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The Best Jobs for Women Who Enjoy Traveling

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

So you love to travel and you take every possible opportunity to get out and see the world. It's a great priority to have, as travel constantly exposes you to new experiences and invigorates your perspective. But there are only so many international vacations you can afford to make. So what about making a career out of travel? If seeing the world is something you absolutely must have as a regular part of your life, you might want to consider pursuing a career that actually pays you to do it. Here are a few great jobs for women who enjoy traveling.

A career as a flight attendant has traditionally been a great option for women who make traveling a priority. It comes with a decent, though not outstanding salary, but a wide range of perks. You'll regularly get to travel all across the world, and also enjoy serious discounts on hotels and flights. Just keep in mind that it comes with long hours, and many times you won't get to see much of those exotic locales outside of the hotel. You'll still have to take some vacation time to extend your trips, but you'll do so at a deep discount.

Two other classic travel jobs are those of the tour leader and the English teacher. As a tour leader, you'll make a modest salary, but you'll be located in whatever gorgeous part of the world you choose. You'll have to stay put in one place for the length of your contract, but once you've got experience in one area, you'll find it easy to turn that into a job in another part of the world. Of course, if you're great with languages, work as an English teacher could be just what you're looking for. If you enjoy teaching, you can pick and choose where you want to live. Of course the pay isn't great, so you'll definitely be living like a local and not like a vacationer. But if you've fallen in love with a specific foreign country, you could afford to spend months there by teaching.

If you love travel but you're looking to do a bit better financially, you've got a couple of high-end options to consider. You could find work as a wine importer. You'll travel the world looking for top vintages, happily drinking the best wines available the entire time. Remember that you'll have to build it as a business, and experience in wine will certainly be a necessity. But if you're willing to put in the time, you could make a great living. Another option is looking for opportunities as a cultural anthropologist. You'll research how modern cultures developed out of the past, in countries all over the world. You'll need some serious education in this area, and you'll also have to work hard to nail down funding. But if you play your cards right, you'll make good money, see incredible places and even get published.

If money isn't as important to you as making a difference, consider working in humanitarian aid. Connect with the Red Cross or an NGO, and you can contribute to helping people in need in hard to reach locales across the planet. It will take a commitment to hard work, but you'll find ways to contribute with any skills that you have. There will even be speech pathology travel jobs if that's what you're looking for. Again, you won't make a lot of money, but you'll certainly gain a new perspective on your destination.

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