How To Become A Travel Agent

Written by Diane Sievert
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If you want to find out how to become a travel agent, you've come to the right place. Over the last couple of weeks I have contacted several local travel agents, and performed extensive online research into the subject. One of the most surprising things to come from all of my research was just how easy it is to become a travel agent.

One of the most important things to remember if you want to find out how to become a travel agent is the low initial investment. You don't have to spend a great deal of time or money on travel agent schools and other start up fees. Most states don't even require you to obtain travel agent certification if you want to sell travel products.

How to Become a Travel Agent in this Day and Age

When people ask me how to become a travel agent, I often tell them to start out by finding a reliable host agency. In case you don't know, a host agency provides travel affiliates with support services, pricing guidelines, and research. When you work with a host agency you split the commission on your travel sales, but you don't have to make any of those initial payments.

Once you find a host agency to work with, you might want to sit down and make a list of potential clients. In the early stages of your career as a travel agent, you need to hit up as many people as you can think of for sales. Once you establish your reputation in the travel community, you can expand your client list to include referral customers. One of the great things about working with a host agency is that the travel packages practically sell themselves. For example, if you're selling cruise vacations or European vacations, there are already millions of people looking to book these types of vacations.


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