How to Pick a Career With Travel in Mind.

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Graduating from college after four years of hard work means finally entering the real world. What about those of us who want to actually see the real world? It seems that before settling down with a job close to home, we should allow ourselves to explore a little more.

Some people choose to take a year off to travel, but most of us can’t afford that. For those of us with wanderlust in our hearts, it is possible to have both a job and the ability to travel. There are careers we can choose that will allow us to experience the world the way we’ve always dreamed of.

  1. Anthropologist. A career in anthropology focuses on the social interactions of different cultures that exist today, and would absolutely involve travel. Field work is usually over a four- to eight-week time span.
  1. Recruiter. Calling all athletes! As an athletic recruiter, you could potentially be sent to universities all over the country searching for the best talent to represent a school or company. If you’re into sports, this could be a dream job. Taking up a major in exercise science would prepare you for a career like this.
  1. Sales. Many students don’t consider sales when they are dreaming of travel, because they picture it as a desk job. However, when you’re hired in sales, you are assigned a territory you’re in charge of. You could be expected to travel all over a particular region, or you could be assigned a totally new one. Those with serious people skills should consider majoring in business marketing.
  1. English Teacher. Have a love for teaching that goes beyond the typical middle school classroom? This could be the ultimate career for you: Teaching English to those in other countries who wish to learn the language. For this job, being an English major would definitely have its advantages. On top of that, getting certified through TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language – will let you teach pretty much anywhere under the sun.
  1. Writer. Whether freelancing or working for a travel agency or magazine, this is a definitely a career that allows you to pick up and move. If all you need is your computer and access to the Internet, then you are good to go. There are many ways to become a travel writer, but picking journalism as your major would certainly qualify you for a career like this. Be sure to get lots of experience while you’re in school so that you can be ready for this kind of opportunity.
  1. Traveling Nurse. If you’re not the squeamish kind, a career in nursing is a fabulous opportunity to see the world. Traveling from country to country helping those in need is both rewarding and exciting.
  1. Photographer. If you’re the one always behind the camera and have a knack for editing, why not make it a career as a travel photographer? Photographers can travel as far as their work takes them with opportunities as a photographer for books, magazines, websites, and even weddings. Not only would you get to do what you love, but you could do it in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
  1. Graphic Designer. If you’ve got a love for design, becoming a graphic designer may be perfect for your wandering heart. The career offers maximum portability and a potential for high income, and allows you the choice to be self-employed. On top of that, graphic designers are in high demand these days! You should major in graphic design and start building your portfolio early on in college if you want to snag a job as a designer.
  2. Entrepreneur. If you’re dreaming of seeing the world, but don’t want a traditional travel career, you may consider starting your own business in a different part of the world. While most portable careers require some entrepreneurial spirit, you could take it one step further and create your own business. The world is your playground as an entrepreneur; you can truly go wherever your heart desires. A degree in business management would be a great start, but your ambition and talent is what will truly drive you. You know you’re ready if you see these signs you need to start your own business.

Maybe you studied abroad in school and dipped your toes into something you’ll never forget, maybe you’ve always dreamed of traveling the world or perhaps you’re just looking to get away from small town USA. The good news is that your opportunities to travel with a career are just getting started. The choices stretch far and wide and are much more diverse than you might have originally guessed. You don’t have to be a flight attendant to jet set around the globe. Pairing your dreams of traveling with the right major is easier than you think.

Sarah Landrum is a freelance writer, blogger, and aspiring world traveler. Sarah is also the founder of Punched Clocks, a site on which she shares advice for young professionals on navigating the work world. For more on all things career – with occasional travel musings – follow her @SarahLandrum

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Esme Smith

Esme received her M.A. In Counseling from St. Edward's University, and worked with students at Concordia University Texas' Career Center. She developed a passion for Career Counseling after leaving undergrad without much guidance, and grappling with unsatisfying work. She strives to help others bridge the gap between graduation and "the real world."

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One response to “How to Pick a Career With Travel in Mind.”

  1. Kevin Fallon says:

    Two of the best careers for travel: Consulting and Accounting / Auditing

    You will visit client sites and experience different locations as well as workplace cultures / office environments

    Reminds me of my days as a campus recruiter for a global consulting firm. We hosted all of the incoming recruits for a weekend in New York City that included an overnight stay. The next morning at brunch, one of our recruits was clearly “not right” – when we asked what was wrong they responded with: “I dont like staying in strange hotel rooms”

    Needless to say, we were all left scratching our heads wondering why in the world this person would even consider consulting !!!!!!!!!!!! Long live the “road warrior!!!”