Exciting jobs that involve travel

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Exciting jobs that involve travel
Many exciting work-abroad opportunities await people who love to travel. (world map image by Attila Toro from Fotolia.com)

Working abroad combines the excitement of travel with the opportunity to visit a different culture, learn a new language or discover an alternative way of life. Many occupations offer frequent or occasional opportunities for international travel. Other jobs involve state-to-state or local travel on a regular basis.

Consider these exciting work opportunities that involve travel.

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Travel Writing

Consider combining a passion for writing with an interest in travelling. Many travel writers work on a freelance basis, writing content for magazines, websites and newspapers. Travel writers visit a wide variety of destinations, local and foreign, and write reviews, articles and guides relating to a specific city or region. The advantages of freelance travel writing may include free trips, meals, tickets to shows, openings and accommodations. However, a travel writer is always working while travelling, and must remember deadlines, word counts, research and accuracy. Like many freelance writers, travel writers devote long periods of time and energy to writing each article. They should expect to work remotely in a variety of conditions.

Although travel writing does not require any formal education, candidates must be able to write exceptionally well, and in a variety of styles. This includes using an engaging voice while conveying a unique viewpoint. Also, some publications do not pay expenses, so the writer may be expected to cover all travel costs.

Flight Attendant

Flight attendants ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers during flight. Flight attendants help passengers store carry-on luggage, teach them how to use safety equipment, serve meals and complete paperwork, such as cataloguing arrival and departure times and destinations. Benefits include discounted airfare, medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plans, meal allowances, paid vacations and sick days. Many flight attendants in the United States are unionised as members of the Association of Flight Attendants. Opportunities for advancement abound, and many flight attendants move into senior positions in every area of the airline. Aspiring flight attendants should be prepared to fly 65 to 90 hours a month and spend 50 hours a month completing other work. Flight attendants work on-call and must be willing to relocate.

Interested applicants must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which requires completion of a three- to six-week training course. A college degree is preferred my most airlines, although a high school diploma and experience in dealing with the public are usually sufficient.

Teach English in a Foreign Country

Moving to an unfamiliar country for the purpose of teaching English can be an exciting experience, considering teachers meet and interact with a variety of people. By immersing themselves deeply into a culture in this manner, teachers gain a realistic understanding of its values and traditions. Teaching becomes a two-way process in which the teachers and students learn from each other, creating a mutually beneficial, engaging environment. In order to qualify for teaching abroad opportunities, candidates need certification that licenses them to teach English as a second language (ESL). Most people who gravitate towards these opportunities are already teachers who seek a new and exciting experience or recent university and college graduates.

Outside Sales Representatives

If international opportunities seem impractical, consider sales jobs involving local travel. Individuals working in outside sales travel between clients and buyers to suggest a product or service to suit their needs. Responsibilities include product demonstrations and completing paperwork to track orders and evaluate sales calls. In teaching clients how a product can benefit their business needs, outside sales representatives need to know how the product works, how much it costs and its availability. Outside sales representatives may travel within their locality or across states according to the sales region determined by their employer.

Individuals wishing to enter this field must be comfortable working with the public and dealing with many different types of people. Outside sales representatives need exceptional communication skills, patience, determination and the ability to persuade clients to purchase the product. Applicants should expect to spend time away from home, for days or sometimes weeks at a time. Some representatives travel by car, while others travel by aeroplane, depending on the sales region.

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