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Route Driver


Special Journeys vacations would not be possible without our dependable Route Drivers

Route Driver Overview

Because our Travelers generally do not drive, Route Drivers are responsible for picking up the Travelers at their place of residence and bringing them to rendezvous with the tour bus. When the trip is over, Route Drivers return the Travelers to their homes


This is a Paid Position

If you’re looking to volunteer, our Travel Companions are the perfect place to get involved. Our Drivers are paid, per day, in full- or half-day increments. We encourage couples to travel together, and we cover all expenses – vehicles, fuel, food, and lodging – for both individuals.


The Primary Role of a Route Driver

The number one responsibility is to pick up the Travelers before each trip and bring them to meet the tour bus, and then return them from the bus back to their residence when the trip is over. Since Route Drivers are the first point of contact on a trip, they are also responsible for collecting Travelers’ medications and spending money to be turned over to the Tour Leaders.


Our Typical Drivers

We have Drivers from all walks of life. While prior professional driving experience is not a requirement, it is absolutely welcomed! Great fits with us are retired truck or school bus drivers, and people with rideshare (Uber, Lyft) experience. This is a great position for retirees, or anyone looking for part time work. It’s a particularly good fit for couples because we cover expenses for both of them. In many instances, the spouse riding along is a volunteer Travel Companion.


Basic Requirements

Don’t worry, you don’t need a CDL or prior experience working with people with special needs. We’re looking for individuals with heart and compassion who want to make a difference in someone’s life – this is an opportunity to help make our Travelers’ dreams happen. What that requires is that you have a clean driving record, can pass a background check, are okay with some night driving, and are capable of lifting suitcases into/out of the vehicle.


Physical Requirements

Since we handle all luggage for our Travelers, Route Drivers should be able to load/unload a 50-lb suitcase.