What’s It Like To Be A Travel Agent?

If you’re considering a career as a travel agent, chances are you’ve got a LOT of questions. 

Here are a few that we get most frequently. 

 

Q. How much do travel agents make?

A. It’s a commission-based business, so how much you make is really up to you.An agent can make as little as $15,000 a year, and as much as $125,000 a year. This is mostly determined by how much time and energy you dedicate to your career. 

 

Q. Will I get to travel a lot? 

A. That’s really up to you! There are a lot of opportunities for familiarization trips (commonly referred to as FAM trips) throughout the year that you can take advantage of.  In my first couple of years as an agent, I was busy building my business but still managed to squeeze in a couple of trips a year. Traveling allows you to build connections that will benefit your business for years to come. 

 

Q. What’s the training process like with Bliss Honeymoons? 

A. We require new agents to train in person for a couple of days at our home base in Columbus, OH. In addition, we offer a lot of online training you can do at your own pace as well. The training is a collaborative effort with our senior travel advisors who have years of experience. 

 

Q. Where do I find clients? 

A. Our website has great SEO and we have no shortage of leads. But we also encourage networking avenues including spreading the word on your own social media accounts to let people know about your new position. 

 

Q. How long does it take to build a client list? 

A. This really depends upon you. We get a lot of leads! But you’ll want to deliver great service so you can end up with repeat clients and referrals as well. 

 

Q. Do you offer health insurance or other benefits?

A. All of our agents are independent contractors. We don’t offer health insurance, retirement, or other traditional benefits, but there are a lot of great resources out there for health insurance and retirement plans for independent contractors. And, as an independent contractor, there are a lot of tax benefits you can take advantage of. 

 

Q. Do you offer a paid training period?

A. We do not. Bringing on new agents is expensive. We have to pay the trainer, pay to add you to our website, our insurance, and more. We want you to be as invested in your new career as we are, so we charge a $1500.00 training and sign-up fee. 

 

Q. How many hours a week do I have to work?

A. That’s up to you! The more you work, the more clients you can take, and the more money you will make. Most of the wholesalers that we work with operate Monday-Friday during typical business hours. In order to build your sales and service your clients, you will need to be available during these hours. 

 

Q. Where do I go to get answers to questions? 

A. There are so many resources!  We are always here to help! Your fellow agents, tourism board sites, our hotel business development managers, and more. There are countless Facebook groups for travel agents that are a great way to find information as well. We are always here to help! 

 

Q. What kind of equipment do I need? A

A. A computer, strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, a great organizational system, coffee, and unlimited patience. 

 

Q. What kind of systems do you use? 

A. We process most of our bookings through various wholesalers. We also use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Sheets, etc.  We also provide you with a company email address. 

 

Q. Who would I be working with? 

A. Our agents are some of the best people you could ever hope to work with. We have a drama-free, supportive work environment. You can learn more about our agents here.

 

Q. What’s the hardest thing about being a travel agent? 

A. Travel agents are compensated by the hotels, once the trip has been completed. It can take a few months to a year before you’ve built up enough clients to have a regular, steady income. Most new agents work a part-time job until they’ve built up a steady flow of clients and paycheck. 

 

Q. How long does it take to get through training and start taking on my own clients? 

A. This varies by agent, but training can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.  During the course of your training, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from all of our agents, who are invaluable sources of information and want to see you succeed.  

 

Q. What are the best things about being a travel agent? 

A. Of course, at the very top of the list is the opportunity to see parts of the world you thought you might never get to see. Additionally, the ability to build your own schedule, work from home, and make as much money as you want. This job truly is what you make it.