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Why Being a Travel Agent Is a Dream Job

Travel Agent | Janeen Christoff | July 21, 2016

Why Being a Travel Agent Is a Dream Job

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Katelyn O'Shaughnessy, a former luxury travel agent and the CEO and founder of TripScope, breaks down the ins and outs of a career as a travel agent for Arielle Pardes on

First and foremost, says O'Shaughnessy, is that you will be broke but travel like a billionaire. 

“Think about this as a lifestyle more than a career,” she says. “The pay is not great — about $35,000 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics — but there's no other industry where you get to travel like this. You'll regularly go on free trips to luxury resorts sponsored by hotel companies or resorts. Based on your Instagram alone, your friends will think you're living the high life.”

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While it may seem glamorous on the outside, O'Shaughnessy clarifies that all that free travel is still a job and not a vacation. 

“You sleep in the hotels, you eat the food, you get the massages. Sometimes you can even bring a guest. The first few times, it feels ridiculously luxurious, and it is. But you're there to work. You have to be up at 7 a.m. the next day and remain professional while visiting as many as 10 hotel sites in a day, inspecting each of the rooms, and taking notes on everything. You can't sleep in and relax on the beach like you would on a real vacation.”

She also talks about some of the perils of booking expensive luxury vacations for clients — such as making sure you have a solid insurance policy in case you make a mistake. 

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