# How much travel is 10% travel?

A number of job descriptions (US-based, if it matters) list things like "Approximately 10% travel" among the activities involved in the job, but just how much travel is that?

My initial guess would be that 10% of all business days would involve travel, which would work out to once every two weeks, which makes me want to run away screaming. On the other hand, if the day of departure and day of return are counted as separate travel instances, one trip would consist of two travel days, meaning there would be one trip every 20 business days, or about once a month. On the third hand, if days spent away between departure & return are counted as travel time as well — rather than "travel" just referring to the actual travelling — then one trip would consist of (pulling numbers out of the air here) about four business days, so once every two months or so.

I could probably keep going like this without getting anywhere, so I turn to you good people: Just what can I expect from "10% travel"?

• travel definitely does not just refer to the time spent in the air or in a car, but to the totality of time spent away from home. Now as to whether it's measured in days, weeks or whatever, that will vary company to company. Dec 6, 2019 at 23:03
• Note that this is also a rough estimate, many companies write 5% or 10% travel in every position, to avoid hiring people that are never willing to travel. It could well end up less than the 10%, or optionally more. Dec 7, 2019 at 1:56
• The way I always calculate travel is doing x% of 260 work days (without holidays or PTO), so 10% would be 26 days. It could be one day every two weeks or two days every four weeks, it could be one entire month of year.
– user82352
Dec 8, 2019 at 18:15