Human Resource Management

HRM Guide World HRM Guide USA HRM Guide UK About HRM Guide Student HRM HR Updates Facebook
Search all of HRM Guide

Why You Should Hire Someone Who Loves To Travel

April 23 2020 - We've all had that resumé dropped on your desk, the great candidate with oodles of experience, extra qualifications, amazing credentials, but there's just one tiny problem: they list traveling as one of their main hobbies. Doesn't that mean they will be flaky, constantly needing holiday or unpaid leave to globe-trot around the world? Is this job just a stopgap to fund their next big adventure?

Maybe all of those things are true, but we're willing to bet that, for the most part, you have it completely wrong, and they could be the best candidate you've ever interviewed.

Why a Travel-Loving Employee is Good for You

A love for travel is indicative of a love of adventure, someone who isn't afraid to take risks, someone who loves life. These are all qualities we'd love to have in a future employee, but there are a few added bonuses too.

Here are some of the little-known skills avid travelers pick up on their adventures that could help them in their career with you.

  • Timekeeping - Someone who needs to be at an airport at the right time or catch a bus in a foreign land has the art of timekeeping down to a tee! Even if they don't realize it, this is a skill they will naturally pick up. It is the kind of skill set that a man with a van in Durham would need.
  • Organizational skills - Being able to organize their trip calls on many of the skills they will need for a career. They may need to organize their airport parking with a company like, travel insurance, hotels, transfers, flights, all sorts. Traveling can be like a project management job, and many avid travelers pick up these skills without even realizing it.
  • Communication - It probably goes without saying that learning to communicate can be one of the best skills anyone can pick up, whether that's in your own language or a completely new one. Communication isn't just about learning to say please and thank you in Mandarin Qǐng and 谢谢 Xièxiè it’s about learning the nuances of other cultures and how to navigate any tricky situations that may arise.
  • Teamwork - Passionate travelers rarely travel on their own. Sure, there is a growing trend for solo travel, but most people prefer to be traveling as a group, whether they know the group or not. Group tours are immensely popular, and your travel-loving employees will develop the skills to learn to cope with other people at their best and their worst, a skill that is vital in modern offices across the country.

Travel loving employees can benefit a team in a huge number of ways, and we can encourage them by listing all sorts of work perks, be they air miles, hotel discounts, or even airport parking.

Why Travel is Good for Them

Taking time out of the workplace has been proven to help mental health. This boost to health, in turn, increases productivity and reduces the amount of time your employees will spend on sick leave, and with all of the benefits we've listed above, it's clear that travel-loving employees will be developing as valuable people - and employees - too.


HRM Guide makes minimal use of cookies, including some placed to facilitate features such as Google Search. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Learn more here

HR Directory
Privacy Policy

Anything But Work
British Isles
Psychology Articles
Copyright © 1997-2024 Alan Price and HRM Guide contributors. All rights reserved.