Travel Agent

Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips. They offer advice on destinations, plan trip itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients.


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Last Updated: November 14, 2014, 3:35 pm
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If you only had one place you could visit for the rest of your life, where would it be?
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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Sales
90%
Average
Provided
Two Weeks
40 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

A high school diploma typically is required for someone to become a travel agent. However, many employers prefer additional formal training as well. Good communication and computer skills are essential.

Work Environment

Travel agents work in offices, where they spend much of their time on the phone and on the computer. In some cases, busy offices or call centers may be noisy and crowded. Agents may face stress during travel emergencies or unanticipated schedule changes. Most travel agents work full time. Some work longer hours during peak travel times or when they must accommodate customers’ schedule changes and last-minute needs.

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Travel Agent Reviews

Jun 11, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I love customer service and need a challenge in my career and believe this career path would give me the motivation to succeed in the future.
What do you enjoy about being a Travel Agent?
I have never been a Travel Agent, but I love having one on one conversations with my customers and would be excited to give them a chance of having an amazing holiday.
Jul 8, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I love working with people to help them plan a happy experience and love to travel myself.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
To convince clients of the added value of my package.
Jul 10, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because I love travelling and the booking experience, I would love to be a part of that for someone else.
What do you enjoy about being a Travel Agent?
Adapting holidays to suit each individual customer and the satisfaction of knowing you have made them their perfect holiday.
What areas do you dislike about being a Travel Agent?
People regretting the holidays that you have recommended.
What special skills does it take to be a Travel Agent?
I have alot of experience within customer service, I am bubbly and friendly and can adapt to different personalities that I meet.
Jul 31, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because it is in line with my career and I want a challenging profession like this one.
What do you enjoy about being a Travel Agent?
I enjoy working hand in hand with customers, as well as exploring different destination and taking guest to different places.
What areas do you dislike about being a Travel Agent?
Nothing but being a travel agent is more challenging as it requires someone who is more determined.
What special skills does it take to be a Travel Agent?
Well, I have a relevant experience for the job and I am strongly motivated to work for your company.I fulfill all the requirements for the job. However, some other applicants do probably also fulfill it. I think that I am a nice guy and help to create a good atmosphere in the workplace. You can contact my previous employers to question about this.I believe that I bring success with me to the companies.
Aug 9, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because I have a passion for adventure and travel.
Travel Agent Interview Questions and Answers
Top
1. If you only had one place you could visit for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Top Answer
would try and climb mount everest to be able to look down and see the world from there
Second Best
Of course. I believe commission is such a great tool in motivating staff to really go out of their comfort zone and reach their potential. It's such an effective way of reaping rewards from hard work.
3.
Bora bora
4.
Australia.
5.
Disney land usa.
6.
I like to vist Telavive and Jeruslem.
7.
It would be Egypt because the culture is rich with diversity and the history interests me greatly because I was a ancient history major.
2. What are your favorite traveling destinations?
Top Answer
Europe..mauritius..italy.
Second Best
My favorite destination are palwan, cebu, ilocos and baguio.
3.
Europe ,gold coast.
4.
chandhigarh
5.
I enjoyed exploring Singapore, although id love to visit Europe, Greek Islands in the near future.
6.
Well my favourite travelling destination is Kilimanjaro.
7.
My favorite travel destination is Europe France and Italy.
3. What place do you love to recommend to clients?
Top Answer
Well, when I worked as a travel agent in Spain, I recomended the place that depends of their likes and preferences, but I always recommended a lot of times to visit this city, London. I was 7 seven years ago and continues being lovely.
Second Best
It would depend on what they tell me they like to do, after a few open ended questions I would give them a recommendation based on many factors including, previous travel experience, current travel desires, activity level, food requests, and budget.
3.
I would love to recomend to clients places i have visited as that will make the customer confident and at ease when traveling there.
4.
Italy, Dibi, Greece
5.
I will recomend them to go in the philippines , especially at palawan .. Of course palawan is the number one tourist destination as they declares :)
6.
Firstly I would like to get to know the client so as to be able to recommend something suitable. I have a wealth of knowledge in a range of areas so whatever the person's taste, I can assist them. For example, if live music in charming surrounds appeals to them, I could only suggest Covent Garden, London. Cobbled streets and live busking is a beautiful experience- and hopping into one of the trendy cocktail bars or restaurants wouldn't hurt!
7.
disney world MIAMI FLORIDA
4. In this business we work on commission, are you okay with this?
Top Answer
Yes im okay with that, being a travel agent it is very challenging to work under pressure ang commission based so that the employee will continue to work hard and always fin new ways to adopt to any situation that may come.
Second Best
Yes, I`m okey with this. It's very motivate for my and I like to work with something of pressure.
3.
It is ok with me as it encourages me to be the best travel consultant i can be at reaching my sales targets.
4.
Commision based salary is ok with me as it pushes me to be the best travel consultant i an be to reach our sales targets.
5.
ya..I am sure about this... commision is the important one in travel agent company.
6.
Yes Absolutely, a commission based gives one the opportunity to reach and break through targets, hence very satisfying financial rewards.
7.
Yes...as the business is running on comission am okay with it.
5. What advertising and promotions do you use to promote your name?
Best Answer
What advertising and promotions do you use to promote your name?
2.
word of mouth website newspapers college campus radio tv
3.
Direct mail; Word of mouth, get involved with community events.
4.
Do u have any working knowledge with tour operators and airline products.
6. What sales experience do you have?
Best Answer
I have been never into sales.
2.
Work as leisure agent in established travel agencies and more recently work as outside sales agent.
3.
I sell exceptionally well.
4.
Ive had over 20 years experience in the retail industry and i believe i have gained the knowledge and the understanding of how to be the best travel consultant there is to be.
5.
I will try my best for travel.
7. Tell me about the last itinerary tour package which you planned, described, arranged, and/or sold.
8. What do you like least about being a Travel Agent?
9. What do you like most about being a Travel Agent?
10. What are your career goals as a Travel Agent?
11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
12. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Travel Agent?
13. Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
14. Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
15. How would others describe you?
16. Do you have any previous experience as a Travel Agent?
17. Why should we consider you for this position?
18. Are you a detail oriented person? Give an example that demonstrates your attention to details.
19. How are your communication skills?
20. What is the most rewarding part of being a Travel Agent?
21. How do you handle difficult customers?
22. What is the most difficult part of being a Travel Agent?
23. What are your 3 greatest weaknesses?
24. What are your 3 greatest strengths?
25. Provide an example when your ethics were tested.