ANY ADVICE AS TO HOW I MIGHT TRY TO GET INTO THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE?

Q – I am thinking of joining the travel industry. Are there college classes I will need to take to get certified to offer travel counseling and handle people’s vacations?

A- The short answer is that the only requirement is that you must have spent an hour in an International House of Pancakes at least once in your life. The vast majority of travel agents are unlicensed and not, in any way certified. The more professional agents will take courses and seek product certification as they spend time in the industry.

The best path to a worthy entry into travel is to decide what kind of agency might come closest to meeting your interests and then find the very best one. See if the owner will hire you on as an intern in your area of interest. Don’t expect to handle clients for six months. 

There are going to be many opportunities for you so we want you to be optimistic. It is currently estimated that 42% of the travel consultants in the United States have left the profession in the past 36 months.