Can I be honest? This is the scariest thing I have done yet. I have worked tirelessly for the last few year to build my company from scratch. I have hired people to help with certain projects and I have an amazing VA (virtual assistant) to help with certain day-to-day tasks as well. But I am finally ready to add one or maybe two more TRAVEL AGENTS to the Love at First Travel team. This is a part-time, commission-based position. Because of laws and restrictions beyond my control, this position is only open to residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North West Territories, Yukon, Nova Scotia and PEI.
More Details about the position and how to apply at the end of this post!
How to Become a Destination Wedding Travel Agent
Although I am sharing a lot about what I did, I also included things to consider if you are thinking this might be the dream job. It really is a dream job by the way. It is also one of the most stressful jobs in the entire wold. I just want to be completely upfront with you about what you are in for if you do choose to pursue this as a career.
I Became a Travel Agent FIRST.
How to Become a Travel Agent
How You Get Paid
Or, Become a Wedding Planner First.
Destination Wedding Travel Agent vs. Destination Wedding Planner
Education is SO important.
The most important quality to have is to ALWAYS be learning. I personally got a bachelor degree from the University of Alberta before I opened my business. I majored in psychology (and it does come in handy every now and again 😉) but a bachelor degree is definitely not a necessity! What is DID teach me though was how to work HARD and how to be RESOURCEFUL.
Other than formal education, I also had about a million jobs while I was in university. If this isn’t a tell tale sign of an entrepreneur, I don’t know what is! And I have learned a LOT about customer service and it has served me so well. One of my favourite memories was during a “pre-shift” meeting at earl’s on New Years Eve. I remember it so clearly. My manager at the time gave us all some serious real talk.
I know we do this everyday. I know you may have your own NYE plans after this. You may have something going in your life. Let’s just remember that for some of our customers – this is their big night out. Some of them don’t get a chance to go out all the time and this is THEIR New Years. Let’s do everything we can to make it as special as possible for them.
I think I will carry this lesson with me forever. It’s ALWAYS about the client. It’s ALWAYS about making their experience with me as special as possible. And every side job has taught me something new so even though it isn’t formal education – the experience as been invaluable.
The reason this industry is full of AMAZING and AWFUL (real talk!) travel agents is that you need to be SUPER SELF-MOTIVATED to get Education. Although I got basic education from my host agency, I did a majority of training on my own. A few examples of courses I took (and paid for!) are the DWHSA Romance Travel Specialist Course (I also followed up with their DWHSA Bootcamp this year) and The Firefly Method for Wedding Planners.
On top of a few SOLID courses, I have probably watched over 1000 webinars from my computer. Many suppliers have trainings as well (Sandos Smart Agents, AMResort Master Agents, Royal Caribbean WOW Specialist, etc). I attend as many industry events that come to Edmonton as I possibly can. I also TRAVEL as much as possible so I can personally see hotels & destinations that I sell. If you really are planning on starting your own business, please be prepared to invest in yourself. I am not even counting all of the business specific training I have taken!
Find a mentor. On top of trainings, one of the most invaluable things I did for my business was find a mentor. Learning how she does destination weddings was more valuable than anything I could have learned myself online. Business happens in real time so find a mentor you trust and who is willing and happy to help. Be grateful for them too because this industry can be crazy and they are likely very busy.
Because of laws and restrictions beyond my control, this position is only open to residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North West Territories, Yukon, Nova Scotia and PEI.
In case you are reading this for more information on the position available at Love at First Travel – here it is! I am really excited to take this next step in my business. I am really looking for someone who will be equally as excited. In case you are new around here, I don’t do things the “typical” way and this is no exception. For this job posting, I am going to start with a list of reasons why this may NOT be the job for you:
- You will be considered an independent contractor. This means that although you don’t need traditional “business” costs like a website, business licence, etc, you do still have costs. You can expect about a $400 investment for training & set up costs and $40/month in service fees.
- The job is commission based and you are paid commission AFTER the client returns home from their vacation/wedding. For destination weddings, this means you get paid 12-18 months after you “start” the work.
- Because of the pay structure above, you will start part-time. Realistically, I would want you to budget anywhere from 1-4 years before earning a full-time income.
Still reading? You just might be the perfect fit :). Email me at email@example.com for more details and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have at this point! I can’t wait!