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18 Unusual Careers That Will Jet-Set You Across the Globe

(Last Updated On: March 31, 2024)

Dreaming of turning your wanderlust into a way of life? Believe it or not, there are careers that not only allow but encourage you to explore the globe, dive into new cultures, and collect experiences instead of things. Here are 18 unconventional jobs that offer just that, with a bit more insight into each.

1. Travel Blogger or Vlogger

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Create engaging content about your travel adventures, offering tips, reviews, and personal stories. With enough followers, earn through ads, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. It requires persistence and creativity to stand out.

2. Cruise Ship Worker

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Roles vary from entertainment to hospitality on a cruise ship. Enjoy living on the sea while stopping at beautiful ports. Contracts often include room, board, and sometimes travel expenses between contracts.

3. English Teacher Abroad

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Teach English in countries across Asia, Europe, and South America. Requirements vary, with many positions asking for a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certification. It’s a way to immerse yourself in a new culture while making an impact.

4. Flight Attendant

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See the world from thousands of feet in the air. Benefits often include discounted flights for family. The job requires flexibility, customer service skills, and the ability to manage jet lag.

5. Digital Nomad

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Work in fields like tech, content creation, design, or marketing from anywhere with an internet connection. This lifestyle demands discipline and time management but offers unparalleled freedom.

6. Tour Guide

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Share your passion for history, art, or nature by leading tours. Requires deep knowledge of the area and the ability to engage with people from all walks of life. Language skills are a plus.

7. International Aid Worker

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Work for organizations that provide aid, development, and policy support worldwide. Roles are diverse, from health to education, requiring various degrees of expertise and often the ability to handle challenging environments.

8. Yacht Crew

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Join the crew of luxury yachts, working as everything from a deckhand to a chef. It’s hard work but comes with the perk of sailing to exclusive locations. Experience and certifications like STCW are often required.

9. Foreign Service Officer

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Diplomats who live abroad representing their country, working in embassies or consulates. The selection process is rigorous, involving exams and security clearances, but the career offers a unique look into international relations.

10. Wildlife Photographer

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Travel to capture stunning images of the natural world. It demands patience, photography skills, and often significant investment in equipment. Success can lead to publications in major magazines and books.

11. Archaeologist

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Explore ancient civilizations through digs and research in various countries. Requires advanced degrees and a passion for history. Fieldwork is often in remote locations, demanding physical stamina.

12. Adventure Tour Operator

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Guide guests on outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, or mountain biking. Requires expertise in the activity, safety certifications, and the ability to lead and ensure guest safety.

13. International Sales Representative

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Work for companies that sell products or services internationally. Involves travel to meet clients, attend trade shows, and understand different markets. Requires strong sales skills and cultural sensitivity.

14. Au Pair

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Live with a host family abroad, helping with childcare while experiencing a new culture. Often includes a small salary, room, and board. It’s a great way to learn a new language and gain independence.

15. Travel Nurse

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Provide temporary healthcare in locations needing short-term professionals. Requires nursing credentials and often the ability to adapt quickly to new settings. Offers competitive pay and the chance to make a difference.

16. Ethical Hacker

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Protect organizations by breaking into their systems to find vulnerabilities. With cybersecurity a global concern, opportunities to work remotely or travel to client sites are abundant. Requires deep technical knowledge.

17. Traveling Festival Worker

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Join teams that set up, operate, and take down festivals around the world. From music to cultural festivals, work behind the scenes. It requires flexibility, physical stamina, and a love for the festival atmosphere.

18. Remote Language Tutor

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Teach a language from anywhere in the world to students globally. This job requires proficiency in the language taught and the ability to engage students virtually. It offers flexible hours and the opportunity to connect with people from different cultures.

Your Passport to Adventure

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These unconventional careers are more than jobs; they’re tickets to a life filled with exploration, learning, and growth. Whether you’re teaching, creating, or discovering, there’s a path for you to combine your profession with your passion for travel. Ready to start your journey?

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