For anyone interested in seeing incredible worldwide travel destinations, assignments are a great way to do (and get paid for it!) I have had half a dozen jobs over the years simply because of their location and/or travel perks. Here are some positions that will help improve your vagabonding:
Rafting guides. Many companies realize this is not a lifetime calling, so they are open to training rookies. You can sign up for a class, and be certified to lead trips within six weeks. For those looking for more than a summer job, you can always jet down to the southern hemisphere (Chile and New Zealand are popular choices) for another term.
Flight Attendant. While I lack the patience for this position, the travel perks are extraordinary. How many people end their work day on another continent? Generally, airlines will comp travel for their own, and other providers offer a standard half off discount for attendants. A word to the wise: don’t expect the Indiana Jones special routes right away. Only attendants who have moved up the ladder a bit get the long haul flights. If you’re new to the industry, you can expect short distance trips for at least the first few months.
Long Distance Tour Guide. This type of job is not for light hearted. You are in charge of a dozen passengers, and drive them across country (or several if in Europe). Basically, you get to get the best (and worst) parts of a large part of the world, make friends and get paid decently. The company I worked for and highly recommend is Trek America.
If you are interested in experiencing worldwide travel destinations, assignments are the best way to do so on a budget. It’s important to realize, however, that many of these jobs can wear thin after a few months. My advice? Go short term; you can always find another job in an even more exotic locations next season!