5 Cool Jobs That Turn Passion For Travel Into A Paycheck

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Nov. 22 2023, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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When you work a traditional 9-to-5, travel time can be pretty limited. Those who love to travel may get stuck waiting for their yearly vacation to arrive, which can be unfulfilling for a travel lover.

There are other ways to fulfill a passion for traveling, all while earning a salary. Check out five jobs in important fields that include travel as a major job duty:

1. English Teacher Abroad

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According to Indeed, educators who teach English in other countries perform a mix of English As A Second Language (ESL) and basic course duties. This would include teaching students how to read, write, and speak English, as well as create and administer examinations. The contract for an overseas English teacher can last three months to two years. Most jobs require a Teaching English As A Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, and the pay for this job varies, with an average annual salary of more than $54,000.

2. Travel Nurse

If you have a passion for helping others, you may want to look into becoming a travel nurse. Travel nurses typically perform the same duties as a regular nurse, including observing patients’ vitals, administering medication, and maintaining patient records, according to Indeed. They can work in places where there is a shortage of healthcare workers. The average salary can vary based on the state, people in this profession usually work under contracts. Travel nurses need to have the same training as traditional nurses, which means they must have completed official registered nurse training and have obtained their licensure. 

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3. Cruise Ship Worker

The best thing about looking into a cruise ship job is there are many options. If you are a trained cook, you could look into becoming a chef. If you are an entertainer, you could see what types of acts the cruise line offers. Zip Recruiter reports that the national average salary of a cruise line worker is about $49,000 a year. While each job varies in its qualifications, there are tons of opportunities available. Most cruise lines have career listings on their website, in addition to job recruiting sites. 

4. Flight Attendant

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Most airlines have training programs for their flight attendants that can last a month or more. As a flight attendant, you would help provide customer service to passengers and help with day to day airline operations. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national salary average for a flight attendant is $67,020. 

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5. International Aid Worker

 If you have a passion for helping others in addition to a passion for traveling, you may thrive in this position. According to Indeed, international aid workers are people who provide physical labor, emotional support, and other valuable resources to individuals and communities in need around the world. Whether it is due to the toll of a natural disaster, war, or something else, the role of an international aid worker is to help. You do need an undergraduate degree for this job, which pays an average salary of $65,324, according to Zip Recruiter.

If you’ve been feeling unfulfilled in your workplace and have a passion for traveling, consider what types of travel-centric jobs you may thrive in. Also check your job qualifications. It may surprise you how many opportunities you have available to you. Ultimately, there is no need to keep traveling a hobby if you can make it into a job.

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By: Camryn Quick

Camryn Quick is an up-and-coming journalist currently based in New York City. Coming all the way from South Carolina, where she studied Mass Communications, she is finishing up her Masters in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she is specializing in print and concentrating on arts and culture reporting. While in school, she has covered the arts and culture beat for the Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express in the South Bronx, mainly writing pieces about the arts-oriented businesses and nonprofits in the area. She has also reported for the NY City News Service, covering 2021 election day in the South Bronx.

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