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1. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Does anyone out there have a job or know of a job where you can get paid to travel? I am not talking about well established writers whom get paid based on their written publications, the authors of travel guides, or the up and coming Ansel Adams. It seems that there must be some job out there that I am over looking or have not considerd.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

business man?


3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

gear tester? air crew? or how bout the army?

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Army is a good option - one of the VPs here was in the army for some 20 years as a communications consultant - never even had to fight! He joined so he could travel, and retired at 45 or so with a great pension.

Other than that, maybe flight attendant? Or any job with an airline - you'd get free travel. My friend's brother is a well-known sound engineer, and he travels all the time to set up shows. Maybe you could become a roadie!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Sales person at a company with international dealings. Reading through the adverts in the classifieds, I always find several open positions in Germany for civil engineers with good sales skills that require intensive travel in a certain region. The position usually is at a company exporting highly specialised machines to all over the world. The company wants people who really understand their products, thus the engineer qualification. (Speaking the language of the country also helps.) They then assign you a certain region - say, North Africa - and for the next few years you spent your life travelling all over the area meeting customers and convincing them to buy your companies product.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

I wouldn't bother with the military, the days of being paid to travel the world and not fight are over for most budget conscious armed forces. My brother is a submariner and he is in the thick of it in Afghanistan - work that one out!!

How about looking into Crisis and emergency management, or being part of an international organisation that responds to environmental/natural disasters. Some of the big oil companies pay into a pot and pay various smaller companies to mobilise teams to clear up oil spills around the globe (OSRL is a company in the UK that does this and sends teams around the world). Other high risk industries/high profit industries have companies who look after there crisis management - this involves travelling to various places and carrying out risk assessments on doing business in more remote/politically unstable/geographically unstable places around the world. All pretty interesting and unusual work.

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

armys pay is quite poor is it not? as in there is a set cap?

here in ireland the US army is reruiting irish citzens to join the US gets straight away cant remember exactly but its in the region of $30000 straight into your account and a US passport! and a single ticket to kabul. british army are also recruiting for irish citizens to join there army. a lot of people do because its the only way of getting a usa passport and been in the thick of it.

however i watched a documentary on the war in iraq the other day and a lot of the army officials interviewed, most of them young boys and some older ones are quite bored in iraq as they havnt seen any the maths hey, maybe because there stuck in the green zone.

im curious with these travelling jobs, but when i had a travelling job i had no time to see things or do touristy things, it was work work work, as soon as the job is done then i would fly of to another country. at night i was too exausted to explore...i imagine its the same with a lot of travelling jobs is it not? travelling jobs sound nice but from my experience i hated it...its not the same as properly visiting and seeing a country.

i have heard if your high up in a global travel agency one gets to travel!!! all the time!!! im talking about a senior manager position now, not the ones that book my tickets for me.

also one of my mates is a DJ and plays in various night clubs in europe...every weekend he flys to a different city to play in a club plus everything is paid for!!!....become a good DJ!:)

how about work on a cruise ship?

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 5:51 PM by oslaue ]

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Cruise ship or flight attendent are good options, though you don't get much time in each place. There was a girl here who used to post who worked in the duty-free shop on the cruise ship. As the duty free couldn't be open in port, she was free to wander around the ports of call during her off hours.

You might want to think about being a travel leader for a adventure travel company like GAP Adventures. You travel would be limited to a smaller area of concentration, but you could have some great trips.

If you want to put some time in at university, then options like consultant or sales are open to you. Software sales, especially if you can get in at one of the international subs of a major company can rack up some big miles. I personally do consulting, which has pretty much limited my travel to North America. However, as I am getting higher up in the organization, more and more opportunities are opening up for me to travel internationally.

How about a personal assistant for some travelling sports or entertainment star? They must travel a bit. I mean, Angelina Jolie's personal assistant must spend a lot of time scouting out countries she can steal... er, I mean ADOPT children from.


9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Boreal

Sometimes people say, they work on the internet.
I am not exactly sure what they do, on the internet. But wouldnt that mean, that they can live, wherever they want?


10. Posted by fra72 (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

what about working in holiay resorts? I know it's a kind of mass tourism that usually does not appeal to backpackers etc but you can work as fitness trainer, showman, hotel receptionist etc