Thinking about a career as a travel agent? Not sure what to expect? Have you been asked by friends and family, ‘why do you want to be a travel agent?’ Here are five of the best things about being a travel agent, so the next time someone asks you can say:
It’s fun: You’re working in an industry that for the most part people enjoy. You’re not calling them to collect money to pay a bill. You are talking to them to help plan their trips because they are traveling to fulfill their once-in-a-lifetime dreams of seeing the world, taking a vacation from their hectic day-to-day lives, attending a family reunion, getting married, or visiting relatives. Clients are excited about going away and, hopefully, ready to share their memories and excitement when they come back.
You’re helping others: Whether you are planning a destination wedding or getting a family home to a loved one for a funeral, you are helping others when they need it. Travelers might need to get to a funeral or tend to a sick relative and you can help them to plan the right routes, get their tickets and arrive at their destinations while they focus on other things that are a bit more important. Some travel agents have helped their clients out of sticky travel situations too. If one of your client loses their passport or their flight was canceled, you are there to save the day.
You can travel too: Being a travel agent isn’t just about what the client wants to do. It’s about what you want to do too. Don’t want to sit in a cubicle for the rest of your life? Want to see the world? Although some travel agents work out of an office and do not travel very much, others want first-hand experience of the destinations, resorts and hotels they are recommending to their clients and travel the world to do this. It’s a great way to combine your love of travel and become a valuable travel agent for your clients. You may receive discounted rates and special deals and promotions as well as earn commissions on trips that you book.
You can meet people: As a travel agent you will meet people from all walks of life – businessmen, entertainers, government officials, students, families, immigrants and more – who are depending on you to complete their travel plans. You may work with some of these people so often that you can know their likes and dislikes and can even anticipate their needs.
You can specialize: Crazy about the Caribbean and can name the best islands and what someone should see? Wild about Walt Disney World and know the ins and outs of the parks and cruises? Are you a foodie and have tasted the cuisines of so many different countries? Do you love sports and traveled to most stadiums? Are you a frequent flyer who has frequented so many countries that your passport is full? You can take any one of your loves and become a travel agent in that specialty. You can bring this specialty to another company or start your own travel agency specializing in the type of travel that excites you.