If you don’t fancy life as an office-based slave to a computer, and you want to have some adventures without breaking the bank, then jobs that include an element of travel are a fantastic idea. No matter what your skills and experience there’s a whole range of roles out there to suit all sorts, offering the chance to work in all kind of destinations from St Tropez to the Seychelles. Check out the jobs below and see if any of them might suit you.
The job of an air hostess has long been considered a traditional way to get out and see the world. From the old days of PanAm when it was one of the most coveted and hard to obtain positions, to the kind of roles you can get today which range from hosting on a value flight carrying package holidaymakers to being a hostess on a private plane owned a sheikh, the only limit to the number of destinations you can visit as an air hostess is where your airline flies to! If you fancy a job like this then be prepared to work some long and unusual hours, cultivate a perma-smile in the face of even the most drunken passenger and make sure there’s plenty of room in your passport!
Cruise ship worker
Although some cruise companies have recently not had the best reputation for the way they treat their workers, if you choose both the company and the job carefully then this can be a fantastic way to see the world. There’s such a wide range of roles available on a cruise ship – from working in the restaurant to singing in the bar – that most people can find something to do on these huge floating hotels. With this option you’re looking at destinations like Alaska and the Caribbean, which makes working on a cruise ship one of the best ways to see parts of the world you might not otherwise reach.
If you prefer the kinds of jobs that are not so customer facing but still have all the travel opportunities then an international courier is ideal. Couriers are usually given a specific pick up and drop off time and required to take an item from A to B, with payment usually in the form of a free air ticket. International couriers deliver parcels and letters all over the world so one week you could find yourself in Italy, the next North America. As an international courier you would usually be restricted to hand luggage only, so you need to be able to travel light, and expect your first few jobs to be shorter, less exotic flights, until you have built up some trust with the agency or person employing you.
A holiday rep
The job of a holiday rep is very varied and the kinds of destinations on offer in the role are essentially anywhere in the world that people go on holiday. Package holiday reps in countries like Ibiza and Mallorca rave about the opportunities for partying and tend to get moved around very regularly within Europe. However, rep jobs come in all shapes and sizes, not just the more traditional package reps. How about working as a campsite rep in the South of France? Or maybe you’d prefer to work for a safari company in deepest Africa? Or perhaps you’re more suited to the high end of the market where you have just a couple of holidaymakers to look after and you’re organising dinners on private islands or exclusive spa services.
Doesn’t sound so glamorous? Well did you know that PA’s to Chief Executives at top firms are not just very well paid but also often get the opportunity to travel the world business class? Of course getting to the top won’t happen overnight but young, ambitious personal assistants can progress very quickly through the corporate ranks as their performance is linked closely to that of the companies top exec’s.
These are just a few of the jobs out there that offer the kinds of genuine travel opportunities you rarely come across in an office based role. The best way to find a job that suits you is to start by listing your skills, the different parts of the world you want to visit, the kinds of opportunities in those destinations (i.e. holiday travel, hospitality, delivery services etc) and then compare what you can offer to the experience and qualifications those roles need (if any). After that you just need to pack your case and hit the road – bon voyage!
John is a UK based blogger specializing in travel and business writing.