Pro Travel Blogger?

The thought of getting paid to travel is to most people a fantasy yet the internet does make this a possible dream, if you are willing to pay the price of admission, which is commitment to the belief that you can do it. I don’t want to blow smoke up your exit port, it is not an easy job to do, or find, but do you need to do it full time? I would say that if you could stay out on the road twice a year for 2 to 6 weeks at a time, that you could do this part time and make a little money to offset your travel expenses.

So what do you need to begin?

A Travel Plan Man!

You need to be an expert and the way that you get to be an expert is to specialize. Here is the most important concept for longevity, do something you love. I love Asia and I love scuba diving, so I have two mutually cooperative travel objectives that I can work simultaneously. Asia has the best diving in the world. Travel Asia thoroughly and you will never see all of it. In 3 years of almost full time travel in Asia, I still have tons of stuff on my must see list, and the problem here is that the more you see, the more gets added to your list.

For instance Bali, I have been past Uluwatu several times and have never had time to stop, I know there is great surfing, ocean front resorts and beautiful gardens, but haven’t squeezed it in yet. Bali again, been to Tulamben several times and only 6 miles away is Amed again,lots of new stuff to see but haven’t been to yet. People go and stay weeks at a time in Amed and have a great time with the beaches and awesome muck diving, someday!

Research makes the job easier, the more you can do in advance will make you more efficient on the road. Having said that, being able to improvise and being open to new experiences is imperative. If all you are doing and seeing is stuff that others have all ready done and wrote about, what incentive is there for people to read your writings? I don’t care to read about stuff that everyone else has done.

Humans crave new data; we are primordially programmed to seek new as a survival instinct. This is why movies, newspapers, magazines and books will never go out existence, they will morph into disposable Ipads and we will get “GLICKED in” (Gaggle Link Implanted Cerebral K-node External for Data) (TM)pending, just kidding…..for now! But dissemination of information will always continue until the Gia concept manifest itself, but even then Gia will always need to look for new stuff! Heavy I know, but its cool man!

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The Pros and Cons of Tour Travelling

There are pros and cons to both taking a tour and to planning a trip on your own and being in control of your own destinations. I have done both and have enjoyed each one.

Pros of Tour Travelling:

– Everything is looked after for you, i.e.: your large pieces of luggage. You just have to look after your personal items and get where you’re supposed to be on time. When travelling on your own, you are in charge of all your luggage and it can be a lot of hard work depending on the type of travel and places you are going.

– Many of the meals are included. You don’t have to scout around or find suitable restaurants. For the meals not included, restaurants, or at least areas, will be recommended to you with suggestions of places to stay away from.

– You have a pretty good idea of what your trip is going to cost you. There will be extra costs but you can limit them because you know what they will be, i.e.: optional tours, the meals that are not included and of course, souvenir shopping and general spending money.

– You have many friendly (hopefully) travelling companions, especially if travelling on your own. And often there is the option of room sharing to cut down on the costs.

– When travelling in a group there can be a lot of laughter and camaraderie adding to the enjoyment of the trip. I definitely found this to be the case.

– Your various modes of transportation have been taken care of for you. You don’t need to find out train schedules and prices, metro stations and if in a foreign country, how to get along with a language unfamiliar to you. All will be taken care of for you.

– There are explanations and historical commentary about the areas you are travelling through. It’s always nice to get to know the area you are travelling in. Tour travel means you will know without having to search it out for yourself either before your trip or after.

– The included meals are usually quite good and almost always includes breakfast and many of the dinners.

– Besides the optional tours you can choose to take, being on a tour includes many interesting places you may not have been able to get to on your own or have known about. An example of this was when we were in the Outback of Australia and we went into the bush and had dinner; when we were able to try some bush food of the variety that the Aboriginals eat, and the opportunity to be able to try and throw a boomerang.

– During free time, you have the option of staying with your tour group or of exploring on your own. The choice is there to be able to do what you want.

The Cons of Tour Travelling:

– The destinations may not be exactly what you would have chosen on your own. Tours include certain areas, i.e.: you may go to a particular park, a certain area in the city or a factory that you may not have wished to do had you been on your own.

– The trip is generally more rushed than it may be if you were travelling on your own. You are more in control of your travel decisions if you have planned your own trip.

– You have the opportunity to change your mind about what you’re going to do on any given day and do something else. You are more able to be a free spirit.

– Your time is your own and your decision whether to spend the day relaxing on some wonderful beach you’ve just found or enjoying other experiences. When travelling with a tour group you don’t have this opportunity. You go where they go, when they go, or you get left behind.

– You can better make the decision about how you are going to spend your money. When travelling on your own, you may decide to stay at budget hotels or even hostels which is not done when travelling with a tour group. You may decide that by doing this, you’ll have extra money to be able to see more of the sights. This is also the case when travelling by train and public transportation versus flying or going on tour coach buses.

For myself, visits to different countries would determine which way I decide to travel. I think on a trip to African and going on safaris, or if going to Brazil, I would choose to join a tour group. But if I was going to visit Ireland and Scotland, I would rather plan my own trip, choosing my own places to stop and possibly rent a car for travelling. Any decision would have to be, by necessity, based also on whether it is a single person, a couple or a family and even the age of the travellers would need to be a consideration.

When I went to Europe with my daughter-in-law, we planned our own trip, staying in hostels and travelling on public transportation. It worked well for us. The only tour we signed up with was one to Pompeii. Both ways of travel, however, have their pros and cons and each must be evaluated on their own merits.

Pro Travel Network Opportunity – Need To Know Truths Revealed

Travel has become the world’s largest industry, accounting for nearly $7 trillion annually. Pro Travel Network has made a solid attempt at staking a claim for some of that money. Let’s take a closer look at the opportunity the company offers.

A) The Beginning Of It All

Established in 2003, Pro Travel Network (PTN) has quickly become on of the leading travel companies in the world today. With current offices in the United States and Canada, the company plans to rapidly expand to Australia, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim countries.

This means potential big money for anyone serious about the Pro Travel Network travel agent opportunity. However, rapid expansion can often lead to corporate turmoil, but with the travel industry continuing to expand so fast, corporate expansion isn’t something huge to worry about in this case.

In early 2005 PTN received the coveted approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to become a publicly reporting company.

B) The Travel Agent Opportunity

Home-based business is a $427 billion a year industry. Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on some of that? With the Pro Travel Network travel agent opportunity you have a chance to mix the booming home-based business sector with the rapidly expanding travel industry.

Basically, in order to become a certified travel agent with this company you need to pay for your ITAP card (Independent Travel Agent Program) and then sign up for some distributor options. What is the immediate cost?

  • $439.99 initial fee for your ITAP card
  • $99.99 yearly renewal fee

Pro Travel Network independent travel agents earn a 70% commission on sales. Once you’re in the door you then have distributor options – first, the RT (Representative Trainer) option:

  • $59.99 initial fee
  • $39.99 monthly fee

Then there is the CR (Customer Representative) option:

  • $19.99 one time fee

Of course it’s cheaper to go with CR, but in the long run you have more opportunities to earn money with the RT option including personal sales commissions, fast start bonus, matrix pay and earned rankings (based on sales volume).

C) Some Additional Items…

With your membership you will get a Business to Consumer Website that is entirely your own. This website is used to promote your travel business, and with any sales coming through your portal, the commissions are yours.

Now, 43% of all online spending is directed towards travel. This is a staggering number. Demand is something you always want to keep in mind when promoting an opportunity or product online.

Additionally, Pro Travel Network will help you to obtain the two most important travel cards out there – the CLIA and IATAN cards. With these you can easily paint yourself to your customers as a travel expert.

For the most part Pro Travel Network offers a decent opportunity to make money from home with. Of course, you have to work hard to be successful, as with pretty much anything.

Lightning Quick Financial Success

The most important thing to keep in mind when promoting any product or opportunity online is that marketing effectively is the key to success. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if you don’t know how to market it and drive targeted traffic to your website, you will fail.

If you learn to master online marketing then you will absolutely succeed!

Home Based Travel Business – Is it Easy Or Difficult?

A home based travel business is a great idea for anyone, even the housewives who want to stay in the house. You are able to work within the schedules that you have set and you will never run late to work. The travel business venture has become a popular one. There is a very high potential in the market. You have to know that there are certain things that you need. You require having a host agency to start with. This will be the platform upon which you can create your business and make the bookings. You should know the ideas that will reduce your costs and ease the procedures so that you are not overwhelmed by the tasks at hand.

You are not required to get into the partnership if you do not want to do so. However, this is the best option. You save much more in the long run. If you are a beginner, then going for an affiliate is the best way. Here are some more ideas on how to enhance the performance of your home based travel business.

1. Getting the right agency that can host you. The agency should train you about the ideas of the business. There are some things that you cannot learn in class. You get them through experience. The host should get you a good deal. You are saved from the negotiation process.

2. You should get into the network and get a connection with the market. This will provide you with the exposure that you need. In some instances, you get some recommendations and this will help you build a name in the market place. This is the best way to learn the ties of the trade. You will get ideas from the others who have been in the trade. If you do not want to contact them in person, you can check out their websites. This creates a chance for you to maximize their strengths and learn from their mistakes.

3. You go for good deals. When you are an affiliate, you should make sure that you are not overcharged by your host. You can shop around and see what is on offer. It can range from the added services you get to the business that you are making with this company. You can get the right information from the internet. Go for the offers that you can afford.

4. Get training offers. This should be a part of the package. The home based travel business is operated on ideas that change often. You should know what is in the market and what is out. You can only get these ideas by learning from the seminars and other learning events that are created by the companies in this market.

Get you papers right. It is not only about the license but even with issues like the license as well. You should have the right papers that show that you are qualified to be practicing. The host has to take the responsibility that defines liability.

For more information on home based travel business, visit Froilan’s Pro Travel Network website.