9 Companies That Want You to Travel — and Will Pay You to Do It
These companies really help you customize your work-life balance.
Believe it or not, there are some companies that will actually help their employees pay for vacations. If this seems like a wild pipe dream to you, maybe it's time to reconsider your career path...
Anonymous job review site Glassdoor recently put out a list of companies that offer financial support to employees planning a trip, including stipends, discounts, and reimbursements. From that list of companies, FlexJobs — a website that helps you find less structured work than a typical 9-to-5 desk job — pulled out nine that not only contribute to your trip fund but also offer flexible job opportunities, like remote or part-time.
Here are the nine "flexible companies" that pitch in financially to their employees' trips–but read at your own peril because the benefits will make you seriously question how amazing those free Monday morning bagels in your office are.
The accommodation site Airbnb has helped countless travelers find a place to stay, and it turns out employees have a little assistance when it comes to traveling, too. The company grants $2,000 a year in travel coupons to the people who work there.
As a product, Evernote is an app that helps people organize their work and collaborate on projects. As a company, Evernote helps people travel by giving them unlimited vacation days and a $1,000 yearly travel stipend.
Travel opportunities kind of come with the territory at a lot of companies in the travel industry, so it makes sense that popular booking site Expedia helps its employees see the world. Expedia employees receive reimbursement for travel between $250-750 per year along with discounts on purchases they make through the website.
A tech company that helps business and individuals maintain work relationships, FullContact offers a whopping $7,500 a year to employees specifically to travel, and they're not even allowed to work while they're away.
Moz, a software marketing company, offers a pretty extensive vacation package. As an employee, you get 21 PTO days, seven sick days, 10 paid holiday days, and $3,000 toward vacation expense reimbursement.
Despite It's name, Travelzoo's online deal offerings are not limited to travel. The site aggregates deals from entertainment and local companies as well. Maybe as a bode of loyalty to its name, however, the commerce site gives employees a $1,500 travel stipend and three extra days of PTO to "book a hotel stay, vacation package, cruise, or flight offer that we negotiate on behalf of our 28 million members worldwide," according to President of Travelzoo North America Michael Stitt.
As with Expedia, TripAdvisor offers perks for its employees to get them traveling and experiencing what the site sells. Employees get at least $250 reimbursed in travel a year, with more offered the longer you work at the company. They can also get discounts on bookings through the site.