4 Jobs That Will Let You Travel the World

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Finding the right job isn’t always easy, but it poses additional challenges if you are looking for a job that you can take overseas with you. If travel is your dream, make it a reality by choosing a career that allows you to work abroad. Many employment opportunities allow for extensive travel, but you can also pick up and begin working for an international corporation as well. According to the Association of Americans Resident Overseas, more than five million Americans are currently living abroad. If you want to be one of them, read on to learn more about four great jobs that you can take with you around the world.

English Teacher

Working as an English teacher is perhaps one of the easiest ways to find a job around the world. Ideally, you will have an education degree and a TEFL or TESOL qualification, but the reality is that nearly anyone with a high school degree and a mastery of the English language can find a job in places like China or Korea. Although the salary may not always be high once you convert it to American dollars, it will more than guarantee you a reasonable standard of living in the country where you teach. For the highest paying jobs in places like the Middle East, a master’s degree in English, linguistics or education is often required.


You might be surprised to learn that a nursing career is one of the most portable employment options imaginable. Since nursing practices are the same in most developed countries, it can be easy to pick up and move to a new destination. In addition, nurses and health administrators are incredibly in demand throughout the world, making it simple to find a job in any country.

Travel Writer

Working as a travel writer is the ideal way to combine work and travel, particularly because it allows you to set your own schedules. Many travel writers work on novels or books on their own dime, traveling around the world for research. Then, after selling the book, they can fund the next adventure. For something more stable, many writers choose to work for guidebooks or travel brochures, accepting assignments and reviewing airlines, destinations or hotels one at a time.


As the world’s reliance on oil is unlikely to stop anytime in the near future, geologists will continue to be in demand across the globe. A trained geologist will be able to find lucrative careers in many oil producing countries, making it a desirable position for those who want to see the world and still have a promising career.

Working as an English teacher, a geologist, a nurse and a travel writer are just four of the careers you can take with you no matter where in the world you are. While each requires a level of education and training at home in the United States, the skills and positions can be utilized in exotic positions all around the world. Whether you want to live abroad for a year or make a permanent relocation, consider one of these exciting careers.

This is a guest post.  Brittany Loveless is a full-time writer for higher ed blogs and journals nationwide. Interested in working in the health field abroad? Several schools offer degrees in the health field, including healthadministrationdegree.usc.edu and www.berkeley.edu.


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