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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 reassuring manner.

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