The Best Careers for the Travel Addicts

Pretty young woman boarding a train“The world is a book,” said St. Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only one page.” There are many options both abroad an in the U.S. where you can make travel a lucrative reality, and you don’t have to be a genius or trust fund kid to make it happen.

Traveling Nurse

As baby boomers age, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one out of every five new jobs is in the health care field and the majority of those are RN positions. This shortage is projected to continue through at least 2030. Travel nurses take short-term assignments in any state or U.S. territories like the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Some travel nursing companies offer competitive salaries, bonuses, subsidized housing and health insurance, according to To be a travel nurse, you need:

  • To be an RN and pass the NCLEX-RN exam
  • Have at least one year of residency in your specialty
  • Have an adventurous spirit and desire to help those in need

English Teacher

One of the most popular occupations for Americans living abroad is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. China, India, Southeast Asia and South America are among the most demanding ESL countries. Positions typically offer a 10-12 month contract, and they don’t pay well; according to, a job posting in Spain pays $1,674 per month, while China offers one at $897. These jobs do come with free accommodation, which offsets the low pay, and a typical work week entails roughly 26 hours of work. Teaching abroad generally requires:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Passing the TEFL course
  • Knowing the language

CIA Agent

Don’t laugh; the Central Intelligence Agency is always recruiting talented people, especially if you have expertise with a particular culture or language. The average salary for a CIA operative is roughly $98,000, and the benefits package is generous as a government employee. To be considered, you need at least:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field that pertains to what you want to do
  • Experience in a related field, like law enforcement or private investigation
  • An extensive background check, polygraph and psychoanalysis
  • A proven track record of completing analytical tasks in a short period of time

Flight Attendant

A flight attendant’s salary can range from $25,000-$51,000 annually, depending on their routes and schedules. Training can cost up to $3,000, but it only lasts a few weeks, according to To become a flight attendant, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma, but a college degree helps
  • Pass a course and become certified through a flight attendant academies
  • Have enough patience to smile through screaming babies and drunken businessmen

If you choose a career that allows you to travel, you will face difficulties, stresses, gross food and lumpy beds, but you’re filling the pages of your life’s book. What’s a book without action, challenges and, above all, meaningful adventure?

Guest post by Brianna Martinez. Brianna is East Coast and enjoys writing guest blogging for travel sites.


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