All opinions would be appreciated. I am self-employed with experience in tourism, public relations and marketing. I have traveled extensively, including Australia, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Kenya, China, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and US. I am extremely research and detail-oriented, love planning trips and often called upon by friends and family when they are researching travel or consumer decisions and purchases.
Of course there is always travel agent school, but I see myself not just sitting at a computer, but also guiding small/medium groups, managing their itineraries and taking pains to make their travel experiences unique. Can any travel professionals suggest ways I can combine my skills into a travel career? And do non-US residents see any benefit to having a representative (more personal than just a travel agent) to help them through a US trip, from customs to itineraries to language barriers?
All input is appreciated!