Are you good with cameras, and know a thing here and there in Photoshop? Then you might want to consider photojournalism as a career. Photojournalists travel the world to take photos and / or videos for news articles, magazines and other publications. Photojournalists tell stories through the images and videos they take. Photojournalists follow ethical conduct that demands their work to be truthful, honest and show the “whole picture”. Some photojournalists are freelancers and work on demand, or try to sell their stories to different publications after they have been assembled, but others work as employees for magazines, online publications or broadcasters. It all starts with a portfolio though, so get out there and start documenting if this career sounds appealing to you.
2. Travel Writer
Similarly to photojournalists travel writers also travel the world and document different stories and experiences, but in their case (as the title explains) they use words rather than photos, or at least the main emphasis is on words. Travel writers can be writing for magazines and online publications or building their own brand via a travel blog or book series. How to get started? Again – you need a portfolio. Next time you go on vacation try to write about that, share it on Medium or your own website, or even Facebook first. You don’t need to travel far, sometimes the place around the corner is the one hiding the most interesting story. You do need to be constantly reading and writing though, and learning from industry professionals, but a personal touch that makes your writing unique will always give you an edge.
3. ESL Teacher
Yep, you heard that right – ESL (or English as Secondary Language) teacher is the next job on our list. Almost every country in the world will have many schools that are looking for native speakers to teach English. You won’t get rich being an ESL teacher but you will have a chance to affect people’s lives and immerse yourself in new cultures. Many schools will actually cover living, and sometimes travel expenses for extra motivation since it’s normally not the highest paying job in the world, although there are some countries where the pay can be very compelling, more about that on this blog.
4. Digital Nomad
This one is a relatively broad concept, but shortly digital nomads are people who do work that can be done practically from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. Freelance designers, copywriters, developers etc. are some of the top professions that would qualify. You can also own a business that doesn’t require you to be in any particular geographical location, like selling outsourced products online – as long as you can maintain a website and manage logistics. Check out platforms like Shopify, Oberlo, Printful and their blogs for inspiration.
5. Adventure Tour Guide
There’s a wide variety of adventures you could guide: mountain expeditions, hiking, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking etc. There are thousands of tourism companies, resorts and parks around the world you can apply to work for. You do need experience though, and certifications (where required) to be eligible. You also need some public speaking and leadership skills, and, of course CPR and first aid knowledge / certification
6. Professional Adventurer
Professional adventurers are people who get paid or sponsored to travel around the world and engage in, mostly, extreme adventures. Often professional adventurers are also photographers and writers, or TV personalities (heard of Bear Grylls?). Nowadays, in the digital age, the lines between travel bloggers, influencers and professional adventurers can get a bit blurry, but if you get paid for doing crazy things in the nature you can probably call yourself one. Not everyone’s cut out for this job, in fact, most of us are not, so you need to understand how much of an adrenaline junkie you really are. Here’s a great article that goes into a bit more detail.
7. Movie Stuntman
Movie stuntmen (and women) are the people who do the crazy stuff on camera (when it’s not CGI). If you’re into falling from buildings, being on fire or getting hit in the face – this one’s for you. Let’s start with the basics – you probably have to live in the Los Angeles area where 90% of Hollywood’s movies are shot. There are multiple schools and academies around the Los Angeles area where you can get proper training and different certifications. Many of the steps you’ll need to take are similar to those that need to be taken by actors, although competition is probably not as fierce. Here’ a cool post that takes you through step-by-step.
8. Bounty Hunter
To spice this list up a bit… This is probably the most specific and different job (from all the others) on this post, but if you’re into fighting crime, collecting bounties and wearing law enforcement gear then read on. Different states have different requirements so the first step is to do your research. Bounty hunting (or fugitive recovery) means tracking down people who haven’t shown up for court in exchange for a percentage of their bail. This job requires high level research, networking and communication skills as well as (sometimes) physical strength. As you’re dealing with criminals – it’s also potentially highly dangerous.
So which profession do you think is the most suitable for you? If you’re into adventures and traveling maybe go sign up for our app, it could help you take the first steps towards becoming a professional in one of these jobs.