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What would be the best major if you want to travel?

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Right now I am an International Business major. However, I’m wondering if what I am looking for (to travel) would best suit me in the major of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Which is best? Or are there any others I should consider? #business #travel #college-major #college-majors #international #international-business

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Glenn’s Answer

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When you say "travel", do you mean travelling to the places you have always wanted to go? (such as high tourism locations). I'd imagine that professionals that work in these locations do not travel much. They work there but do not move around much. The exception to this would probably be crew members in travel such as flight crew, ship crew, etc. Their job IS travel. I have to agree with the posts above, in that consultant work is best for traveling (90%+) as well as jobs that involve regulatory inspections (think safety, legal, oil, petrol, utility, etc industries). These professionals travel a lot. That said, they are EXPERTS in their fields. For instance, to be a consultant, you have to know what you are consulting.

Some all-around good news: If your true aim is to travel, find a field that you enjoy and work towards becoming an expert in that field. You will likely have opportunities to take on a role WITH travel. For example, I work in IT. I am good at it. There are thousands of vacant positions that involve 20%-90% travel. I, personally, do not want to travel that much for work and will just do it for pleasure on my own!

I hope this helps.
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Morli’s Answer

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Another option is working for a global business that have operations in many countries. I work for a Fortune 50 company and am a Global Marketer. I have traveled to over 30 countries and have even had the opportunity to live in Singapore for a couple years on an international assigned in our Asia Headquarters.

A major in International Business or Marketing would be best suited for this kind of role.
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Martha’s Answer

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I used to work in management consulting. That's a career with A LOT of travel. Study really hard, go to a top school (and if you didn't for undergrad, go to a top ten B-School and do well), then you too can be a management consultant and travel ALL THE TIME.

Ironically in hospitality and travel management, you talk about travel, you don't necessarily do any.
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Dennis’s Answer

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I agree with Martha. You can get stuck with very long hours managing a hotel in a very nice country you barely have time to see. I'd go for that degree in International Business with electives that will make you more rounded and qualified, such as foreign languages, world geography, literature, art appreciation, etc. I majored in social sciences with a concentration in history and sociology, plus a geography minor. I mostly taught myself photography and subsequently have traveled in over 120 countries and led photo group tours to over 25. Whatever you learn is likely to be useful in some way in the future.
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