Every day we come across pictures and messages in social media sites that clamor for freedom and profess wishes to leave work behind, pick up a backpack and travel the world. Work and travel are often appear to be opposites fighting a tug-o-war balancing people’s sanity, wholeness and financial responsibility. People envy countries with shorter workweeks and longer vacation periods and see them as a sometimes-unreachable goal of a better life.
What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if you could wake up to see a different sunrise every few weeks without having to jeopardize your financial stability? Some may think this is a dream come true worthy of fairytale status, while others simply call it business as usual.
Jobs that allow the freedom to travel and to live abroad enjoying the benefits of seeing the world and experiencing other cultures everyday aren’t just real, but also quite plentiful and always in demand for more people willing to get out there and live the life of a working traveler. You must admit it; the view from your office window won’t be easily beaten.
Here we have some jobs that either allow you to work from anywhere in the world, or pretty much make this a mandatory requirement.
Cruise Ship Crew Member.
Don’t let the fact that you have no idea how to navigate a gigantic ship stop you (maybe you do), this is an excellent gig as far as traveling goes. The job opportunities don’t stop at being a server or a bartender; there are in fact many occupations that are essential to keep a cruise ship afloat so to speak. Cruise lines usually employ sound and broadcast technicians, production and inventory managers, electricians, chefs, casino dealers, scuba diving instructors, childcare professionals, musicians, massage therapists, all types of entertainers and obviously cleaning and maintenance crews. There are probably many other jobs available if you want to become part of a cruise ship crew and the perks are obvious for those who like to travel and see wonderful places aboard a small floating city.
The name definitely sounds weird, but joining the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms may be the right job for you if you don’t mind getting paid in room and board but at least having your meals provided. This organization of volunteers has people travel all over the world helping farmers and organic food artisans work their trade. Some of the tasks you may do are: sow seed, make compost, garden, plant, chop wood, weed, harvest, pack, milk, feed animals, help fencing, make mud-bricks, make wine, make cheese and make bread. Your stay with hosts usually lasts a few weeks and then you may move on to see some other location you can in the large database WWOOF has for all its participants. The opportunity is unique to experience the world in a completely exceptional way and meet interesting people all over the globe.
Some people believe this to be not only a great job, but also a great opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. English teachers are in high demand all over the world. The jobs normally come with some transition perks like accommodations or even plane tickets. The chance to meet new people, network, see the world and even learn another language makes this one of the most common and sought after job choices for those thinking about becoming expatriates. Gigs can last for just a couple months or become a permanent thing if you find a home away from home.
This category is as diverse as it is flexible. Freelancers could be writers (not only travel writers), photographers, designers, consultants, assistants, and many more. This category covers every job you can do without actually being there at your company headquarters or those occupations that work on a demand-for-labor basis. Many freelance jobs actually benefit from your nomadic lifestyle, so you are looking at a win-win situation. The biggest challenge is to take the step to following what moves you and trusting yourself enough to know you can make a decent living out of it if you really put your back into it. Writing for online blogs, magazines and general online publications or even having your own website or YouTube channel may be all you need if your content has the quality to captivate audiences. We are lucky to live in a pretty exciting digital age where anyone and everyone can make a living online doing what they love. Other freelance jobs can be website designer, video editor, animator, illustrator, filmmaker, artist, performer, accountant, community manager, financial advisor and even radio talk show host. The opportunities are endless.