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Six careers in travel you haven’t considered yet

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Today’s job marketplace offers many opportunities that are rich in travel. You can see the world while making a living just by doing a little planning and finding a career that’s right for you. If all you can think of is being a writer, we have some suggestions for careers in travel that you may not have thought of before.


A geologist is constantly in the field. You might be working in the oil and gas industry, or you could be working for a university. You will spend a lot of time in nature studying rock formations and taking samples, but you’ll definitely need a degree in geology for this one.

Import/export agent

You can work as a manufacturing representative in a foreign country. Manufacturers need agents on the ground in the country where they want to sell. You can help deliver goods to outlets and make deals with shop owners and chain stores. In between, you can enjoy learning all about the country you are working in.


Bar work is the same wherever you go, so chances are good you can find work as a bartender anywhere. Foreign countries have bars, nightclubs, resorts, and restaurants that need bartenders. You may need to learn another language, but that’s part of the adventure. Use Craigslist to find opportunities in other countries and reply to the ads. You will be on your way in no time.

Pilot or flight Attendant

If you have the time and inclination to take Airplane Flying Courses and get certified, you’ll be well on your way to seeing new sights. Becoming a flight attendant is also a great way to see the world, travel to new places, and meet lots of people. You’ll have to have some patience for this job, as well as some customer service experience.

Festival performer

Festivals around the world hire performers of all kinds from acting to dancing. Get on the festival circuit and you can sing, juggle, or clown your way across the globe. If you can’t perform, offer yourself as event staff or work for a food vendor. These are often volunteer, but if you can find a paid outlet, do that first.

Graphic designer

You can do graphic design from anywhere. It is a common freelance job, so all you need is a computer and the right software, plus a knack for design. Learn to write code and master the tools of the trade like Photoshop. You can work from anywhere, paying as you go.

There are ways to see the world that are way beyond travel writing or being a tour guide. Some jobs have a travel component built in, and others can become travel jobs with a little tweaking. Use your imagination and our list to get started searching for a career that will let you travel.

What other careers in travel can you think of? Tell us in the comments below.

Eileen O'ShanassySix careers in travel you haven’t considered yet

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