Tired of sitting in your cubicle each day as the world passes you by? You're not alone. Most people, at some point in their lives, settle for a life of stagnation in exchange for financial security. It's understandable, but it doesn't have to be that way! Whether it's traveling for a living or working in your own natural paradise, we have some optimal vocation options for those looking to shake things up and ditch the nine to five grind! All salary estimates were provided by www.salary.com.

Park Ranger

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Park Ranger

If you've ever been interested in the environment and preservation, a park ranger's post may be what you are looking for. Rangers give tours and keep park visitors safe in addition to compiling policies that continuously strive to better preserve the park. Average Yearly Salary: $35,000

Skydiving Instructor

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Skydiving Instructor

Not for the faint of heart, but if you've already jumped out of a few planes and have no qualms about the dangerous nature of the sport, you may want to consider getting certified as a skydiving instructor! Skydiving is a fairly expensive sport and instructors make a far share of that amount. Average Yearly Salary: $44,000

Editorial Photographer

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Editorial Photographer

Editorial photographers can shoot for magazines like National Geographic, online publications, and high fashion magazines. The work is varied and exciting, taking many photographers around the world on a daily basis. However, photographers are generally paid per shot and bring home inconsistent wages to say the least. Average Yearly Salary: $35,000

Oceanographer

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Oceanographer

A background in science and photography/film is perfect for a career as an oceanographer. Get your scuba license and take a dive to document marine life for magazines and research journals. Average Yearly Salary: $81,000

Coast Guard
Coast Guard

To become an officer of the U.S. Coast Guard one must either be a U.S. citizen or nationalized, but all residents of the United States are able to enlist. If you enjoy living on the sea and see yourself serving the country in this manner, this may be the perfect get-away vocation. Average Yearly Salary: $40,000

Reporter

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Reporter

Reporters can work for magazines, journals, radio and television networks, and they're regularly sent to various locations around the world. On top of earning a salary, employers generally pick up the tab for travel accommodations as well. Average Yearly Salary: $35,000

Cruise Ship Crew

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Cruise Ship Crew

Travel the Mediterranean, Caribbean, or across the Atlantic for six months each year. Although these positions usually do not last a full year, you can dock in Nice or the Amalfi Coast for the remaining six months. You'll still get paid from time to time to maintain the vessel. The pay isn't much, but you do receive room and board. Average Yearly Salary (depending upon position): $4,800 to $48,000

Wildlife Rehabilitator

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Wildlife Rehabilitator

Wildlife rehabilitators are often needed on location in the nature habitats of animals that have been harmed. You'll want to start volunteering at zoos and veterinarian offices, as experience with wild animals is essential to working in this profession. Average Yearly Salary: $60,000

Architect

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Architect

The best architects are contracted from around the world to work on private and public building projects. This profession requires at least a bachelor's (and now more commonly a master's) degree in architecture and design, but the salary is definitely worth the education. Average Yearly Salary: $102,000

Ski Instructor

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Ski Instructor

Similar to waterskiing, if you have a love for the sport, why not live in an environment you enjoy and teach a sport you love? The only downside would be the relative seclusion from friends and family when living on or near a resort. Average Yearly Salary: $31,000

Winery Positions
Winery Positions

From California to Italy, wineries are a viable source of employment. The more skill you acquire in the craft, the more money you'll make. Just think about all the wine you'll be drinking. Average Yearly Salary (depending upon position): $45,000 to $80,000

Sports Writer
Sports Writer

Follow some of the most impressive teams around the country and get up and personal with world renowned athletes for a living? Yes, please. Similar to a reporter, travel and lodging is generally covered by employers. Average Yearly Salary: $49,000

Geologist

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Geologist

Geological positions are frequently associated with some type of academic study. Undergraduates, graduates and professors often have the opportunity to conduct research at sites around the world. Outside of the academy, geologists may consult with other environmental and private companies that use natural resources. Average Yearly Salary (based on field experience): $50,000 to $100,000

Botanist

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Botanist

Another science career, botany is the study of plants both in the field and contained in greenhouses. There are opportunities available for people at universities, national parks, and in the private sector. Average Yearly Salary: $58,000

Landscape Architect
Landscape Architect

Landscape architects design citywide beautification projects alongside highways and other landmarks, and they create some of the most beautiful gardens around. The best landscape architects are contracted by various city planning bureaus across different cities. Average Yearly Salary: $64,180

Waterskiing Instructor

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Waterskiing Instructor

The summer months will definitely bring in more customers as more people are looking to go on vacation, but if you love the sport you should have no problem living near the water year round. Average Yearly Salary: $31,000

Ski Resort EMT
Ski Resort EMT

For EMTs that are tired of ambulance rides in an urban environment, a position as a Ski Resort EMT might be just what you need. If life in the mountains suits you, this may be a lucrative career move. Average Yearly Salary: $66,000

Organic Farmer

An organic farmer is pretty similar to a regular farmer, but the work is a bit more ethical, and organic produce is in very high demand. The average salary can fluctuate based on the season and the skill level of the laborer, but you're sure to see plenty of sunshine. Average Yearly Salary: $26,000

State Park Superintendent

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State Park Superintendent

Think of this person as a park ranger with an academic background in environmental science or conservation. A State Park Superintendent works with legislators to preserve the national park under their supervision. Average Yearly Salary: $80,000

Real Estate Photographer

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Real Estate Photographer

A picture is worth a thousand words, and usually a lot of cash in this profession. Real estate photography is a lucrative career that allows photographers to travel to different properties in order to work with real estate broking companies to aid in selling their properties. When the market is good, business should always be flowing. Average Yearly Salary: $93,000

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