Last week I wrote an article on why it’s actually pretty darn hard being a travel agent these days. But this week, just to be fair, I’m going to talk about why it’s also really easy…

Of course, it’s not like agents just get to travel all the time and make heaps of money, despite what the general public may think. But you guys have it pretty good when you actually think about it.

I mean, you get to hang out with legendary colleagues and members of the public, you get to help people discover parts of this amazing world, and you get discounted and sometimes free travel – YAY!

But let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few reasons why it’s actually pretty freaking easy being a travel agent these days…

 

1. YOU GET TO TALK ABOUT TRAVEL ALL DAY LONG!

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If travelling is a passion of yours, then being a travel agent is definitely easy, as you’ll get to talk about what you love doing all day long – it won’t feel like work at all. Moreover, you’ll always be surrounded by positivity in the work place because everyone loves going on holiday and therefore your customers will generally be in a good mood when they come and see you.

Indeed, no one really walks into your store or sends an enquiry to your inbox lamenting over the fact that they need to go on a holiday, right?

Now contrast this with working in a dental office; or in a law firm; or in a paper factory? Imagine having to talk about paper all day long and then try and sell the .08mm matte finish over the glossy .05mm?

Now that’s boring!

 

2. THEY’RE PRACTICALLY GIVING OUT TRAVEL AGENT JOBS

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Unlike some jobs that require a three year degree and heaps of experience, landing an entry-level travel agent position is actually pretty easy. And there’s tons of them too! Just check out our KarryOn Jobs website…

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Of course, requirements are different if you’re wanting to go out on your own as a personal travel manager or Travel Counsellor, but generally speaking, you won’t need significant sales or travel experience to get the job. All you need is the right attitude, a passion for travel, and to get through some in-house training, and soon enough you’ll be turning travel dreams into reality!

 

3. SELLING A HOLIDAY IS ACTUALLY PRETTY EASY…

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Everyone wants a holiday, and they pretty much self themselves. So it’s not like you’ll somehow have to figure out how to sell something to someone that they don’t actually want.

Indeed, the appeal of spending five nights on a tropical island in some exotic destination where the price of a cocktail is a third of what you pay at home; or the allure of finally seeing the Coliseum or the Parthenon or Big Ben isn’t hard to sell.

And the best thing is that tourism boards and marketing companies have done pretty much all the selling for you – most people come into your store already knowing where it is they want to go, and all you need to do is get them there.

The only hard part is convincing the customer to book with you and not somebody else.

But then we didn’t say that being a travel agent wasn’t hard as well…

Do you think being a travel agent is easy? Hit us up with some of your thoughts in the comments below…