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How likely will opportunities to travel abroad be in a career as a UX designer?

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I'm interested in UX because when you have to launch a new travel site or improve the existing, user experience is the first thing to consider.

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Ceil’s Answer

Generally, UX Designers aren't among the high-travel positions. One really successful exception I've seen is a small software firm that had a core staff of US-based UX designers and also partnered with contract developers in Bulgaria. To drive an effective culture, the leader of the group moved the US team to Bulgaria for a month - it was super successful. So that's something you might ask as you interview.

Another thing to consider, in addition to the good suggestions others have offered above, is taking advantage of the more welcoming atmosphere around working remotely to travel yourself and work from wherever. Colleagues of mine from designers to marketers to strategy consultants have done so successfully over the past few years, moving from project to project, and doing each one from wherever they happened to be living at the time.

Upwork and other contract sites can offer a place to start, though there's no substitute for working a personal network.
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Anitha’s Answer

It depends which project you are in. If involved in global level project, one gets to travel if needed where you play critical role at senior level
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Hao’s Answer

This might depend if you're working at an in-house design position, such as at Adobe or Nike, or for a design agency/consultant such as AKQA or RGA.

If you're an in-house designer, you generally don't travel too often unless the team you work with is in another city/country. This happens more often if that company has many offices around the world. For example, the engineers and product manager I worked with were based in the the office of another city (same country). I would visit them 3-4 times a year. And at one point, I worked with a team who were based in our Spanish office and I got to visit them once. Also, depending on the size of the company, sometimes we have an all product off-site. Depending on the budget, sometimes we would fly everyone to that offsite, even from overseas.

If you're working for design agency, they may fly you out to meet the client. And at times, you may stay in there or travel often for the duration of the project. This might not be as frequent for oversees travel as it would be for domestic. And with the current rise in remote work, it might be harder to to ask for travel as video calls has risen.
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Jerin’s Answer

Dear Jessica,

Thanks for your question .

The UX Designers usually don't travel much , but they do it when there are workshops , but it could be once in a year or two years. Travel is also possible if your company wants you to work in a different state , and being there in person is important . It all depends on where you work and their needs at that specific time , but in general don't expect to travel every few months .

Maybe in future once you become an expert , they may ask you to give trainings to different teams around the world. That is one way you could possibly travel.

Hope this helps !

Thanks and Regards,
Jerin
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