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Top 5 Jobs for Travelers

Do you love to travel? Here are a few professions you may want to look into. [TWEET]

Whether you prefer skiing in the Alps, cruising the Atlantic, or enjoying fresh seafood at a beach resort, traveling is a pleasure enjoyed by most. However, those coveted two-week vacations are over before you know it, leaving you longing for more. Some employees however, never wait for their next trip because their job is a working vacation. We're sharing some of the best jobs that involve traveling.

There are tons of companies who want to hire you – yes, I said you – to travel the world and make money. These jobs come with custom schedules, living expense reimbursement, and, hopefully, a company credit card. But these jobs aren’t just for those who have the travel bug. Adventurists and researchers benefit as well.

If you want to whet your appetite with tours of old cities or adventure outings in the mountains, pack your bags and apply for one of these top five jobs for travelers.

ESL Teacher

Teaching English as a second language to students who require help with their new language is rewarding and fun. International schools look for native English teachers to help provide their students with a better chance at opportunities in America. While the base salary is similar, if not lower, than U.S. jobs, the host country often supplements this income with housing and travel allotments. ESL teachers who choose the international path receive added benefits as well. Some international ESL jobs listed on Monster.com offer paid vacations and holiday leave, giving you the opportunity to tour the city and immerse in the local culture.

Travel Nurse

Are you tired of working at the same hospital or local clinic everyday? Nurses have a unique option to travel the globe and help others maintain their health. Hospitals and medical centers hire travel nurses to temporarily fill positions in high demand. For example, a rural hospital may need a pediatric nurse but cannot find someone to fill the position quickly. They call in the travel nurse for help, until they find a permanent replacement.

Travel nurses are freelancers and typically work 13-week contracts. Like most freelance jobs, this career requires determination, knowledge of basic business finance and practices and ability to work independently. Travel nurses are paid either per hour or by the contract. PayScale reports travel nurses make about $31 an hour, though many companies offer housing and transportation allowances if you negotiate for it.

Disaster Housing Inspector

When disaster hits, communities rely on housing inspectors to determine whether their properties are safe to return to or how much the insurance company needs to pay. These positions are short-lived (about 3 months maximum), but they do have high earning and benefit potential. Disaster housing inspectors need previous construction or real estate experience before they can enter training. Before considering a job inspecting disaster areas, take a personality inventory to determine if this is a good fit. Team members working in disaster areas must exhibit patience, compassion, understanding and kindness. Many disaster victims will rely on you for an easy answer or shoulder to cry on.

Travel Babysitter

Traveling babysitters puts a new spin on the world of childcare. Professional athletes, business executives, wealthy vacationers and community leaders love to travel. It often is part of their work schedule to traverse the globe, and these seasoned tourists don’t want to leave their families for extended periods. Travel babysitters make it possible for their clients to travel for business, sporting events or a night on the town. Sitters take care of their client’s children while the adults have their fun. While travel sitters visit the same locations as their clients, they may not have the luxury of touring the local attractions. Most of their time is spent in the, albeit most likely luxurious, hotel taking care of the little ones. Salary is pretty low for this job, ranging from $15 to $30 per hour, depending on the client. The perks all but make up for the low pay. Most jobs pay for room and board plus a small allowance.

Wilderness Guide

Does the great outdoors call to you? Wilderness guides satisfies your need for travel, excitement and nature. Wilderness guides are paid to spend a week or two at a time in the middle of the wilderness, showing guests how to navigate the wild. Big blue skies, tall pine trees and cash lining your pockets. There’s nothing better. Becoming a guide requires no formal education, although they spend hours training for every imaginable emergency Mother Nature may throw their way. They spend weeks learning the terrain, local ecology and plant life and historical markers. Not to mention most guides are certified lifeguards and recreational boaters. Experience leading groups in an outdoor setting is required, as are a number of certifications, from current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT to CPR and Basic Life Support. Wilderness guides earn about $28,000 yearly.

How to become a professional traveler

Travel employees come in two varieties – employees and independent contractors. Those who want to find jobs that involve traveling for a company should treat it like any other job, almost. Center your resume around your physical activities and accomplishments. Bring attention to any travel experience you have. For example, students who spent the summer studying abroad should highlight this in their resume. Divide your experience into three sections – travel experience, key skills related to the position and general work history. For example, travel nurses will list their nursing experience first, travel experience second and all other experiences last, regardless of the chronological order. Use subheadings to explain the organization.

Travelers wanting to focus on self-employment should treat their job search the same as mentioned above, with a few simple differences. Instead of marketing yourself as an employee, use language to present yourself as a business. Create a branded website, business cards, stationary, etc. Wix.com has a large selection of pre-designed templates for any industry. For best results, visit your local Small Business Administration office. They have information to help you start your new business. Be sure to ask about insurance, licenses and certifications.

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