Every day I get a few emails asking me to help people with starting a travel blog. Are they really interested in making a career in Travel Blogging? I am not very sure. Do they all want to travel with minimum investment – Probably Yes?
There is a lot of literature available on ‘How to Start a Travel Blog’ or ‘How to make money with travel blogging?’. I may not have anything new to add there. However, I can talk about some of the best professions to travel.
Let me tell you that ‘Travel Blogging’ is not the only profession that allows you to travel around the world. There are many professions that involve extensive travel. So, how about looking at some of them as well. You can earn money and travel while you work on most of these.
Best Professions to Travel
Performing Artists / Actors
If you are good at an art form – it could be singing, dancing, acting, comedy, painting or sculpting – your art can take you places. Most performing artists I have met are extremely well-traveled. They go to perform in different corners of the world and that is how they see the world. You may see concert tours of film stars only but almost all performing stars travel a lot. Yes, you have to achieve a level of proficiency in your art, but if you like to travel and you enjoy performing – this is the best way to travel. You take the art to different corners of the world and it takes you to the world.
Even professions associated with performing artists like makeup artists, location scouts, event managers et al also get to travel with them.
Sports – One of the Best Professions to Travel
We all know how high profile sports personalities travel! However, you would be surprised to know how much an average player travels even while preparing for a career in sports.
Way back in school, I used to play table tennis and that is when I traveled a lot as a player. Now, I know my friends who are helping their kids with a sporting career – they travel more than anyone else I know. While in the initial days of your career you may have to completely focus on the sport and not really venture out. But once you are established and can afford the time – sports give you huge opportunities to travel around the world.
Need some motivation – Check out the travel schedules of your favorite sportsperson or read a fictional account of the same in The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger.
This one seems obvious enough. Airline crews get to travel to various places for free. The downside is you do not get a long-term stay in most places. I am sure with a bit of planning you can get yourself some well deserved holidays. Do you know there are special Visas for airline crews – most are for a limited time, but some allow visa-free entry to airline staff.
The same applies to crew members of Ships and Merchant Navy Professionals.
Politics – Best Professions to Travel
Open your Television and check out the present positions of politicians you follow in your state, country, or around the world. Chances are that they not in their hometown, but attending a meeting somewhere, campaigning in some remote corner, or inaugurating some project while smiling for the cameras.
No one travels the way Politicians do. In their territory, they travel to each nook and corner to be in touch with their people. Yes, they do that – though most of us would like to believe otherwise. Politics needs networking of all kinds, so politicians travel to meet their fellow politicians. They travel to raise funds. Once in office, they need to travel to represent the state.
At this point in time, the traveler I am most envious of is the Indian Prime Minister.
If you work in the hospitality industry, more often than not you would be staying in an envious tourist location. Agree, sometimes you may spend time alone in a jungle lodge. Most hoteliers work around the world. There is no better way to see the world by staying in a region for some time and exploring it at leisure. It is also quite a global profession. Most hoteliers I know of, have lived across the world with equal ease.
As hospitality professionals, you also get to see the world coming to you and interacting with. It is not an easy profession, but then it comes with its perks.
Yes, on the face of it looks like academicians travel between their homes and classrooms. Nothing can be far from the truth. Most universities are networked in a way that academicians travel a lot. They travel to attend conferences to present their papers and to know the latest happenings in their fields. They travel to deliver guest lectures. Sometimes they travel to conduct guest courses when they get to stay in host universities for a few days or months. It is an easy and relaxed way to know the place – through its academicians, students, and university environments.
Academic career also allows you long breaks that you can use for traveling.
Even research associates travel quite a bit, though it where and how long depends on their subjects.
If you love the road and road trips, being a truck driver is not a bad option. Is this not the best way to romance the road? You get paid to drive around. You are free to stop and admire the surroundings as and when you want. Most truck drivers work on a loose schedule and have some freedom within the start and end date of their trips.
I wish I had thought of this option when I was growing up. I know for women it may still be a challenge, especially because of the absence of toilets but you never know someday we might conquer this as well.
And I know truck driving is not a dream profession for anyone. So, if you do not want to do it for the rest of your life, it may be a good option to explore for some time.
Armed Forces – Best Professions to Travel
Working in the Indian Army takes you to all parts of the country. You get posted every 2-3 years, with some stints to locations out of bounds of normal civilians. You stay among people who come from all parts of the country. At a later stage of the careers, many army officers get to travel abroad too.
There is no better way to know India than being a part of the Indian Army. It is amazing to grow in army cantonments which are so peaceful and so lush green compared to the rest of the country.
Fashion is a more global phenomenon than it appears. With the rise of the digital population, it is becoming even more global. Fashion from across the seas influence each other. Most fashion designers work with designer labels across the world. In fact, while major brands are based in the western hemisphere, most manufacturing happens in the Eastern. So, the travels are bound to happen.
Most fashion industry professionals I know of – whether a fashion designer or a merchandiser – they all travel a lot. And, yes, they travel fashionably enough.
My second most envied traveler is Fashion Designer Wendell Rodricks.
Photographers travel for what they love doing most – Photography. They go for professional shoots irrespective of the genre they work with. Photojournalists travel to cover stories. Fashion photographers travel for location shoots. Wedding photographers travel for destination weddings. Nature and Birding experts explore the nature reserves. Travel photographers of course travel.
Like any creative profession, it is not easy to make your mark in photography, especially when everyone is armed with a good camera. Having said that, if you can make your mark – the world is your canvas.
Others Best Professions to Travel
I wanted to add Software Professionals to this list as I have traveled quite a bit with that profession. However, I see that processes in the software industry have evolved to an extent where travel is getting minimized.
Marketing professionals of most industries travel a lot – something digital marketers do not get to do.
Geologists travel a lot. Space scientists travel in unique ways. However, the number of people who travel is rather limited.
Professions you can pick up while traveling to sustain yourself
- Teaching English or any other language you can teach
- Being a Tour Guide – but this would mean you staying at one place for a while
- Being an instructor for sports like Diving etc
- Work in hotels during peak seasons – when they need extra hands.
Travel Bloggers are technically professional travelers so they, of course, travel.