Though Americans love to travel, most only get to take a vacation from work once a year. But for those with wanderlust, traveling once a year simply isn’t enough. Luckily, certain jobs not only allow for travel, but they also require it. For those vagabonds brave enough to change careers to satisfy the itch of the travel bug, here are three possible career moves that require minimal training and provide a lot of free time and opportunity to travel.
Cruise Ship Worker
Working on a cruise ship means you get paid to travel the globe while interacting with people from around the globe. Many cruise ship positions pay a salary and also provide free room and board. Since a cruise ship is similar to a floating small city with comprehensive services available, there are tons of job opportunities for individuals with different work experience and skills. Jobs like technicians, cashiers, servers, tour guide, housekeepers, bartenders, chefs, musicians, and performers are all needed on cruise liners. Most cruise ships depart from ports in popular destinations like Hawaii, New York, and California, so you can cross off a few bucket list locations before you even raise the anchor. Plus, for many a cruise worker, a fantastic perk in addition to sailing the world for free is the free food.
For those who don’t do so well at working for others, a great career in which you can be your own boss is merchandise sales. When you are your own boss, you can set your own hours and work from anywhere you choose, whether that be on your sofa or from a Parisian cafe. An excellent travel-friendly money-making opportunity is to learn how to sell Amway products. As an Amway employee, you’ll be selling high-quality products in categories like health, beauty, and home care. Plus, the Amway business has a reputation for empowering its employees to earn extra income while living healthier, more confident lives.
International Aid Worker
For those individuals who genuinely want to make a positive difference in the world around them as they travel to exotic locations, a career as an aid worker for a recognized international organization like USAID or the Red Cross would provide that kind of meaningful work. Aid workers journey to countries and areas that are in desperate need of help during times of crisis like natural disasters, famines, and wars. Some relief assistance organizations provide a salary, free housing, as well as student loan deferment for those accepted for employment.
Though a background in social services, health care, international relations, or agriculture is preferred, this kind of experience is not required. If you choose to see the world while working to save, know that you will need to receive a full medical evaluation as well as vaccines and immunizations before you will be able to leave and enter certain regions. Additionally, though it provides an amazing opportunity to satisfy that wanderlust, it takes a certain kind of person to do relief work. It can be physically and emotionally exhausting, but you will see people and places most people will never lay eyes on and the work that you do will improve the lives of others.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.