Working remotely is one of the most popular ways to bring more travel into your life. Thanks to Covid, there are more remote work opportunities than ever. Working from home gives you flexibility with your schedule, which allows for more traveling. Plus if you're working remotely, it doesn't really matter where you are physically - as long as you keep track of time zone changes.
If remote work isn't your thing but you still want to be able to travel often, you could work in travel, hospitality, or even education.
Here's 10 Jobs That Allow You to Travel:
1. Social media manager
Most companies now have someone managing their social media accounts - if not an entire department. A lot of these positions are remote so it’s a great option for anybody looking to work from home. As a social media manager, you’d be growing the business’ social media accounts by posting content and engaging with their customers/audience.
Transcriptionists can specialize in legal, medical, or even general transcription. In a nutshell, you’ll listen to an audio recording and type it out verbatim in the correct format. It sounds easy, but the average transcriptionist types at around 65-75 WPM with 100% accuracy. And if you’re doing live captioning, you’ll be expected to not make a single mistake. Most transcription jobs are remote, but you could also take the route of offering your own transcription services. That way, you control your own hours and you would have plenty of time to travel.
3. Cruise ship worker
While it isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, who wouldn’t want to live on a cruise ship? Due to the Coronavirus and the No Sail Order, many of these jobs are on pause right now. But cruises, just like everything else in the travel industry right now, will eventually come back. And when they do, working on a cruise ship is a great way to see the world and get paid for it.
You’d be surprised how many solo travelers I’ve met who happen to be consultants. Consultants can make their own schedule and control their own workload, which makes it extremely easy to make time for travel. You could be a business consultant, marketing consultant, social media consultant... anything that you’re an expert in, really.
Dropshipping and e-commerce has become very popular in the last few years but it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon. Anyone can dropship as long as you have an idea and a couple hundred dollars to get started. There are millions of products to choose from - clothes, electronics, beauty supplies, travel accessories - pretty much anything. You can open a Shopify store for $30 a month, but you’ll also want to budget for ads, product testing, and other miscellaneous costs.
Being a bartender or waitress is virtually the same job no matter what country you’re in. Sure, the dress codes might differ and the menus might be in another language, but if you've been a bartender even once, you pretty much have it down. Some travelers find jobs bartending in the country they want to visit and some will bartend in the US for a few months, save as much money as possible, and then quit or take a hiatus to go travel.
7. Teaching English as a Foreign Language
There are a ton of different programs that offer TEFL certifications and not all of them require you to be bilingual. Essentially you find a program that fits you, pick a country, and then decide how long you’d like to be there. Some programs are as short as 6 months and some are as long as 2+ years.
This is moreso for travelers who want to pick a destination and stay there for at least 6 months, although each family’s needs are different. Some nannies stay for a year or longer. Similar to TEFL, there are programs that help you connect with a family in your desired destination.
9. Virtual Assistant
Working as a virtual assistant means you’ll get to work from home making phone calls, writing emails, and scheduling appointments. You can find these jobs on UpWork, Indeed, and evening FlexJobs. Some virtual assistants make $20/hour.
10. Travel writer
You’ll write engaging articles, pitch to publications, likely start your own blog, collaborate with other blogs, and more. You’ll need to stay updated on everything travel and expand your network in the travel industry. Travel writers often have their trips or extended stays paid for and they occasionally get free or discounted excursions, tours, and food in exchange for reviews.
About the Author:
I'm Anna Mills - a travel agent, blogger, and author of the book "100 Ways to Make Travel More Affordable". I have been a guest on the Trip Sister's Podcast and TripScout's Roadtrip Expert Panel. You may have seen me in Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Opploans.com, or as a Rising Star for Travel Market Report.