The notion of saving up some money and heading off to see the world is an exciting one yet it can be filled with financial worries and the imminent realisation that soon you’ll be heading back to your ‘normal life.’ I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be that way, combining work and travel will give you the best of both worlds and the last few years has given birth to a whole new breed of people who make it happen. Here are five of the best jobs that will allow you to travel whilst you earn.

NGO Volunteer

Non Government Organisations such as charities give you the opportunity to volunteer in countless countries and locations where you can see the world and at the same time do some good. The opportunities range from helping poor communities in Africa, ecological assistance in rainforests, teaching children in Asia, disaster relief and everything in between. The idea that you can do something important for others and rewarding for yourself whilst travelling the world is a perfect combination of experiences and there are an incredible number of charities and organisations that need your help.

Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry offers jobs in every corner of the globe and once you start in the industry, the options available to you in terms of locations is incredible. You could be laying pipes in Kazakhstan refining in Finland or perhaps taking up a management role in Calgary. The industry is far reaching and there is a great deal of money in it as well. If you think that a well paid job that allows you to travel and discover new parts of the planet is for you then my advice would be to get online and check out oil and gas job boards like Oilforce. Another advantage is that many of the oil companies offer medium and short term contracts which means that you don’t have to stay in one location for too long.


It may not be for everyone but joining the military is guaranteed to allow you to see different parts of the world. Aside from entering into war zones, the military offers a large number of non-combat roles such as mechanics, medics and engineers. These positions, like the combat roles will give you just as many opportunities to train and work in many parts of the world. Whether you are training in Kenya, assisting battalions in Iraq or helping out in disaster struck nations the military is sure to give you access to a wide array of locations around the world giving you an unparalleled experience.

Arline Pilot/Steward

It goes without saying that working for an airline will give you the opportunity to visit some beautiful places and despite the fact that you’ll be working on the flight, staff very often have the opportunity to pass a few days in the destination. Another great advantage of working for an airline is that you can very often get cheaper flights and vacations from the airline so when you have some vacation time, you can get some of the best places at the best prices. Not a bad perk to have, you’ll also have an understanding of where ‘not’ to go if you’ve already spent some time there with the job and decided it’s not for you. Win, win.

Travel Blogger

The life of a travel blogger, from the outside, appears like a perfect existence, wandering aimlessly around the globe, working when you like, writing about beautiful experiences. This much is true but there is a lot of work to put into it and a lot of worry about the next paycheck. With this being said, when it works and you can earn money from your blog then the existence is indeed near-perfect. Who wouldn’t want to wake up one day and pick a new destination to visit, no vacation time needed, no boss to explain to and no one to hand your work load over to?

There are a great deal of perks with this job as well and many companies will offer their services in exchange for a sponsored review, these could be car rentals, hotels, adventure companies or even airlines, which can save you a lot of money and give you memorable experiences. Hard work is required but it will certainly pay off in this industry.