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How to Become a Travel Agent (AKA Rockstar!)

You found it – the most exciting and fulfilling career anywhere. Well, we think so. You’re embarking on an amazing journey that is both personally fulfilling and financially rewarding! If you wish to become a successful travel agent, this is where you start.

Since the landscape of starting your own travel agency (and booking travel!) has changed massively over the last few years, it’s crucial that you understand the commitment, focus and soft skills necessary to attract clients, curate, book and manage consumer travel.

Thriving in the travel industry

Thriving in the travel industry involves a combination of the right motivation (this is NOT about your personal travel, free travel or discounts), ability to learn in a variety of ways (mostly online), attention to detail and business commitment.

We want everyone to feel the buzz of making unforgettable travel memories for their clients. That’s why we’d like you to take a few minutes to complete the following application, so we can learn more about you and what drives you to become a travel agent and join the travel industry. This will allow us to determine your abilities to be a successful Rockstar in the business – even if it’s part-time!

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What’s So Fabulous About TPI?

Yeah, there are lots of ways to become a travel agent online, but there’s no Host Travel Agency out there like us. We get your go-getter, hard-charging, nonstop-till-you-reach-the-top attitude because that’s exactly how we roll. We’ll provide you with innovative travel agency marketing tools and techniques, as well as the best travel agency software (including robust travel agency back office software technology) to accelerate your success. As one of our Rockstars, whether you’re a newbie or have got thousands of dollars of bookings under your belt, partnering with us will take your travel agency business to the next level and then some.


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Commission Without Us

When you go in alone, you don’t get the same benefits as when you partner with us.  Not only do you have to wait for your piddly commission checks to come from numerous suppliers, but only a small percentage of what you worked so hard for comes back to you.


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Commission With Us

With us as your Host Agency, you get more money in your pocket. All of your hard work booking trips for your clients deserves a better cut. Depending on your level of commitment to us, no matter what level it is, you’ll end up getting more than double the commission than if you didn’t use us as your Host Agency, and you get one big check twice a month. Easy Money. What’s not to like?


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Don’t Stress. Just Jump In. We Got You.

Information overload? Yeah, we know becoming a travel agent seems like it could be a pipe dream if you are new to the business, but that’s simply not the case when you’ve got us. When you are a member of the TPI Family of Rockstars, you can leave all the questions and doubt behind, because we’ve got your back. You do you, and we’ll so support you. As a Rockstar, you get:

  • Office Staff Support (They Work 9 AM – 6 PM M-F for You)
  • 24/7 Support from Our Community of Fellow Rockstars
  • Lots of Help with Promotions from Our Preferred Suppliers and Consortia, Signature Travel Group
  • Accounting, CRM, & Marketing Software to Keep You Organized
Travel Planners International comes with a slew of community support that's available to you 24/7
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Joining TPI has been one of the best decisions I could have made for my business.

Rockstar Success Stories

I've worked incredibly hard to get to where I am today, and it's nice to know I have a company like TPI supporting me as I continue to make my place in the travel industry.

Theresa Chu-Bermudez
Get Out Custom Travels

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Being a home-based travel agent is a good side hustle if you love travel, problem solving, and the idea of being your own boss. We recommend working with a host agency like us as a resource for support. We have the expertise and ability to help you successfully start your new small business.

  • While no formal school is required, you need to complete industry training. We help you access this training and the steps after it. We help you with everything from how to book a flight to how to build an entire vacation!

  • Your first step is completing your industry training. Consider partnering with a host agency to guide you through the process of developing necessary tools. As a TPI Rockstar, we help you jumpstart your training process and grow along with you.

  • The biggest perks of being a travel agent include being your own boss, growing as a small business owner, sharing your passion for travel, and connecting with people to help them create a lifetime of memories!

  • To be a successful travel agent, you need an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for travel and strong attention to detail. You also need skills with customer service, sales, marketing, and business.

  • Yes! Consumers look for a guide to help them plan the best experience. Travel advisors have the expertise to make this happen. You have the ability to grow your own business by sharing your love of travel.

  • You need to find the best home-based travel agency business for you and your needs. Research how long they have been in business, what kind of support and training they offer, their travel partner connections, their commission split structures, and their community. You don’t want to get into this industry alone.

  • The most important job of a travel agent is helping clients plan their dream vacation and remove the stress of travel. They provide professional reviews and insight to match the right travel experience with the client’s goals. They book transportation, accommodations, experiences, cruises, and services.

  • Being a travel agent can be hard work every day of the week. However, honing your skills and expertise and working with a host agency can help so you’re never alone. The rewards of owning your own business and helping others make memories make the hard work worth it!

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