How to become a travel agent
Getting travel agent jobs isn’t as hard as you might believe. In fact, all of the top paid travel agents have followed basically the same formula.
In this article, I’ll outline everything you need to know to get a high paying travel agent job. We’ll talk about salary expectations, job descriptions, training and more. We’ll even discuss what you need to do if you want to get a travel agent job that you can work from home.
Without further ado…
Travel agent job description
As a travel agent, you are going to have a range of different responsibilities. Even though there are “responsibilities”, the average day as a travel agent beats the pants off of most other 9 to 5 jobs.
Here’s the normal description you’ll find for travel agent jobs:
- Consult with clients. Determine their desired travel dates, destinations, preferred transportation method (plane, cruise, bus) and financial situation.
- Calculate totals for all travel fares, accommodations and extras. The travel agent can use the assistance of a calculator or computer program.
- Make reservations with desired hotels and book dates of departure and return with chosen transportation companies.
- Create attractive travel itineraries and tour packages for clients.
- Be aware of and offer promotional travel incentives and unadvertised discounts.
- Brief your clients on information related to their chosen destination, such as vaccination requirements, local customs, weather conditions and points of interest.
- Remain in contact with client up to the departure date to answer any relevant questions and to give updates.
Travel agent salary
Travel agent jobs offer salaries that range from “very comfortable” to “better off working at McDonald’s”. Benefits can vary as well… what it comes down to are the skill sets that you bring through the door and the travel agency you choose to work for.
When working in an established travel agency, you can expect to earn between $23,020 and $36,920 (median average).
If you decide that you would like to work from home as an independent travel agent, the sky really is the limit. However, average income for at home travel agent jobs usually fall between $36,920 and $46,270.
Virtual travel agent jobs
Virtual travel agent jobs are becoming more prevalent with the advent of the Internet. Now, more than ever, travel agents can work from the comfort of their home and still deliver exceptional service to their clients.
Virtual travel agent jobs differ from the typical “travel agent jobs from home” because you usually still work for an established agency, tour operator, or reservation office.
This is very much like the business model of real estate agencies. You work for an established company, but maintain the freedom to work when and where you want to.
Travel agent jobs from home
Working as a travel agent from home is usually the best of option for those looking earn top dollar and more freedom. Traditional travel agent jobs carry the restrictions that come with having to go to an office very day. You still have to deal with office politics, grumpy bosses, and 2 week vacations.
Not so with travel agent jobs from home. When you work from home, “home” can be anywhere… whether a white sanded beach in Ecuador or a café across from the Eiffel Tower.
You have a level of freedom that you just can’t find with a boss and the opportunity to make more money since you don’t have to split your earnings with the office.
But, of course it isn’t all peaches and cream.
To make it work, you have to know what you’re doing. That means you have to get the right training under your belt.
Travel agent training
With the help of Amazon.com, you can learn all of the information you need for getting the perfect travel agent job… whether you want to work from home or in an office.
With a three book mini-set, you’ll know everything you need to know to not only get travel agent jobs, but to make more money doing what you love than you can even imagine. Each book is written by a different author, and each one has deep experience on different aspects of travel agent jobs.
And the entire training is cheap. Really (really) cheap.
You can read more about the Amazon travel agent jobs mini-set in my resource box below.