Some of us like to get behind a desk, do our jobs and then unwind afterwards. Some people just can't handle a desk though, and the prospect of doing the same thing everyday is pretty scary.
There are options for almost everything however, and people with an itch for adventure are in luck. Here's a bunch of jobs which let you explore and indulge your wild side!
A combination of adrenaline, danger and a sense of helping out. If you're a fan of the heat, then this is the perfect job for you.
Ok, so you may have to go through a lot of hoops to make it to a good position in the police department, but on the plus side, you get to solve crime and get to know the real face of your city.
Protect what's most important and enjoy the great outdoors while at it. Whether it's an NGO or a government organisation, it's still one of the best ways to say thank you to Mother Earth.
4. Wildlife Photographer
Now all you DSLR lover can finally do something better than take pictures of fences and stuff. Do a course and then go shoot at Kaziranga or wherever, it's a beautiful job, though you have to be super patient.
5. Environmental Architect
Especially in terms of people who want environment friendly creations, the locations are usually far out and off the grid. The money's good too, so it's a good deal all around.
6. Travel Writer
If you have a penchant for travel, then writing for different magazines can provide a solid paycheck, plus a chance to see the world. One of the nicest jobs there is!
7. Scuba/Ski/Surf Instructor
Head to the Andamans or Manali or Kerala, do a course on the intricacies of these lovely sports and then teach people to do what you love to do. One of those dream jobs that we, well, dream of.
8. Trek Guide
Taking people through outdoor programmes is a cathartic process, as you see the change that climbing a mountain or being nestled in nature brings about in people. It's also always an adventure!
9. Geologist/ Geoscientist
If you're an outdoorsman and can't sit at a desk for long, then this is a good scene. Some people might think it's boring, but knowing more about the Earth is one of the best things you could do. Become a legit Christopher Mcandless.
10. Marine/ Fishery Biologist
This way, you can work at the ocean, at a zoo or a fishery. Explore the other side of life, and if you're a water person, then you're extra lucky.
11. Organic Farmer
Get in touch with one of the many organic farming programmes worldwide and spend months working in the backcountry, getting in touch with nature and getting your hands dirty. You're not into adventure if you don't like dirty muddy!
12. Test Driver
If you can hook up a job with a car magazine, then you get to go on intercity journeys trying out some of the newest and craziest rides in the market. A good way to know the auto scene as well as see some of the nicest roads in your country.
At a beach, though I'm not dissing being a swimming pool guard. Thing is, you get to spend the day at the beach and at times help people not die, which is a pretty good deal. Also, you might see a shark!
14. Forest/ Park Ranger
Be in the midst of it all, getting in touch with nature and making friends with all the wildlife around. Plus you can bust some poachers, which is basically the dream (at least for me)
15. Army/ Navy/ Air Force
This one's a no-brainer, and while the early years may not be too eventful, soaring through the skies at Mach-4 is a pretty good reward for the time spent building that integrity.
16. Stunt Double
You may get more than a few scratches and bruises, but you also get to jump around like a little kid, enact fight scenes and meet some of your favourite movie stars. Tough choice? I think not.
Join RAW or the IB and get into a life of international espionage, catching bad guys and leaking secrets or whatever it is spies do. We're not supposed to know, so it's even more mysterious!