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Take it From a Travel Advisor: Real Advice From Real Advisors


When it comes to advice, we know that nothing beats firsthand insights and guidance from the professionals. That's why we've asked Independent Agents in the Avoya Network™ to share their wealth of wisdom with us (and you). Whether you're just starting your travel advisor journey or a seasoned expert looking to reignite your spark, this blog will give you the inspiration you need.

Keep scrolling to read real advice from actual travel advisors!

What Should I Know Before Becoming a Travel Advisor?
Becoming a travel advisor can sometimes leave you feeling like a small fish in a big pond. That's why it's important to gain a solid understanding of the industry and the profession before diving in. For new advisors, many aspects of the travel industry may come as a surprise, like how often policies and processes change or how the volume of sales varies depending on the season.

“One piece of advice I would give to aspiring travel advisors is that there are highs and lows,” says Sharon Krol, Owner of Journey Life Travel, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network. “Enjoy and celebrate your wins and find someone to celebrate those wins with you. During the low times, take time to reevaluate, reflect and improve going forward. Surround yourself with like-minded travel advisors and network!”

At Avoya Travel©, we'll be by your side for the highs, lows and everything in-between. The travel industry can be fast-paced and unpredictable at times, but you can trust that our support will remain steady through it all. Whether you need a helping hand or a high-five, you can always turn to us! You'll also be surrounded by a network of over 1,900 travel enthusiasts, like Sharon, who are always willing to listen and assist in any way they can.

How Do I Build a Connection with My Clients?
Making your first few bookings can be exciting, but it can also be intimidating. How can you form genuine connections with these customers, so they trust you with all their future travel plans? According to Bill Callaghan, Owner of Callaghan Travel, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, the secret is being friendly and respectful!

“I would advise aspiring travel advisors to treat every client with the same respect, professionalism and friendliness, regardless of their travel need or request,” Bill says.

Building rapport with your clients also comes from adding value to their vacation planning experience. Independent Agents in the Avoya Network do this by sharing local secrets for the destinations their customers will be visiting, providing expert advice that makes traveling as easy as possible and going the extra mile to ensure every aspect of their client's trip is perfect. Julia Liess, Owner of Next Phase Travel, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, loves giving her clients unique advice to maximize their relaxation time on vacation.

“The best piece of advice I've ever given to my clients is to send out some laundry toward the end of your cruise,” Julia says. “You will pack clean clothes that can go back into your drawers instead of the laundry basket.”

Not only would a first-time cruiser love this advice, but they would always remember the travel advisor that shared it with them! That's what it's all about.

Real Advice From Real Advisors

How Can Avoya Help Me Run My Travel Business?
We know there's plenty of travel partners out there so we're extra thankful for the travel advisors that join the Avoya Network. If you're currently searching for the perfect travel partner, you may be wondering what sets Avoya apart from the others and how we're empowering modern travel advisors. Well, we could tell you all about Agent Power™, Live Leads™ or any of our other industry-leading resources, but don't just take our word for it.

Vikki Rodriguez, Owner of VK Travel Concierge LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, uses our technology platform every day and says, “Agent Power is my all-in-one resource for running a successful travel agency. It helps me organize my day, provides the resources to find answers to my questions and lets me focus on creating unforgettable travel experiences.”

Our technology isn't the only thing that can streamline your daily operations, though. “The education options and the support team are awesome,” says Tracy Martino, Owner of Tropical Dreamz Vacations, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network. It's true! We have the highest support ratio in the industry and an award-winning education program that was developed by industry experts. If you're looking for a host agency that's committed to your growth and professional development, look no further. You've found us!

What is the Best Part About Being a Travel Advisor?
Let's face it, we're all explorers at heart, craving our next big adventure. For most people, when it's time to begin planning that trip, you're the first person they'll turn to! That's what makes being a travel advisor so rewarding. You help create unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

“My favorite thing about being a travel advisor is that I love travel, so if I am not booking for myself, I enjoy researching and helping someone else with their travel plans,” says Nancy Freedman, Owner of Sea and Do Travel, LLC, an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network. “I enjoy speaking with people and making them feel comfortable and excited about their upcoming trip.”

Your passion for travel is infectious and you have the unique opportunity to ignite that same passion in others. When times get hard and you're feeling stressed, it's important to remember things like this and to reconnect with the inspiration that made you want to become a travel advisor in the first place!

Feeling Motivated?
Well, there you have it - invaluable advice straight from the experts themselves. Whether you're taking the first steps towards becoming a travel advisor or you're four years into your journey, allow the wisdom and advice shared in this blog to illuminate your path and inspire a bit of wonder in your daily routine.

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