Jobs That Allow You to Travel With Your Family

Jan 19, 2020

If you crave the excitement of traveling, but lack the resources to quit your job and be a jetsetter, there are careers that allow you to travel with your family. We'll explore several such jobs and the education required to get them.

Career Options that Allow You to Travel with Your Family

There are many careers that allow people to travel with their families, live and work abroad and even telecommute as 'digital nomads.' In some cases, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection to work remotely from just about anywhere. For other positions, you may need to live and work in one location for a season and then move to another location when the seasons change. Read below about jobs that let you travel with your family.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Technical Writer $71,850 8%
Tour Guide $24,920 (for all tour guides & escorts) 7% (for all tour guides & escorts)
Translator $49,930 (for all interpreters & translators) 19% (for all interpreters & translators)
Travel Agent $38,700 -6%
Ski Patrol $22,410 (for all ski patrol, life guards and other recreational protective service workers) 7% (for all ski patrol, life guards and other recreational protective service workers)

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs that Allow You to Travel with Your Family

Technical Writer

Many technical writers work for engineering, technology and computer companies writing user manuals, instructional materials and how-to guides for a variety of technical and complex products. Some also write about technical matters for firms' various communication channels: websites, internal networks, newsletters, brochures, blogs and social media, for example. If you have a knack for translating difficult-to-understand technical information into layman's terms and a bachelor's degree, you may be able to work from anywhere in the world as a freelance technical writer, and bring your family along, too.

Tour Guide

Perhaps you're an expert on ancient Rome or Japanese architecture. Or maybe you'd like to travel somewhere and get to know the place like a local. If so, you may be able to work as a tour guide, leading visitors through a city, town or region and showing them everything a place has to offer, such as museums, restaurants, historic sites, cultural attractions and even nightclubs. This job is a great way to travel the world with your family, it does not usually require a degree as most tour guides just need to know about local customs and cultures.


If you have foreign language skills, consider working as a freelance translator, a job which allows you to work remotely, from anywhere, while traveling with your family. In this job, you will translate written texts from one language into another, making sure to relay the original language's tone and style. Translators work on website content, literature, academic and technical materials, marketing materials and everything in between. Although many jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree, the most important thing is native or near-native level fluency in two languages.

Travel Agent

Travel agents often get to travel the world either for free or at significant discounts, as resorts and destinations want them to have firsthand knowledge of their amenities, and many take their families with them on trips. In this position, you will advise travelers on destinations and activities, sell lodgings, transportation and activities, and plan travelers' itineraries for them. A high school diploma and formal training are required to do this job, as well excellent customer service, sales, communication and computer skills.

Ski Patrol

Some people live the nomadic lifestyle by traveling to ski resorts around the world, timing their travels with their families on the seasons in different regions and hemispheres. Ski patrollers help and protect skiers and snowboarders, respond to emergencies, and transport injured skiers and snowboarders down mountains to medical facilities. No formal education is required to become a ski patrol member, but you must be an expert skier and know CPR and first aid.

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