Every Tuesday for years, I’ve always enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations in the Travel Agent Diaries. A year ago, I went back and forth, wondering if I could do it. Sometimes you just have to have a leap of faith and jump in with both feet – I’m so glad I did it! The process made me think… monthly, about how to improve my business. Read the rest of this entry »
September and October are a busy couple of months for me. As it always is in this industry, it’s trying to find the balance between everything we have to do and still get it done.
Autumn is the time of year that tour operators do their product launches for the upcoming winter season. There are days that I could be at one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been 2 years since I’ve been working from home as an independent consultant. As with most things, there are pros and cons. I’m still trying to adapt and figure out what works best for me.
One of the things that I really miss from working in an office with other consultants, is the ‘what do you think?’ situations. Any recent feedback on an all-inclusive resort? How do you reissue a ticket due to a schedule change? What was that cruise promotion that came out last week? Read the rest of this entry »
This past month I’ve been continuing my pursuit of training and education. Most of it was a refresher, but in every case I did learn something that I either didn’t know or had forgotten; and for some of the programs, there was a bonus commission for the next booking, so nothing was a waste of time. I also found some other venues of learning outside of the travel industry. It really is amazing what you can find on the Internet these days. Read the rest of this entry »
This past month has been a real test of being able to jump between tasks. Some days the phone didn’t ring and there were only a few emails as well. After a couple of days in a row like this, I was starting to worry about finances if things continued this way. Then the phone rang and the emails flowed! Read the rest of this entry »
Like it said in the Editorial Musings, I’m in the summer doldrums business-wise. If clients are going away for summer holidays, it’s done and for fall travel it’s just taking care of the final details and putting the documents together.
This is how I’ve been spending my workdays lately: Read the rest of this entry »
I recently did a test run of what I envisioned would be an option once I was working for myself. These days with technology, you can work anywhere and your clients don’t know if you’re in your home office or Timbuktu. So, I spent a long weekend visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Salt Lake City. Read the rest of this entry »
Tier One Travel is getting a new web site. The good news is that I don’t have to do any of the work to make it happen! It’s one of the benefits of being an independent consultant. All I have to do is write my bio and upload a headshot. Simple right? That’s where the bad news comes in. Well, maybe not bad, but definitely not as simple as I thought. Read the rest of this entry »
Here in Alberta, we’ve been feeling it financially. A lot of our economy is based on oil and gas, which is having tough times right now. There have been a lot of layoffs, which makes purchasing travel insurance a necessity. I’ve had a couple clients affected where we’re assessing the cancellation penalties before making the decision to cancel and hoping they find employment in the meantime. Even those who don’t work in the oil and gas field are being cautious with their spending. Read the rest of this entry »
I know this will date me, but I’ve been a travel agent since the days of calling the airline. The only classes were Y or B. Your hands cramped from writing those four coupon conjunction tickets—and we used a typewriter to prepare documents. I was fortunate that the agency where I did my travel school practicum hired me. Two Scotsmen who let me do a wee bit of everything owned it, so I learned a lot. After that I taught a travel course. I enjoyed inspiring my students to be successful in a profession I was passionate about. Read the rest of this entry »