Love to Travel? Try These Jobs Out for Size
Traveling and working may seem tiring and stressful for some, but there are people who couldn’t stay put or work in one place for long. Some people are born wanderers who only feel at home – when they’re not home! They seek jobs that allow them to go places and get paid while living their dreams. Alas! Not everyone can be airline pilots, flight attendants or cruise ship crews (which are jobs that almost always spring to mind when talking about jobs that require travel). If you find jobs that require a lot of travel interesting, check out this list of opportunities that provide fun and enjoyable experiences outside the office cubicle.
• Regional Managers. Regional managers of multinational business are required to travel to various sites that fall under their turf. This job is mostly ideal for those who love to travel but don’t exactly want to be away from home and family for long periods of time. Besides the perk of all-expenses-paid trips, regional managers typically receive a salary range of $61,733 – $129,682.
• Professional Service Consultants. Topnotch consultants are usually hired by high profile clients strewn all over the country – or around the world for that matter – to conduct evaluations (especially on mergers and takeovers), give advice on specific facets of a corporation’s development concurrent to technology or marketing, for example and present recommendations on certain business situations. All these things have to be done on location to give the consultant a real-time feel of the business concerns; otherwise their report becomes unreliable and inadequate if they just stay put and depend on second hand information. With a pay scale between $76,879 and $123,612, you think they’d complain? Not likely.
• Sales Account Executives. Sales executives are often employed by huge companies to negotiate sales contracts and close business deals in a particular territory or region. The primary objective is to maximize sales, in which case a hands-on approach and direct contact with the target market are more effective. This involves a lot of travel, of course and sales account executives may have to spend several days and nights away from home. They are usually provided with a company car and all expenses are covered, such as fuel allowance and lodging expenses for overnight night stays. Some downsides to this traveling job may include long hours on the road (driving), red-eye flights to cut back costs, uninteresting locations and probably much time spent alone in hotel rooms. Still, getting a salary that ranges from $48,964 to $99,729 doesn’t sound so bad. Some work purely on commission per product sold (with quotas to meet), although some companies give out incentives/bonuses, in addition to fixed salaries.
• Travel Journalists. If you have a passion for writing in addition to your wanderlust, what could be better than a job in travel magazines? Most travel publications send correspondents to write features about exclusive locations for vacations and getaways. You may not think an annual compensation scale of $26,311 – $45,856 as tops, but you get the chance to bask in the sun or have the adventure of your life island hopping and going to safaris – all paid for by the company that hires you.
There are numerous ways you can combine travel and employment; traveling while earning a living is an open option for everyone. You must remember however, that the greatest drawback you have to face, given the nature of the job is the fact that you have to live away from your family. Maintain as much normalcy as you can, because no matter how exciting the prospects may be, especially at the beginning, the thrill can wear off and you might one day want to revert back to a settled life.