There are many reasons why people choose to enroll in travel school. It offers many job opportunities and gives versatility to each individual enrolled. In this post, one of our newest agents, Hilary, will tell you why travel school was right for her.
Why did you choose travel school? I was originally going to the University of Southern Indiana and was paying for school all on my own. I was also working at the mall and planning my wedding at the same time. Paying for college ended up being too expensive for me to afford. I discovered Ambassador Travel offered travel school for a significantly cheaper price. Since it was the same thing I was pursuing at USI, I decided to sign up.
What is travel school like? You receive a book and a workbook, and there are 16 chapters. For each chapter there are vocabulary, worksheets, research papers, and a test. At the end of everything, you get two finals. Everything is open book, even the tests and finals. Overall, I thought it was pretty simple and wasn’t difficult at all.
What are the benefits of travel school? It only takes a year to complete and it’s affordable. For me personally, since I was planning a wedding and working, it was great knowing you can work at your own pace and from home. I even paid off my tuition in six months. Another benefit is you don’t have to finish the travel school in a year. If you want to finish earlier, you have the ability to do so.
Who would you recommend travel school to? I would recommend enrolling in travel school to those who love to travel and want a job that allows you to. Travel school is also great for people who struggle financially and want to go to school. I know from experience that it can be hard going to school when your schedule isn’t flexible, which is another positive thing about travel school. You do the work from home, at your own pace, so it’s nice for people who need that flexibility. For more information about the Ambassador Travel School, please go to our website or call us (1-800-937-8688) for more information.
Frequently, we get the question, “Isn’t the travel agency “way” dead?” The answer is simply no. It was declining many years ago, but now the travel industry and travel agencies are not only rebounding, but also growing. The media is beginning to notice and is even reporting on the recent growth. Don’t believe us? According to a study released in late 2013, adventure travel has been growing 65% year over year since 2009. It is a $263 billion industry that is still growing. So obviously, travel is in high demand and the industry is growing. (For more information and articles, there are links at the bottom)
Do you like to travel and learn about new cultures? Do you like to work with people? Then maybe a job as a travel agent is right for you! A travel agents job is to talk to a client and to determine what would best fit that individuals needs, and to help make appropriate arrangements to ensure they have a smooth travel experience. Typical qualities that travel agents possess are: being detail-oriented, focused, organized, professional, and courteous. Another important element is the ability to make sales. Travel agents can also have an area of expertise, such as booking cruises, honeymoons; or certain locations, like Asia or Africa.
There are many benefits to being a travel agent. One benefit is that travel agents have flexible work schedules, with the ability to work either part-time, full-time and sometimes the even from the convenience of their own home. In 2008, about 76% of all travel agents worked for travel arrangement and reservation services, about 60% worked for travel agencies and approximately 17% were self-employed.
Another benefit of being a travel agent is the opportunity to take “familiarization trips.” A familiarization trip is just what it sounds like: a trip to a location, (i.e. resort or hotel) such as a resort or hotel, in which the agent evaluates it on multiple levels, including comfort, food and cleanliness. These are done at little or no cost to the agent and benefit both the travel agency and, hopefully, the location. A personal account from the travel agent about the locations can increase the client’s desire to see that location. One the other hand, if the hotel or resort was evaluated favorably, the praise and encouragement from the travel agents can increase business for that location. Also, travel agents can also be offered reduced rates on travel and lodging on their own trips.
A typical day of a travel agent usually consists of the following:
- give advice on destinations
- make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations, car rentals, tours, and recreation
- advise on weather conditions, restaurants, tourist attractions, and recreation
- provide information on customs regulations, required papers (passports, visas, and certificates of vaccination), and currency exchange rates to international travelers
- consult published and computer-based sources for information on departure and arrival times, fares, and hotel ratings and accommodations