Heart Of A Traveler? 3 Careers That Let You Do Just That

There are very few things more awe-inspiring or that serve to open your mind more than traveling. If you’re the kind of person who just loves seeing new places and meeting new people, it’s entirely possible to obtain a career that requires you to travel to the kind of places you love to visit.

To name three careers that let you travel to exotic places:

1. International Sales

With the economy growing increasingly globalized, more and more companies are reaching overseas and expanding into new markets. Even purely domestic businesses are expanding their markets to other parts of the country due to new technologies making it possible.

Going into international sales or working in a company’s international division is a solid way to be a part of the business world while being able to travel extensively. Even domestic businesses need sales and marketing people to travel around the country to meet with prospective clients and participate in trade shows.

2. Travel Writer

Travel writers are likely what most people first think of when “travel” and “career” are brought up together. By traveling the world and visiting both popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations, you’ll be able to experience many parts of the world and tell others about your experiences there through writing.

You can be employed by a travel company or publication, or even self-employed if you are able to generate enough of an audience with your writing to have a stable income.

Travel writers, like other types of writers, usually write in a niche that interests them or they’re experienced in and need to be able to display a professional portfolio to attract potential employers and clients.

3. Teaching English As A Second Language (TESL) Teacher

For TESL teachers, travelling the world is a job prerequisite. They can participate through religious outreach programs, like Catholic Education Services, or other cultural exchange programs that match prospective teachers with schools and classrooms. Typically, having a TESL certificate is desirable, if not required for popular destinations, but for others the only requirement is that you speak English as your native language.

To obtain a TESL certificate, you typically have to pass a TESL training program, which usually takes a few months or so to complete and can even be done online. Other types of teaching jobs are also to be had in English-speaking countries if being a language teacher doesn’t suit you.


If you have the heart of a traveler, these are all solid career choices, though this list is by no means exhaustive. If you want to travel, there are many careers out there that will allow you to do just that.

If you’re unsure which career exactly you might want to do, pick one that interests you the most. The best part is you can always switch later on when you spend more time in the industry and discover other career options available to you.

Explore these careers and more if you’re interested in having traveling listed in your job description.

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Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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