These Amazing Jobs Let You Travel The World

illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
A "dream job" carries different criteria depending on who you ask. Some people value stable income and great benefits, while others are all about flexible hours and the freedom to be creative. For many millennials, the ideal career entails plenty of opportunity to see the world.
The options for jobs that let you travel for a living were a lot more limited back in the day: Becoming a flight attendant, or pilot, or a consultant, or teaching English abroad were some of the most viable options. Now, thanks to technology and the gig economy, many unconventional career paths have opened up for those who have the travel bug. Ahead, we've listed five exciting occupations — and their average income — that pay you to explore the world on someone else's dime.
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Professional Mermaid

Mermaids are real — and apparently not a bad career path to go into if you're good at holding your breath for long periods of time. Dream Cruises offer a themed "mermaid cruise" where passengers can get swimming lessons from Katrin Gray, a former Miss Germany and professional mermaid. There are other working mermaids-for-hire at theme parks, resorts, and dive bars. Those who aren't graceful movers — or can't keep their eyes open underwater — need not apply.

Average Income: According to Simply Hired, working as a mermaid entertainer can bag you an average of $61,000 per year.
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Trip Manager

This ain't your average tour guide role: Contiki is a travel company specializing in group trips for 18- to 35-year-old travelers across the world. The itineraries on offer typically span across seven to ten countries over the course of ten to fifteen days.

With so much ground to cover, an experienced trip manager is needed to guide and chaperone these young and impressionable minds. These managers undergo a long training process to know everything about the destinations along the tour, and are expected to think on their feet when last-minute situations arise. Traveling with a party-loving group of youngins can be challenging and fun, but here's the best part: You get to do mutliple "run throughs" of the trip in advance — to ensure that the itinerary is in top shape.

Average Income: According to Glassdoor, these type of contractor role typically offers between $1,300 to $2,600 a month. Bear in mind that your expenses while you're traveling will be covered by the operator.
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Hotel Mystery Inspector

Do you pride yourself in having a discerning eye for dining, hotels, and the finer things in life? Being a secret hotel inspector will put your taste levels to the test. Leading Hotels Of The World was hiring a mystery inspector at one point to make sure that the service aspects of its properties are up to speed. You'll get one to two nights — plus your meals — reimbursed, but the role doesn't cover your travel expenses.

Hotel groups such as Travelodge and Premier Inn have also employed people to conduct quality assurance tests on the beds and pillows at their hotels. This entails hunkering down on a mattress and filling out a detailed assessment test in various properties.

Average Income: Simply Hired pegs this line of work at an average income of $52,109. Nice work if you can get it.
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Stock Footage Videographer

If you have decent camera skills, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up videography. No, we're not talking about becoming a full-time travel vlogger (though that can be seriously lucrative, too.)

The key is to shoot stock footage — a.k.a. short videos that tourism boards, travel brands, and media companies are likely to snap up for their promotional use. The one thing that never goes out of demand? Timelapse videos of buzzing cities, according to filmmaker Jakub Gorajek. Archive websites such as Shutterstock, Videohive, and Videoblocks are great platforms to make your work available.

Average Income: According to Gorajek, he's able to pull in an average income of $3,000 a month by listing his footage on just one platform.
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Professional House Sitter

Having pets is a big commitment, so many owners are willing to pay the big bucks for a trust-worthy person to take care of their pets and maintain their residences or holiday homes when they are away. This is a great opportunity to stay at incredible homes — from a castle that was once the film set for Game Of Thrones to a villa in Ibiza — for free.

There are many blogs dedicated to professional housesitting online: Follow Wanderlusters and Goats On The Road for starters.

Average Income: This varies on a case-by-case basis: An average housesitter charges $25 to $45 a day, according to On the other hand, jobs posted on TrustedHousesitters are non-remunerated, but you do get higher-end properties.
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