Like many people on this forum, I enjoy sharing my travel experiences and making suggestions so everyone can have a great trip. When I come up with a vacation, it is usually through my own research and the suggestions of others on travel forums.
Talking about travel and giving trip itineraries and suggestions is something that I enjoy doing. I have always wondered is there a way I can make a career out of it and the sources of information I can contact to see about this.
Thanks in advance.
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Be a travel agent! My travel agent is like that, really inspiring, and great at making suggestions on where to go, how to get there, and what to do once im there.
I am unsure about US sorry, but in New Zealand there are a number of training schools, colleges and institutions, one of the best being the New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism ( nzstt . com)
I'm sure there is a similar thing where you are.
Depending on where you are in the USA you can go to a travel agency school and learn from an independent business or ofcourse take courses at a regular college. Now I'm beginning to wonder how much a Travel Agent makes ?
I work as a travel agent and I'm not really sure if it's worth doing a travel and tourism course if you want to be a travel agent.
When I was hiring people, I mainly looked for travel experience, personality and sales experience. It's important to realise that it is a sales job. You have to be able to sell yourself and the products that the company offers. You can't just chat to people about travel, they need to buy stuff to pay for your time.
Most pay structures are based on the commission you earn for the company - the more you sell, the more you make. It can be hard when you first start out as you don't earn very much as you aren't selling very much but after 6 months to a year if you are focused you can earn a good salary.
You need to be an organised and details oriented person. If you are not careful, you could send someone to San Diego instead of Santiago (it happened!) and ruin their dream trip. It can be stressful as you have sales targets to meet and any mistakes you make are a big deal. They can cost a lot of money to fix and that usually comes from your commission for the month. It is the kind of job where you can wake up in the middle of the night worrying about a booking but then it's really rewarding when a past travellers comes in to tell you about their trip.
It's an awesome job and I love the high of finding a great trip for a traveller. But when I leave my current job in two weeks, I've decided not to work in the retail travel industry anymore due to the stress.