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Careers that travel well?

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Which ones are they? Do you have such a career? If so, describe how it is compatible with a travellers lifestyle.
10 years ago, December 10th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #57188  
Hi Guys..

really need your advice..currently in one place and doing a job that is ok but just a job...want to get into something which means i am not tied to one physical location but can earn decent money..don't mind training if that is what it takes...time is an issue as i am 39 but will consider most things..it is easy to start pipe dreaming over this but just want some realistic practical ideas..it must be possible...i suppose something internet based will be one option but what exactly??

some ideas i have for possible careers that appeal to me are:

web designer
Aid workmedicine...
doctor
psychotherapist
psychologist
Teacher (I have Eng tchr abroad training and experience - but not sure ifcould do it again). Helicopter pilot
Truck driver HGV
Computer work?
Paralegal work - would it work?
Accountancy???
Writing Books?
Journalism???

How does one finance one's dreams and lifestyle?
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10 years ago, December 10th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #57190  
Hello Jem 😊

You could add teaching English to your list. You could also add editing text if you are good at it. I met a woman who travels with her laptop and she does editing while travelling to earn some money. Others I have met do importing and exporting. For example, I met a Canadian guy the last time I was in Bangkok. He was there buying things for his shop in Canada. He says his one shop earns him enough to live on and have trips to Thailand for buying.

How does one finance one's dreams and lifestyle?


For some, travel is a once off. They save up and do a big trip that lasts for a year or two and then go home and have a regular life. Others have become very good with managing their time and money so they can juggle travel with the rest of their life. And there are those who travel and work at the same time.

Mel
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10 years ago, December 11th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #57270  
I moved this to the General Forum. 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, December 11th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #57282  
N Posts: 2
I am desperate to figure this out as well... 29 y/o F, American, turning 30 in 3 months or so. I studied liberal arts at University, then have alternately traveled & worked in corporate type jobs so far in my 20's.

Have a unrequitable drive to 'see the world doing what I love', but what I love to do is... do music & connect to people in that universal language. Am really just getting started doing music, in a lot of ways... so am trying to 'be practical' & think of other ways to make money traveling that won't distract too much from my main intention of music.

Of course it depends on the country you're in too I suppose... I guess this latest bout of scheming applies to South America & Thailand.

I was weighing the idea of teaching english... but I feel like I would hate it (see OP - he's tried it once, doesn't want to do it again) & would be tied to those year long contracts, maybe even in a place I don't really want to be for a year like Korea...

OP, why are you so reluctant to teach english again?

Am open to all other ideas... maybe I'll just be a wandering hippie selling bead necklaces as I go??

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10 years ago, December 12th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #57310  
B Posts: 71
Teaching English is working pretty well for us so far. It didn't quite finance our lives in Argentina but in Syria and now in Azerbaijan we are living well, travelling AND saving money!

The school I work for in Baku is hiring again in January. Send me a message if you are interested! Reply to this

10 years ago, December 12th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #57334  
Hi Guys..

internet is a best option to earn money without any training. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 12th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #57339  

internet is a best option to earn money without any training.



What type of job can be done on the internet, without any training? Reply to this

10 years ago, December 28th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #58491  
Psychotherapist/counselor is a portable career if you and your clients share a language. If not, it's a pretty language-based option. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #61465  
B Posts: 5,187
I guess there are two types of career being discussed here; those that are transferable as in there is demand in many countries for those sets of skills (and are not going to be totally filled by local workers) and those that are portable; those that can be worked on from anywhere.

Portable - Copy-writing, Programming, Translations, Graphic design - anything computer based that you could do from home - you can do on the road. All (that I can think of!) are going to need some training or experience though. I've met a few people doing this: more each year. Some start their own thing, others take their job with them. Sounds ideal?

Don't underestimate several things;

Working from a crummy internet cafe with tiny little chairs is hard - it's not like being connected via a fast ADSL connection with a desk and an office chair.

Working full-time in such a way isn't feasible, deadlines are difficult to manage - be realistic about what you can achieve - consider it a part-time job - and keep expectations and deadlines to places that you know there will be good connections.

There is only so much coffee you can drink. Working out of Seattle style coffee shops does work - and is usually a little more comfortable than internet cafes - but graphic design is difficult with a laptop perched on your knees.

Transferable - as mentioned above - teachers, medical professionals, lawyers (international contract law seems in demand) - the more experienced you get the more demand for you there will be internationally.

But is an office job in a foreign country any more rewarding than one at home?


Finally - I wonder what effect the current economic climate will have on all these options!

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10 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #61471  
N Posts: 2
Hey thanks Ali, that's a nice way to break it down. Selling bead necklaces is sounding more & more appealing...... 😊

Simple, colorful, everyone loves them.....

Portable is my preference, in any case.

May I ask what keeps you occupied as you travel? Are you a photojournalist? Reply to this

10 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #61483  
B Posts: 5,187
I guess that is the third type of career 😉 - those that involve travel by their very nature.

How could this group be referred to? - Travel Careers

Photo journalist, brochure photographer, tv travel show presenter (are there any that aren't irritating?), tour guide.


I worked for the first 4 years as a freelance web-developer from internet cafes and coffee shops from 4 continents. At the same time I built and ran travelblog.org - which currently takes most of my time 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #61525  
B Posts: 52
Working for an Airline part-time is golden. Cheap flight's and they usually have way's that allow you to "create" time off. Usually the more flexible the job is with time the crappier the pay is, but if you have another more rewarding job, you can flex your way into working very little. But doesn't matter how you cut it up... juggling two jobs and a life is a rough deal indeed. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 30th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #61715  
There a great guy on here, 'hisdudeness' I think, who I believe gets most of his money as some kind of human guinea-pig in medical testing, or something like that. Then again, I might have got my wires crossed on this, hopefully he'll see this thread to explain in detail. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 30th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #61758  
Yeah, that is what his dudeness does for a living. 😊 Apparently, a couple of few week stints in a medical clinic per year pays for his travels. for the rest of the year. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 31st 2009 No: 15 Msg: #61833  
Setting up a website that allows other people to blog about their travel experiences would be a good way to work and travel around the world.... eh, Ali? Reply to this

10 years ago, January 31st 2009 No: 16 Msg: #61838  
B Posts: 5,187
That's true - though you'd have to invent a time machine and go back to 2001 first 😉 Reply to this

10 years ago, January 31st 2009 No: 17 Msg: #61854  
I met a bunch of guys who do 'off-shore' work and have extended time off between working for mining companies, oil drilling, or sitting on a boat guiding a robot along the seabed to monitor deepsea cables.

They seemed to be flitting off to weird and wonderful places (surveying quarries in Mongolia for 3 weeks!) and I figured that it was all tax-free, and the flights and living were paid for.

Seems to be lots of weird jobs, i guess you need some relevant skills and a willingness to move around and fit into the world Reply to this

10 years ago, January 31st 2009 No: 18 Msg: #61856  

...i guess you need some relevant skills and a willingness to move around and fit into the world


And to be childless. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 1st 2009 No: 19 Msg: #61887  
B Posts: 52
art auctioner

http://www.travelblog.org/Oceans-and-Seas/Caribbean/blog-369093.html Reply to this

10 years ago, February 1st 2009 No: 20 Msg: #61917  
I read an article recently about a girl travelling the world thanks to a career with McDonalds. Apparently the burger flipping skills you learn in one branch are fairly easily transferred to others around the world and as we all know - they've got branches in a fair few places. Apparently Starbucks is another good place to learn a skill that can take you round the world.

Strippers seem to be fairly well travelled too. Most of the ones in Edinburgh come from all over Eastern Europe and Asia... so I've heard.

Oh yeah - and if you go to the MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) website they currently have vacancies all over the globe for 'Operational Officers'. Apparently you get an Aston Martin as standard but have to drink a lot of Martini. While it does say that you will most likely be posted to a 'stable' area of the world they do show a preference for people who can speak Arabic and Mandarin...


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