Caught the travel bug and looking for a job that satisfies your needs? Here are 5 potential careers that might be perfect for you.
If you feel competent enough to write about your passions, a career as a freelance writer is perfect. The possibilities are endless, from travel writing to copy writing. You can even pursue a career reviewing hotels. It might take a while before you find your voice and the niche you want to hone your craft in. Still, when you have a decent enough portfolio, opportunities can be found anywhere. You can either look on blogging boards or send queries to established news sites. It all comes down to your competence and showcasing a relevant portfolio.
Diplomatic Service Officer
Would you like to work for your government abroad? A career as Diplomatic Service Officer could be what you’re looking for. Most favourably, a bachelor in Political Science or International Relations is preferred. The career paths include political, commercial and consular positions. It's likely you'll be stationed in an embassy or consulate of your country. Some caution is necessary; competition is tough and it’s not custom to have a say in your next destination. Furthermore, a Foreign Service officer changes his job and location every 3 to 4 years. Needless to say, polyglots will definitely have an edge on other applicants.
Global demand for English teachers is far greater than the supply. Are you a native English speaker? If yes, do you have any idea how lucky you are? Especially Arabian and East-Asian countries pay good money for native teachers, possibly in addition to paid return flights and free accommodation. It is usually required to be TEFL-certified which should always improve your chances of a better starting salary. But when you have this out of the way, apply away. Some countries also require a bachelor degree. But do not fear, what matters most is the country of your passport.
The downside applies to non-natives since the native requirement is a key issue in many countries outside Europe. Countries such as South Korea and Japan will not even consider you, since work visas are only issued to those with passports from native countries. None is lost, though. If you have enough persistence, there are ways to land jobs if you accept a lower salary. You might have to visit potential employers in advance, but a positive personal interview can only boost your chance of success.
Freelance photography is another area with immense potential. However, it has become incredibly competitive over the years. Nonetheless, if you have talent and can market yourself well, there is no reason not to succeed in living the mobile lifestyle you desire. Like any other freelance career, your success or failure depends on your persistence, talent, marketing efforts and proper networking.
Why not consider a career where you can show your favourite holiday spots to others? Speaking additional languages will also be a plus here since it will boost your value to any organization. As with all the career choices in this article, there are a ridiculous number of paths to take. Do you love scuba diving? Why not find a job as an instructor on some South-East Asian island? Only difference, you’ll be showing the hot spots under water. More information on the required diving certification here. The salary might be the only downside here, but with a little creativity from this page this shouldn’t be an issue.
Are you pursuing a travel-oriented career not mentioned here? Feel free to comment below.