Occupations Involving Lots of Travelling

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1. Posted by mattzeiler (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Can anybody here give me a list of occuptions that involve lots of travelling because I have been trying to think of some but have come to a dead end? If people could keep adding in more and more that would be great!!!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6766 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Ok, here's a few I could think of:

Overseas Journalist
Travel Writer
Pilot / Air Host
Travel Agent
International Business

hmm.. good way to choose a job I reckon :)

3. Posted by kn0thing (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

My father was a travel agent for a while before he started his own agency, and they generally don't get to travel as much as you might think, although there are some perqs. Throw diplomat on there, that'll get you abroad.

4. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Lonely Planet in each country has to be updated every few years. Does anyone know how do they do that? Is it just from feedbacks by those people who are using them or they actually send someone to that particular country to do the job?

The later is a good opportunity for you to travel while getting paid for it.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I would scrap the travel agent off the list too.... although sometimes you can get a discount deal that no one else has access to.

Regarding Lonely Planet, if you are REAL serious about writing, you can read their guidelines to write for them at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/help/guide.htm. You have to be pretty good, and pretty serious about it with a good plan to back it up to make this cut I would imagine...

6. Posted by songsengim (Budding Member 8 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

This is something i'm very interested in and I have a few ideas.
Now my take on it is there are things you can do all over the world, for say 6 months to a year, but in differant occupations. Getting just ONE job such as a travel writer may be a lot harder, whereas if you just wing it from one job to another, you're laughing. Depends what sort of life style you want though - I dont have much stability at the minuite!
For example, I'm currently an English teacher in South Korea. No qualifications and never taught anything before - simply a good opportunity to get out and see another part of the world and its culture, and earn money at the same time for my next leap. Luckily I'm enjoying the challenge of teaching as well, so its something I could see myself doing in other countries as well. There is big demand for native speakers right across east asia - japan, taiwan, china, korea. I think however that you can work almost anywhere in the world in this profession.
If you want to work somewhere exotic become a scuba dive instructor. You wont be rich but boy what a life.
Countries like the UK (my home), Australia, New Zealand and the USA have work visas - usually you are permitted to remain and be employed in these countries for a year. They are only avaliable to you until you are 30 - bloody use them - great opportunity to live and work abroad.
I'm constantly trying to come up with new ideas of how to be a gloabl bum - any new ones would be great.
Bye for now

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6766 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure why travel agents wouldn't be able to travel more than others. I know someone (through someone else) who worked for a travel agency and would get access to REALLY cheap tickets because of it - this is the kind of thing I mean. I guess it is possible that you would have access to these cheap tickets, but not take advantage of them, but that's really your own fault then isn't it ;) Also, I think maybe some agencies have better incentives than others.. Sometimes travel agents get training trips and such to other countries as well - met one on the plane a month or two ago briefly who was in Australia for 'research'. Another advantage is that it would make ALL your travel tax deductible and therefore more affordable! So I say, keep it on the list hehehe

8. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi matt.
I guess you asked this question in order to find ways to satisfy your flying addiction.

I have the same addiction, too. I solve this problem by working for the airlines. I have a decent full-time job, but not enough to pay for all of my travel desire. So I went and apply for a parttime job at American Airlines, a little over 4 years ago. Eventhough, I worked part-time, but my flight benefit is the same as full time worker. Presently I am furloughed, but still have flight benefit until 2005. I can flight anywhere American Airlines flies. Too bad, I was laid off with less than 5 years in service, otherwise, I fly free in coach-class domestically. Most of my flight I pay around $10 for coach and $20,25 for firstclass seat. First class seat from Dallas, Texas to Tokyo, Japan costs $10,300, I pay $190. Ofcourse, I can only go standby. But, most of the time, there are seat left. The fun is you can go anytime. Some friday, after work I get to the airport, hop on the plane to San Francisco, have dinner with my brother, sight seeing China Town, then catch the midnight flight back to Texas. Yeh, you don't have to be rich to travel like that. Travel agents still have to buy tickets. Sometime they come to me asking for upgrade, but, I can't do that. I can also travel on other airlines, too. Some other airlines charge us 10% of their regular price. Some airlines charge us by the distance. For instance, 450mile and below cost us $20. Up to any flight over 6,500 miles cost $75.

Ofcourse, the bad thing about all this this is finding time to travel, if you want to take long trip, such as trip around the world. With a little work, I can do it. I don't know any work will give you the flexibility of air traveling like working for the airlines. Right now, if I want to go to Honolulu tomorrow, all I have to do is ending this post, go to the AA employee site, put my name on the list for one of the flights tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow, go to the airport, and check in. How much does it cost, you ask. Well, $31.53 for coach, and $63.96 for firstclass.

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Although there are large chunks of my profession (cartography) where there is very little or no travel involved, i'm extremely lucky to have a job where i essentially get paid to travel. It's absolutely great!

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Careers or just jobs? I have some friends who worked for a while in a hostel in Amsterdam. The pay is not great, but you get free room and board and some time off to travel. You could also take a bartendng course and get under-the-table work almost anywhere. Depending on the bar, a bit better pay, too. In fact, just moving a lot and living with few possessions (so you don't have to move them) would allow you to travel, too. I have a career to add to the list, though it probably won't always take you to the most glamourous places- nurse. That is what I want to be. I want to do relief work overseas, with an organisation like The Red Cross. So there you go!