Do you want to get paid to travel? Have you thought about becoming a tour manager but your just not sure how? When I finished college all I wanted to do was travel the world and find a way to get paid to do it. After lots of research and sending out tons of resumes I came across the event-marketing and cause marketing field. I had never been told that such jobs existed. I was ready to pack my bags and head to Africa as a shotgun rider on an overland expedition. At the time I was offered a job on a nationwide event marketing tour to help promote Mothers Against Drunk driving and DARE. This was my first job into the world of event marketing, as a tour manager. My first contract was to travel the nation for almost a year setting up events each week in different cities. Each week I was in a new place and I loved every minute of it. I managed event teams, labor crews, I worked with truck drivers, lots of volunteers, and tons of sponsors. The second tour I landed was as the sponsorship manager for Blue Clues Live. I traveled the nation to venues such as Radio City and other well-known theaters. I traveled with the entire cast and crew of the show. My job was to make sure all the sponsorship was displayed perfectly in each venue and to meet with sponsors. Once again.. I was paid very well to travel. When the show was over I landed another job as an event marketing tour manager and I had a few months to wait before the job started so I headed to Europe to travel and explore. I came back and traveled again for almost a year and then I went and hiked all over Switzerland and got an apartment in Norway for a while. I then landed another tour and came back to the states and traveled some more. This is very common in the world of event marketing and tours. Many tour managers will work 5-12 months of the year and then travel and live over seas and come back and work on another tour. So if you love to travel.. being an event marketing tour manager, mobile tour manager, or sponsorship manager is the way to go. I not only was paid to travel the United States and Canada but I was also able to travel to Spain, Morocco,Germany,Portugal,Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Scotland,France, Italy, Solvania, Croatia, Hungary,Austria,Belgium,Norway, Holland and many other countries. One of the best ways to become a tour manager is to work as many events as possible. When you work the events give 180% and talk to the tour managers and ask them for any advice they might have on how to become a tour manager. Be ready to travel with in a few days notice. Often I would get tours that started in a week or month away so I had to make sure I was ready to leave and hit the road for 5-12 months with out a lot of time to prepare. Another great way to find out about tours is to read Promo Magazine and the Event Marketer Magazine. They both often have lots of articles on mobile tours and event marketing programs. This is a great resource if you are interested in the field. Here is a link to an article about a promotional tour I did in 2003 for Crayola Crayons.http://www2.crayola.com/mediacenter/index.cfm?display=press_release&news_id=104
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