Do you dream of getting paid to travel the world? You can. Thanks to globalization, an international lifestyle is easier than ever. If traveling is your priority, there are numerous jobs that let you work your way around the world – and turn your business into pleasure.

1. Bartender/Server

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If you’re under the age of 30 (or 35 in some cases), it is easy and inexpensive to obtain a work visa for countries including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Austria, South Africa and Thailand. As long as you have experience and a knack for providing great service, it won’t be hard to find work abroad.

2. Language Teacher 

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Speaking English is a sought-after skill in most countries, and it’s one that you already possess. But English isn’t the only sought after language. Languages such as Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish are valuable for both students and business professionals. Teaching is a rewarding career that allows you to connect on a deeper level with the local community and culture.

3. International Hotel Chain Employee 

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Land a job at your local hotel, and it can open up the world for you. Transnational chains like Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott operate hotels in almost every country. Establish yourself as a valuable worker at home, and then transfer abroad.

4. Freelance Anything 


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The standard two-week vacation set-up makes it difficult to travel far and wide. If you’re a freelancer/contract worker, however, you can set your own schedule and take off work as you please. If you can do all of your work online – then you can travel around the world at the same time.

5. Travel Agent 

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Yes, they’re still around and many people rely on them for a great travel experience. Not only do you get  to help people with their travel plans, you’ll still get access to insider deals including low-cost “fam” (familiarization) trips, free tours, and comp airline tickets. You’ll need to be flexible on your destinations, ready for impromptu trips, and able to handle the customer service position back at home. 

6. Travel Writer

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A popular dream for many, a career in travel writing is indeed attainable. While you’ll have to compete with other travel writers, you can rise to the top with enough talent and persistence. Dive in and start writing for free. In time, you can transform your hobby to a full-fledged career.

7. Tour Guide

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You might think that you have to be a native resident to become a tour guide. But some travelers prefer to have a guide from their home country. Make yourself an expert, and specialize in an interest group to help sell your services.

8. Flight Attendant 

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If the idea of a 9-5 job bores you, consider a career as a flight attendant. Not only are the schedules flexible, but airlines are known for offering excellent benefits to their employees. But despite these perks, most flight attendants stick with the job because they get to travel. Waking up in a different city every day can be a crazy lifestyle, but it’s a career that’s easily attainable for those with customer service experience.

9. Cruise Ship Worker 

Like being a flight attendant, this gig requires a knack for customer service and the hours aren’t your typical 9-5. As a cruise ship worker, you’ll receive room and board as part of your income. The more skills you have, the better deal you’ll get from the cruise line. Entertainers and “front of house” workers are paid the most.