Why you should become an Independent Travel Agent

Why you should become an Independent Travel Agent

If you love travel, then why not make a career of it? People who work in travel and tourism have a passion for travel and a commitment to helping other travellers make the most of their holiday. The Global Travel Group is not like any other home working or travel franchise company. We have been creating and developing successful Travel businesses for over 20 years.

The Industry

The travel industry is huge, and there is a plethora of opportunities to be had in this exciting space. The travel and tourism industry contributes approximately US $2trillion directly to global GDP, which equates to 2.8%. To put this in perspective, the travel industry is roughly twice the size of the automotive manufacturing industry! In Europe alone there are more than 10 million people employed in travel and tourism, and globally there are more than 255 million!

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The Couple Who Quit Their Ad Jobs to Travel the World Ended Up Poor and Scrubbing Toilets

You remember Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, the South African couple who quit their agency jobs this year to travel the world and document the experience. It sounded like a dream, and the lovely Instagram photos have made it look like one.

But halfway through their year-long odyssey (they’re currently in Athens, having traveled 25,000 kilometers so far), they’ve posted a reality check on their blog—a post titled “Why We Quit Our Jobs In Advertising To Scrub Toilets”—in which they share “the uglier side of our trip.” It turns out that following one’s dream—while working odd jobs in exchange for room and board—involves a lot of dirty work, and more than a few tears.

“The budget is really tight, and we are definitely forced to use creativity (and small pep talks) to solve most of our problems (and the mild crying fits),” Cartell writes. “Don’t let the bank of gorgeous photography fool you. Nuh uh. So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shoveled, 60 meters of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished.

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How to Find Cheap Round the World Flights

As I mentioned last week, I’m getting ready to head off on a round the world adventure! So today I’m sharing my itinerary, how much I paid for my flights, and most importantly – my tips for how to find cheap round the world flights. I hope I can show you that travel is not always as expensive as you’d imagine and help inspire you to plan your own adventure – whatever your budget!

For a good chunk of my twenties, I worked as a travel agent and the one part of the job I absolutely loved was creating complex flight itineraries. Fun fact about me – I’m a creative thinker and I create complicated solutions to simple problems, which turns out to be a handy skill when planning flights.

Airfares don’t always make sense; the cheapest way to get from A to B might involve going from A -> D -> F -> B! But if your end goal is to go on an amazing adventure, more twists and turns just mean more awesome, right? So if you’re planning a big adventure (or maybe just wondering what might be possible in the future) please read on!

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5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent for Visiting Cuba

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Although Cuba is only 235 miles from Miami, it can be extremely frustrating to plan a trip there without the help of a travel agent. I’m so used to booking my own flights and organizing my travel that it was strange to turn to an agent for help, but it was definitely a worthwhile move. Despite the new booking options you have as Cuba opens up for US travelers, it will still save you a lot of time and hassle to use an agent — and here’s why. (Except where noted, all photos by Julio Gaggia.)

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