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How to start your own travel business from home

Have you wanted to change your life?

At the beginning of the year, like most people I decided to re-evaluate my professional career. I have to admit, I had been pretty lucky getting really good roles, with great companies. My role of Global HR Director was quite possibly the peak of my career. But was it what I wanted to do for the rest of my life?
I had moved back from the UAE to set up a new life in the UK but was hardly spending any time in the UK! I wanted to move back to be close to my aging parents – I hardly ever got to see them.
I decided that I needed to do something else!
I searched on line and figured the only thing I could possible do would be to start my own company. But what did I like to do?

Making people laugh

Making a career out of eating, drinking and partying could lead to an early grave, so that was out, Golf – well I enjoy it, but I am crap at it, Making people laugh – there is no way I could have made a career out of it – truth be known I don’t think I do actually make people laugh, but I enjoy trying. That only left the Travel element.
I researched many different business’s (there are lots of options) but I was drawn in by The Travel Franchise with Not Just Travel. I needed something reputable, something that was established and something I believed in.
I signed up for the Travel Elite package (I tend not to do things by halves) there are many different options, most people tend to go for Travel Consultant Pro, all of which you get a great package, including Computer, training and a marketing Budget. The Franchise really help you, but what sealed the deal for me was the money back guarantee. If you make £20’000 in the first year in commissions, then you GET YOUR INITIAL INVESTMENT BACK! It was a no brainer. So if I got a quarter of what I intend to earn in a year, I get a FULL refund! So technically, my own business for free!
I did my initial training in March this year, and played with my travel business part time for three months (there are others that only do this part time) and went full time in May this year. I am well on track to getting my money back! And to say I have never been a Travel Agent before!
I have had a good start, tapping into my friends and family initially, then with the knowledge I gained on the training course have used Facebook and different events, (Wedding Fairs and Networking groups) to extend my customer data-base – I am now doing at least one booking a day, but moreover – loving what I am doing.
It is so varied. I have booked for customers, Honeymoons, trips to Australia, a cottage in Dorset, car hire, accommodation only, package tours, anniversary trips, romantic weekends, a mega trip to Seychelles, South Africa and Abu Dhabi, flights to all different countries, surprise trips, airport car parking and even a trekking tour to Mongolia! No day is the same!
The support from the Franchise is amazing there are different avenues to keep in touch with other travel consultants from the group so you never feel as if you have no one out there, I do feel like I am part of a team.

But best of all I AM MAKING MONEY!!
If you are thinking of a new venture, or want to do something completely different feel free to contact me, or watch the videos on


As an update to this (which was written in 2014) I got my money back quicker than anyone ever thought – I am set to turn over well in excess of £1.5 million pounds worth of sales this year alone…


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Ski Holidays – Insurance & Being Prepared

People taking ski and snowboard holidays are going away “seriously unprepared”, independent consumer organisation HolidayTravelWatch claims.

Almost two-thirds (64%) say reports of high profile celebrity accidents had made them think and they were now more cautious.

However, despite an awareness of the heightened risk of personal injury, 16% failed to take out travel insurance and almost a quarter (22%) did not realise they needed winter sports cover to be properly protected, a poll found.

The HolidayTravelWatch survey also revealed that while a quarter of people were disappointed with the ski school instruction they received, more than half did not know about the International Ski Instructors Alliance and the British Association of Snow-sport Instructors and their standard requirements for instructors.

Winter sports holidaymakers were also vague about rules and regulations, such as the requirement to obey speed limits on the slopes – restrictions are common throughout Europe – because traveling at high speed puts you at risk of prosecution, and if you injure someone you are classed as being entirely to blame.

Fully comprehensive travel insurance is essential, according to the organisation. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not provide sufficient cover for medical bills or repatriation and does not cover against personal liability claims.

Belgium Strike – Eurostar & BA disruptions

Belgium is set to see the biggest national strike for years, grounding all flights and halting public transport, including several international train links.

The strikes are thought to be in protest at the new government’s austerity policies, and are the climax of a union movement which began last month.

Schools, businesses, factories and government offices are also likely to be closed.

Eurostar said its services on the Brussels route would only be able to operate to and from Lille today.

“Due to the scale of the strike we expect no trains or other public transport to run in Belgium. Eurostar is unable to provide any alternative method of transport between Brussels and Lille and we strongly advise our passengers not to travel on that date.”

British Airways has also cancelled all flights to Brussels today, after stating that it expected “significant disruption at Brussels airport as a result of strike action by a wide range of industries across Belgium on Monday December 15”.

It added, however, that an extra flight had been added from Brussels to Heathrow last night, and that it would be using larger aircraft throughout Sunday and Tuesday to help rebook customers affected by the industrial action who still wished to travel.

I have just posted some pictures of my personal Travels

These may give you some inspiration for your next trip..

Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines

Airports in the eastern Visayas region of the Philippines have been heavily disrupted or closed as a super typhoon ripped through the island nation.

A total of 183 flights were cancelled and five airports closed across the country. There were power outages in 16 provinces.

Transport by sea has also been widely disrupted in areas in and around the path of Typhoon Hagupit – locally names as Ruby.

“Travelling in hazardous sea conditions should be avoided,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned in an updated travel advisory.

“Several towns and cities in the eastern and northern Samar provinces remain inaccessible, as fallen debris and landslide blocked access roads.

“Power supplies in the track of the typhoon have experienced significant outages. Mobile networks, telephone and internet communications have also suffered outages and cannot be 100% relied upon.”




Top 5 destinations for 2015 – have YOU booked yet?

Top 5 destinations for 2015 – have YOU booked yet?

Malaysia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand are being tipped as the top destinations to watch in 2015 by online travel agent researchers.

Airlines, hoteliers and tour operators in Malaysia are all keen to entice tourists back following the double tragedy involving Malaysia Airlines, meaning prices offer great value for money for next year.

While sterling may be falling against the US dollar, it is increasing in value against the New Zealand dollar, meaning holiday budgets will go further, according to the company.

Improved UK access to Vietnam with direct flights from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnam Airlines is encouraging the country’s popularity beyond the backpacker contingent.

New investment in hotels in recent years and more flights are also making Thailand more accessible. The momentum of the World Cup in Brazil is set to continue with the Olympic Games looming in 2016 and work is continuing to improve the road, rail and air links.
To book any of the destinations below, or for any other places on your bucket list, feel free call me on 07990 018 018