How To Become A Travel Agent

Do you like to travel? If so, you should consider pursuing employment as a Travel Agent. What better way to combine your hobby with a career, right? If you are interested, check out our guide below and get started today!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do people hire a Travel Agent to plan a trip?

Aren’t vacations supposed to be fun and relaxing? Planning a trip can be stressful. You must secure a plane ticket, get a hotel reservation, plan activities, and everything in between. Most people let Travel Agents handle the arrangements to avoid stress.

What kind of jobs are available in the travel industry?

What a fun industry to consider if you like to travel… or help others enjoy their vacations! There are many travel industry jobs to consider, such as: 

  • Travel Agent
  • Director of Tourism
  • Event & Meeting Planner
  • Tour Guide
  • Concierge
  • Spa Manager
  • Cruise Ship Director
  • Amusement Park Worker
  • Casino Worker
  • Recreation Director
  • Flight Attendant
  • Customer Service Agent
  • Hotel Manager
  • Sommelier

What does a Travel Agent do?

Travel Agents wear many hats. They help their clients plan trips for business or pleasure. They offer valuable advice about travel destinations, as well as the best attractions and hotels. 

Travel Agents also assist with: 

  • Setting a travel budget
  • Getting the best deals
  • Planning excursions
  • Book reservations 
  • Provide proper documentation requirements, such as health, passport, or security details
  • Researches group rates and travel package deals

Will I get to travel myself?

As a Travel Agent, you very well may get to visit the destinations in which you are trying to market to others. As you experience destinations yourself, you will know what to recommend based on what you see.

What types of Travel Agent jobs are there?

Generally, travel can be categorized into two categories, such as: 

  • Corporate – Focuses on making travel arrangements for employees that need to go on business trips. They arrange for travel and hotel accommodations while business is being conducted.
  • Fun & Leisure – Focuses on making dream vacations coming true for individuals or families. They book air flights, rental cars, hotel accommodations, day excursions, amusement park attractions, and much more! 

How do I become a Travel Agent?

To enter into a career as a Travel Agent, you will need a high school or equivalent education. In some instances, employers may require a certificate from a technical training program in the field. Often, you can locate a program at your local community college or online. 

If you would like, you can also earn a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism. 

How much money can I earn as a Travel Agent?

According to the BLS, Travel Agents earned $42,350 per year, as of May 2020. The highest 10% earned upwards of $73,360 annually.

Is there a job demand for Travel Agents?

Between 2020 and 2030, the BLS estimates a job growth rate of 8%, adding 7,500 new options over the next decade.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the travel agency, things are on the upswing… which is contributing to the increased job growth rate.

Do Travel Agents need to be licensed or have certifications?

While licensure is not required, earning certifications will help you exhibit your skills and knowledge. There are a couple to consider, such as: 

What qualities will make me a good Travel Agent?

Perhaps first and foremost, you must like to travel yourself. That’s the fun part, right? However, while working with clients you will need to excel in communication, organization, and sales skills. You also need to be detail-oriented, personable and have excellent customer service skills.