Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you’re planning to globe-trot anyway, why not dig deep, become an expert and make some money and some extra incredible memories while you’re at it? This a high-perk job if ever there was one.
Amava Take: There are so many reasons to travel. It’s an incredible way to learn about different cultures, meet new people and change your perspective. Nothing gets you out of a rut quite like learning a new city or seeing a natural wonder of the world. So, what if your job was to go check out places, try new foods, make friends at hotels and restaurants and take in the sights so you can report back to your clients? It can be! The internet has by no means made this career obsolete—in fact over a third of all bookings worldwide are still made by travel agents. If anything, there’s so much information out there now that people want more help making choices. Bon Voyage!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
People who have been to many destinations and who have a good sense for the style of travel that their clients are after.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Consider going to a convention where you can meet others in the field and learn from their experiences.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
The timing is fairly flexible, but you can expect to spend time on your computer and likely your phone.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
I love setting up a multi-generation family trip and hearing about it afterwards.
How would you describe the hard parts?
There are many things in travel that can go awry–delays, weather issues and the like.
What’s currently your most popular booking destination?
I’ve seen a renewed interest in Greece in the past year.
Special Requirements: While you may want to join certain trade or business associations or affiliate with certain groups, there are no hard-and-fast requirements for becoming a travel agent. You’ll need to register in certain states and possibly pay a fee and you may want to apply for certain travel consultant accreditations to get access to codes and discounts.
Finding a Position: You can apply to large agencies in your city if you want to work with veterans and learn some tips and tricks. You can also start your own business if that’s your preference. Either way, consider joining a travel industry organization for information, networking opportunities and benefits.