15 High-Paying Jobs That Allow You to Travel the World

8 June 2021

What If We Tell You There Are Many Jobs Where You Can Get Paid While Traveling the World? Find Out 15 Such High Paying Jobs.

Most of us dream of travel… of chasing the endless summer. Can you imagine being paid to do this? We can, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 15 High-paying jobs that allow you to travel the world.

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Luxury Retail Buyer – $60,000-$104,000 per Year

If you have a shopping habit that your finances can’t keep up with, then a career in fashion buying is a dream come true. Its not all runways and fashion weeks, but there is plenty of that too.

You will attend trace shows and conferences all about the future of fashion, what to expect next season and how to get your hands on it. From there it involves having a keen eye for data, knowing what sells and what doesn’t, and picking the perfect price points for your market.

Once you have built up a reliable list of vendors you will be able to buy, buy, buy, as you fill the decision seat of what makes it into the store, and what doesn’t.

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Travel Writer – $54,000 – $94,000 per Year

It’s a competitive market, but travel writing job is a great way to bring home the bacon while sampling breakfast buffets and beds while you travel around the world.

If you have a way with words and can easily decipher the next hot travel spot, then you could do well as a freelance writer. There are a few golden opportunities to write full time for a single publication, but these are rare, for the most part, you’ll be pitching stories to various publications and selling your articles one by one.

There are also sites where you can respond to assignments requesting freelance travel writers to complete a specific review. As you’re mostly freelancing, the income varies based on the frequency you are published, but often travel costs are paid for, or at very least a tax deduction. So, its win win.


Working for the United Nations – $67,000 – $123,000 per Year

Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a senior politician or an expert on international relations to work for the UN. There are plenty of opportunities in all industries.

The UN is a massive employer and runs projects all over the globe, so they need a huge number of skills. From IT to HR, you can jump on their employment opportunities website and browse by location and industry.

Once you have done all the relevant security clearance and have your first role you can look to relocate within the organisation and work all over the world.

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Geopolitical Analyst – $51,000 to $92,000 / Year

If you have a degree in anything from law to engineering, finance to mining, you can take your career on the road as a Geopolitical Analyst.

It does help to have a post-grad degree in politics and economics. With this powerful combination, you are an asset to a multinational company or any business with interests or assets in foreign countries.

They will generally have an office in any of these countries and need geopolitical analysts to help them understand any risks or security threats to their investments in that country.

You will be spending anything from months to years in one region, and from that base probably enjoy quite a bit of regional travel.


Oil Rig Worker – $60,000 to $150,000 / Year

Oil and Gas is generally mined in remote, or offshore locations. This means that if you have a job in the industry you can count plenty of world travel in your career.

The salaries are in the upper regions because the industry demands a lot of high skilled staff from geologists to engineers. 

Unfortunately, you’ll be working in pretty remote or ocean bound rig locations, but there are longer off periods where you will have the opportunity to explore the region you are working in, or fly home if you prefer.


Construction Manager $86,000 – $120,000

If you’re lucky enough to be in construction and work for one of the large construction firms, you could have the opportunity to apply to work on overseas projects. The pay is top drawer, plus for the inconvenience of travel, many firms offer per diem and relocation benefits.

It’s not only top management roles that allow you to travel in the construction industry. Plenty of lower-level job positions could give you a foot in the door to travel the world with construction work, as many companies relocate their own support staff for large projects as well.

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Technology Evangelist – $56,000 to $120,000 / Year

Don’t head off to bible school just yet, this one is not a religious experience. A technology evangelist is the person responsible for bringing awareness and winning mass audiences over to new technology or platforms. Think of Adobe or Windows launching a new product of software.

The Technology Evangelist will be sent around the globe to promote this through roadshows, media interviews, events or demonstrations.

You’re halfway there if you have a technical skill like architecture, design or programming that uses specialised software or hardware. Then brush up your sales and marketing skills and you could excel in a job in this field and convert new users as you travel the world.


Travel Nurse – $60,000 to $120,000 per Year

If you think about it, everywhere you go there are nurses and medics. Stadiums, ship cruises, live events, NGO’s, disaster zones and resorts.  Being a Travelling Nurse can really offer you an opportunity to see the world as you relocate every 13 to 26 weeks on average contracts. The shift schedules allow you a lot of time off to travel or take off a few weeks after one contract and explore before you move to your next location.

While it can be emotionally taxing if you are involved in relief aid, you can always take a break for your next stint and treat sunburns and seasickness on a cruise ship for a few months.


Athletic Recruiter $50,000 – $80, 000

Professional sport is big business and sourcing talent is a highly competitive market. If you have had experience as a professional athlete or a successful coaching career and are ready to spread your wings, then becoming an Athletic Recruiter could fit like a glove.

The annual salary might not be a major draw card, but there are incentives and bonuses if you score a touchdown.

You’ll be responsible for attending high school, college or regional sports fixtures globally and eyeing out the next Renaldo or Messi.


Foreign Affairs (Diplomat) – $30,000 to $100,000 / Year

For 18 months to 5-year contracts, you could base yourself in countries around the world while representing your country as a Diplomat. The salaries vary wildly depending on the country you live in, but then again, so do the responsibilities.

A US Diplomat is quite a tall order, and the role is intense, but for a smaller country based in a more remote region, it could be a few events and attending a meeting once in a while. However, in other regions you might be involved in economic policy making or peace keeping efforts.


Forest Fire Fighter – $50,000 to $80,000 / Year

Fire Fighters aren’t often thought of as a travelling position, but there is a need for experienced first responders to forest fires around the world. Apart from seeing the world, the perks include food and lodging where you are posted on assignment, and the pay isn’t bad considering you work 6 months on, 6 months off. So, it offers plenty of time to see the world while you’re off duty.

Like any Fire fighting job there are strict standards of fitness and the ability to work long hours in tough conditions even while you have to travel the world. But the time off can make it worth the heat!


Archaeologist – $58,000 to $78,000 / Year

Uncover the world in a completely different way as an archaeologist. You could be the first person to see the next major tourist attraction if you join a local archaeological dig anywhere in the world.

All across the globe, archaeology teams are digging away to find evidence of ancient civilizations and species that used to walk the planet. Not all of these are outback posts; some teams are uncovering ancient trash piles in big cities like London or getting below the surface of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

If you’re keen to hit the road and work wherever you like, be sure to watch our video 15 Thing You Didn’t Know About VAN LIFE to ensure you know exactly what you can expect having an office that is not home-bound.


Cruise Ship Professionals $45,000 – $100,000 / Year Plus Living

Not all positions on cruise ships are waiters, cleaners and entertainers, there are plenty of high paying professional roles too. We already mentioned medical staff, then there are IT specialists, engineers, safety officers and accountants all making sure its smooth sailing.

Take time off from your city office job and hop aboard a cruise ship and travel the world for a season or two. All meals and accommodation are included.


Virtual Recruiter – $36,000 Plus Commission / Month

Think of this as a global matchmaker. You will find the perfect talent to suit the job opening. Known as career curators, recruitment advisors and talent magnets, virtual recruiters work from anywhere and can serve customers anywhere on the planet.

You will be most successful if you pick a niche are and stick with it, and spend your time getting to know all the industry role players and building connections. Tools like LinkedIn and Glassdoor will be your stomping ground and you’ll be pro at efficient Zoom Meetings and assessing piles of resumes.

The great thing is that the bonuses are great, and all you need to get started is a laptop and internet access, so you can work anytime and anywhere, even on a cruise ship!


Airline Pilot- $100,000 – $208,000

Not all pilots are ferrying tourists and businesspeople around the world on commercial flights… there is a whole world of opportunity for airline pilots, and in terms of salaries, the sky is the limit.

You could join a military service and fly for your country’s army. Join relief efforts and deliver aid and volunteers in times of crisis. There are animal relocation pilots, or pilots that spot poachers for a living.

Flying schools need experienced pilots to pass on their skills to students. The film industry requires specialised pilots that can fly according to the camera angle or perform stunts that are needed. And there is always work for air freight pilots ferrying cargo around the globe.

Private planes are on the rise, and each one needs a pilot ready to take off at a moment’s notice. You get the picture, the options are endless, and the locations you can work are too.


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