By Shaun Busuttil @shaunbusuttil03 Nov 2017So you’re walking past your local travel agency and you fantasise for a moment about strutting into work each day creating holidays and talking about your job to hotties at the pub each night of the week. You’d introduce yourself as a travel agent, talk about the current deals on offer, and basically charm the pants off them with tales of your exotic adventures around the world. Then, the next day, you’d leave one of your business cards on the bed, with a personal note to “call me.” But hold your horse there matey! Do you really have what it takes to be a travel agent? Let’s dumb things down for a minute and look at five characteristics and skills you’d totally need to be a travel agent in this day and age… 1. YOU NEED TO BE THICK-SKINNED Okay, so you wanna be a travel agent? But you’re a little too sensitive? Well, you better toughen up there buttercup, because you’re going to be on the receiving end of some pretty gnarly verbal abuse from time to time. Thankfully, it’s only rare that you’ll have to put up with irate customers calling you every blasphemous name in the book, but when they do, you’ll need to thicken up that skin of yours. Oh, and your fellow agents poking fun at the way you danced at last week’s boozed-up industry night? Yeah, you’ll need to laugh that off too. Just blame it on the booze. Honestly, it’s a miracle they even remember… 2. YOU NEED TO BE A DRINKER Three months. Maybe four. That’s about how long it takes even the most dedicated teetotaller to turn into a raging booze hound once they’ve entered the alcohol-fuelled travel industry. Sober travel agents? Ha! Give me a break! 3. YOU NEED TO BE A SNACKAHOLIC Inside every travel agents top drawer will be the fuel that keeps them going throughout the day. No, we’re not talking about that mysterious bag of white powder they found in their suitcase when flying back from Bogota. Because agents don’t do that stuff. But they do do chocolate. And chips. And more chocolate! They’re basically snackaholics. And if you want to be a travel agent, you’ll need to be one too! 4. YOU NEED TO MASTER THE FAKE SMILE So it’s 9am on a Saturday morning and you can’t even remember how the hell you got home last night. But now you’re at work and there’s a married couple sitting in front of you um-ing and ah-ing about whether they’d prefer to stay at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort or the QT for their romantic escape to the Gold Coast. You’d rather be in the back room hurling last night’s regrets away in the kitchen sink, but you can’t – you’re working. So instead, you plaster on that fake smile of yours and nod away like you actually care, and think nice, happy thoughts. 5. YOU NEED TO BE A WORKAHOLIC Unlike other jobs where there’s a correlation between the amount of time you’re at the office and your paycheque at the end of the month, travel agents need to sell to make their money. This means that you’ll basically be working ALL THE TIME as you work to meet and then exceed your monthly targets, hold onto clients so they don’t book with someone else, and basically deal with all the inevitable hiccups that arise when working in the travel industry. No wonder travel agents turn to the booze! What else do you need to be? Tell us in the comments below… Other stories you may like DREAMTIME: Excite help Agents re-kindle their clients’ imaginations CLIENTS AT FIRST SIGHT: New TV show aims to help agents find clients for life UNMISSABLE: Wed 21 March = BIG Prizes, epic food & drinks, Art vs Science’s Dan Mac + YOU!