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Bitten by the Travel Bug? Top 5 Jobs for the Adventurous

You’ve got the travel bug. Since a young age you’ve loved to travel and have obsessed over different cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles. St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

If you dread the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cubicle workplace, a career in travel is your ticket to happiness.

Travel Nursing

Nurses have a passion for helping people and aren’t afraid of blood. Good nurses are in high demand and short supply. The job outlook for nursing is expected to increase between 2010 and 2020 26 percent faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Travel nurses travel to different hospitals and are on location for a few months at a time. The typical assignment lasts eight to 13 weeks. According to salary at, travel nurses can expect to make about $75,000 a year based on a 48 hour work week. The benefits are endless: free housing, free travel, the opportunity to meet different people, as well as health and wellness benefits like health, dental and vision insurance.

Flight Attendant

Being a flight attendant grants you access to everywhere in the world. If you can handle the take-offs and landings, then this job will be slice of heaven. While working it’s your job to make the guests feel welcome and cater to their needs. But when not on duty you can fly for free anywhere in the country. Most airlines allow generous time-off days.


Photographers have a natural talent of capturing beautiful things on film. A photographer’s lens  document the wonders of the world, new species, a third-world population. Photographers help the rest of the world see the beauty in everything and is truly a form of art. Photographers can work for top magazines like Sports Illustrated or National Geographic or sell their artwork for thousands of dollars to art galleries and private curators. The perk? Getting a special pass to all entertainment events.

Travel Writer

Journalists use their written words to express to their readers places you’ve only seen in your dreams. As a travel writer, you experience new cultures weekly. You report on the lives and hobbies of others. You visit far-off places and tell a tale of someone who can’t. Through your adventures you explain in great detail what you saw, heard and smelt. You essentially get paid to travel to exotic places, meet inspiring people all while pursuing your adventure goals. Ideal careers for a travel writer include National Geographic Traveller and Outside.


Joining a cruise ship allows you to love what you do while seeing and exploring the world. Spend the winter months in the Caribbean and the summer months in Alaska. Explore the ruins of Europe and the history of Asia. A shipboard career is perfect for individuals who enjoy diverse, multicultural environments. Careers range from DJs, entertainers, hosts and hostesses, instructors, lifeguards, spa technicians, cleaning staff, chefs and food servers and many more.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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