“I have no money but want to travel the country.” This is not an uncommon thing to hear or even think. Now let me fill you in on a little secret. If you are willing to put in some work you can get paid to travel the country. Yes, you read that correctly. But no I am not promising it will be all roses and sunshine but there are more pros than cons in my opinion.
Companies love to hire college graduates for jobs that require heavy travel for a number of reasons. Why?
Most of the recent graduates don’t have families of their own yet
Most enjoy the travel, at least at first (more on this later)
Easier to train and mold
How’s it work?
Generally, you fly out first thing Monday morning and return late Thursday evening. Now, this can vary per company as they all have different guidelines and policies. The company will provide all of the necessary information regarding travel logistics or they have a contract with a travel agency to assist when necessary.
Points and Miles – This can be a true game changer.
Frequent Flyer Miles – Most companies will have you flying on one of the big airlines American, United, or Delta. Each company has their own frequent flyers program but if you sign up then every time you fly you collect miles that can be used toward future personal travel.
Hotel Points – Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, etc all have loyalty programs. Same as the airlines that if you sign up then every time you fly you collect points that can be used toward future personal stays.
Rental Cars – Hertz, Enterprise etc. Same thing. You get the gist.
New Cities and Towns
You will get to travel to new cities and towns all across the USA and sometimes even internationally. Depending on the company that could mean you go to one city for an extended period of time or new cities every couple of weeks.
Create your own vacations.
You are flying to Chicago and you have a friend that moved there. You are supposed to fly back on Thursday but you have to come right back next week. Some companies won’t force you to travel back, instead, you can stay with the weekend with the said friend. Sometimes they will even give you extra per diems if you are finding ways to save the company money.
Companies will provide you per diems. Per diems are the daily allowances a specific amount of money an organization gives an individual, usually when traveling.
I received $14 for breakfast, $16 for lunch, and $30 for dinner.
$60 per day * 4 days = $240
$240 per week * 48 = $11,520
Assuming 4 weeks don’t travel for Holidays and office time
If you can save half you just gave yourself over a 5,000 bonus that is not taxable!
Life on the Road
Lifestyle – If you are not diligent it is easy to put on weight from the frequent travel. Coworkers will want to grab tasty dinners or you are in a hurry if it easy to eat unhealthy snacks.
Lonely – It can be lonely constantly traveling city to city and hotel to hotel. Now I personally found it liberating at first but did grow weary being on the road.
If this looks like something you would be interested you can read about a few opportunities at Epic, Cerner, that provide similar experiences. But before you apply check our tools and resources here for extra help. If this doesn’t align with you want you may be interested in development programs.[/vc_column_text]