I think one of the best things I ever did, was to break up with my 9-to-5, to pursue my dreams – one of which included becoming a travel agent. I’ve always loved travel. I cannot remember a time where I wasn’t drawn to traveling the world. In April 2013, my life changed when I was approached by a woman who told me that I could have my very own travel business, get paid to travel, and earn amazing rewards through helping others to do the same. Granted this was my first introduction to network marketing…however, I was completely devoted to earning my travel certification. I didn’t really care for the “team building” aspect of the business, but I was indeed committed to the “travel” portion of my business investment! This worked for me because I was able to get used to paying a monthly fee towards my consortium/host agency. I will explain what this is later on in this feature. I had attempted to earn my certification some years prior, however, my daughters were so young and I couldn’t finish the requirements…as motherhood was so new and so demanding. I have since left the network marketing company, and I am completely grateful for the experience, however, I wanted my brand to be able to dive deeper into my travel-based venture!
I embarked on my journey to earning my travel certification, as in August 2016, I received an invitation to apply for a scholarship to receive 50% off of my tuition to The Travel Institutes’s CTA (Certified Travel Associate) program. The program was a 12-month, at your own pace track. At the completion of my course material, I was to test-out and had to receive a 70% or above to earn my certification. Imagine my excitement when I earned my CTA, Caribbean Destination Specialist and Certified Luxury Travel Specialist certifications. I am also enrolled in the CLIA ACC (Accredited Cruise Counselor) track. This is a two-year program and requires credits in academics, field (experience booking others on cruises as well as taking your own) and inspection (ship inspections) to complete all requirements to earn this achievement. I plan to nail this goal throughout 2018.
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I personally love being a travel “designer.” My focus/niche is on the affluent, luxury market which is richly saturated in Caribbean travel and cruising. But niche specialties are endless. I am happy with my lifestyle choice, as this is more than a career for me. My digital agency allows me to reach hundreds of people that I wouldn’t be able to reach with a brick-and-mortar agency! I recommend this career choice to anyone who dares to dream big!
Queens of Virtue is happy to rise up women who want to explore a career and lifestyle in the travel industry. We want to help travel agents, writers/bloggers, photographers & enthusiast – to harness the power of their “passion”…to make it their paycheck! We are always growing and expanding and would be happy to assist female entrepreneurs in with their business. We hope to be able to offer grants, sponsorship & scholarships to bloggers and travelpreneurs in the future!
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