Glenn's Driving Service
Preferring a driver based in the Northeast USA (or several other key cities) who is ready to drive now (within the next month).
OverviewI am an experienced cross-country driver who is seeking responsible, independent drivers to help me move private vehicles around the country. I have already integrated two new drivers into my team over the past year, and now I am looking for another 1 or 2. The drives could go anywhere in the USA or Canada, but the most common route is the Northeast to and from Florida in a standard car (about 1/3 of our drives). About 1/4 of our drives involve pets. You would be working on a contracted, per-drive basis on assignments I will prepare for you and closely monitor. I will be available to advise you on every aspect of the trip and I will be monitoring it from afar.
In addition to the page below, please read and understand the Main Page for customers, as it will give you a better idea of what I am looking for.
First rule: Please don't phone me with your inquiry about this position. Calling me at this early stage automatically disqualifies you, because it means you can't read or follow instructions. (There will be a time to talk on the phone later.)
Second Rule: Please don't contact me if you only want a single car to drive to get you where you want to go. This is not our business model.
Third Rule: Don't even bother reading the rest of this page if you:
- Don't have a passport.
- Don't have a credit card with $1000+ in available credit.
- Don't have an active, public and interesting Instagram account. (BTW: Here's mine.)
- Don't have a laptop computer and a cellphone with a hotspot. (If you don't have an iPhone, I will be suspicious, but it won't disqualify you.)
- Haven't traveled independently overseas.
- Haven't already taken at least one road trip across North America.
- Don't have any camping or backpacking experience.
- Haven't had the Covid vaccine.
- Have ever voted for Donald Trump.
- Are not intelligent, literate, conscientious and curious—as evidenced in your social media and web presence.
- Are not comfortable living alone on the road for weeks at a time.
- Are not ready to travel now (within a month), in spite of Covid restrictions.
Instructions for contacting me and the information I need are found in the text below. All I ask is that you read this page fully (as well as the main page) before you respond, to make sure it applies to you.
Advantages of this position:
- See the country, and get paid for it!
- Take the local roads instead of the interstate whenever you want.
- Modest diversions allowed for sightseeing.
- Work as much or little as you want. (I only ask that, on average, you take at least two trips a month, and that you perform every drive you agree to. The more lead time you can give me—ideally 1-3 months—the more likely I will find you work.)
- Plenty of time to listen to podcasts, audiobooks and other audio sources (like listening to YouTube videos)
- The freedom to arrange your own driving schedule within the boundaries of the drive.
I am Glenn Campbell. For over 12 years, I have been successfully driving other people's cars and pets around the country. It hasn't made me rich, but it has supported my chosen vagabond lifestyle. I have survived in this business because I have no fixed residence to maintain, going directly from drive to drive. I would have continued as a one-man shop until I had a health scare. In 2018 and early 2020, I underwent treatment for Lymphoma, a curable form of blood cancer. During treatment, I was unable to drive, so I decided it was time to recruit other drivers. Although my health issues are resolved for now, the experiment worked out well, and I'd like to continue it.
I am gradually recruiting new drivers as the workload justifies it. I provide the assignments and determine the overall plan for the trip, then I turn it over to the driver. I take a commission (usually 20%) on the total fee after transportation costs.
The General PlanEverything is in turmoil in current times, but throughout the Covid crisis there has been steady demand for getting cars, pets and rental trucks to their destinations. It turns out that as people get laid off or start working from home, they often decide to move, and that's where we can help.
This is how I work with other drivers...
Driving sounds like an easy task that anyone with a driver's license can do, but there are a lot of complex judgment and communication skills involved, and I am highly selective about who I use—based on personality, not driving experience. Keeping the car on the road is the easy part; the hard part is making wise decisions, maintaining good safety practices, thoughtfully managing your time and convincing me that you are responsible. Your driving skills are less important than your life circumstances and whether I feel I can communicate easily with you. Very few people have the traits necessary to sustain this kind of work, and the economics can be difficult for most people.
- Customers continue to contact me through my website (as they have for the past 12 years). I discuss their needs with them and define the parameters of the trip. I have no problem rejecting customers who my experience tells me are going to be more trouble than they are worth.
- I identify the driver who I believe is best suited for the job (who could be me). I negotiate a deal with the driver and connect them with the customer.
- Once the driver and customer have settled on the details of the trip, I make up a contract between them.
- The driver completes the drive as specified, under my active supervision. (I need to know where they are every night.)
- At the end, the driver collects the final fee.
- The driver pays me a commission (usually 20%) on the final fee less airfare and certain other expenses.
In addition to fulfilling the requirement of driving, you will also be expect to take part in an artistic collaboration which you will help define. I'm not just looking for someone who can do the job but who can make good use of this unique exploratory opportunity. If you just want to make money and get to your destination as quickly as possible, this isn't the gig for you.
The Economics of DrivingThe economics of driving do not make sense for most people, especially if you are already paying significant rent and utilities or have dependents to support. When you go out on the road, you'll be paying for your own lodging, which means essentially that you are paying double rent. By the time you get home, you may not make enough money to justify the trip.
After working with my first driver for a year (Madeline), we have figured out a system that works pretty well. I will tell you about it if you pass all the tests below. My general aim is to provide you at least $250 of income per driving day (about 500 miles/7-8 hours) after airfare and my commission. That may sound comfortable, but you are not being paid for your time traveling to and from a drive, which could require an additional day. Your food, lodging and taxes also need to come out of your daily income. When drives involve pets, trucks, towed vehicles and other special circumstances, the compensation can be significantly higher.
This is not secure employment, since I can't be sure what future work will come in. So fare, this business has been immune to the Covid crisis, since people still need to move—and are actually moving in greater numbers—but I can't tell more than a couple of months in advance how much work there will be. My first priority is to keep myself working, which I've been doing successfully for twelve years. Any extra work is farmed out to other drivers.
Under ideal circumstances, you would be going from drive to drive, rarely returning home. It took me years to get there, but I have been able to arrange it with my 2nd driver most of the time. I have kept her busy as much as she wanted to be. My intention is to keep my stable of drivers small so each of us will have as much work as we want, but there are still a lot of uncertainties. If you sign on with my outfit, I'm pretty sure I can get you some work right away, but I don't know how long business will keep up. Both the epidemic and the economy are huge wild cards. For now, you can't count on this gig as an adequate source of primary income. It is more like supplemental income if you enjoy driving and want to get out of the house—if your life is flexible enough to allow it.
This could turn into a primary source of income, but I can't promise it. For now, this is just a chance to make some extra money in your free time while seeing the country. It is probably best for a Millennial with no dependents whose living costs are already low. (Minimum age 25.)
Driving is an amazing way to see the continent (and a wide variety of Walmarts). You control your own daily driving schedule—within boundaries we agree on—and are free to stop at scenic attractions along the way, so long as you don't deviate much from the planned route and timetable. At whim, you are free to take local routes instead of the interstate. To maximize this amazing feature of FREE PAID TRAVEL, I will try to select drivers with the curiosity, initiative and past travel experience to fully exploit this feature.
Like an Uber driver, you decide when you work, but unlike Uber, you may have to make this decision weeks in advance, since it takes time to arrange drives. Once you commit to a drive, you are obligated to complete it, but you will choose the drives you accept and may have some power to negotiate the dates and fee.
QualificationsYour personality and life circumstances are more important to me than your driving skills. In fact, if you tell me you were a limousine or truck driver before the Covid crisis, I'm hardly interested at all. Anyone with a license can drive a car, but not everyone can independently pace themselves, make good judgment calls about unexpected events or work well with people on either end. I'm not particularly concerned about your work history—I only want to see that it shows initiative.—but I am interested in your life history, and I will be looking for ways to evaluate your personality. Frankly, most people can't be trusted to perform an independent task for several days without screwing it up along the way.
I hate having to judge people, so I have tried to make the qualifications as specific as possible, so you can judge for yourself whether you fit. These are the main requirements....
DO NOT APPLY IF YOU DON'T FULFILL AT LEAST 90% THE QUALIFICATIONS ABOVE, with an explanation for the other 10%.
- You must love to drive and be comfortable living on the road for extended periods. I will want to see evidence of your travel on social media. (For example, backpacking overseas.)
- You should be willing to fly and drive soon (within the next month but sooner if you are free).
- Ideally you should be between the ages of 25 and 40.
25 is the minimum age to rent a car without restrictions (based on statistical records of who has accidents). I am arbitrarily limiting the age to 40 because I want this to be an adventure for someone who is still exploring the world. I will consider people outside the 25-40 range if they fulfill all the other requirements, but my target demographic is "rootless Millennial".
- Regardless of your chronological age, you should have the mental and physical flexibility of the young.
For example, you should be comfortable sleeping in an airport, camping in fields or staying in hostels, and social media should be second nature to you.
- You should have a currently valid passport. This is necessary for the Canadian border (when it eventually opens), but it also tells me you are outward-looking.
- You should have a personal credit card with at least $1000 of available credit.
This is needed mainly to rent a car, which is an important transportation mode to and from drives (for example, moving between cities in Florida). You will always be pre-paid for airfare and rental car expenses, but rental car companies usually require a credit card for the deposit of up to $350 plus the rental cost. Having a credit card also tells me you are stable enough to have credit. It would be even better if you have an airline credit card which gives you frequent flyer miles and a rental car collision damage waiver. If you already have one, I'll be impressed.
- You should have already taken at least one cross-country driving trip, on your own or with others. These should be a in-depth sightseeing trip, not just get-there-as-quickly-as-possible trip.
- You should be well-traveled overseas, commensurate with your age. Your travel should be independent, not a tour or cruise. It should also be self-motivated and exploratory, not just visiting family or traveling on business.
Although we don't drive overseas, your overseas travel proves to me your independence and initiative. (I myself have visited 88 countries.)
- You should have stayed in a hostel, and preferably a lot of them.
Hostels probably won't be a realistic lodging option while driving in the USA, since Covid has killed most of them. I am requiring hosteling experience only as evidence that you are a flexible traveler, not a bougie one. 🚫💅
- You should have plenty of outdoor camping experience and feel comfortable sleeping in an airport or in other rough circumstances if the need arises. (The more you can camp, the less money you will have to spend on lodging while driving.)
- You should have had a Covid vaccine by now.
- You should have a public social media presence that I can examine. Instagram is preferred, but I will consider other forms of social media.
Social media is important enough that I have a whole section on it below.
- You should be curious about the places you visit, as evidenced by the photos and videos that already appear on your social media. As you encounter new things, you naturally want to record them, which shows me you are open-minded, curious and willing to share. A little bit of exhibitionism is a good thing.
- You should not have a CDL or chauffeur's license. If you do, you are too professional for this position.
- Most drives start or end in the Northeast, so ideally you should live somewhere between Boston and Washington.
If you live elsewhere, I may still consider you, but the higher airfares from your home base may cut into your earnings. Outside the Northeast, the best cities are Chicago, Orlando or Los Angeles. I will consider drivers based in other locations, but the airfare costs of getting to most drives may make them less profitable. (It may give you a chance for paid travel but with less take-home pay.)
If you live outside the Northeast, driving is economical mainly when you can link several drives together in a long continuous trip, which means being away from home for 2+ weeks at a time.
I use the term "live" loosely. Theoretically, I live in the Boston area, but I'm rarely there.
- You should work well with animals. You don't have to own one—and it's probably best if you don't—but you should be able to communicate with them on their level.
- You should not be smoker or a drug user of any kind, including marijuana. Alcohol only in moderation. You are expected to NEVER drink alcohol during a drive, even in your off hours.
Past occasional MJ use is okay, but if you're using it now, I don't want to hear from you. I have lost too many friends to it. It doesn't kill them, but it kills their initiative.
- You should feel comfortable spending up to three weeks alone. You don't need constant in-person social interaction to be happy. Being stuck in a car for 8 hours a day should not seem like a burden for you. You have thoughts or listening projects to occupy you.
- No Trump supporters! This is the only form of discrimination I practice. If you voted for him even once, please don't apply.
- You must have three people you can give me as references (but don't send them now!). Ideally, these should be people you have worked for who have seen you get a job done.
- Traits I value: intelligence, curiosity, conscientiousness, responsiveness, flexibility, initiative, stability, openness, humor, literacy, self-awareness and a relatively introverted personality. You should be shoshin初心 and not 𝔈𝔦𝔫𝔰𝔱𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔲𝔫𝔤. Some of these traits should be evident in your social media stream. Others will emerge as we talk.
Social MediaSince I probably won't be able to interview you in person (only by phone), I am relying on your social media presence to tell me about who you are. To apply for this position, you must have a public social media account that I can examine and that you are comfortable giving to me. In my experience, social media doesn't lie, and it tells me a lot more about you than your words can. It should make me feel that I understand you and identify with your quest.
I'm trying to find people who are genuinely going to benefit from the travel opportunities this position offers. Some drivers just want to get to their destinations and don't care about the sights along the way, which is a wasted opportunity. One of the perks of this position is getting to visit new places and capture them in photos and videos. Social media provides proof to me that you have these inclinations.
Example: One applicant was well traveled overseas, mainly for business, but the only thing his Instagram showed was all the exotic beers he drank at his destinations. He clearly wasn't interested in sightseeing.
You are welcome to check out my own Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Podcast and Travel Videos. I have some 700+ photo albums on Facebook. Our interests do not have to match, but there should be enough synergy between us that we can easily communicate.
Below are some features I am looking for in your social media stream.
You may also be interested in my Likes and Dislikes on Instagram (blog post). They don't necessarily exclude you, but they give you an idea of what I prefer.
- I understand that a lot of responsible, interesting, hard working people do not use social media at all. I respect this position, but since it leaves me entirely blind to your personality, it means I cannot consider you.
- Instagram is preferred because it is so universal, but I will consider other forms of social media. I will want to know why you don't use Instagram.
- Your profile should be public. If you have a legitimate reason for keeping your profile private, I'd like to know what it is. Perhaps you can make your profile public for just long enough for me to look at it.
- Your social media account should have been active for at least a year, and preferably for many years.
- Your account should display a wide range of interests, not just one or two. (Not just beer, food or politics.)
- Your social media stream should be interesting and varied. It should make me keep clicking for more. This is the sign to me of an active mind, eager to share.
- The most important trait I am looking for is curiosity. If you see something interesting along the road, are you the sort of person who stops to check it out? If so, I expect to see this curiosity in your existing timeline, usually in the form of interesting discoveries you want to share with others.
- Secondly, I need to see humor. Humor can be anything you want it to be, but if your post makes me laugh 🤣, humor was achieved.
- At least some of your posts should teach me something I didn't know.
- Your account should display evidence of active, self-motivated travel, not just going places to get things done but the desire to see the world on your own.
Beyond these points, I will give you wide leeway to be who you are. I just want to know who that is and whether it gives us a basis for communication.
If you have an active and interesting mind, I trust that you will also perform your driving duties well and provide excellent service to our clients.
Artistic CollaborationTo me, driving isn't just a way to make money; it's an amazing artistic opportunity! Every day brings the potential of something new to discover, and when I do discover something, I usually want to share it with others. Photography, videography and posting to social media are as natural to me as breathing, and I hope they are natural to you, too.
Although it has no bearing on our core business of moving cars and pets, I will expect you use this unique opportunity to collect new photos and videos for Instagram or other social media. These posts can appear in any public account, but they will use a unique hashtag. If you've gotten this far into my page, I'm pretty sure you're not going to see this as a burden.
These Instagram posts are not an attempt to promote Glenn's Driving Service. In fact, I'd prefer that you keep our collaboration low-key. The aim is purely artistic. I am always look for new experiences to share with the world, and I expect you to have the same inclinations. In offering you this rare travel opportunity, I see myself as a "patron of the arts", helping to promote the artistic development of someone other than myself.
For most Instagram users, posts from the road will come naturally, but I want to make my desires explicit:
All of the above has nothing to go with our main job of getting cars and pets to their destinations, but I think it is necessary for both my sanity and yours. To me, driving is only partly "work"; it should also be an opportunity for growth. After you've visited your 100th Walmart, life on the road gets tedious. You have to do something to make it meaningful and alive.
- When reviewing candidates, I will be asking not only "Can they do the job?" but "How much are they going to gain artistically from this experience?" All other things being equal, I will choose the person who can most benefit from the opportunity.
- I will be expecting you to post photos and videos of things you discover while driving. (You can post on any public account, but using a special hashtag.)
- How you pursue this mandate is totally up to you, but I expect your posts to be interesting.
- I may critique your posts and offer suggestions on how they can be improved.
- I will expect artistic and technical growth from you, just as I do from myself. I don't care what direction this growth goes, so long as you are actively improving your skills.
- You should be prepared to defend your artistic decisions.
- You should not attempt to shut down communication if you receive criticism you don't like.
- All of the above also applies to my own Instagram, which you are free to critique.
From my standpoint, there could be nothing more soul-crushing than trying to deal with another human on a purely economic basis. That's why I don't have a regular job and won't participate in the conventional economy. Our arrangement must be fun and challenging for both of us, or I don't want to be involved. I need some artistic "nutrition" out of this, or I'd rather go back to a solo operation.
Q & AQ. How do you deal with Covid restrictions?As of June 8, 2021, most Covid restrictions have been lifted in the USA. Only the Canadian border remains restricted.
Covid had relatively little impact on our operations. I worked straight through it, taking time off only for cancer treatment. Even when a state had quarantine restrictions, there were exemptions for people who are "just passing through", like truck drivers.
At this point, you have probably had a Covid vaccine, but if you haven't, I'll need to know why.
Q. Is this a good position for couples?No. Driving is a solo operation, for two reasons: (1) The vehicles we drive are often packed with stuff, with hardly enough room for your baggage, let alone another person, and (2) Two people driving would mean double the airfare to get to and from drives.
Q. Is this a good position for retired people?Many are eager to do it, but I am resistant to using them, because I think a younger person would get more from the experience. I see this as a position for a relatively rootless Millennial. I am willing to consider others, but that's my target demographic.
Q. Will you consider people who don't live in the Northeast USA?Yes, but it can be a disadvantage, since the majority of drives begin or end in the Northeast. Whether your city is workable depends on the airfares to and from it. Some cities have very expensive flights, which could eat up too much of your income. If you fulfill most of the other requirements on this page, you can still apply, and I'll see if it is practical. (Obviously, Alaska and Hawaii are not practical unless you have a base in the Lower 48.)
Your home city becomes less relevant if we can knit together a number of drives into one long sequence. In that case, you could be out on the road for weeks at a time. (In my case, it's been 12 years!) Although sequences like this are possible, they can't be guaranteed.
Q. How secure is this position?In the long-term, not very. At present, there is plenty of work and I am regularly turning it away, but I can't know how long the good times will last. I don't know more than a couple months in advance how much work there will be. It is possible I can keep you working continuously, but I don't know for how long. If we hit it off, I'm pretty sure I can get you your first gig within two weeks.
The drives we get depend mostly on my website and the automated largesse of Google. Google has been kind to me for the past 12 years—without my paying them a cent—but their good graces could end at any time. Our relatively high search ranking could dry up at any moment.
In short, there are no guarantees, since I have no control over what work comes in the door. I think I can keep you working, but the incoming assignments are out of my hands.
Q. If you accept me, how soon will I have work?Once you pass all the hurdles herein, I will add your availability dates to my website. I suspect you will have your first job within two weeks.
Q. How many miles will I drive each day?Our drivers are scheduled for no more than 500 miles a day, which is an 7-8 hour working day. If you are on a roll and feelin' fine, you can sometimes do 700 miles a day, with my blessing, but we won't commit you to that in advance. Personally, I prefer to schedule less than 500 miles day for myself (preferably 400 or 450) so I have more time for computer work and local exploration. I will schedule your daily driving quota according to your preferences. For reference, professional truck drivers do a maximum of about 700 miles a day, or 11 hours, and we obey the same rule.
For safely, I prefer that most driving be done during the day, and that's what we'll try to schedule. If nighttime driving has to happen (which is mainly in the winter), early morning is the best time to do it. I expect myself and my drivers to be well-rested, and that means pacing yourself throughout the trip. I would strenuously object to "all-nighters" or driving more than 700 miles in a day.
Q. How will I sleep?Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn are the official lodging chains of Glenn's Driving Service, because they are relatively cheap and allow pets for free. However, you are responsible for the cost of your own lodging, so any night you can avoid a hotel is money in your pocket. That's why it is important to have experience in camping, backpacking and rough sleeping. For each drive, we will discuss your lodging options, and I will try to plan the trip in such a way as to minimize costs.
During periods when I am camping, I shower at Planet Fitness, which has locations throughout the country for only about $22/month for unlimited use of every club. Planet Fitness is the official health club of Glenn's Driving Service.
Q. How will I eat?You will have to determine your own nutrition plan. My own diet is based on powdered meals, Soylent or Huel, that I carry with me in my luggage. I pick up other fairly nutritious food as it is available. Pre-Covid, I would stop at buffets like Golden Corral or generic Chinese buffets and get take-out "buffet-by-the-pound", which gave me the opportunity to choose a balanced diet without overeating. During Covid, some buffets went out of business, but most have now reopened; yet, my taste for them has dwindled.
Q. What kind of vehicles will I be driving?75% of our drives involve regular cars, SUVs or minivans, often packed with stuff and sometimes pets. The other 25% involve rental trucks, RVs or trailers. Driving these larger vehicles depends on your skills and comfort level. (My driver Madeline usually handles these big vehicles.) You won't be asked to drive a vehicle you aren't comfortable with. Larger vehicles slow you down and restrict your ability to take detours, but the compensation is higher.
If someone is transporting an empty car, their best deal is usually a trucking service, but these services won't take pets or cargo. For that reason, most of the cars we drive include pets or are filled with personal belongings.
We don't drive commercial vehicles, apart from rental trucks. Commercial vehicles involve a higher level of government regulation and are usually less fun and satisfying. The biggest vehicles we drive are a 26-foot Penske truck towing a car or a pickup truck towing a fifth-wheel RV.
Q. Will I be carrying people?We try to avoid it, because humans can be difficult. Pets don't care when you drive or where you stop, but humans do, and some of them can be High Maintenance. We are reluctant to carry people unless there is a rational justification. Each situation is negotiated on it's own merit, usually at substantially higher rate, and carrying a human has to strike me as essential and "humanitarian". I regularly reject people who are simply afraid to fly, because I know they will probably be "high maintenance" in other ways.
In any case, I will never require you to do any drive you aren't comfortable with or don't feel you are being adequately compensated for.
Q. How much money will I make?My aim is to get you a minimum of $250 in take-home pay for each driving day (up to 500 miles). A "driving day" does not include time needed to get to and from a drive. In other words, when you return home after a drive or series of drives, you should have $250 or more in your pocket for each day actually spent driving. Depending on the special circumstances, like transporting pets or people, you could make a lot more than that, but $250 is the minimum I'm aiming for. From your $250, you will have to pay for your own food and lodging, but both of these expenses are always reduceable if you are clever.
Q. What is the commission structure?You will be collecting money from the client and paying me a commission. My commission is usually 20% of what you receive from the client, less your airfare costs, required lodging and a few other expenses. (The client normally pays for gas and your ground transportation to/from the airport.) For example, if the client fee is $1200, and you pay $200 for airfare and the stretch of highway is "campable", you would be paying me 20% of $1000 or $200, leaving you with $800.
The 20% commission can be reduced in certain circumstances. For example, if this is a repeat client you've handled before, the commission is only 10%.
I feel that I earn my commission not just by providing you with the work but by plotting out the complex travel logistics of getting you to and from the drives at minimal cost. This can be surprisingly time-consuming. If something goes wrong on the trip, like a cancelled flight, I'm on-call to help you work out a solution. I have a lot of experience in travel planning and do it well. You can also expect me to actively monitor your trip from afar, always on the lookout for any potential pitfalls.
Because managing a driver is so time-consuming on my end, I don't expect to ever have more than 4 or 5 drivers, and I want to be very selective about who I use.
Q. How are taxes handled?You are responsible for reporting and paying your own taxes. The client will be paying you directly. From that amount, you will be paying me my commission, and you will keep the rest.
Q. What fringe benefits do you offer?LOL! The main fringe benefit is the opportunity to see the country under the tutelage of an experienced traveler. Other than that, I offer no benefits like health insurance or a retirement plan. You are an independent contractor, and all you really get is immediate cash for each drive.
The main thing you should be concerned with is health insurance. I get mine from the health insurance exchange in my own state for about $500/month.
Q. Who will buy my plane tickets?You will. I will analyze each trip and present you with a plan, but you will buy your own tickets and make your own reservations. Before you buy any tickets, you will receive a deposit from the client, so you don't have to front any of your own money.
One hidden perk of driving is collecting frequent flyer miles, which you can use for flights overseas, so eventually you'll have free worldwide travel!
In addition to flights, we make use of rental cars, trains, buses and Uber/Lyft. When I plan an itinerary for you, it is usually a work of art that I am very proud of. You are free to make different plans than the ones I set up for you, as long as we talk about the implications.
Q. Am I free to take scenic routes instead of the Interstate?Yes, and I encourage it, but you need to keep me informed of your deviations and report your location to me every night. And of course you are expected to chronicle interesting experiences on Instagram.
Q. What are your artistic requirements?My aims here are a little vague. I want to reserve this unique opportunity for someone who is going to make good use of it. Money is only part of your compensation; the other part is the chance to seek out interesting attractions and experiences along the way. You should be naturally curious and creative and see every new place as a canvas, but I'm not going to define your medium or what should paint on that canvas.
I'm not necessarily looking for the most polished artist. I'm looking for someone who will "most benefit from the opportunity" at their stage of life. It starts with social media. Your existing accounts should already show an active and curious mind who is eager to share their discoveries with others. If you are already making good use of the creative opportunities available to you, there's a good chance you'll find even more inspiration on the road. If you are not generating any creativity right now, then the road probably won't help.
In addition to monitoring your drives, I'll also be monitoring your artistic output. You can expect me to comment on your work and try to nudge you in certain directions based on my own preferences. In this role, I consider myself a "patron of the arts" and it is part of the satisfaction I expect from offering this opportunity. Frankly, taking on additional drivers isn't really worth the monetary income. By default, I would rather work alone. If I'm going to integrate another member into my team, I need to get some personal satisfaction from it.
In 12 continuous years of exploratory travel, I've come to know the USA better than almost anyone. It gives me great satisfaction to direct you to some hidden attraction and see what you can make of it. Even though I've traveled every highway myself, I expect you to give me a new perspective on it.
I want to see you growing and evolving as an artist. The other side of the coin is that if I feel you are not growing or evolving, I may end our arrangement to give someone else the opportunity.
How to ApplyPlease DO NOT apply unless you are willing to drive and fly NOW, in spite of COVID restrictions. Doing this job requires getting yourself to the airport, stepping on a plane, taking a bus or Uber to the car's location, getting in the car and driving it to its destination, stopping at gas stations and other services along the way. If you are not willing to do all of these things right now (with a few days notice), please don't apply.
Applying is straightforward. Just send me an email (at email@example.com — Please spell it right.) telling me about yourself. Please keep it brief, no more than the equivalent of a single-spaced printed page.
You can structure this email however you want and tell me anything you think is relevant—given all the information I have provided above—but at minimum I will need to know the following...
I will email you back as soon as I get your email, just to confirm receipt, but it may take me a day or two to analyze it. I will examine your social media profile and probably come back to you with questions or feedback.
- Your city of residence.
- Your age.
- Your phone number.
- A link to your Instagram or other public social media presence.
- Do you have a valid passport and a credit card? (If not, STOP. I can't talk to you.)
- Tell me a little about your current life circumstances and how you got there.
- Tell me a little about your travel history, especially overseas travel and your roadtrips across North America.
- Tell me a little about your professional career (but there is no need to go into much detail).
- Tell me about any experience you have driving large vehicles or towing trailers (helpful but not required).
- You do not need to send me your resumé, but if you have a LinkedIn page, online resumé or other professional page and want to give it to me, I will look at it.
- What road accidents have you had in the past 10 years? Tell me about them.
- Anything else you tell me is up to you.
Although I don't want phone calls about this position until I authorize them, you are free to email me with intelligent questions after you have absorbed all of the information herein.
A present, I am looking for only one or two new drivers to add to my team. I am under no time pressure, and I am willing to wait for the right candidate to come along. I will update this page to reflect my current needs.
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LAST UPDATED JUNE 8, 2021 - come back later for more refinements.