Jobs That Involve Traveling the World

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Jobs That Involve Traveling the World
Occupations that involve world travel are exciting. (jet image by Edyta Anna Grabowska from

Imagine getting paid to travel the world. There are many jobs that can make this dream a reality. People who work in occupations that require world travel, however, must be flexible and able to travel without any companions. Although global jetsetting seems glamorous, some find this line of work unstable, while others enjoy the excitement.

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Film Location Scout

When preparing to film a motion picture, a location manager relies heavily on a location scout to find places outside of the studio where scenes can be shot. At times, these location scouts travel the world to find ideal locations with spectacular scenery. While overseas, they obtain permits and negotiate the terms of filming in various countries. The movie "Seven Years in Tibet" was shot in different cities in Argentina, and "Platoon" was shot in several locations in the Philippines.

Travel Photographer

Many travel photographers work as freelance photographers; most have their own equipment and are able to produce beautiful photographs. There are many types of travel photographer: underwater, wildlife, nature, aerial, landscape, postcard and stock. Most travel photographers have the opportunity to travel the world. National Geographic and The World Wildlife Fund hire photographers to shoot at various locations around the world. Some travel photographers either self-publish their images or sell them to a publisher that covers their expenses for travel books, calendars or postcards. Some travel photographers sell images on their web site. Stock photographers work for a stock agency, submitting images that they shot at various international locations and receiving payment only for the photos that are accepted.


Many cargo pilots, major airline pilots, military pilots and executive jet charter pilots enjoy flying around the world. Pilots who fly international routes are seasoned in flying jets at night and during difficult weather conditions. Cargo pilots are some of the most experienced pilots. Many of the pilots who fly for Federal Express, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn (DHL) travel the world flying large turbojet aircraft. Certain executive jet charter companies fly into various cities around the world. Military pilots travel and are often stationed abroad.

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