2. Flight Attendant
This one may seem obvious, but it doesn’t change the fact that flight attendants get to travel – a lot. And of course, they get paid to do it.
Sure you have to put up with passengers, listen to screaming babies and persevere through turbulence, but as my good friend Sylvia says, it’s all about the places you get to go and the people you get to meet.
“There are few drawbacks to being a flight attendant. At first, I was pretty uncomfortable because of the cramped space and my aversion to public restrooms, but honestly, after a few trips to places like Venice and Hawaii, that dissipates as you travel the city on your layovers. Those cramped spaces open up and become places you’ve never been before. Then, you get to meet new co-workers on many different flights and build relationships… all at 40,000 feet.”
And check this out, it looks like there are a few places that are hiring, so take to the skies adventurers.
So you’ve got the gift of gab… in three languages. My new friend Antkirsh speaks Hindi and most of the major languages in India, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Farsi, French, German and of course, English.
“In my 7+ years with [Fortune 500 company], I’ve traveled the world with some of the most powerful people in modern commerce. I grew up travelling a lot with my family and I grew up learning languages everywhere we went. It was a natural progression for me to take a job where I got to use those languages and travel around the world to help others better understand each other. Plus, it’s not too bad when the boss decides to stay a few extra days and take in the sights.”
Maybe you’re not the Fortune 500 type. Fear not, you can also work your linguistic magic for the government, community organizations, hospitals, and any organization that has international interests. The only requirement is a certification… and knowledge of many languages.
Jennifer Botner is a locum tenens nurse that has traveled the world helping people at hospitals and clinics. She is currently in Mexico working at a childrens hospital and working toward her Master’s degree in Nursing.