The days of staring absently out the window of your cubicle-filled office are over; you need only turn to your screen(s) for an endless barrage of glamorous people doing glamorous things in glamorous places. It’s a new form of torture; that of a reality even more unattainable than the one on the other side of your building wall. And while your chances of jetting off to Barcelona or Tahiti may seem near impossible– at least as long as your bank account is cursed with a balance lower than your parents’ expectations, and your 2.5 allotted vacation days are about enough time to take a road trip to the end of town and turn back around– there is hope yet.
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Do not despair! There are plenty of ways to free your inner bohemian and live out that wanderlust fantasy. The days of living vicariously through that one overly-tanned friend who seems permanently attached to a beach in tropical paradise are over! It’s your time to shine (or roast). Whatever your skill set or education may be, you too can ditch the cubicle and embrace a nomadic lifestyle with these 10 alternative career paths.
Do you obsess over getting the *perfect* shot with your DSLR or video camera? Perhaps a career as a photographer or filmmaker is for you! Whether you’re freelancing or working on assignment, traveling is a great way to build your portfolio. A great place to start is with a sick website that showcases your best work- we recommend Wix!
2. Web designer/Graphic designer
If you’re a creative type with a penchant for Adobe, then web design is a great job you can do from literally anywhere. As a web or graphic designer, you can connect with local businesses wherever you are, as well as do remote work!
3. Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant is a jack-of-all-trades administration job well suited for those with great organization and time management skills. Between answering calls, sending emails, and doing database entry, you can still find plenty of time to hike a mountain or drink expensive rum (that you can now afford!) out of a coconut.
Generally a freelance job, copy or content writing can offer you a lot of flexibility for work hours and time commitments. You can draft blog posts for social influencers, spin travel tales into magazine and newspaper-worthy articles, or work on your novel, Hemingway-style.
This position comes with a pre-requisite: being fluent in another language. And no, knowing how to say three cuss-words in Spanish doesn’t count. However, if you are multilingual, then being a translator can be extremely lucrative. Not to mention that traveling can actually be an advantage, since employers love native speakers.
If you are a skilled coder, then congratulations! You have hit the travel career jackpot. Programmers are in high demand and get paid extremely well, which can keep your travels funded for years to come. With a freelance position, you can work absolutely anywhere (with a WiFi connection).
This broad field encapsulates various jobs, from the highly technical to the delightfully creative. Social media promotion, search engine optimization (SEO), and demographic research are just a few of the options available in a marketing career. If you aren’t afraid of waking up at odd hours for company meetings because of timezone differences, than this is a great field to build a life-long career in.
8. English Teacher
Teaching is a common job for those looking to travel, as being an English teacher can get you into virtually any local community. Generally all that is needed for this position is a Bachelor degree and a TEFL course.
If your greatest desire is to be your own boss, then why not start your own business? There are numerous ways to operate an E-commerce shop through platforms such as Amazon, Depop, Etsy, or your own product website.
10. Flight Attendant
This career has been a ticket out of hometowns since before your parents were born. With a job in the airline industry, you can not only travel to exotic destinations on your employer’s dime, but you can also score free travel miles and plane tickets too. Fly away, flight attendant!