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Balancing Motherhood and a Career in Travel Isn’t Easy, But These Advisors Make It Work

Travel Age West
March 21, 2022
By Mindy Poder

Being a travel advisor is the best career for a working mother. Or, is it actually the worst?

According to the IRS, independent contractors (ICs) decide “what will be done and how it will be done.” For many moms, this kind of flexibility is a necessity.

“Prior to working as a travel advisor, I worked remotely on a company that I started with my husband in 2008, which was a Mexico-based tour operation,” said Maria Diego of Diego Travel, an independent affiliate of Departure Lounge. “I needed a career that would allow me the flexibility to always put my kids first, especially because at that time, my husband was still traveling to Mexico every week.” 

Ultimately, travel advising is a job that lets moms be in the driver’s seat.

“You can put as little or as much into this career as you want,” Diego said. “You are in control of your schedule, and how you allocate your time for both work and family life.” 

Diego admits that setting boundaries so that work did not negatively impact her time with her family was difficult for her, but concedes that this is the plight of most working mothers.