“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller
If you take nothing else away from this blog, remember this: being comfortable does not always mean being happy. As seniors in high school, you may be afraid to leave a place you’ve called home for most of your life. You may think Danbury has it all, but trust me when I say you haven’t seen anything yet. The world goes far beyond our little city, and choosing not to explore it would be a great injustice to yourself. But I understand, traveling is not cheap. It requires saving money and takes time out of your very busy lives. Believe it or not, there is an easier solution to this problem than you think. What if instead of paying to travel, someone paid you? Welcome to your career in hospitality.
Many travel companies, such as Marriott International, have thousands of different hotels located all over the world. As an employee of such a company, it is common that you will be sent on business trips or conferences to many of these different places. This is a great opportunity to travel the world and explore new countries on someone else’s dime. Want to travel for leisure? Working in the hospitality industry has perks for that, too. At Marriott particularly, every employee gets large discounts on room rates for not only themselves, but also for family and friends. Some rooms can go as low as $17 a night. Stay for 25 years or more and you might even earn free weekend hotel stays for life (Gallagher, Fortune). So as you can see, travel can be expensive, but if you choose your career wisely, it doesn’t have to be.
These travel deals from working in hospitality don’t just help your wallet, they can benefit your health, too. Studies show that “group travel builds social ties and nurtures interest in life-long learning.” They also prove that “active travel lowers health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and more.” Doctors even say that travel “promotes brain health and builds brain resilience” (Lane, Forbes). In an interview with the faculty advisor for the Hospitality Business Fellows Program at the University of Maryland, Ms. Janet Wagner shared that there are many benefits to working in hospitality. According to her, “The greatest benefit and opportunity you gain from working in hospitality is the chance to travel, all over the country and the world.” She spoke about how this leads to learning universally-applicable skills and gaining experiences that are helpful in every aspect of your life.
So, you may have asked yourself, “Why would I care if my career involves travel?” Now you can clearly see that the real question is, why wouldn’t you.
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Gallagher, Leigh. “Marriott: Why employees stay.” Fortune | Luxury. Fortune, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 09 May 2017.
Lane, Lea. “Yes, Travel Is Extraordinarily Good For You: Experts Show How And Why.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 6 Mar. 2015. Web. 09 May 2017.
Wagner, Janet. Personal interview. 10 Apr. 2017.