10 extremely underrated travel jobs

2014-03-27 13:08
Cape town - More and more South Africans are breaking out of their shells to explore the world. It’s only a matter of time before travel becomes as big of a trend as it is among Western society. Many of the reasons why South Africans refrain from embarking on journeys around the world, is because we aren’t always financially capable of booking those dream trips.

The next best thing is to get a job in travel. That way you can earn money and have new adventures at the same time. All too often, we as South Africans are stuck on the idea that a job in travel means working in the travel industry. That’s not true. You can find work in any part of the world not relative to travel – and that will be your route to explore.

Here’s a list of 10 extremely underrated jobs that will get you the opportunity to travel:

 1. Nursing

Where in the world is a nurse not ever needed? Precisely; nowhere. The demand for medical staff will always be high for as long as human beings walk the earth. This is way your job as a nurse provides such a vital opportunity to travel. Whether you’re working under a tree in the heart of a poverty stricken country, or nursing the health of society’s elite, your services can take you anywhere you want to go.

2. Truck Driver

Driving a truck is not at all glamorous, it often requires driving for long hours, during the day and night, to places where you can’t really take a bathroom break. But if all you’ve ever wanted was to explore other cities, this is the job that will drive you there. The great thing about truck driving is that this job puts your fully in control of the journey, without anyone else hovering over your every route change. Drivers often have to stick to a route and are given an estimated time of when they should reach their journey, but once you get there, you’ll be a lot further from your comfort zone.

3. Cabin crew

Cruise ships are the hotels on the sea. Whatever a hotel needs is what you’re likely to find on one of these, plus life-boats and anti-nausea remedies. So when applying for a job as cabin crew, the possibilities of what you could actually be doing, is endless. From domestic work to beauty therapy, there are so many to choose from.

4. Au pair

The travel nanny. What an enriching job to be nurturing children in foreign countries. For those of you who were born with parental instincts, a job as an Au pair is probably one of the best travel opportunities around. Care givers are often given basic needs facilities by parents or au pair companies, so you just need to ensure that you’re living with a suitable family.

5. Peace Corps Volunteer

Everyone likes a good volunteer. It’s an enriching experience to offer your services at no cost at all, and to have your selflessness rewarded with a trip to serve in a foreign country.

6. Writer

Everyone can write, but not everyone can tell a good story. If you’re one of the lucky few who evoke various emotions through your storytelling, you should consider pursuing a job as a writer in travel. Your trips will all be paid for by the company you work for, unless you opt to work as a freelance writer, in which case, any company of your choice will have the option to pay for your stories.

7. Travel agent

Here are the people with first-hand knowledge of the best travel deals. A job as a travel agent doesn’t automatically mean you will get to travel unless you use your knowledge to your advantage.

8. Tour guide / Camper

Tour guides have the greatest advantage of time to explore. The only problem is that years of guiding other people through places you’ve already been to, can become extremely monotonous. If your goal as a tour guide is to travel, you should set a goal of moving to a different location every couple of years or so.

9. Defence force

Servicing your country in exchange for some free trips is definitely a sweet deal. Not just anyone gets accepted into the defence force, but whether you opt for the army, navy, or air force, there will be an opportunity to travel.

10. Wild life Tracker

This is guaranteed to be the most fulfilling job if you love travel and wildlife. Tracking animals requires great skill and patience, it’s not a job for everyone but it sure is an adventurous opportunity, provided you are ready to risk being killed by wild life animals, and withstands the outdoor weather conditions, this will be a great job.

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