Leesa Davis

You like to live on the edge or perhaps you just don’t see yourself working a traditional 9-to-5 job for the rest of your life. You’re constantly seeking the next adrenaline rush or a job that’s just, well, more exciting. Are you wondering what kind of job could possibly satisfy your penchant for adventure? Here are a few jobs that might be right up your alley.

1. FBI Special Agent

If you don’t mind constantly having to move on short notice and traveling the world for a living, this may be the job for you! The life of special agents and other law enforcement personnel have often proven to be good entertainment as depicted in books, television series and movies. It’s not uncommon for government agents to travel overseas for an investigation, though sometimes the location is far from glamorous. The nature of the job tends to leave little room for family time, so if you’re big on spending weekends and holidays with the family, this job may be a no-go. Some requirements to be employed with the FBI include having a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, passing a physical exam and completing the FBI training program.

2. Stunt Performer

This job is for the extreme adventure lovers. In the film industry, stuntmen and women are needed for dangerous scenes. This includes jumping off buildings, high-speed car chases, being set on fire and other dangerous scenarios. It’s definitely a risky job! Those interested in becoming a stunt performer usually attend classes at a stunt training center.

3. Military Personnel

There will always be a tale or two to tell when serving your country, especially when travel is involved. In the varied areas within the armed forces (such as the army, navy, and air force), there will almost always be opportunity to explore the world, as military bases are in multiple time zones. You don't have to be a soldier to join the military; there are military career paths that don’t require combat like computer science, media and technology. The requirements to enlist in the army include U.S. citizenship, having a high school diploma and passing a background check.

4. Archaeologist

If you’re a history buff and always dreamed of channeling your inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, the job of an archaeologist may be for you. Archaeologists get paid to explore the world, excavating and examining artifacts from earlier civilizations such as human remains, pottery and weapons. Archaeologists typically work in the field and top employers include research organizations and cultural resource management firms.

5. Safari Guide  

If you’re an animal lover, have a passion for the outdoors and good people skills, you may be a great candidate to become a safari guide. The job doesn’t pay much but offers daily surprises — and at least you won’t be stuck in a mundane routine! Many African nations are growing their infrastructure to support tourism; Tanzania and South Africa are popular Safari destinations. Those interested in training to become a safari guide can look into EcoTraining, a South African company that offers a number of courses. Wayo Africa located in Tanzania and Afreco, which offers training in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa, are also options for safari guide training.


Leesa is a writer and blogger who loves to travel. She currently spends her time between New York and Florida. See more of her writing at leesadavis.com.