Different week/Intro to Ensemble cruises

This week is going to be somewhat different than most work weeks. Most weeks I feel like I can, and really need to, do internet research on how to get more clients and other things to do with running my business. But this week my family is taking a trip, dear friends of ours have a daughter who marries this Saturday. We’re leaving on Wednesday, and while it is my hope to work some while we’re up there, I’m not certain how much internet access I’ll have. And unless we do something unusual like go to the library, my internet access will be at our friends’ house and I know I’ll want to just enjoy being with our friends and not work the whole time. Anyway, I’m kind of just feeling pretty much unmotivated to get into any big projects this week.

I’ve decided that going through training while writing this blog is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. I need to learn a lot more about what’s available, and it is my hope that educating you about these products will whet your appetites for some of the things we are offering.

Ensemble travel is the luxury group that my host agency does a lot of work with. And I am going to listen to the introduction to Ensemble today. Ensemble has both hotel packages and cruises to offer travelers, and both are on the nicer end of things. Ensemble really goes over and above your normal travel experience to offer the best of the best. They give land excursions that no one else offers. This is kind of just an overview. I can give you a lot more information by going to Ensemble’s website. Please let me know if you are interested.

Luxury travel, part 2

It sounds like we have some out of town family coming to visit this weekend, so I’m trying to get everything done before people start arriving. I’m excited to say that it looks like I am going to make it.

So, back to luxury travel… If I am really going to sell to luxury clients, I have my work, and my research, cut out for me. I know very few of these type of people. I am going to need to figure out how they think. I’m always looking for the best buy, if I can get something for free, that’s awesome. But most luxury travelers do not think like that. They want the best of everything, and also want travel agent to suggest what restaurants they might like during their vacation. They are paying travel agents to figure out all the details for them. If they are going on a nice cruise and are going to stay in a hotel before they embark, they are going to want to stay in a nicer hotel.

M Travel works a lot with Ensemble travel, which is a luxury travel provider. There are a lot of trainings which I am going to have to go through explore. This will help me get a better idea of what’s out there.

The training is saying to go where these people are. But I’m disabled, can’t drive or go anywhere by myself, so that is something I am going to have to figure out. But it sounds like it would be well worth my time to figure out how to do these things.

I am going to get so I can finish up for the day. I will be back on Monday.

Luxury travel, part 1

I am going to go through another training session today. I have always been someone who likes to write out different things. I’ve kept a personal journal for years, and I always like to take notes at church and different things where I’m learning anything.

Today I am listening to a class on luxury clients, which is a niche I’m thinking about trying to get into. Most travel agents hope to get into this niche because usually luxury travel costs a lot more, and since we travel agents work on commissions. So selling luxury works in our favor. The big questions with this dream is, #1 do I have what it takes to do this? And #2 is there any way I can reach these types of people?

There is some good news for me. There are young luxury clients, and they love social media. I am working on figuring out social media, especially as a means of advertising. So that is one thing that is in my favor.

Luxury travelers are people who know what they want, and also know how to get it .But they also want new adventures.  I am going to need to do a lot of research on this type of travel, and figure know what the options are.

I’m not even a third of the way through this. I am going to stop because I know I’ll learn more if I’m not just racing through to get finished. My hope is to finish this tomorrow.

Today

As a home-based travel agent, I have a lot of different things I’m trying to accomplish. My number one goal these days is trying to get clients to work with. And that’s not just because I’d like to get some more money coming in, though I’d really like that. But as new as I am, I love getting the experience. I love figuring out different people’s travel wants and needs and finding a trip that they can get excited about.

My work day usually starts by checking in with my social media sites, and then going through my e-mail, answering the e-mails that needs to be answered. E-mail usually takes me about an hour, give or take. Today I needed to resuscribe someone to our travel newsletters. I also got busy on my Alaska cruise inquiry and finally found a couple of options for her. I e-mailed her about both of those. I’m looking forward to hearing back from her, to see if either one of those might work for their family, or both if I need to do more research.

I think my next big project is going to be joining some travel agent forums, hoping to get in touch with more people wanting to travel, and hopefully some of the people I’ll meet on these forums will want to use my services. I know, I know, most forums don’t want to be used as a means of advertisement. I’m hoping to figure out a way around that.

That’s kind of what I’ve done today. I’m really enjoying working as a travel agent, and hope to be doing this for a long time.

Let’s learn about cruises

I think I was researching becoming a travel agent, first deciding whether or not it was the job for me, and then deciding on the right host agency to go with, for over a year. I’m not the best decision maker in the world. But I have never regretted my decision to go with M Travel as my host. They are extremely helpful. I never have to wait more than a day for them to answer my e-mail, and trust me, I have a lot of questions. I have never had anyone be rude to me.

Another awesome thing about M Travel is their training. Honestly, I haven’t taken full advantage of it, but I’m trying to work on that. I know I have so much more to learn. Today I have decided to learn more about cruises. I have clients who want to go to Alaska, and I must confess that I am having a hard time figuring this out. Maybe listening to this will give my some more ideas of what to do.

Did you know that most people who have gone on a cruise absolutely love it? On cruises, you will never have to worry about finding a good place to stay, finding the right activities for your family, or even figuring out where you should eat. Everything is right there on the ship. And you can usually pay for everything in advance and not even have to worry about that. cruises, your family has a lot of options on what to do, whether you want to do things together, or whether you want to go your separate ways. Most ships have childcare options… Another question that comes up is do you have to dress up. In the old days you did, but now that is totally up to you.

Some people may think that cruises are more expensive than other types of travel, but you can find cruises that are pretty comparable.

Thank you for learning some more about cruises. Please let me know if you or someone you know might be interested in a cruise.

My first commercial flight

Good Monday afternoon! I hope everyone had a good weekend? Mine was okay, a little on the quiet side, but anyway… It’s Monday. I spent my morning going through my e-mail. And this afternoon I’ve done something I should have done months ago. I got a logo for Family Trips Inc. Let’s just say there are several reasons I don’t think I’ll ever be a graphic designer, besides the fact that I love being a travel agent. So now I’m changing all my social media profile pics, updating everything…. I haven’t finished, but I’ve gotten a good start.

I meant to do some more research on what to do on this blog, but it is getting late.. So I am going to share the story of my first flight. I am the oldest of eight children, and one of my siste’s married a soldier, and they moved to the other side of the country. Two years ago, my sister was having a baby, and Mom and I went out there to be with her. I had flown in very small planes before, but had never flown commercially before. I was for sure excited about spending a couple of weeks with my sister, her husband, and of course I was thrilled to get to have some time with my baby nephew. I love being an aunt. But as for the flying itself, I was a little nervous. I just wasn’t sure what it would be like.

we arrived pretty early and got checked in. Because of my disability, we required assistance, so we were the first ones on the airplane and the last ones off. I have never been able to sleep in the car and the same was true on the plane although we flew through the night. I was kind of bored on the flight itself.

However, I was anything but bored shortly after we arrived. See, my sister and her mother-in-law picked us up from the airport, and I enjoyed listening to their chatter as we drove home. My sister hadn’t given birth, and was scheduled for an induction a few hours after we arrived. But I might have slept an hour, and then we had to go to the hospital. I think my nephew just wanted his audience before he arrived.

Thank you for allowing me to share a personal story like this with you. It was fun remembering this.