go Overseas.
6. Tour Guide
What job could be better than showing tourists around the city you love and sharing all your favourite sights and attractions with them? If you have a real thirst for knowledge and a passion for the country you have decided to make your home, then becoming a tour guide is ideal. Sound historical knowledge, a good sense of direction and excellent communication/language skills are all you need to embark on this new career. Tour guides can earn up to $49,494 per year, according to PayScale.
7. Cruise Ship and Yacht Worker
Modern cruise ships are like floating cities and they are always on the look-out for a huge variety of skill sets -- from retail workers to waiting staff, bartenders to babysitters. What could be better than continuing to do the job you love all while sailing around the world on a luxury ship? While you would probably still only receive a basic wage, room and board are often included as an incentive. Chron reports that, depending on your position, the average salary for cruise ship workers range between $800 and $8,000 per month.
8. Travel Agent
In the days of online comparison sites and last minute deals, it may seem like travel agents are a dying breed. However, for those lucky enough to still be working as a travel agent, there are a few hidden perks. Not only do they receive a staff discount on holidays and flights, but the company will often send them to a wide range of destinations so they are able to accurately recommend destinations and hotels that best suit the customers’ needs. The average annual salary for travel agents is $56,000, according to Indeed.
So few people realise that, with a bit of work, those casual bar shifts they picked up at their local pub to fund their way through uni could actually be turned into a career. Lots of places now offer professional cocktail-making master classes which would put you a step ahead of everyone else. Trendy bars and high class hotels are always looking for experienced bar staff and good mixologists to impress their customers. Not only will you get to travel the world and make a wage, you’ll meet loads of new people and pick up a decent amount in tips too. On average, bartenders can earn $43,395 per year, according to PayScale.
10. Beauty Therapist
Beauty has always been big business, and there is plenty of money to be made across Europe for any qualified beauty therapist. With more and more expats from the USA and the UK heading to Europe for a more relaxed pace of life, there is a high demand for English-speaking beauty therapists to carry out any treatment they may desire. From hair removal to manicures and pedicures to get themselves beach ready, to hairdressers and make-up artists to get them ready for a night out on the town, work will never be in short supply. Beauty therapists typically earn about $82,000 per year, according to Indeed.
It has long been a common misconception that only highly qualified candidates like translators and interpreters or high-powered business managers have the option to live abroad and travel for work. Hopefully, our handy guide has shown you that no matter what your skill set, a life in the sun could be closer than you think!