5 Companies Travel Buffs Will Love
You're happiest when you're headed somewhere you've never been before. You've already planned your next vacation (your third one this year). You've had to request extra pages for your passport—twice.
It's safe to say that there's nothing you love more than travel.
If this sounds like you, check out these companies, all perfect for jetsetters. While your gig might not have you constantly on the go, perks like destination-inspired conference rooms and vacation travel budgets (seriously) will make coming into the office almost as fun as hopping on a plane.
Where: San Francisco
If you haven't heard of Airbnb, it works like this: The site lets you rent a place for a night, a week, or a month—not from a hotel, but from someone like you.
Not surprisingly, employees love to travel, and they stay in Airbnb rentals when they do. CEO Brian Chesky hasn't even owned a home since 2010—he's hopped from listing to listing! As General Counsel Belinda Johnson puts it, “The Airbnb experience is addictive.”
When staffers aren't out crossing the globe, they still get a flavor of the world right in the Airbnb office. Its many conference rooms are each modeled after a popular Airbnb listing—an apartment in Berlin, a loft in SoHo, a lounge in Hong Kong, even a treehouse!
Where: Newton, MA
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel community, reinventing the way travelers plan trips and connect online with reviews of hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, and attractions.
Team members are passionate about making the company an even bigger and better resource for travelers—because they use it themselves. “Travel for me personally is the best thing in the world,” shares Suzanne Filippi, General Counsel. “The best part about working here is the travel.”
Well, we also think the free food, game rooms, Friday night cocktail hours, and conference rooms decked out with massive photos of awesome destinations are pretty cool.
Where: San Francisco
Hipmunk's goal is to make travel planning dead simple, intuitive, and, most importantly, fun! And it's working. Millions of people search for and book hotels and flights on Hipmunk, and it's been named one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Apps and Websites of 2013.
Do Hipmunk employees themselves get to travel? They sure do. In fact, the company gives everyone money once a year to take a vacation. And whether they travel for business or pleasure, everyone sticks their boarding passes on Hipmunk's signature "ticket wall" to remind them why they do what they do—and where they want to go next.
Where: San Francisco and Worldwide
Fasten your seat belts: Uber is an on-demand car service that’s shaking up the transportation systems in 35 cities (and growing) around the world. Customers use the Uber app, website, or text message service to connect with the nearest available driver—and have their ride show up within minutes of their request.
Uber has massive international growth plans and is currently hiring everywhere from Minneapolis to Mumbai. The company's coolest job? "Launchers"—the people who jet from country to country, building Uber from scratch in new markets (while boasting incredible airline status from their travels).
What began as a humble daily deal site has grown into so much more, with Groupon expanding into new cities and countries all the time (sometimes "multiple in the same week," says VP, Merchant Services Zach Finley) and rolling out a whole slew of game-changing products in recent months.
Most notably for travel buffs? Groupon Getaways, which features package travel deals for destinations near and far. While a gig there might not have you traveling all the time, you can explore the best of your own city with co-workers. Groupon employees all share a similar sense of adventure and excitement to try new things—and they’re all big fans of buying Groupons.
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