Work and Travel – Making the Leap


Travel lovers around the world have dreamed about combining their love of travel with work, but how does one make the leap from cubicle dweller to a job involving travel? With the increasing availability of internet in even the most remote of places (you can get online in the middle of hiking the Inca Trail in the Andes), it’s becoming easier and easier to combine work and travel.

There are many opportunities for finding work on the road, and if you have ever thought about trying to make that leap, consider the following options:

  • Teaching English either as and ESL teacher (if you only have a college degree) or as an international school teacher (if you are a certified teacher in your home country)
  • Work in a service based industry like restaurants, bars, hotels, or cruises.
  • Tour Guide
  • Flight Attendant
  • Pilot
  • Travel Nurse
  • Au Pair
  • Peace Corps
  • NGO Worker

In addition to the above suggestions, more and more people are making the move to a location independent lifestyle, where all you need is a computer and an internet connection. More and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home, and if you’re allowed to work from home, making the leap to working from anywhere in the world isn’t too great. There are certain jobs that are better for this than others, but the key is selling it to your employer if this isn’t the norm in your company.

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Star by working from home a few days a week, and make sure that you go above and beyond. You need to make it worthwhile for the company, so point out all the benefits of having you work remotely, first from home, and eventually from another country. Companies can save on things like health insurance, parking passes, offices, lunches, and all the other costs that businesses incur by having their employees in an office setting. Making the ordeal worthwhile to your boss is key to making this happen.

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