The 5 Best Jobs for People Who Want to Travel

If you have ever been bored with the office grind and find yourself dreaming of foreign lands, then finding a job which involves travel could be for you. Although frequent travelling abroad can disrupt family life, it can also help you find great locations for the family holiday.

Some jobs may require relocation, and although this sounds daunting it can make for the perfect family adventure. You may find you will work in one country for a few months of the year and spend the rest of your time in another. Do it right and this can make for the best family experience, one that will stay with you all forever.

The 5 Best Jobs for People Who Want to Travel

So, if you’re looking at and would like to work in some of those sunny vacation locations, here are five job ideas you may want to consider.

Athletic/Sports Talent Scout

Sport is a billion-dollar industry and talent is scouted worldwide. Sports teams from around the world employ talent scouts charged with finding the next superstar of the sport. It is not just sports teams either, as colleges in America are looking for talented kids to offer scholarships too.

Providing you have the right qualifications and excellent knowledge of the sport, you could find you’re earning a living travelling around the world, picking out the talent that will go on to achieve great things. Along the way you will be able to find great family holiday spots for future trips.

It also offers a great way to introduce sport to your kids, especially if you start taking them with you when they are old enough.

Diving Instructor

Diving instructors work in some of the best locations in the world, especially if you learn to teach scuba diving. One of the best things about scuba diving is that you see parts of the planet few people ever get to experience.

It is also a great family adventure, especially if they relocate you for the peak holiday season.

The other great thing about teaching people to dive is that chances are, you want to visit those places as well. Dubai, Thailand and the Caribbean are all coastal locations and offer great family vacation opportunities.

Many get started via the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) which offers comprehensive training programmes.

This is not limited to diving. Providing you can walk the walk you may find employment as a ski instructor or any other activity that requires tuition and supervision. Again, you can bring this to your family so everyone can join in the fun.


If you have a passion for finding the perfect shot and love everything photography related, you may want to consider pursuing your passion as a career. It is a highly competitive arena, but if your pictures are good enough, you may find employment with the Associated Press or National Geographic and the like. There are also great freelancing opportunities.

Photography as a living does not necessarily mean photographing landscapes and geopolitical events. You could be taking pictures of high-end holiday resorts and tourist attractions. You may even be able to bring your family with you.

Travel Writer

Often if you have a family it can be difficult to make the finances stretch to better family holidays. The good news is that there is a way to get paid while taking the kids to a great location… providing you can write.

Increasingly the better online travel publications will pay for good first-hand, honest accounts of what locations are like around the world – especially if you have a family in tow.

This is very much a freelance gig, and specific websites exist that are looking for someone like you.

If you can land a few writing gigs of this kind you can take the family, have a great time and earn as you write.

Retail Buyer

The retail industry often sources lines and negotiates deals around the world. The better brands need knowledgeable people on the ground who can find the best deal and ensure quality through their clothing line. More importantly, they need people who have an eye for fashion.

This involves attending worldwide tradeshows and fashion events. If you land a job with a high-end fashion business, you could find you’re attending the New York or Milan fashion shows.

Companies of this type tend to be retail stores looking for stock that will fly off the hangers. This can be a great way to make a living if you have a passion for both fashion and travel.

This list is not exhaustive, but it demonstrates that there is scope to combine work with travelling. A little creative thought and your working environment could be blue waters and sandy beaches rather than dreary offices and lengthy commutes.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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