For many folks this is the ultimate dream travel job and recently more and more opportunities to become a flight attendant have popped up. You don't need specialized training to apply for one of these coveted jobs, but customer service experience and a willingness to be flexible and patient are important qualities to have. The job isn't a cakewalk though; the hours can be crazy and dealing with those cranky fliers is a challenge that would try the patience of Job. But, you do have some great perks including job-associated travel and free or heavily discounted airfare to use on your personal vacations.
Helping others is also a great way to get out and see the world, especially if you're a Peace Corps volunteer. Granted, it's not exactly a high-paying job, but you are compensated and almost all of your living expenses are taken care of. Posts are for two years and involve helping out communities in any number of ways including in education, agricultural, and economic development. After your stint as a Peace Corps volunteer, turn that love of helping others into a full-time career as an international aid worker. Working with international development agencies, you will have the opportunity to affect real change in some areas of the world hardest hit by disease, war, and famine.
Many college grads that want to travel the world but don't have the cash, decide to teach English overseas. Countries around the world have a massive interest in learning English but lack the qualified teachers to actually deliver the content. You'll need to be certified, but afterwards you can teach almost anywhere, earning money and enjoying plenty of time to travel when you're not working.
There is a dramatic need for nurses all around the country, which is how this new-ish job option came about. If you're a nursing student but have a love for travel, combine the two by moving from hospital to hospital helping others and seeing parts of the country or even world you wouldn't be able to otherwise. Obviously this requires considerable education, but the pay and opportunities for travel are both excellent and the job itself very rewarding.
Naturally I saved the best for last. The job description of a traditional travel writer has changed dramatically over the last ten years, which is great news for anyone who wants to get into the field and travel the world. Travel bloggers have revolutionized the travel world, adding different points of view and opinions rarely seen in the pages of glossy magazines. It's also easy to start a travel blog, so almost anyone with the passion, drive and desire can become a professional travel blogger. Of course it's a lot of hard work, but for those who are willing to put in the time this can be a rewarding and fun career.
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A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
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