Podcast Episodes

Episode 006 – Valkyrie Musarra from Bowlin Travel Centers

Today, we’re going to visit with one of the hundreds of employers who hire workampers every year.

Valkyrie Musarra is the human resources director for Bowlin Travel Centers, which is based in Albuquerque, N.M. She’s going to describe some of the things workampers do for their company.

Bowlin Travel Centers staffs 10 locations in the southwest part of America. There are two travel centers along Interstate 40 near Albuquerque, and seven facilities in Arizona and New Mexico along Interstate 10. There is one location in Alamogordo, N.M., that isn’t near any interstate highway.

Workampers staff the souvenir shops, gas station and even Dairy Queen restaurants at a few locations.

It was ironic that a few weeks after I recorded this interview, I actually stopped in a Bowlin Travel Center in Lordsburg, N.M., on my way from Arizona to Texas. In fact, it is likely that I have been in several of them.

They are popular locations for tourists because they offer essentials like restrooms, gas, snacks and souvenirs.

But some include Dairy Queen restaurants. A few even have touristy things like museums and other attractions.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get paid to explore the southwest, enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in all of America while basking in warm temperatures pretty much all year.

With 10 locations, they’re always looking for workampers, especially those who love people and who enjoy helping others enjoy their journeys.

For more information about Bowlin Travel Centers, visit www.bowlintc.com. There you’ll find more about the history of their stores, the hours they’re open and answers to frequently asked questions.

You can also fill out an application to work there.

To see a variety of jobs offered by firms looking for workampers, be sure to check out listings at Workamper News.

You’ll also find information that can help you plan a course to live your own dream and get you on the road faster than you thought possible.

For more information about opportunities to live, work and play in your RV, visit www.workampernews.com.

Next week, we’ll be at the annual Workamper Rendezvous event in Heber Springs, Ark., and will be talking to people and employers participating in that event.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a former journalist who covered the recreation vehicle industry since 2009. He started podcasting in 2014 and enjoys interviewing people about ways to live, work and play in their RVs.

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  1. To the ‘Greg and Steve Show’:. Excellent overview of the positive aspects of the FT RV Lifestyle.
    My plans include this new lifestyle, of which will start in Spring 2020 …. Can’t wait … (although I will) … and am so looking forward to my new adventure, this new chapter in my life. The ‘Class B’ is on my radar.
    One idea I would love to see come to pass, includes the ‘Greg and Steve Show’ on the road … every state (northern West sounds great :- ) … there are many individuals, like myself, who realize life (including the vast USA) has so much to offer … Although, many need that extra push. I traveled 24/7 in my 20’s & 30’s … thus, do not need to hop over the ‘fear fence’be (it’s real) … There are a bundle of wonderful people out there that look forward to selling me gas, dine with me and assist me with a flat tire … as I would for them.
    Please let me know if the ‘Road Show’ will be in the South Dakota area in the near future. My thanks in advance!
    Be well!
    Rapid City, SD
    PS: Right up the road from Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood and close to Devil’s Tower … Great history venture … Bring the family!! :- )

    1. That’s for the suggestion, Patricia. Taking the show on the road would be feasible, but it would take some planning and some changes. I produced a podcast for three years while full-time RVing a few years ago. Who knows. It may happen again someday.


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