My article will go into detail about the travel job no one is blogging about which is consulting. After reading different travel blogs that blog about the best travel jobs, I noticed they basically talk about the same exact jobs except for Consulting. Consulting should be at the top of the list since it pays the best out of the travel jobs the other bloggers are trying to recommend. Traveling isn’t cheap, and depending on what kind of traveler you are, the benefits of Consulting can go very far.
Benefits of Consulting:
- Airline Points and Status: The main idea here is to stick with one airline. The best thing to do is choose one of the top airlines such as Delta, American, or United instead of smaller airlines like Jetblue. You could be assigned a project in different areas of the country and the smaller airlines most likely wont take you everywhere you want to go to redeem your points.
- Hotel Points and Status: The main idea here is to pick a hotel chain that includes brands you will most likely stay with. I chose Starwood since I like to stay at their brands such as the W Hotel, Aloft, Westin, and Sheraton.
- Per Diem: When you are traveling for a project you get a certain allowance per day depending on the city you are in to cover your food. That could be an extra $600+ in your pocket every month.
- Credit Card Points: On top of keeping the airline and hotel points you also keep the credit card points that you rack up. Most consulting firms will have you open an American Express card in your name. Sometimes smaller firms will let you use the card of your choice. There is a great benefit to earning credit card points on American Express nowadays. You can transfer them to certain airlines or even use them on an AirBnb.
Now, let me go into detail about the travel job no one is talking about. You will be assigned different projects from the company you work for to work for certain clients. For example, lets say you work for Deloitte and they assign you to work at Marriott. You will book your travel to the client to leave Monday and return home on Thursday. You will constantly be working with different people. It is almost like working at a new job every time you are assigned a new project. You will also be alone a lot unless you are savvy at making new friends. Sometimes if I know I will be in a city for a long period of time, I will check out some meetup groups. There is also a great service I love called Eat With. You can find people that host dinner parties for a small fee which will allow you to meet new people.
It can get rough sometimes with this kind of routine, but this type of career is only possible for people who are motivated and love to travel. Nothing is ever too good to be true, and sometimes this type of life can be less glamorous when airline delays occur. The key is to keep yourself entertained with books and movies. I keep myself entertained by blogging about the places I go to. You also need to be an organized and savvy traveler to make this work. That could be buying two sets of toiletries and leaving them at your client site, or leaving a suitcase with work pants and shoes at your weekly hotel and bringing a bag each week with new shirts.
Once you get in the groove with Consulting the benefits start rolling in. When you continuously fly with the same airline you get to board the plane first, are allowed unlimited upgrades, etc. You get status with hotels and will be upgraded to suites quite often. The hotels sometimes flag me and offer me free drink and food coupons just to make sure I will continue to stay with them every week. You will also get access to the concierge lounge in hotels and will be able to eat breakfast and dinner for free. Then the best part; you basically have world travel at your fingertips at literally no cost.
At this point you should be asking yourself, “why is this the travel job no one is talking about?” Unfortunately there are a lot of articles on the internet that lack content and expertise. Feel free to post comments on this article with any questions!
If you are curious what companies allow you to work the travel job no one is talking about, check out the top consulting firms here.