Who says you can't work and travel at the same time? Picture this: you're sipping a hot cup of coffee in a quaint European cafe, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of life in a foreign city. Or perhaps you're lounging on a pristine beach in Bali, soaking up the sun and the sound of the waves. Wherever you are in the world, as an Independent Travel Advisor in the Avoya Network™, you have the freedom to take your office wherever you please.
The Avoya Network is a community of independent travel advisors who have found the perfect balance between work and play. Whether they're exploring the stunning landscapes of the Midwest from the comfort of a cozy motor home or booking a client's dream vacation after a thrilling zip-lining adventure in Costa Rica, these agents have discovered the key to success and adventure.
But don't just take our word for it. We surveyed the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to get some insight into their work habits while they travel, and a staggering 85% of survey respondents travel for pleasure more than three times per year. Additionally, 85% of respondents log onto Agent Power™, Avoya's innovative technology that allows you to seamlessly operate your business from your home office to on the go, at least once a day to run their travel business while traveling for pleasure. There's no doubt about it, these folks have spontaneity running through their veins!
Ready to join in on the fun? As an Independent Travel Advisor in the Avoya Network, you'll be equipped with the necessary resources to take your business anywhere in the world. The beauty of being an independent travel advisor is that you have the flexibility to create your own schedule and work from wherever you please. So why not take advantage of this freedom and explore the world while you work?
So where in the world is the Avoya Network? Are they really traveling the world and making a killer profit while doing so? Short answer - yes! So, get your magnifying glasses out and buckle in, because we’re about to take a trip around the globe to spotlight just a few of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network who have found the professional freedom to work from some incredible locations all around the world.
First stop, Costa Rica! As travel becomes increasingly accessible and remote work becomes more common, it's no surprise that many travel enthusiasts are taking their work on the road. Take Brando Quinn for example, Owner of Brando's Fun N' Sun Travel, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network. Quinn has found the sweet spot between travel and work, running his travel business from multiple ocean and river cruise cabins, as well as hotel rooms around the world. He even booked a cruise while zip-lining in Costa Rica! "My affiliation with Avoya Travel® has allowed my agency to thrive, even while traveling with my wife to world-renowned areas of the world!" says Quinn.
Jeni Schrimsher, Owner of Voyages by Jeni LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, embarked on an unforgettable journey with her family in Edinburgh, Scotland. For two months, they immersed themselves in the rich culture and stunning landscapes of Europe while Jeni seamlessly managed her travel agency with Avoya's Agent Power in their rented apartment. As if that wasn't enough, Jeni also led a large tour group to the historic 150th Open at St. Andrews and another group on a thrilling Baltic cruise. The challenges of working remotely were no match for Jeni and her innovative approach to travel planning. "It was an incredible adventure for our family," said Schrimsher, "I am so glad I was able to keep my agency, Voyages By Jeni, going using Agent Power." For Jeni and her family, this was more than just a trip. It was a life-changing adventure full of excitement, professional freedom and priceless memories.
Musician and travel enthusiast Sarah Weiner, Owner of Oyster Travel and Tours, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, has found the freedom to maintain her successful travel business while pursuing her passion for music. While on tour with an orchestra in Germany, Weiner was able to log on to her dashboard in Agent Power in the evenings and take care of her clients from her laptop. "I'm a musician and I was on tour with an orchestra in Germany. I was able to run my business and take care of my clients while I was in Europe!" said Weiner. This talented agent is not only well-versed in the world of travel but also in the oboe, playing performances such as “Bach as it was originally heard”.
"My laptop goes where I go.” said Tony Sasso, Owner of Tony's Travel Biz, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network. Sasso was onboard the Celebrity Beyond for the 2022 Avoya Travel Conference when he booked two more Celebrity cruises and instantly received extra onboard credit for himself due to the bookings! "Talk about instant feedback and gratification!" boasts Tony as he enjoyed his time aboard the ship. Sasso took the leap to share his passion for adventure and join the travel industry after serving in the Military. "I flew in the Air Force for 20 years and I worked for the airlines for 26 years," said Sasso. "Since I have been all around the world, I enjoy sending people to places all around the world as well." Tony Sasso has since reached an impressive sales record of over $1 million in gross sales in only one year! Like Sasso, Military veterans make exceptional travel advisors. If this sounds like you, check out our blog, Life After the Military: Why Starting a Travel Agency Is a Good Fit for Veterans to learn how you can succeed in the travel industry, and save money while doing it!
MaryAnn Skyler, Owner of EverGlow Travel, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, is no stranger to adventure and has been able to work from everywhere she's been, including a Viking Ocean cruise to Turkey and Greece with a Cappadocia pre-sail extension that included three nights in a cave hotel and a sunrise hot air balloon ride! Skyler said, "I've booked trips, made final payments, checked my calendar and sent emails and quotes. I can do everything whilst traveling with Avoya's resources that I can do from my home office!" We're proud to support her as she explores her own passion for travel!
Doris Blatchford, Owner of Unpack Once and Done LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, is a travel enthusiast who values staying connected with her clients while on the go. "We always take our laptops on cruises with us," said Blatchford with excitement. 'We worked for three weeks in the Caribbean last spring, to our timeshare destinations almost every month last year, our cruise in March to Mexico and will take it with us on our cruise in June to Alaska. We like to always be available for our clients." Her dedication to providing excellent service knows no boundaries as she's always ready to work from any location to make sure her clients have the most unforgettable experience.
That concludes our trip around the world – for now! As we end our global tour, it's clear that resources provided by Avoya Travel truly offer a stamp on travel advisors' passport to professional freedom, giving independent travel advisors the flexibility to create their own schedules and work from wherever they please and all over the world. Thanks to the revolutionary advancements in technology and internet access with Agent Power, Avoya's proprietary SAAS technology, being a travel advisor no longer requires being glued to an office seat. With Agent Power available via phone, web or mobile app, the opportunity to work from anywhere while traveling the world is quite literally at your fingertips. This one-stop-shop has everything you need to run your business, whether at home or on the go, including a built-in CRM, accounting and commission tracking software, integrated search and booking engines, calendars, client records and more. That's why over 94% of survey respondents believe that Agent Power has made remote work life possible for them!
But it's not just about the freedom to work from anywhere, it's also about the community of like-minded travel enthusiasts that you become a part of when you join the Avoya Network. As an Independent Agent in the Avoya Network, you'll have access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise from fellow independent agents, as well as the unrivaled support and resources of the Avoya team.
So, where will travel take you? If you're a lover of travel and crave the freedom to work from anywhere in the world, then becoming an Independent Travel Advisor in the Avoya Network might just be the perfect fit for you. Don't let your dreams of seeing the world pass you by, join the Avoya Network and make them a reality! To learn more, fill out the form below to get connected with a specialist and start the conversation today. We're thrilled to help you explore the world and your professional goals!