Last updated: 02:22 PM ET, Mon October 10 2016

Opinion Home | Travel Agent Secrets Revealed

  • Art Kramer | October 10, 2016 2:22 PM ET

    Become a Travel Agent With Ease

    Become a Travel Agent With Ease

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    Travel Planners International (TPI) has some good news: It is currently easier than ever to become a travel agent, pointing out the burgeoning popularity of the independent travel agent profession by individuals who want to be fulfilled in their career and “make a living from traveling the world and helping others have immersive experiences.”

    But what are the initial steps to take in this quest? TPI presents four ways to get your foot in the door of the travel agent profession:

    Apply to Travel Agencies

    If there is an opening at an agency in your area, go ahead and apply. You’ll get a firsthand look at how a travel agency is run and learn from industry veterans. On-the-job training and continuing education through industry associations could also be available.

    Book Your Own Travel and Tell Your Family and Friends

    Use your abundance of research, information and self-booking experience to plan trips for family and friends. Guess what: that makes you an instant home-based travel agent.

    Enroll in Classes from Travel Organizations and Schools

    There are numerous training programs and classes for aspiring travel agents and to become a certified travel consultant. Some organizations to look into for such education: AAA, ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), Community College of Rhode Island, Travel Leaders of Tomorrow, The Travel Institute, and The Travel Academy. Note that some require a year’s work in the travel industry to enroll.

    Join a Host Travel Agency

    Becoming part of a host agency lets you keep your independence as a business, but you will have access to industry veterans, conferences, an optimized website and more.

    To find out more about becoming a travel agent, visit Travel Planners International’s blog.


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Art Kramer Travel Agent Secrets Revealed

Art is a veteran travel writer.
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