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Four Professions You Can Do From the Road

If you have a desire to travel but don’t want to put your career on hold or chuck it all in, then there are several different professions you can pursue that will set you up for a life of adventure. With the right qualifications, equipment and a positive resume you can find work just about anywhere. Here are four professions that can come along on the road with you!


Becoming a travel nurse is a great way to see the country. If you’re a US registered nurse then it’s easy to pick up contracts across the country in various cities and states. Assignments typically range from 13-26 weeks and your contract will be to cover shortages in certain departments. Nursing contracts are a great way to make excellent money in your own profession while you see new places without having to learn a new skill.

Typically nurses earn around $100k a year for only 36 weeks work. Not only can you work in locations across the country you can also work in other US territories like Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Just pack your best pair of nursing shoes & your favorite scrubs and away you go!

Man putting on blood pressure cuff


While cheffing is a tough profession, it can be 100% portable. Food and travel go hand and hand so if you’re a chef who is not ready to put down roots and start your own restaurant, working as a travel chef for a few years is a great call. Not only do you get to see new places, you’ll also gain experience with a variety of different cuisines as you move from country to country.

It can be a valuable learning experience for a young chef. Hotels, resorts and even private yachts are great places for chef’s to look for work in the tourism industry. Many of these contracts are short and will only see you having to commit for a few months at a time so it’s great if you want to work for a bit and sprinkle some travel in between. It’s essential for a travel chef to carry his own set of knifes at a bare minimum.

A private yacht  in a harbor


If you have childcare experience or qualifications, then working as a travel nanny is a fantastic way to see the world. Many young women head off to live aboard as poorly paid au pairs but if you’re a career child care working, becoming a full-time nanny will allow you to work in the craft you love, get paid and see lots of places.

There are a couple of different ways to approach being a travel nanny – either by living with a family who takes lots of trips or by moving to temporary locations to pick up seasonal work like in beach resorts or ski towns. The best part of traveling as a nanny is that no special equipment is required.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is an extremely portable profession and one that is in high demand in beach resort or ski resorts. You can either pick up work with the hotel or resort themselves and work a seasonal contract or you can advertise your services privately and live temporarily in a resort town.

While you won’t need any special equipment to pick up work in a resort (other than a copy of your qualifications), if you plan to work privately you will need your own portable massage table at a minimum so it’s not ideal for international trips but great if your plan is only domestic.

A woman receiving a massage treatment

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