A travel agent is an exciting travel career that can result in huge travel
discounts. This benefit alone is enough to convince many to begin a travel
career. Anyone can become a travel agent. Many begin a travel career working
at home. Although working for a large travel company has certain advantages,
in most cases, they prefer their agents to have some college training.
Many community colleges offer programs and certificates that are ideal for
those beginning a travel career. However, many agents will testify that these
courses are not necessary. Several travel agencies offer training. In addition,
there are several short home courses that equip future agents will the necessary
tools to begin their travel career.
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On average, many begin a travel career booking group trips for pleasure. Generally,
they consult an experience travel agent to secure a location and flights. However,
the individual is responsible for marketing the trip and taking deposits. The
best part about planning group trips is that the coordinator has the opportunity
to travel for free. Of course, this free trip is dependent on how many people
decide to travel.
Those who want to become a travel agent can receive a license through an agency.
Future agents are required to pay a fee prior to receiving a license. In addition,
some agencies also require that future agents pass a travel exam. Because the
majority of a travel agent's work is online, agents must be computer literate
and able to navigate the internet. It would also help if the agent is bilingual.
This opens the door for more opportunities because the agent is able to book
travel arrangements for international customers.
Individuals who are interested in beginning a career in travel must have excellent
customer service skills and be detail oriented. Arranging travel arrangement
for a group is tedious. If not careful, an agent may overlook vital information.
In addition, the agent may encounter rude and unruly customers. Instead of
becoming frustrated, the agent should try and resolve the issue in a calm and