7 Top College Courses Recommended For Those Who Love To Travel

June 07, 2017

Find out the list of recommended college courses if you want to pursue a career that involves heavy traveling.

A career that involves a lot of traveling seems too good to be true but you can actually combine work and travel. There are college courses that you can take and will allow you to travel after you have earned your degree and started working.

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7 Top College Courses Recommended For Those Who Love To Travel

    Deciding that you want a life filled with traveling

    Most people get to decide what they want to do with life long after their graduation. As such, you often meet people who are pursuing a career that is quite far from their degrees. 

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    Some people even get to decide what their passions are when they are about to retire. Age should not matter and, in fact, finding one's joy should be celebrated at all times.

    The same goes for traveling. We hear stories about individuals getting burned out in the office and then deciding that what they want to do is to explore the world. 

    I would admit that at one point I felt that desire to quit but decided not to pursue it because the advantages of staying at the office far outweigh the benefits that I would get out of traveling. I figured I can still travel while keeping my job.

    I understand that it might not work for everyone and the only way for them to be happy is to go full-time going around the world. That should be fine and should not be an issue for other people.

    Anyway, if you're one of the lucky few who, at a young age, are already certain that they want a career that involves traveling, then you might want to consider taking the following courses. 

    College courses that lead to careers that involve traveling 

    You might not have heard of some of these courses before but they exist, they are being offered in local schools. I would understand you because at a young age we were taught to choose a course that would bring us material wealth. 

    That's perfectly fine but that should not only be the only option for us. We should be given the liberty to choose a life that we want to live - whether that's pursuing a professional career or doing something that is non-traditional like, say, travel blogging or travel photography.

    Here are 7 college courses that you might want to consider if you want to travel the world:

    1. B.S. Tourism

    The Tourism undergraduate program curriculum will equip students with knowledge in tourism development and management, as well as laws governing the tourism industry. 

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    Graduates of tourism or tourism management may pursue a career in airlines, events management, tour-operating jobs, and other fields in the hotel, hospitality, and tourism industries.

    Tourism can also be a stepping stone for a career in marketing in various industries. Marketing jobs allow employees to travel either to organize events, participate in a trade show, represent their companies in conferences, and the like.

    2. B. S. Geology

    Geology, the study of the earth, is a course for those who have inclinations in science and a lot of fieldwork. I am a licensed Geologist so I'm sharing my experience first-hand. From the first year in college, students will already be required to take fieldwork, albeit in nearby destinations only.

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    As I began taking major subjects, this course has taken me to the rivers of Rizal, the mountains of Ifugao and Banawe, the black sand beaches of Damortis in La Union, and secluded beaches in Bolinao, Pangasinan. I have seen hidden waterfalls and amazing rock formations through Geology.

    I did not pursue it as a career because I wanted to become a writer and I wanted to work for a bank. Fortunately, even with a science course, I got the opportunity to work in the marketing department of a bank. 

    Anyway, you can read more about my story here: I almost quit my job to travel but decided not to 

    A licensed geologist can opt to apply for a job in many companies, not just mining companies, both here and abroad. That includes mudlogging companies in oil rigs, land surveying companies, and even in the academe.  

    3. B.S. in Forestry

    Forestry deals with forest conservation and management, and research. The undergraduate curriculum also includes fieldworks in forested areas and conservation sites.

    Licensed foresters may occupy various technical, administrative, and policy-making positions in government and in private agencies in The Philippines and in the Asia Pacific region.

    4. B. S. Mining Engineering

    Mining Engineering is a course that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth. Its undergraduate curriculum includes several units of Geology subjects, including Field Geology. As such, expect fieldworks in sites of geological significance as well as mine site visits.

    5. B. S. Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineering is a discipline that involves planning, designing and overseeing the construction of a broad range of types of infrastructure. 

    While the undergraduate course may not involve much fieldwork, you may be able to visit different construction sites once employed. Expect a lot of math, science, and engineering design subjects in college.

    6. A.B. Photography

    While photography can be learned by anyone interested at any point in time, some colleges offer photography as a course.

    How does photography allow you to travel? When searching for the perfect composition, photography can take you to seldom explored corners and unconventional places.

    As an established photographer, you may also be assigned to location shoots, both near and far.

    7. A.B. Journalism

    If you love to cover stories and write about them, then journalism is the course for you. You'll be exposed to the ethics of reporting as well as writing about various topics that range from business to politics and even entertainment.

    Depending on your specialization, you may be able to cover stories in both local and international scenes.

    Other travel careers to pursue

    If you have taken a traditional college course that does not involve much traveling, you can still consider the following careers. These do not require any specific course to get in. Take note though that some of these, like being an aircraft pilot, may require you to take an additional course. 

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    Meanwhile, if you were accepted as a cabin crew or a foreign service officer, you will be given the training to equip you with specialized knowledge in performing your duties.

    Read on for the overview of each profession:

    1. Aircraft Pilot

    Obviously, manning airplanes will take you to different destinations. According to someone I know who is a pilot, newbies are mostly given international flying assignments. Seasoned ones, on the other hand, oftentimes prefer domestic assignments.

    You need a college degree before you can enroll in a training school for pilots. After which, you may enroll in an aviation school where you may finish a basic flying course to get your commercial pilot license. 

    It does not end there though because you need to undergo more practical and theoretical training in Airbus aircraft.

    2. Cabin crew

    Commonly known as flight attendants and often considered a glamorous career, you may apply with airlines under a rigorous screening process. Successful candidates will be given training on service and hospitality.

    While the job entails shuttling from one airport to the next without having to disembark, one of the perks of the job is free to travel privileges to the destinations of choice of the flight attendants.

    3. Foreign Service Officer

    Foreign Service Officers (FSO) are employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs who are stationed in Philippine embassies and consular offices abroad. Entering into the service requires a rigorous process of exams, panel interviews and more exams.

    Once accepted, FSOs need to complete 3 years of training at DFA, which includes learning one foreign language like Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, French and Spanish. For more information on the requirements, you may check here.

    Please keep in mind that these courses are only recommendations and that this list is not exhaustive. Furthermore, do note as well that finishing these courses offer no guarantee that you will travel heavily or even travel at all. 

    Situations may change once you are employed. In the end, it will all boil down on how creative and resourceful you are in pursuing your love for travel.


    These are just suggested courses for you to consider if you want a career that involves much traveling. In the end, you are free to take any course that you wish and then pursue a career that you love later on. 

    Nothing should stop you from following or doing the things that you love so long as these are not illegal or hurtful.

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    1. This was an interesting read! I'm a current college student and I didn't know I was eligible to major in these things to pursue my passion for traveling, thanks for the information :-)

      1. Thank you! I'm glad that you found this post informative.

    2. Thank you! Glad you found it informative.