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Jobs: Top Careers That Allow You to Travel for a Living

Why wait for your employer to approve your holidays every few months when you could be paid to travel? Break out of your comfort bubble and pursue your dream career, while experiencing all the beauty and culture the world has to offer.

From attending to the needs of others abroad to flying a plane from country to country, have a look through our top picks of careers that pay you to travel!


Luxury Travel Advisor

A luxury travel advisor is similar to a travel agent, with responsibilities including making reservations and travel arrangements, but with the addition of specialising in access to world-class events, private islands and the most glamorous hotels.

Labelled one of the ‘happiest jobs in America’ by Oprah, the role of this job is to achieve the most luxurious of experiences for their client and tend to only work with travellers with an extensive budget. This job is achievable from backgrounds including law, finance, beauty, fashion and many more! It is extremely challenging and competitive but provides the opportunity to travel around the world while earning an impressive income.


Airline Pilot

The challenging flight training for this career will be worth it to experience the extraordinary sight of the sunrise at 35,000 feet on a regular basis and visit a variety of destinations. This thrilling occupation demands huge responsibility, as you are liable for the safety of the passengers if something goes wrong. 

Leadership and exceptional communication skills are crucial, and you must be over the age of 21 to become an airline pilot. This career is accessible through a variety of routes, including a related university course in air transport or aviation, you can apply to an airline directly or start through a trainee scheme.


International Aid Worker

Make a positive impact in the world through working as an International Aid Worker for organisations such as the Red Cross or USAID. This is a difficult job both emotionally and physically, as you will be regularly spending weeks at a time in locations where basic necessities are not easily accessible. However, it is extremely rewarding as you will be travelling the world to help those suffering during wars, famines or natural disasters.

It is also an excellent addition to your CV, and roles in health, social services, agriculture or international relations are desired to perform well in this job. A full salary, housing and student loan deferment are often supplied by these organisations.


Travel Journalist

Pursuing your dream of becoming a writer is a big step that can take you anywhere in the world. If your sole interest is travel, then travel writing or journalism is the career path for you.

Work for the likes of the New York Times, Conde Nast or National Geographic who hire writers to report on a variety of incredible destinations around the world.

Alternatively, go down the freelance route and share your own experience on your own website. This will provide opportunities to collaborate with tourism industries and business, become a brand ambassador and add affiliate links to your website for extra income.


Social Media Consultant

There is no better time to work in the social media industry, with social media agencies launching left, right and centre. Being a Social Media Consultant will introduce you to the world of working remotely, which will require brilliant skills in engaging a brand’s customers through various social media platforms.   

It also provides the freedom of creativity through working freelance, giving you complete control over your work and schedule. The demand for this job will only continue to grow along with the growth of social media and online shopping.


By Layla Maguire

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KeiKei is a London-based award-winning journalist and videographer with a degree in Broadcast Media and Journalism from the University of the West of Scotland and an extensive reporting background in news, entertainment, travel, and lifestyle.

KeiKei has travelled the globe interviewing, reporting and reviewing. Her work has been published in worldwide media outlets including, The New York Post, The Guardian, The Mirror, The Daily Mail, National Geographic and Conde Nast publications.

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