Traveling the world, plenty of flight upgrades, sipping mai-tais on the beach—this is the impression many people have of those who have made travel their career. We know that the reality is a lot different, so we thought a Twitter chat was the perfect way to share what it’s like to make travel either your career or a bigger part of your current job.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3pm Pacific Time under the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Making Travel a Career!
The first step in making travel your career is to decide whether or not it’s something you really want. So, we asked our chatters to share the pros and cons of working in the travel industry.
- For some people making travel a career has always been a dream, like @ThePlanetD who worked hard to accomplish their goal.
- Still others, like @MiddleSeatView, are worried that if travel was all they did, it’d diminish the joy they get from the experience.
- Chat co-host @LeeAbbamonte says that job or not, travel should be a part of everyone’s lives because it opens one’s mind like nothing else.
- Everyone agreed though that making travel your career is a delicate balancing act and there are many considerations to keep in mind.
Ok, you’ve made the decision to make travel your profession, but now what? What kind of job should you look for and how do you get it? Once again, we turned to the pros for their advice.
- Chatter @BalancingWander shared some popular options including: travel writer, travel photographer and travel agent.
- @always5star pointed out that if you travel for work, the rewards points will add up translating into more (and free) personal trips.
Less Extreme Options
If you’re not quite ready to ditch the 9-5 but still want to travel more, another option is to add more travel to your current job. Here’s how:
- One common answer was to extend work trips to include some personal R&R time—on your own dime of course.
- You can also look for more travel opportunities within your own job, especially attending conferences.
- Many chatters also suggested to make the most out of your time off. Plan trips around holidays or days off for extra time away from home.
For those who really want to experience a culture completely unlike their own, there is another option—becoming an expat! Millions around the world live and work in a country other than their own so we asked our chatters where they would live if they chose the expat life.
- Chat co-host @Bloggeries would choose Europe, so he could easily travel around on the weekends.
- Other folks have very specific places in mind, like @1zestytraveler whose heart has been stolen by Spain.
- While the idea of being an expat appeals to @janicke_hansen, she could never decide where to go!
- And there are even a few people out there like @findinganeish who are “serial” expats, living in a variety of different countries.
Anywhere in the World
Time to dream! We wanted to see everyone’s bucket lists so we asked if travel were your job and you could go anywhere, where would it be?
- Chatter @backroadramblrs didn’t hesitate with her answer of Patagonia.
- Why choose just one place when you can just go on a world tour, said chatter @Polymathically.
- Other popular answers included: Mount Everest, the South Pacific, Australia, Machu Picchu, Scotland, Cuba and all of the American National Parks.
Don’t forget to join us for the next #TripItChat. Chat us every third Thursday of the month at 5 pm ET!