Image via WikipediaIf you love to travel, meet new people, and discover new places then a job as a travel counselor might be very well suited to you. As a travel counselor, you would advise client about travel destinations and help them book flights and make other travel arrangements. You would need to consider cost and time among other things. When you get them excited about their travel plans, they will be excited about working with you!
One of the advantages of being a travel agent is that you get to go on trips yourself and you will get discounted rates.
Some of the qualities you need to be a great travel counselor include:
- Excellent customer service skills
- Passion about travel
- Attention to detail
- Computer skills
- Internet skills
- Numeracy skills
- Thinking skills
To be a travel agent you will need a high school diploma/equivalent and you will likely need to obtain a degree from a college that offers Travel and Tourism courses. You may take some public relations courses as part of your training and you will learn how to best care for your customers. As a travel counselor you will need to use the computer often to make price comparisons and find the best deal for your clients, as well as to fill in proper forms.
Robertson College has Travel Counselor courses staring on May 9th/2011, in Winnipeg, and in Calgary classes are starting March 21st/2011.