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8 great jobs for people who love to travel

Let's face it, sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week isn't for everyone.

If you're looking for a gig that lets you explore new places, you may want to consider these eight jobs, which were compiled by job search site Glassdoor.

While some require certification and may pay less than a "traditional" occupation, these jobs offer what many don't — a chance to see the world.

1. English teacher

There are thousands of job opportunities for native English speakers to teach the language in places like China, Thailand, Costa Rica and Turkey. An estimated 250,000 native English speakers work as English teachers worldwide, according to the International Teaching English as a Foreign Language organization.

Most jobs require a bachelor's degree, and some require TESOL or TEFL professional certification, which costs anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Salaries for English teachers abroad range from $600 to $2,000 per month, which may go farther in countries with a lower cost of living.

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2. Cruise ship worker

If you don't get seasick, working for a cruise ship could be the perfect chance to explore new places. Ship workers can get time off from work to explore the port cities they stop in.

While the working conditions of cruise ship workers have come under scrutiny in the past, some industry experts say working conditions have drastically improved. Pay varies depending on the cruise company and the role.

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3. Flight attendant

Free air travel to countries across the globe is a hard deal to pass up. While flight attendants have schedules that are constantly in flux (they might spend a week in Slovenia or just a night in Spain), the excitement could be worth it. The median pay for flight attendants is about $45,000.

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4. Travel nurse

People need care all around the world. If you're a registered nurse, you could apply for a job in a foreign country or a different part of the U.S. If you've always been interested in the medical field, the opportunity to work in a different country relatively easily could be another reason to get your RN license. Travel nurses make approximately $31 per hour.

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5. Farmer

Want to tend a garden in Guatemala, plant seeds in Italy or farm in Togo? Organizations like World Wide Opportunities to Organic Farm (WWOOF) connect people with farming jobs across the globe. These jobs usually don't pay or pay very little, but accommodation and food is free. Plus, because there is often more than one traveling farmer at a location, you're likely to meet other farmers and find a small community abroad.

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6. Scuba instructor

Scuba instructors have the luxury of working in some of the world's top vacation destinations. The job does require significant certification — such as open water diving instruction, CPR and possibly self-paid insurance — but the unconventional work setting might be worth it. The salary depends on the location.

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7. Yoga teacher

If you're a yogi at heart, you could lead a relaxing retreat in the Bahamas or Hawaii as a yoga instructor. Certification of 200 hours or 500 hours of training is usually required, and some employers prefer additional accreditation. Yoga instructors make a median of $24 per hour.

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8. Marine animal trainer

Zoos and sanctuaries all over need trainers and interns to care for and train dolphins, otters, manatees and other marine animals. A four-year degree in biology, zoology or a related field and a scuba certification is usually required. Marine animal trainers make a median of about $15 per hour.

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