40+ Portable Professions

I am sitting in the back of a plane and whispering to my friend, Kevin, via Skype. He is 12,000 miles away in South Korea and asking about the status of my life list. My plane starts to taxi and I lose signal as we move toward the runway. As soon as I put my phone down, the beautiful girl sitting next to me asks excitedly “what’s on your bucket list”?! It starts.

Most of the time when I  explain my bucket list to someone, they listen wide-eyed and interested. There is something Disneyesque about stepping away from your accepted life in order to pursue your dream. Inevitably the subject of my job comes up. “How do you have the time and the money to do all of that?”. I explain I do Internet marketing and tell them that I bet they could do a bucket list of their own. The girl on airplane laughed, like many other people have and said she wishes she could but her job won’t allow it. I smile. I used to be held back by the same reasoning.

Below is a list of 40+ portable professions that enable you to travel the world and pursue a bucket list of your own. Shifting careers is hard but not impossible. If you are serious about wanting to create a bucket list of your own, these may be the keys that enable you to do so.

Technology Industry

  • Web Developer
  • Search Engine Optimizer
  • Affiliate Marketer
  • Search Engine Marketer (PPC)
  • Blogger
  • Graphic Designer
  • Voice Over Specialist
  • Network Administrator

Medical Industry

  • Nurse
  • EMT
  • Doctor
  • Acupuncturist
  • Yogi
  • Massage Therapist

Services Industry

  • Mail Carrier
  • Garbage Worker
  • Driver
  • Airplane Pilot
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Airline Crew
  • Paramedic
  • Mechanic
  • Firefighter
  • Hair Stylist
  • General Contractor
  • Banker
  • Hospitality Worker
  • Bartender
  • House Keeper
  • Childcare Worker

Arts and Entertainment

  • Painter
  • Writer
  • Real Estate Photographer
  • Dancer
  • Sex Worker
  • Singer
  • Musician
  • Magician


  • Language Teacher
  • Student
  • Dive Instructor
  • Ski Instructor
  • Speech Therapist
  • Sports Coach
  • Referee


Let me be the first to comment that not all of these are always portable. For example, being a doctor in one country doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be allowed to be a doctor in different country. The trick is to think outside the box and combine professions.

Perhaps you use your medical skills not as a doctor but as an author writing about medical mysteries. That combination could provide you with the resources you need to complete your bucket list. What if you are a plumber who might not be licensed to work in other states. In this case you could use what you have learned about marketing your small business and you could teach other people how to do it online.

The only thing that is keeping you from living your own dreams is yourself. Join me in taking some time today to brainstorm how either of us can combine the professions listed above to live better lives than we do today.


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  • Mr. Danny Dover, you inspire me.

    Let me know when you come to Montreal (if I am not elsewhere for my own buckets list or practicing my portable profession) I'll show you around and teach you the secrets of Chinese Chess (象棋).
    Btw, what other language do you want to learn? Français? 中文?

    And congrats for your book!

    • Will do! I might actually be up there around the end of this year.

      For the second language I am going with Spanish but I might be open for more languages going forward. Why stop at being bilingual? :-)

      Let me know if I can do anything to help you with your list!

      • If you’re going to Montreal you need to attend Black & Blue. While the weeks worth of parties cater to the GLBT crowd the final event includes everyone from all walks of life. It’s an amazing party. http://www.bbcm.org/

  • Sandra

    Everything seems so easy when you put it on paper. And maybe it is easy like you say and the only problem is the one in our head. Maybe we are just not free as we wish we are. 

  • teedub

    Part time acupuncturist, part time magician, full time badass.

  • Danny,

    I love your blog. I like your suggestions here. I started my bucket list and have found creative ways to make it work financially AND with my current job. I don’t make a lot of money and I haven’t most of my life but I’m making this work. For instance, I’m using my tax refund this year to pursue one of my goals. I’m also keeping my list with in reach. It’s amazing how much money and time I actually have to spend and yet it slips by unless I purposefully spend it. I’ve given up most of my TV viewing and I’m amazed at how much time I have. I love your suggestion about thinking out side the box. This is where the real solutions begin. I read something recently about living your life as if you already have the things you want and by doing so they come into your life. Just by making a list and saying I have one, things are already happening. Thanks for continuing to write and inspiring me to live life.

    • It is great to hear about your success! Best of luck and please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your list.

  • Steve Cow

    Interesting Insight!

  • Mike Oh

    Great post!

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