Yes, flight attendants travel the world but short haul staff rarely
leave their destination airport. If you're hoping for long layovers in
exotic locations apply to a major airline serving long haul
destinations. Several days on a Thai beach or exploring Hong Kong
is a bonus but cabin crew also get generous travel benefits so you, and
often family members, can fly at greatly reduced rates on your days
off. Customer service experience, fluent English and the ability to swim
25m are essential. Jobs are generally advertised directly by the
airlines who also provide about six weeks of training. Try aviationjobsearch.com or cabincrew.com for more information.
More a lifestyle choice than a fortune maker, work as a tour leader
offers unparalleled opportunities to see the world. Whether you're
dreaming of a seniors' coach trip through Tuscany or an epic overland voyage across Asia,
you'll need oodles of enthusiasm and patience, strong leadership skills
and plenty of travel experience. Mechanical skills, first aid, a
foreign language, a geography or history of art degree, and possibly a
PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) driving licence are also useful. Above
all though, you'll need a positive, can-do attitude; your boss and
support team will be thousands of miles away and you'll be on call 24/7.
Most companies such as Explore (explore.co.uk/about-us/jobs)
advertise vacancies on their own websites and it's a distinct advantage
to have taken a trip with the company you intend to apply to.
Sometimes billed as the last hope for the directionless, TEFL
(Teaching English as a Foreign Language) lets you work practically
anywhere in the world. The pay is good, jobs often come with flights and
accommodation provided, you'll meet plenty of locals and have time to
soak up the culture. Contracts can be for as little as a few months or
up to a year or more. For the best jobs you'll need a degree plus a TEFL
qualification. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to
Adults) qualifications are often preferred and typically take about four
weeks to complete. For more information see tefl.com.
Know your genitive from your subjunctive? Your imperative from your
vocative? If you've got true fluency in at least two languages then work
as an interpreter can take you all over the world. Interpreters are
needed at political and business meetings, international conventions and
conferences, in court rooms and hospitals, refugee camps and
multinational companies. Although you'll generally be based in one
location you can easily see the world on a series of short contracts.
You'll need a language degree, a qualification in interpreting and
specialist knowledge of science, politics, law or economics. More
information from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (iti.org.uk), the American Translators Association (atanet.org) or the Australian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (aiti.edu.au).
Cruise ship crew
Like to spend your winter cruising around Hawaii
and your summer exploring the Norwegian fjords? Luxury cruisers have
jobs for everyone from cooks and cleaners to nursery staff, musicians,
fitness instructors and beauty therapists. If you've got a recognised
qualification and experience in customer services or hospitality you're
well placed to start earning as you cruise. Many companies advertise
vacancies on their own sites or try cruiseshipjob.com or allcruisejobs.com.
Roadie or techie
Although it's not all screaming groupies and wild orgies, working as a
sound or lighting technician on tour is still pretty darn cool. If you
can land a job with a big name artist you'll get to visit major cities
across several continents, but there's a lot of time on the road and not
so much time to explore. Courses for lighting and sound technicians
take one to three years but you'll need plenty of experience and a lot
of luck or good contacts to clinch a plum job. Find more information on
courses at londonamp.com or performing-arts.org.uk in the UK, NYU Steinhardt (steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/technology) in New York, or at the Australian Institute of Music (aim.edu.au/courses/audio-engineering).
It's not the easiest way to earn a living and income is never
guaranteed, but photojournalists, landscape and travel photographers see
some of the most beautiful and harrowing parts of the world while at
work. Options for travel are endless and many photographers direct their
own projects as well as working on commission. A photography degree
will take three years to complete but formal qualifications are less
important than a good eye and demonstrable talent. For some great hints
and tips check out journalismdegree.com/photojournalism-career.
A classic way to travel, learn a language and experience a new
culture, working as an au pair won't earn you big bucks but will provide
you with a roof over your head, food and plenty of time to explore. Au
pairs are needed all over the world and work is often part time. Some
experience in childcare is beneficial but a personality match and
positive attitude will be far more of a deal maker when searching for a
family. Sites such as greataupair.com and aupairworld.com advertise jobs in numerous countries making it easy to string contracts together to work your way around the globe.
Virtual assistants work from home on a freelance basis doing admin
work for small businesses, but who's to say where home is? With a
reliable phone and internet connection you could work from almost
anywhere. To set yourself up as a virtual assistant you'll need at least
five years experience working in a senior administration role in an
office environment. Companies such as timeetc.co.uk in the UK, US-based Zirtual (zirtual.com) and the Australian Virtual Assistant Association (avaa.asn.au)
may be a good place to get some initial experience. But if you're
planning to travel you'll need to research the market at your target
destination or set up your business at home first, build a client base
and when you're sure of a steady work flow, hit the road.
The quest for beauty is universal and women, particularly in expat
communities, like to be treated by someone who speaks their own
language, shares their sense of style and understands their requests.
Although you'll have to travel on spec in most cases, there are job
opportunities from Delhi to Dubai,
as well as on luxury liners and in holiday villages worldwide. You'll
need a recognised qualification and salon experience before you travel.
Take a look at hairandbeautyjobs.com for an idea of what's available.
Ski or scuba instructor
Fancy half a year in Whistler and the other half in Wanaka? Winters on the Gili Islands
and summers in the Red Sea? Ski and scuba buffs can live the dream by
qualifying as an instructor. You'll need a Level 2 qualification (15
days of coursework and 70 hours practical experience) from the British
Association of Snowsport Instructors (basi.org.uk) to teach snowsports internationally, or a PADI (padi.com) Divemaster qualification followed by an Instructor Development Course and a minimum of 100 dives to teach scuba diving.
Winters in the Caribbean,
summers in the Med, what's not to like about crewing on a yacht?
Everyone from cooks and nannies to engineers and captains are needed by
those lucky enough to sail their way around the world. Although you'll
get to see new ports every few days, casual crew on recreational vessels
often don't get paid so it's worth having some recognised
qualifications if you want to earn as you travel. Courses run by the
Royal Yachting Association (rya.org.uk)
range from basic skills up to Yachtmaster but time on the water and
experience in a variety of conditions are essential. You'll find jobs
advertised on crewseekers.net or findacrew.net.
If you're interested in organic farming and willing to volunteer your
time for approximately 4-6 hours a day, you'll get food, board and an
insight into local life on a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic
Farms) exchange. There are WWOOF hosts right across the globe from
banana plantations in Costa Rica to rice farms in China, even in Swedish Lapland close to Arvidsjauran artists' eco village (learn more on wwoof.se/host-list). You can work for a few days or a few months and can search opportunities on wwoof.net.
Traditionally, higher professionals find it difficult to transfer
their skills abroad but international aid agencies are always looking
for suitably qualified staff to run operations in developing or
disaster-hit countries. Placements are often in rural areas and
conditions can be basic. Médecins Sans Frontières (msf.org.uk)
places logicians, nutritionists, pharmacists, biomedical scientists,
financial controllers and HR professionals as well as a broad range of
Africa. There’s nowhere like it on the planet for wildlife,
wild lands and rich traditions that endure. Prepare to fall in...
Know a Kremlin colonel from a Moscow mule? Practically every student
has done some bar work and it's a good way to travel despite low pay and
unsocial hours, but if you want to get your foot in the door at the
very best establishments worldwide it's well worth having some
professional training. City & Guilds (cityandguilds.com) offers a 60-hour professional bartending course in the UK, the New York Bartending School (newyorkbartendingschool.com) has similar 40-hour courses, while BarMax (barmax.com.au)
runs training around Sydney. Along with some experience, a course can
mean the difference between pulling pints in a phony Irish bar and
serving cocktails at five-star hotels.