Mid-life crisis - Help me travel for a living!

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1. Posted by ToAfrica (Full Member 32 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

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!

2. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Your idea is what started some of the travel business I know. I have a few suggestions which might help you, if you want to start an interesting travel company.

1) Concentrate on just a few countries (maybe one or two) to work with.
2) Be an expert in those countries.
3) Find local contact person to help with transportation and hotel, food, ect..
4) Create some specialties about your tour which you think will attract people. I know a flight attendant who has a second job to coordinate others on Safari trips in Africa. You could create an eco-trip,ect... If I were to do it ... I would create a photography tour.
5) Advertize effectively. Use the internet. Show samples of what your tour will take the people to.
6) Set prices base on expenses + what you want to pocket.
If your first tour succeed, those clients will be your best advertizement.

3. Posted by ToAfrica (Full Member 32 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I love iloveflyin! Great suggestions, thank you.