5 Best Jobs for People Who Like to Travel

Do you enjoy a regular routine and consistent days? If so, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a position that required you to travel extensively. Some people can’t travel because it takes them away from their family, and others just prefer a more traditional work schedule. However, if you enjoy meeting new people, you easily navigate new areas, and you love to travel, then there are many jobs that might be a great fit for you.
Traveling for work can be a fun way to enjoy different foods, sights, and people. If you’re ready to quit your job and try out a new job that allows you to travel, there are many ways to quit (some are appropriate and others are not). However, your best bet is to find a new job first. Here are a few job fields to consider if you’re hoping to spend more time outside of the office.

1. Admissions officer

ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 17: Workers staff the front desk of the University of Michigan's Undergraduate Admissions office January 17, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University's admissions policy is the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case. U.S. President George W. Bush opposes the university's affirmative action program. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The admissions office at the University of Michigan | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Admissions officers recruit high school or transfer students to attend their school. They may contact students over the phone, via email, or meet students in person. They can interview, recruit, and give tours of the campus to students, and they also look at admissions applications. Most admissions counselors or officers have specific travel areas; you may be assigned to specific states or areas of the country. Some admissions officers work with international students and may get to travel abroad. According to PayScale, the pay rate is low (median is about $39,000), but job satisfaction is high.

2. Pilot or flight attendant

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Pilot in cockpit | iStock.com/Matus Duda

If you enjoy helping people, and you also enjoy traveling, then you might enjoy being a flight attendant. The hours can be stressful and exhausting, but you will get to travel extensively, and possibly also enjoy free airline travel yourself. The 2015 median pay was $44,860, and training is required, but you won’t necessarily need a college degree.
If you prefer to take charge behind the scenes, you can consider becoming an airline or commercial pilot. The median 2015 pay was $102,520, but you must earn a commercial pilot’s license.

3. Anthropologist or Archaeologist

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Archaeologists work in Egypt | KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Typically, anthropologists and archaeologists need at least a Master’s degree, and some earn a doctoral degree. The 2015 median pay was $61,220, and people working in this field have an opportunity to travel all over the world. You may study cultures or human behavior; jobs exist in the government, in the field, and for consulting firms. Even if you don’t earn a Master’s degree, you can possibly work as an assistant and still travel a great deal. This is also a great career because if you get sick of traveling in the future, you can consider publishing your research or even teaching at a college.

4. Travel writer or photographer

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Photographer | iStock.com

If you’re a talented photographer or writer, or you have time to learn, then you might be able to find a really interesting job as a travel writer or photographer. If you’re going to write about travel, your best bet will be to see the places you are writing about. These jobs can be difficult to get, and many of them are freelance which means you may or may not make enough money to pay your bills. The same is true for photographers, but if you can find a steady job in a reliable country, you may land a dream job that allows you to travel and write about or photograph what you see. Another option is that you may be able to write or take photos once in a while if you have time to travel part-time.

5. Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, or investigators

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An insurance claims adjuster works in the aftermath of a flood in Central Texas | Brian Harkin/Getty Images

People working in this field decide whether an insurance claim should be paid. The job duties can sometimes be difficult, and you may see people in distress. However, you also have the opportunity to see many different parts of the country, and sometimes your stay might be for multiple days or even weeks so you can really get to know an area. The 2015 median pay was $63,060. You will need a high school diploma, but you may need a bachelor’s agree or insurance experience.
There are many other great opportunities for jobs that require a lot of travel. You could become an ESL teacher, a travel agent, or work on a cruise ship. Many companies also have several different locations, and if you are able to land a job in your company that allows you to travel, you will be all set.