The Time Has Come

As they say, all good things come to an end. I have been helping people become successful home-based travel agents for some 25 years. When I started, the very idea of the “home-based travel agent” was controversial within the industry. The concept (and me along with it!) was attacked in the travel trade press. Today,…

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Mass Tourism and the Home-Based Travel Agent

mass tourism cruise ship

Mass tourism is booming across the globe and a lot of people are unhappy about it. Reactions to mass tourism can be found in many places around the globe. Here are just a few: There have been protests in Venice. Barcelona is up in arms. Other parts of Spain have declared a “war on tourists.”…

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Independent Contractors Are The New Travel Agents

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Independent contractors (a.k.a. home-based travel agents) continue to gain ground in the travel agent community. That’s the good word from an interview with Diane Petras, president of The Travel Institute. It seems The Travel Institute conducted a study: According to “The Changing Face of Travel Agents,” conducted between Nov. 30 and Dec. 29, 2017, 62…

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Picking The Right Cabin For Your Cruise Clients Can Make You a Hero

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Picking the right cabin for your cruise clients is sometimes not as easy as you might think. I was reminded of this when I saw an article from Australia on this very topic. Its guidelines are pretty much common sense but worth reminding ourselves of anyway. For me, and I think for many travel agents,…

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Vacation Time Increasing For Americans

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by Kelly Monaghan “Americans Are Vacationing More Now Than At Any Point Since 2010” read the headline in the travel trade press. Vacation time is the lifeblood of most travel agencies, so that is great news for travel agents. Your current clients, your prospects, and folks in your town you’ve never met haven’t been this…

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Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course Updated

home-based travel agent course

As you probably know, the travel business is constantly changing and evolving. That’s why I update the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course on a regular basis. When you invest in the course, you have access to all future updates. So I am pleased to announce that the latest version of the course has now been…

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Emergency Abroad. Who Ya Gonna Call?

homer's emergency

by Kelly Monaghan If your clients encounter an emergency abroad it can be a profoundly unsettling experience. Of course, you have sold everyone you send on any trip, overseas or not, appropriate travel insurance. You have haven’t you? Good. That way, when an emergency abroad happens, your clients will have protection. However, any emergency abroad…

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Americans Spend $100 Billion On Summer Travel

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Summer Travel Is Hot, Hot, HOT. by Kelly Monaghan Summer travel is the lifeblood of most travel agents, so the results of a recent survey about summer travel plans by a major insurer should be music to your ears. For the first time, Americans will spend more that $100 billion on summer travel — $101.1…

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Million Dollar Travel Agents

million dollar travel agents make bags of money

You can learn a lot from million dollar travel agents by Kelly Monaghan TravelAge West and Travel Weekly recently hosted a conference in Las Vegas that featured a round table of million dollar travel agents. I was pleased to see that among them was Beci Mahnken, of MEI Travel, who got started in her career…

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Have you ever been charged with DUI?

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by Kelly Monaghan “Have you ever had a DUI?” Wow! Asking someone if they’ve ever been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol is a pretty nervy thing for a travel agent to do. After all, is this the sort of thing that one person asks another — out of a clear blue sky…

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