How to Become a Travel Agent

If you love to travel to exotic places like London, France and Morocco and do not have the budget to visit your favourite places, then choosing travel agent as a career choice is the best option to go with. Agents get to make other people’s vacation dreams come true. At the same time, they also get the opportunity to travel the world. Here is how you can become a travel agent.


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    First of all, you should try to find and read information available about travel agents. You will find such information easily available in the internet, or you can also get a 25-page booklet called "Becoming a Travel Agent, available from the American Society of Travel Agents. The book will explain everything you need to know about the travel agent career.

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    Consider taking admission in a school where you can get travel-agent major. You can find a list of such schools available on American Society of Travel Agents’ website. Choose a school that is near to your home and check the fee structure carefully.

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    Consider taking an online or correspondence course if there isn't a relevant school in your area. You will find a number of courses which can help you in learning about this particular career.

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    Take courses in ground transportation, air travel, cruises, accommodations, tours, marketing, sales, money matters, finding a job and communication. A good program will teach you everything you need to know from start to finish.

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    Also, if you do not have good computer skills, then you should also take such courses that can help you in learning basic computer skills, as most of travel agents’ work is done on computers.

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    You can also read different travel magazines, in order to get information on latest trends in the industry.

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    Apply for a job at a travel agency. There is so much you can learn by working closely with travel agents. If you are interested in the profession, try to get a job doing something else in the office so you can pick up the trade while being there.

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    Participate in an advanced educational program to learn more about the career. You can specialize in a niche, such as adult travel, Cuba travel or family trips.

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