With the pandemic halting all plans and locking everyone up inside, travel planning is currently at an all-time high. Everyone is just waiting for the vaccine to come out and for borders to open so they can jump on a plane and fly around the world again.
Most people don’t have an extra $2 million lying around to pay for a private airplane and island to celebrate their birthday as a certain celebrity does. Instead, we need to work every day at jobs we might not like, for wages that are far too low, and wait to take our allotted 12 days of vacation.
During this pandemic, all we can do is daydream about getting out of our neighborhood and traveling the globe. So, how can we make our travel daydreams a reality when we don’t live a Kardashian lifestyle?
Now is the perfect time for a career change! Below is a list of 30 High-Paying Jobs that Require Travel and No Experience.
You’d be surprised at how many entry-level jobs there are around the world that are high-paying and let you travel at the same time. These jobs don’t require a degree or experience but provide a lot of opportunities for growth and promotion.
Although having a degree would boost your credibility, as education and experience will help you earn a higher salary right off the bat, many of these jobs come down to personality. Do you have the skills to market yourself well and convince employers that you’re capable? Some of these jobs aren’t easy and require a lot of hard work. But, if you put in the effort and time, you can become successful in these fields.
There is a wide range of earnable salaries within these job fields. Your salary can be affected by job location, level, and your own personal experience and skills. Most of these jobs, though, have room for growth and allow for promotions quite quickly. You could be getting promotions and bonuses within a year of working.
Disclaimer: With the ongoing pandemic, many of these jobs are unavailable or have taken a hit. But things will get back to normal eventually, and when they do, travel and tourism will once again be open for business. Now is the perfect time to start planning and preparing to get a high-paying travel job for when that happens.
If you’re ready to make money by traveling the world, read on!
30 High-Paying Jobs that Require Travel and No Experience
The first jobs in this list don’t necessarily require travel, but they have a lot of opportunities for it.
One of the most accessible jobs that provides travel opportunities is within the hospitality industry. You don’t need a degree for an entry-level job; you can apply for work in any area of the world, and you can earn good money depending on where you are and what kind of job you take on.
Most of these jobs are dependent on the tourism industry and are seasonal work, but you can be paid very well for the few months that you work a job.
1. Hotel Professional
This job has numerous different options, such as desk worker, bellhop, concierge, etc. Suppose you have a degree in hospitality or marketing, great. If not, don’t worry! You don’t need it.
There are hotels covering the globe from end to end, so you have thousands to choose from. You’ll also be better equipped if you speak more than one language. Since hotels are open 24/7 365, you have countless shifts to choose from. You can choose whichever time you’d like to work; you’re not stuck with the typical 9-5.
There’s also the ability to climb up the ladder. Hotels constantly promote from within, so if you work hard, you can move from entry-level to manager in no time. There are various employment levels in hotels, so your salary can be anywhere from USD 20,000 – 100K a year.
Now this job doesn’t necessarily require travel, but it does allow you to move around. Not only can you apply to hotels around the world, but you can put in for transfers within the same hotel chain or brand. So, if you wanted, every year you could be working at a hotel in a new city.
2. Tour Guide
You can be a tour guide in any city in the world! You don’t even have to be a local of that city. If you move to a different area, familiarize yourself with it so you can start giving tours. There are so many different types of tours, like walking museums, hidden gems, or food tours.
Not only will you earn money from the tour company, but you’ll also earn tips from the customers at the end. The average tour guide might make $13 USD an hour, so their total pay can be from $20,000 to $30,000 USD a year. This is not including tips, though, which, when coupled with exclusive and luxury tours, can raise your salary to anywhere from $50,000-$100KUSD.
It’s a surprisingly high-paying job! Tips are always a great bonus to consider when taking on a job. People have created very successful tour guide companies and work far fewer hours than their 9-5 counterparts.
If you have any skill or talent in entertainment, you can make a living with it while traveling the world. It is possible to perform at hotel shows or to perform as a backup dancer on tours. There are always job availabilities for entertainment—just make a career out of what you’re good at.
This pay scale is difficult to determine, as some entertainment acts might earn more than others. Also, some locations might allow you to receive tips, while others forbid it.
As an entertainer, you can earn an estimated salary of $20,000-$120,000 USD. If you have the talent, you can make a high salary and only need to perform a few hours a night. This job can require travel if you’re part of a cross-country show or tour.
4. Private Chef
This job isn’t necessarily entry-level; you need to have some sort of cooking knowledge. The highest-paying jobs require some sort of fine dining experience or schooling, but so many jobs will hire you just for being able to cook.
Private chefs can make a lot of money. It’s a high-stress job, but it pays handsomely. You can find jobs as a yacht chef, hotel cook, personal chef for families, or even just as a line cook in any restaurant in the world. Traveling to other countries to learn cuisines and attend conferences is just part of the chef job description.
The salary for a private chef ranges from $35,000 to $150,000 USD/year. The more talent, experience, and recommendations you have, the more you can charge.
5. Professional Nanny
This job is a bit more intense than an au pair or babysitter, as it has more stringent requirements. Almost all positions are only available through agencies that thoroughly vet potential nannies. Some agencies require that you have a degree in some child-related field. But, if you have prior experience working with children, this can also be a very high-paying job. At the very least, you’ll be required to have CPR certification.
The average salary is around $35,000 USD, but the more qualified you are, the more you can charge. You can earn upwards of $100K USD as a professional nanny, especially if you have high-income clients.
This is a popular job in the United States that you can do for friends and family or for people you find online.
While people are away on vacation or business, you just watch their house. You might also clean or take care of any gardening and trash. Essentially, you just get to live in a home for free. You can do this locally where you live or use it as a method to travel the world and not have to pay for accommodation.
Some house-sitters don’t charge and just work in exchange for room and board, while others charge exorbitant prices. Your location determines the amount you can earn.
For example, you’d be able to earn more money house-sitting in Los Angeles than you would in Omaha, Nebraska. Salaries range from the low end of $22,000 USD/year but can climb all the way up to $300K!
This is one of the most straightforward high-paying jobs that you can get with no experience that allows you to travel. You can make six figures just by sitting in a house.
This idea of becoming a digital nomad has grown exponentially within the last few years. With the rise of the internet (and now the pandemic), people realize that they can do their jobs remotely—they don’t even have to be in the same country.
You can work as a company employee or choose to freelance, selling your services to multiple individuals and businesses.
If you have a skill, it is very likely that you can freelance it and make money from it. When you work remotely, you are able to earn a high income while traveling and living wherever you want. There are numerous sites, such as Upwork or Freelancer.org, where you can sign up and market yourself to buyers.
Freelancing salaries are entirely dependent on you—how much you charge, how much you work, what you’re selling, etc. Some people have been able to make 6 figure incomes from full-time freelancing on these sites! The following jobs are all ones you can do as your own boss. Just pick a site and start offering your services.
As one of the most lucrative jobs, blogging can provide real livable wages. It takes a lot of work to get a blog up and running, though. You need exciting content plus knowledge of writing, marketing, and social media.
There are thousands of blogs out there, so you need to be able to stand out and attract readers. Once your blog starts to pick up, you can begin selling advertisement space and using affiliate links.
You can earn some serious revenue through blogging, as evidenced by huge powerhouse bloggers such as A Cup of Jo and Nomadic Matt. These popular blogs have the potential to earn seven-figure salaries! Regardless of the blog topic, you have the potential to work a job that requires no experience and lets you travel.
8. Virtual Assistant
This past year has seen an overwhelming number of businesses move online due to the pandemic.
If you have social media skills, can answer emails, make schedules, and plan presentations, then try being a virtual assistant! You can work from anywhere globally and earn a pretty high salary depending on your years of experience and the company you work for.
As a virtual assistant, I expect to earn anywhere from $25,000 to $70,000 USD/year.
9. Freelance Writer
If you have any writing skills at all, why not market yourself as a freelance writer?
Can you write a blog post?
Or edit a press release?
There is always a need for writers, more so now that everything is online. If you market yourself well and build a name for yourself, you can start earning a six-figure salary just from copywriting. On average, a freelance writer might make $40,000-$90,000 USD per year.
10. Web Developer
Another high-paying freelance job that requires no degree. If you have the skill to build beautiful websites, buyers won’t care that you didn’t go to school. All you need is a portfolio of websites to prove your talent. This is something that you can learn!
Many people take web development classes on sites like Udemy or Coursera to learn these skills to freelance and finally quit their 9-5s. As a web developer, you have the potential to earn $50,000-$100KUSD a year.
This is a very competitive job, but you can find real success with it if you are talented at photography. It doesn’t matter whether you shoot stock photos, wedding portraits, or become a travel photographer selling to famous brands like Natural Geographic–there are opportunities for you in this field.
Depending on what your genre is, you can make a good living as a photographer. They earn anywhere from $30,000 to $130K USD a year.
12. Social Media Consultant
Social media is one of the most critical aspects for the survival of businesses today. Having an impactful Instagram and website is vital. Companies know this, which is why they pay handsomely for someone like you to grow their social media presence.
If you have a degree in marketing, it’ll be a significant advantage, but just showing them your own successful social media platforms will be enough to convince them. This is an effortless job for young adults, as they’re more involved with social media on a day-to-day basis and are more aware of trends.
On average, a social media manager can earn $50,000-$150K USD/year. That’s a pretty sweet salary for a job that lets you travel whenever and doesn’t necessarily need a degree.
13. Software Developer/IT Jobs
This job is more specialized and requires more knowledge, but you can make a very high salary if you have expertise in software programming. A lot of jobs do request higher degrees; however, they do accept related experience instead. They know that someone with three years of experience is better qualified than someone newly graduated.
You can work as a freelancer in this industry as well, which won’t require proof of degree. All you need is a computer so that you can work from anywhere in the world. Software developers earn about $60,000-$120K USD per year.
14. Freelance Bookkeeper
Bookkeeping is an impressive high-paying job. It’s different than accounting as it doesn’t require a degree or experience at all.
You’re not actually calculating or analyzing anything. Instead, you’re just helping companies keep track of their money. So many businesses don’t want to do simple tasks. They’ll instead outsource everything to save time. Bookkeeping is one of them. It requires little to no experience but can pay quite well and be remote.
Expect $35,000-$75,000 USD a year as a bookkeeper.
If you have any knowledge or skill in any subject, then you can teach it! There are thousands of topics to choose from and thousands of people to teach. Teaching online gives you the flexibility of choosing your hours and location while still being able to earn a decent living.
You can be an instructor for a vast array of topics: math, science, music, writing, coding/programming, and even fitness instructor! These jobs can also be done offline, such as working as a yoga or scuba diving instructor at a resort.
Since there are so many different types of instructors, estimating an average salary is difficult. It depends on what you’re teaching and where. A scuba diving instructor at a popular resort is a higher-paying job than a fitness instructor at a small-town gym. An average salary would be anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000 USD/year.
16. ESL Teacher
Learning English is paramount to success today, regardless of where you work. English is the world’s business language, so there will always be people needing to learn it. Whether you teach privately online or become a company’s English tutor, you have ample opportunity to find work.
Suppose you are a native English speaker and have a degree and certification. In that case, there are companies like ZebraEnglish or SayABC that offer up to $25 USD/hour plus bonuses and incentives for as many hours as you decide to teach. You can also teach abroad through government programs like EPIK in Korea, where housing and flight costs are paid for.
Although a degree in English or Education is preferred along with a TEFL certification, you can still find work as a private English tutor without any experience. All you need is a good resume and recommendations. As an ESL teacher, you can expect a salary ranging from $36,000- to $65,000 USD/year.
17. Graphic Designer
Another high-paying job that claims to require a degree, but skill and experience are enough. If you have talent in designing and illustration and know how to use a computer, why not pursue graphic design?
You can either freelance on or offline or work for a specific company. This job only requires the Internet and a computer so you can earn money while you travel around the world.
You can earn up to $75,000 USD per year.
This job is like that of a blogger—you create interesting content and build a network of followers who provide revenue through advertisements and affiliate marketing. Some YouTubers make millions of dollars each year, although it does take a lot of time and effort to get to that point. It would help if you built up a broad audience to start making enough revenue to live off.
YouTube’s algorithms are fickle so that you can be pulling in millions of dollars a year like PewDiePie and Jeffree Star, or only make $20. If you have something to show or share that you think would interest viewers, why not try vlogging? Gaming, technology, travel, fashion, and finance are all viral topics on YouTube.
19. Film/Video Editor
Another freelancing opportunity that pays well is filming and editing. If you know how to create visually appealing videos, why not market yourself as a videographer and editor? You can expect to be paid well and live and travel anywhere in the world while you work!
Videographers are sent worldwide to capture footage for documentaries, YouTube videos, commercials, etc. Video editors can make $30,000-$115k per year without needing any experience or requirements.
You can easily learn how to edit videos and then start selling your services on freelance sites.
20. Freelance Marketing
This job is a little more difficult to attain without experience, as having a marketing degree is a requirement for many places. However, it’s not impossible. If you choose to go through freelancing websites and demonstrate your ability with a portfolio, you can still find available work.
Marketing is an interesting high-paying job since it requires knowledge of trends and consumer habits. If you’re confident in your abilities and have a persuasive personality, you can get a job without holding a degree.
You can make good money in marketing—entry-level positions make around $35,000 USD/year while most managers make over $120k USD.
21. Professional Consultant
This is another broad job title. Essentially, it’s the same as a freelance instructor. You have knowledge on a subject, and people will pay you to share it with them. You can become a consultant on anything, such as finances, travel, marketing, IT, etc. If you’re even remotely knowledgeable on a topic, market yourself as an expert and get paid for it.
You can also determine how much your expertise is worth, so you can earn a high salary just for offering advice.
This job is dependent on connections and recommendations, so you must first build up your network. Once you do that, though, you can earn anywhere from $60k-$180k/year for business consulting. Companies will also pay you to travel to speak at conferences and conventions or lead team meetings and exercises.
22. Freelance Programmer
This job doesn’t require a degree but does need skills. Obviously, you need to know how to code and program. However, this is something you can teach yourself or take classes online for.
Programming is a very high-paying job and is done remotely, so you can travel and work simultaneously. All you need is a computer. You can earn anywhere from $50,000 to over $100k a year.
JOBS THAT REQUIRE TRAVEL
These next jobs are the ones that will take you around the world. They are not remote work like freelancing, which allows you to travel on your own but instead require travel as part of the main job description.
23. Sports Referee
If you played a sport as a kid and know all the rules, you can easily become a referee or umpire. Refs are paid depending on their level, with senior referees obviously earning the most. All you need is to successfully complete a referee training course and perhaps make a certification, depending on the sport.
You travel all over for competitions, and most sports associations even reimburse hotel and transportation fees. A senior referee can easily earn $55k-70k a year.
Working as a luxury yacht crewmember can be a tiring ordeal. When charter guests are on board, you are on the job 24/7. You can find work as a deck or interior crew member. Being on deck is physically demanding, while interior work deals heavily with customer service.
While it can be taxing when guests are on board, you receive large tips on top of your salary. Contracts are only for a few months, and since you don’t pay for room and board, you have the opportunity to earn a lot of money in a short time.
The average salary is $3,000-$6,000 USD per month with the potential to earn an additional $5,000-$10,000 USD per month from tips. This is an extremely lucrative high-paying job that is becoming even more popular due to reality tv shows like Below Deck.
25. Cruise Ship Worker
This job requires a lot of hard work—you’re working where you’re living, and you’re stuck on a boat for weeks with your customers. However, you get a paid salary, free boarding, 3 meals a day, and you get to sail around the world, all without needing any experience.
The nicer cruises even offer dining halls, cafes, and lounges for the crew only. It’s a pretty good deal! Depending on what type of job you have, there is room for higher wages, tips, and promotions.
The average salary is around $35,000 USD a year, but management roles can earn about $85,000.
26. Flight attendant
This job can be stressful and high maintenance, as you can quickly be called away, but maybe that’s exactly what you want! Flight attendants are required to complete program training and certification, which is directly through the airline.
This job will require you to travel all over the world. You can become a commercial flight attendant, working for airlines like United Airlines or Lufthansa, or becoming a private/VIP attendant and working on private jets.
You’ll need similar certification, but it offers higher pay for a less crazy schedule. You won’t have to serve hundreds of people, but you will need to deliver stellar customer service for the clients.
Airlines all offer different salaries, with Delta and Southwest Airlines paying the most at around $50,000-$60,000 USD per year. Private flight attendants make more, at around $60,000-$70,000 USD. Some corporate flight attendants can even earn over $100K.
27. Truck Driver
Being a truck driver is not just a job; it’s a lifestyle. It’s long days, away from family, completely on your own. This job requires you to travel often, so it’s not a good job option for some people. But if that doesn’t bother you, then being a truck driver can be a very lucrative job opportunity.
There are laws in each country dictating how many hours a driver can work, so there will be 10-12 hours in between shifts that you have for yourself. The pay is perfect, and the only job requirement is to complete the truck driving school. No other experience is needed.
Different types of truck driving, like ice road trucking, make more than a household good mover. An experienced trucker can easily make six figures a year. Even entry-level truckers can make around $70,000-$80,000 USD. This is a great high-paying job for workers with no experience.
28. International Shopper
Another impressive high-paying job is being a shopper for individuals or businesses. As a buyer, you will be required to travel worldwide to inspect and purchase items for your employer. Common purchases include artwork, clothing, machinery, jewelry, and visiting plant manufacturers and trade shows.
You don’t need a degree or experience to become a shopper, but you should have some knowledge in the field. You need to know if items are worth buying for your employer.
This job depends much on personal connections and charisma. Either you can find jobs by word-of-mouth or use a recruiting agency. As a professional person or mystery shopper, you can earn $40,000-$70,000 USD/year.
29. Oil Rig Worker
Working on an oil rig is physically demanding work. It’s dangerous and tiresome as you’re stuck in the middle of the ocean for months on end. For that reason, it’s compensated handsomely.
There are oil rigs worldwide, so you have an ample number of locations to choose from. The average oil rig worker with no experience earns $35,000 USD a year but depending on level and skill; you can earn upwards of $200K.
There is a great demand for drilling experts and consultants, so there is currently a hiring surge. You can easily get a job on a rig and quickly move up the ranks to earn a very high salary.
30. Commercial Fishing
Another physically exhausting job, working as a commercial fisherman, will take you out onto the ocean for a period of 3-5 months. It’s cold, wet, tiring, and dangerous, but it pays you well for your hard work.
You can find jobs fishing for lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna, and more. You don’t need to have any degree or experience; all they require is that you’re non-disabled and can pass certification clearance.
You can earn up to $80,000 USD as a commercial fisherman. Your pay scale depends on your location, how long you spend at sea, and the type of animal being fished. It’s also dependent on the fishing season’s success—if your boat doesn’t catch anything, you’ll earn less. This is a trendy choice for seasonal workers as it’s high paying but only requires a few months of work at a time.
And that’s the list!
Some of these jobs are physically demanding and require a lot of customer service. If you can handle that, you have a vast array of well-paying job opportunities to choose from.
These types of jobs are available anywhere in the world, so all you need to do is decide where you want to go. There is always the potential to land a job where you get to travel, even without a degree or experience. Happy job hunting!
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