Sell your home and get paid to travel

Remember when a work at home job was too good to be true? Things have certainly changed. Now that working at home is very much a reality, we find ourselves with the attention spans of six-year-old children and severe cases of water cooler withdrawal. It’s time to start thinking outside the cubicle. Why not just leave it all behind and get paid to travel?

At Colonial Van Lines, we’re fortunate enough to have jobs in which we get paid to travel all the time, and we love them so much that we wanted to let you know about all the travel job opportunities out there. So, here are a few that might work for you, and others that you can simply fantasize about.

Why Sell Your Home and Get Paid to Travel

Have bags, will travel? Here are some of your options.

Au Pair Travel Jobs

Looking to channel your inner Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins, or Mrs. Doubtfire? If you’re good with children and are fluent in a second language, you might consider working as an au pair. Au pairs go abroad to live with host families and provide them with child-care services You’ll get free room and board, a small salary, and a chance to broaden your horizons!

Cruise Line Worker Travel Jobs

If you remember the 1977-1987 sitcom, “The Love Boat,” you may have already entertained the idea of becoming a cruise line worker. Free food and accommodation, the chance to travel to beautiful destinations, and maybe an opportunity to offer sage romantic advice to love-sick celebrities. From stewardess to a restaurant server, to a performer in the entertainment line-up, there’s something for everyone.  See websites like for employment opportunities on some of the top-rated cruise line travel jobs.

ESL Teacher Travel Jobs

For those who chose to travel, a position as an ESL (English as a second language) could be one of the smarter choices. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree, ESL training, and a special license to qualify, but you’ll be helping students understand your language while immersing yourself in another culture.

Construction Manager Travel Jobs

Donning a hard hat has never been so glamourous! Construction managers not only get to travel a lot, but they also make pretty good money doing it. Typically, construction managers are called to a location to oversee a project for a few months, then move on to another, hence the travel. Best candidates include those with bachelor’s degrees in computer science, construction management, or civil engineering, paired with experience in construction.

Photography Travel Jobs

Your selfies are flawless, your photos of nature exude mindfulness, and the picture you posted of your feta cheese omelet is going viral. Why not take it to the next level? Talented travel photographers are highly in demand. While some publications hire full-time photographers, freelancers are always welcome. CNN offers a day rate of $650, National Geographic is a close second, with a day rate between $500 and $650, while Harper’s Magazine reported rates of $500 to $1000 per day.

Flight Attendant Travel Jobs

No specialized degree is needed, but it helps if you’re well-groomed, conservative looking, and are sans visible tattoos and piercings (source). You’ll earn your wings by participating in three to six weeks of training on emergency procedures, after which you’ll be required to pass an exam to get your Federal Aviation Certificate. The hours can be erratic, and the food barely palatable, and the Wi-fi non-existent, but you will get to see the world and a nice discount on airline tickets for you and your family members.

What About Your Possessions?

As Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler once said, “The hardest part of traveling is deciding to go.” If so, the second hardest part is undoubtedly deciding what you’re going to do with your possessions. Here are some options for those seeking a travel job.  

  1. Sell everything and compress all that’s left into a backpack.
  2. Decide to rent out the house furnished (Reduce and declutter but keep the larger furnishings where they are)
  3. Sell as much as you can and keep the more sentimental objects.
  4. Contact Colonial Van Lines about our long-term storage options.

Things change when you’re away. The condition of your belongings shouldn’t have to. At Colonial Van Lines, we ensure that our storage facility undergoes regular maintenance and protection against environmental hazards, so your items stay the way you remember them.

Secure: No matter what you store, you can rest assured that it will be safe and secure in our high-quality units and that our onsite team will look after it like a team of mother lions.

Spacious: We have the square footage to accommodate oversized items, such as trampolines, furniture, and commercial equipment.

State of the Art: Our temperature-controlled storage units are designed to minimize the potential for rust and mold. Our enclosed facility keeps your belongings free of pests and dust.

Moving Services

Whether you’re planning on trotting the globe or moving across the country, Colonial Van Lines can make it happen. Here are some of the services we provide to our moving clientele.

Packing Services

Thought moving would be fun until you started packing? At Colonial Van Lines, we hear you. Depend on our reliable packers to handle your precious items with the greatest of care and your heaviest items with the greatest of ease. We use our own materials to keep your belongings safe, and our time-tested techniques to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Long Distance Moving Services

As professional travelers ourselves we, at Colonial, have a great deal of experience in the driver’s seat. Count on us to get you to your destination conveniently, safely, and expertly.

Customized Packages

When you work with Colonial, it’s your move, your way, and your budget. You tell us what you need, and we’ll tailor a plan accordingly. We provide free rate quotes so you know where you’re expenses are coming from before you sign a contract; no hidden fees, no unnecessary services, and no fine print. Whether you’re getting paid to travel or moving to a new location, call us today and let us know what we can do for you.

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