It is often said that the modern world seems like a smaller place, and these days we are better-travelled than ever. In the 21st century, someone in New York will take a trip to London more casually than their grandparents might have contemplated traveling to Atlanta.
Of course, traveling for pleasure is one thing, but unless you are either very resourceful or very wealthy, you will not be able to do it for long before your money runs out. However, there are some careers that allow you to see the world to your heart’s content, and it’s all part of the job. Let’s take a look at a few.
English is the international language of business, and youngsters throughout the world know that if they can get a grip on the language, it will put them in great stead for a successful career. As such, English as a Second Language teachers are in huge demand. You will need the right qualifications of course, but if you are either a native, or at least a fluent speaker, these will not prove too much of a challenge. Get qualified, and the world is your oyster.
Join the military
The original career for those who want to make a difference, contribute to their country and see the world is as good an option today as it has ever been. There is a huge choice of military careers, ranging from the traditional army soldier to technical, IT, engineering and medical roles. Mark Green is a man who has been there and seen it all, and today, he has some remarkable stories to tell. Could you follow in his footsteps?
If you are not afraid of flying and you have a talent for delivering great levels of customer service, you should seriously consider becoming a flight attendant as a great way to see every corner of the globe. Attendants on long haul routes typically get a couple of days at their destination before they take to the skies again, and the best airlines usually use top quality hotels. Of course, this is not the best career for someone with family ties, as you will be constantly on the move, and will have to be willing to go wherever you are sent, often at short notice.
Fancy roaming the globe on your own terms, going wherever you want whenever you want and having nobody to answer to but yourself? The online economy has seen an explosion in digital nomads, freelancers who can work from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. Most work in industries such as web design, digital marketing and content creation, although there are other opportunities ranging from legal consulting to virtual PA work. The downside? You need to find your own gigs, pay your own bills and while you can choose your own hours, the fact is that if you’re not working, you’re not earning.
The global economy means that there are thousands of companies with locations all over the world that need to be managed and monitored from a financial, quality and ethical perspective. Auditors prowl the world, either individually or in teams, and typically spend a week or more at each location. The hours can be long, the site being audited might not be so delighted to see you, and the destinations will not always be the best tourist spots, but you get evenings in nice hotels and weekends to explore, and all on the company dollar.
Want to travel the world and at the same time do something that can make a real difference to those in need? Make no mistake, the work of an aid worker is tough and it is definitely no holiday. But it is also one of the most rewarding things you could commit to doing. Working for an organization like USAID, you could find yourself almost anywhere in the world, helping ordinary people who are stuck in extraordinary circumstances. If you have a background in an area like healthcare, social work, education or agriculture, and a genuine desire to make a difference, what are you waiting for?
See the world
Self-employed or part of a multinational corporation, charity-focused or materialistic, finance manager or farmer. Whatever your employment level, background or motivation, if you want to see the world, there is a career path that will make it possible, if you just know where to look. Where will you end up? Happy travels!