Travel Industry FAQs
Embarking on a new career in an unfamiliar industry can be daunting. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the travel industry.
Travel Agencies still exist, really?
Yes and no…travel agents of days past were known primarily for making flight reservations and booking vacation plans requested by their clients. Technology now provides 24/7 access to information about anything and everything, so these “order takers” are no longer needed. Travel Advisors, on the other hand, are in high demand for their knowledge and ability to customize planning based on a traveler’s priorities and wishes.
Travel Agent, Travel Advisor…what’s the difference?
A travel agent is someone who takes orders and books what is requested. A travel advisor is someone who gets to know their clients intimately by listening to their daily struggles and desires so that they can proactively make recommendations, provide them with well thought out vacation options, and maximize their time and money.
How do I enter this exciting industry?
There are training programs in various forms, which can be beneficial, but we feel like hands-on training is the best way to learn. Specifically, Global Escapes’ vision and purpose are unique, and we’ve finely honed our consulting process over many years of practical experience. We invite you to do the same!
How much can I expect to earn?
Many factors play into your earning potential, but the most important is your own drive and willingness to learn. Like most things in life, “you get out of it what you put into it.” We’ll help you get there, but the degree to which you succeed financially is up to you.
What is a typical day like?
We don’t sugarcoat the facts – it’s hard work, but incredibly fulfilling. Normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but our senior advisors often work beyond those hours in order to serve our clients as needed.
How much can I expect to travel?
It is important that you see, touch, taste, and experience the destinations you work with so you can identify the right choices for clients. After the first 12 months as a team member, you will earn the opportunity to travel on educational itineraries. These opportunities will require inspecting hotels and acquiring destination knowledge for use in future travel planning. It is a true learning immersion, both in terms of the destination at hand and in learning the ropes within the travel industry.
Will I be a good fit?
Are you a self-starter who takes initiative, focuses on details, loves to solve problems, and does it all with a smile? Do you have excellent verbal and written communication skills, act with integrity, and thrive under pressure? If so, you might want to delve a little deeper into the possibilities. Check out our Careers page.
How can I apply? Please, no phone calls or walk-ins. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.