I am a Robotics Engineer. I would say that that is one of the top travelling jobs you'll ever run into. I spend about 35-40 weeks a year on the road, much of it overseas. While travelling you collect your salary, plus per diem about 40us/day, plus company pays local transpo, hotel and airfare. My average trip is 4-8 weeks for installations. less for trouble shooting.
Downsides are that you can't "fall into" my line of work... gone a lot on holidays.... and the kicker sometimes things are a pain in the A$$. example. Last year I flew New York to San Jose Costa Rica, San Jose CR to Manilla Phillipines, Manilla Phillipines to San Jose CR, San Jose CR to KL Malaysia, KL to Manilla, Manilla to KL(3days vacation), and KL back to NYC all in 2 weeks...
Don't get me wrong I love to travel, but ugghh... I also spent 2 months in Costa Rica including 1.5 weeks vacation and the same time in Thailand, so... It has it's ups and downs....
Without getting too long on this post though, if you get into Robotics you'll be following all the manufacturing out of the USA and to all the countries where companies are setting up shop these days.
For those who are native English speakers, if you want to work and live in Japan for a couple of year, you can check in the the JET program. In this program you are paid to come to Japan to teach English to high schools, colleges, ect. You will be given a salary, and plane tickets, ect... For more info, you can go to Yahoo search, or check with the Japanese embassy where you live. Good Luck!
Well, sounds like some of the Travellerspoint members really do have it set when it comes to travelling while working; great!
Gelli, cartography...never would have thought of that one but it is pretty logical - do you have access to royalty free, good country by country maps for us to use for Travellerspoint?
Just noticed another thread which was posted regarding submissions to Get Lost Travel guides... could potentially be the kind of thing that people here are interested in, here it is;
That never occured to me (insert Homer 'Doh!' sound here)
Might be able to sort you out some maps, not sure. However, it depends on what sort of thing are you looking for - most of what we do isn't going to be of any use/interest to a site like this.
Having said that, even if we don't already have it, i can probably come up with some base data and create some myself although i don't have much spare time at the moment. What sort of detail/scale levels etc are you looking for. If you & Peter Have a think and let me know what sort of thing you are interested in and how you'd like it so that it works with your site's buildup, let me know/email me etc, and I can see what I can do
I too have been researching this question for about a year now. Once I got the travel bug last february, when I flew for the first time... Now a year later and have flown 15 times, all while unemployed/self-employed.. But now I'm down to one month worth of housing and food no matter where I end up, and I'm trying to find a job last minute.
There are a number of jobs, i.e.. hostels and bars, that you can work at, there is also organic farming, which usually allows you room and board in exchange for farm labor. Personally, I've scratched off being a photojournalist, seeing the competition and number of professionals tyring to snag jobs.
Hey Iloveflyin, your job sounds really great, but how did you get into it in the beginning. Airlines are not just going to hire a 19 year old girl with no airline experience. So how did you go about getting this job. Any advice???
American Airlines hire people 18 and over. I got my job from reading the newspaper help wanted add. They were looking for Airport Agents, people who work at the airport ticket counter or at the gates. After group interview, the ones who got picked, like me, were sent to 6 weeks training to learn Sabre program (how to check in passengers, board people, open and close airplane doors, ect.)
You can work full time or part time. Fly benefits, health insurance and all other perks are the same, whether you work full time or parttime. I work part time since 1999. I got laid off since April 03, AND JUST GOT A CALL BACK LETTER 3 DAYS AGO. I'll be starting again 1st of March. Some of my co-workers are college students, they work here parttime and going to college full time. Others are housewives doing parttime while their kids in school.
As about fly benefits, we can travel anywhere AA flies, we can also travel on almost all the other airlines in the world, paying a very minimal fee. For instance, ID90 fare means we receive 90 % discount on regular fare. Or with some other airlines we paid by mileage. For instance, a trip from London to Tokyo (6 or 7 thousand miles) we paid $63/one way.
Right now, AA is rehiring some laid off employees like me. But if they still need more, they will hire others. You can go on the net at aa.com, go to the bottom of the page and click on "career", it will take you to employment section.
I have had a misfortune of being born and raised in a communist country (yes, I am that old), which meant that I was a prisoner of my government and I craved international travel, adventure, excitement. E verything I was not allowed to have. So I spent my childhood learning languages - I am now fluent in five and can helpully comverse in a few more - and then chose international relations and international law as subjects of study. And went on to work for "think tanks" that is international research institutions, at first in my home country, but they sent me all over communist Europe first (I've seen an awful lot of the former Soviet Union: Russia, Ukraine, some Central Asian Republics, but also practically all of Central and Eastern Europe), and then started sending me to Western Europe: a summer in Netherlands, half a year in Germany, three months in Danemark and in Finland... where I defected, went to Sweden, got married and started working for Western European think tanks: in Sweden, Germany, Austria. Finally I landed in the USA and after a few years here I have left academia for international management consulting, helping companies manage their overseas expansions. It was fun, although 75% of international travel is not really conducive to a friction free family life. Fortunately my spose was an emancipated - and very practical - Swede, who had no problems managing home, child and pets while i was somewhere out there. Since my job required as a rule a two to six months stays in one country or one region and although workweeks were brutal (60-80 hrs of work), if I were efficient I could use weekends for traveling around for pleasure: to see the sights and to learn to know the people.
Now I have retired (early) from a for-profit life and now work (part time) on international assignments with nonprofits - preferably in those parts of the world, that I haven't worked in before.
There are, however, other professional international jobs (like my daughter's, who is an international tax director for a huge multinational corporation) that require plenty of short trips and don't give so much opportunity to really learn to know countries in which you work and their people. Many international business travelers stay in the same international hotels, eat in the same international restaurants, speak the same international language on only recognize various part of the world by the nuances in the quelify of service: rude waiters in Europe, traces of manana attitude in Latin America, superb service in the Far East, etc. etc. Yaaaawn!
I've come up with another job to add to the list. We had a lady do a presentation in one of my university classes yesterday. She's run her own tour operatoring business 14 years now. She started off doing cycling tours in France, and then that evolved into self-guided tours, and now the business is international. One thing that seemed really intriguing was that she mentioned whenever she was in the process of creating a new tour somewhere in the world that she would have to take trips down to these locations and do all of the acitivities, stay in the accomodations, etc. Basically take the tour before she could market it. I just thought this job would be a really interesting way to travel to different places. Also on the topic of travel agents, it all really depends who you work for wether or not you would get to travel. I have heard of agencies that offer their employees really great opportunities to travel so that they can better help their customers. Anyways good post, I love all these jobs.
What about working on the cruise lines? I work in the gift shops, and it is a great job for seeing new places and meeting new people! I am about to leave for my 3rd contract, and over the past year I have seen almost every island in the Caribbean, parts of Venezuela, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal (did you know that only 1% of the world's population will ever go through the Canal....and cruise ship workers get PAID to do it!?), Alaska, as well as some cities along the Eastern and Western seaboard of the USA. There are plenty of ships all over the world, so the oppotunity to see most of the world is there. The jobs are there, fairly easy to get, and the money can be fairly decent (as a Canadian, it is paid in USD, tax-free). I don't know if you would want it to be a career though, it involves being away for 6-8 months at a time....but it is rewarding, and I love it. Hope this helps! Good Luck!