A travel job allows you to visit new locations as your job. Some choices are more obvious for a travel job, like a flight attendant, while some may surprise you.
Each month, we will highlight different travel job to give you an idea of what is possible for work when travelling. These jobs will be in a variety of fields, as the options are truly endless.
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This Month’s Travel Job: Business Consultant
Business consultants can work for a firm or for themselves. If working for yourself, it allows for flexibility with clients and a non-specific agenda for which to work with. The job includes helping individuals or companies start a new business or idea, analyzing their current business for better results and increase engagement and profits, among other tasks based on that business’ needs.
While much of this job can be done from home or as a Remote Job, as it entails visiting some specific locations and a fair amount of meetings and face time with individuals, we have considered it a travel job instead of a remote job.
Featured Remote Worker: Una Wirkebau
The Consultancy Business
The term “business consultant” is an umbrella term. Basically, consultants make businesses better. They find where the problems are and fix them. Consultants can be hired in an on-going capacity or as a “one-off” to fix a specific problem or achieve a certain goal.
The woman we are profiling this month is a business consultant in the tourism sector. This is only one possibility (but of course, allows for the most travel!) and there are consultancy opportunities for virtually every background and niche.
Una has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She’s an American who grew up in the Seattle area of the USA and after 3 years at University, she decided it wasn’t for her. She worked her way up within a casino hierarchy in her early 20’s and moved up the corporate ladder quickly.
With a long time illness with her mom and being a single mom to a very young son, she left this world to take care of them both. She was working as an event planner and designer from home. This got her into my first business ownership and it just expanded from there. She is not a 9-5 kind of person and realized this at a very young age. Her father was a merchant seaman and she was always brought up understanding that the world and its cultures are amazing, and to spend time amongst others if far more important than having things.
Working in tourism, owning establishments where I can help connect peoples of the world to sights and experiences they had not had before, putting a smile on their face and in their hearts, is what puts a skip in my step daily.
How Una Got Started:
Before consulting, Una has owned and operated; Bed and Breakfasts, bars, restaurants, hotels, catering companies, wedding and event planning and design. Being active in her local community meant she had also sat on a variety of boards to increase tourism to that location. She has also been the Executive Director for local Chambers of Commerce and Tourism and Economic sectors. In her current capacity with Coral Bay EcoTours and promoting the Ningaloo Reef, she had been hired in 2008 to run the company and have simply stayed in contact with the owners.
They needed someone with hands on knowledge to rebuild their website and create a dialogue with various Tourism Australia entities. So she began again with them in this capacity at the beginning of 2017. As the Engagement and Marketing Director for CBE, she worked directly with a large number of regional, national, and international organizations for which tourism is the main objective.
This is a full-time job and allows her to work from home, anywhere in the world. She also spends a great deal of time researching and planning Famils, which is the Australian term for bringing tourism agencies from around the globe to visit.
Owning your own business gives you a lot of freedom, but it also is a lot of work and dedication. You will always give your all, you can’t call in sick and a 40 hour work week does not exist.
This also allowed me to shut down for 3-6 months a year and travel, long before Social Media, email and cell phones were a thing. I remember being in the Amazon Rain Forest of Peru with a satellite phone I had rented, just so I could stay in touch with booking potential clients for the upcoming season.
Una also runs According To Una, a blog which talks about her travel, the people she meets along the way and how to better embrace the world around you. This involves a website, FB page, Instagram and Pinterest accounts. Though she has only been active with this for a few months, it has opened doors for her for content in the Tourism arena, writing for a number of newspapers and websites.
One should expect 60-80k with travel expenses covered, working for a small location such as she is. Larger government tourism operations have similar roles and have a much higher earning potential. They also often have office standards, working from home is not an option.
A Day in the Life – According to Una
Depending on where in the world I am, and if I am part of a scheduled tourism event, by day begins around 5:30 when I grab a cup of coffee and go over my social media accounts. As a contract employee I have my personal @accordingtouna accounts, CBE accounts and if I have been hired by any other entities, their accounts as well.
By 9 or 10 I get showered and cleaned up, have some breakfast and then start working on replying to emails, research, appointment follow-ups, etc. At some point in the afternoon, I take a break and go hiking or explore the city I am in. Sometimes bringing my laptop to sit at a café and work some more, it depends on the day. Some days are spent with 100% travel.
Working mainly for an entity in Western Australia, and currently living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico….when I have to travel it can take upwards of 35 hours and then you have jet lag and a few days of feeling “off”. This past month I spent travelling and visiting with tourism entities, which promote Australia, all up and down the West Coast of the USA for the better part of 40 days.
Meeting with travel agencies who sell Australia, but may have never been, answering questions, showing images, talking logistics, to facilitate them selling the adventure of it all. I also met with Tourism Australia’s team and Tourism Western Australia’s USA teams, so we can all be on the same page and I can get personally updated on upcoming campaigns. You can usually find me still checking email or text, researching social media or content, until about 10 or 11 at night….then I start again the next morning.
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