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The life of a travel agent sounds ultra glamorous and filled with fun travel. Everyone knows at least one travel agent, whether they be a friend or family member, who always seems to be jetting off on vacation or traveling somewhere beautiful for “business”. It makes you wonder – is a career as a travel agent really all it’s cracked up to be? Is “travel agent” really a good career?

Our answer is simple: yes, it is. Although it may not be as glamorous as it sounds, as it certainly demands a lot of work and sufficient training, but the rest is pretty accurate. Travel agents are able to score incredible travel deals, help out family and friends with companion discounts, jet away on “fam trips” to become familiar with a new resort or hotel, and meet thousands of people over the course of their careers.

Like any career, you get out of it what you put into it. You’ll earn more if you work more hours, work harder, and learn to service your clients better than your competition. You’ll enjoy more rewards if you earn more income (some places even offer commission). And, unlike most jobs, everyday involves new challenges, new people, and plenty of excitement.

QC Travel School offers two online learning programs in travel consultancy. The first is Travel + Tourism and the second is Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. Personally, I always recommend prospective students go with the second option and choose Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. This particular course will prepare you fully for your career as a travel agent, consultant, or employee at a travel planning shop. While you’ll still need to check local regulations and likely earn yourself an official license, this course is an amazing stepping stone and will set you that much further ahead of other travel agents who are just beginning their careers.

To learn more about the course, please click here. To chat with someone right away, email or call 1-800-267-1829. Our student support team is available Mon-Fri from 8am-6pm ET and would love to hear from you.



April 17, 2013 8:55 pm

Today we’re dreaming of…Sicily!

From the natural beauty of Mount Etna (where any adventure-seeker can hike to their heart’s delight) to the cultural gem of Palermo, Sicily is an exciting mix of the old and the new. We find that island culture is always a bit more interesting than its mainland counterparts, and Sicily is no different. When you go, make sure you check out the following attractions.

Have you ever been to Sicily?

1. Fontana Pretoria

In the heart of Palermo is this massive fountain, surrounded by historic churches and buildings. The circular fountain features several sculptures of nymphs who seem to be standing around, simply enjoying the day. It’s great spot to add some iconic pictures to your travel album.

2. Orto Botanico

Also in Palermo, you’ll enjoy explore all that this stunning garden has to offer. Think the beauty and wonder of The Secret Garden… if it were set in a tropical paradise. The roots of the fig trees emerge from the ground in impressive patterns (as seen above), and the indoor greenhouses are flanked by interesting bottle trees and outdoor fountains. Make sure to visit during the day – as darkness comes, so do the bugs!

3. Teatro Massimo

Take in some culture at the magnificent Teatro Massimo. Even if opera and ballet aren’t your things, we still suggest a guided tour of this 116 year-old building – it’s open to the public for tours four times a day from Tuesday to Saturday.

4. Castle at Mussomeli

The province of Caltanissetta is peppered with old castles, but this one is probably the most spectacular – a castle perched atop a craggy rock in Sicily’s mainland. Once you’ve taken your gorgeous panoramic snapshots, take a look inside: grand halls, dungeons, and chapels are among the treasures you’ll find. The castle is surrounded by ruins from empires past.


Does it take guts to travel? Almost everyone says they dream of traveling; they want to see exotic locations, take a break from their everyday lives, and get a change of scenery. So, what keeps people from doing it more often? There are a million travel excuses that keep people from living their dreams. Here are just a few excuses, with some very practical solutions:

1. It’s too expensive

Yes, it costs money to travel. But everything costs money! It’s all about priorities. If you make it your goal to take a trip this year, you can save a lot more money than you think just by not eating out as often, or not buying as many unnecessary personal items. Online tools make it easier than ever to compare pricing, and get the best deals. In addition, a travel agent is an expert at planning your perfect trip for your perfect budget – consider hiring one.

2. I’ll do it next year

Procrastination is always our worst enemy. It works well when we have an unpleasant task, like cleaning the windows. But travel isn’t a chore, it’s an experience! If you leave it for tomorrow, pretty soon years will have gone by and you’ll be wishing you could turn back the clock to do all the things you wanted to.

3. I don’t have the time

Everybody is busy, and often it feels like we barely have the time to call an old friend. That’s why if you’re serious about traveling, you can’t wait until your life dies down – you have to make time for it! The people in your life (coworkers, family, friends) will be so happy for you. They know you need a break, and they can’t wait to see all the beautiful photos you take.

4. I don’t speak the language

Maybe this is the perfect time to learn! In all seriousness, you will definitely not become fluent in Spanish during your two-week stay in Spain, but if you try, you will probably pick up enough to get by. This excuse is more about a fear of the unknown. New places can be scary, but if you do your research, go prepared, and open yourself up to new experiences, you’ll be so much better for it.