Best Jobs for People Who Love to Travel

If you've been bitten by the travel bug and come down with a serious case of wanderlust, don't worry—it's possible to travel the world while also making money, or at least having your expenses covered.

An array of countries—from Australia to New Zealand, Israel to Ireland—offer legitimate, paid opportunities for American citizens. In addition, there are other programs, including World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and WorkAway, that place travelers in positions with room and board as compensation.

Here's at look at some of the top international employment opportunities.


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The country down under has a lot more to offer than kangaroos and koalas. From some of the best surf in the world at Bondi Beach in Sydney, to the coffee shops and bars in the alleyways of Melbourne, called the "culture capital" of the world, to the tropical rainforests and beaches in Cairns, home to the Great Barrier Reef; the Land of Oz is a traveler's dream.

Americans between the ages of eighteen and thirty who want to venture to Australia for work can apply for a Working Holiday visa that allows for twelve months of legal work.

Australia Work Programs:

Jobs in Australia:


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If you're interested in teaching English, the JET Program in Japan might be a good option for you. Offered through the Embassy, the program provides full-time, paid work for eligible individuals throughout Japan. The program pays between $35,000 to $40,000 for one year of work.

Although aspiring JETs do not need to have a degree in Education, nor do they need to know Japan, they must be fluent in English and be ready and eager to teach English to young Japanese students.

 Japan Work Programs:

New Zealand

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While most people know of New Zealand as the backdrop to Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the country is also a beautiful place to live and work. The vineyard and volcanoes, black sand beaches and snow-topped mountains provide ample work opportunities for visitors.

Americans hold all types of jobs in New Zealand, as tour guides and teaching assistants, baristas and bartenders, housekeepers and horseback riding instructors. Americans aged eighteen to thirty can apply for a Working Holiday visa.

New Zealand Work Programs:


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The U.S. Embassy in Israel offers several different programs for Americans who want to come to the country to teach English. In addition, the Embassy also offers programs for other professional fields as well, including journalism and conflict mitigation.


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Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia, and is considered an extremely compelling destination. It is known for its thriving food scene, cutting-edge environmental policies, top-notch technological infrastructure, a low crime rate, and unique 'Singlish' take on the English language.

Singapore offers visas for undegraduates and graduates between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.

Singapore Work Programs:


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In 2008, the Emerald Isle instituted a Working Holiday program for Americans interested in visiting the "land of scholars and saints" while also bringing in income. Although the job market in Ireland is a competitive one, there are several organizations that assist people who have acquired the appropriate visas with their job search.

Ireland Work Programs:


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Through the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Education offers about 1,500 teaching assistant spots for Americans who want to teach English in France. The program requires a working proficiency in the French language, and that applicants be under the age of thirty. The program also provides an assistantship stipend for its participants.

France Work Programs:


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The Spanish government offers a teaching program for United States citizens between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-five, who have a basic knowledge of Spanish and a completed B.A. or B.S. degree. The program pays between 700 to 1,000 Euros for twelve to sixteen hours of work per week.

Spain Work Programs:

Where Do You Want to Go?

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Don't see your dream destination on this list? Don't worry—there are other ways to travel and make income, or at least have your expenses covered. For example:

  • The WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) links volunteers with organic farms around the world, and the host farms usually provide participants with room and board.
  • WorkAway lists opportunities for travelers willing to volunteer work time in exchange for accommodation and food.
  • EarthCorps sets up homestays for environmental professionals looking to volunteer abroad.
  • GreenHeart Travel matches wanderlusters with paid teaching positions in different countries.

More Travel Job Options

Travel Related Items
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The opportunities for jobs that involve travel are many. Review a list of common job titles for positions that provide the opportunity to get (or stay) out of an office.

Travel Job Titles

A - C

  • Account Manager
  • Admissions Representative
  • Airline Pilot
  • Archaeologist 
  • Associate Producer, Events
  • Athletic Recruiter
  • Athletic Scout
  • Bike Tour Guide
  • Bus Driver
  • Cabin Stewardess,
  • Cruise Ship
  • Civil Engineer
  • Commercial Sales Representative
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Concierge
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Recruiter

D - G

  • Destination Wedding Photographer
  • Destination Wedding Planner
  • Educational Travel Sales Representative
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Events Coordinator
  • Event Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Field Crew Manager
  • Field Service Engineer
  • First Officer, Yacht
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Freelance Travel Writer
  • General Contractor Traveling Superintendent
  • Geologist
  • Global Development Specialist
  • Group Sales Coordinator
  • Group Sales Management
  • Guest Services Agent

H - P

  • Hunting Guide
  • International Admissions
  • International Education Coordinator
  • International Journalism
  • International Travel Consultant
  • Interpreter
  • Investment Banking Associate
  • Leadership Gifts Officer
  • Lead Trainer
  • Location Manager, Film/Television
  • Location Scout, Film/Television
  • Oceanographer
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Photojournalist
  • Producer, Events
  • Producer, Travel Channel
  • Production Assistant, Events
  • Program Coordinator, International

R - Z

  • Regional Accounts Trainer
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Roadie
  • Route Salesperson
  • Sales Representative
  • Technical Trainer
  • Territory Sales Representative
  • Tour Consultant
  • Tour Guide
  • Touring Musician
  • Tour Manager
  • Tour Promotions Assistant
  • Trade Show Coordinator
  • Train Conductor
  • Travel Agent
  • Travel Coordinator
  • Travel Manager
  • Traveling Nurse
  • Travel Reservations Specialist
  • Travel Services Agent
  • Truck Driver
  • VIP Travel Counselor
  • Yachting