How to Become a Travel Agent Online: Fora's Full Guide

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    You want to become a travel agent online. Is it easy? Are there any education or experience requirements? We’re answering all your questions and then some.

    Want to check out the coolest travel agent remote jobs for yourself? Apply to become a Fora Advisor today.

    First off, what is an online travel agent?

    The only real difference between an online travel agent — we prefer the modern term, travel advisor — and a travel agent who works in a brick-and-mortar environment is, well, their setting. 

    We could get into the nitty gritty comparisons — remote travel agents have more flexibility, in-person travel agents offer face-to-face meetings and so on — but at the end of the day, the locale is the only major difference.

    (Need to back up and ask, “What does a travel agent do?” Our guide has all the answers.)

    Next, the vital question: can you become a travel agent online?

    Absolutely — and there are a ton of advantages to becoming a travel agent online, as compared to traditional travel agent schools.

    (BTW: this guide focuses purely on the remote aspects of becoming a travel planner. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive look, check out how to become a travel agent.)

    Pros of becoming a remote travel agent

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    Becoming a travel agent online offers a high degree of flexibility that more traditional travel agent jobs can’t match. 

    For one, remote travel agents can work from anywhere, while brick-and-mortar agents are tied to a specific location. 

    It’s also worth noting remote travel agents can be much more in tune with the contemporary travel industry. Many traditional travel agent schools have outdated curriculums that haven’t kept pace with the rapid modernization of the field.

    Best of all, online travel agents can work with anyone around the world. Face-to-face interactions, while still possible at the discretion of the agent, simply aren’t necessary nowadays. Everything from bookings to travel planning can be completed over the internet — and most customers are just as interested in being able to consult a travel advisor from the comfort of their home.

    Cons of becoming a remote travel agent

    Simply put, there aren’t any major disadvantages to becoming an online travel agent versus committing to a brick-and-mortar office. Although some clients still prefer in-person exchanges, this is no longer the industry norm. 

    If you love travel, you have what it takes to become a travel agent. But it certainly helps to have interpersonal skills, industry knowledge and a rolodex of relationships with travel partners around the world — all of which we provide in our online travel advisor training program.

    (P.S. Looking for more jobs in the travel industry or jobs where you travel? See our guides.)

    What are the benefits of becoming a remote travel advisor with Fora?

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    We’ve covered the basics of becoming a travel agent online, but here’s why your choice of host agency matters. Fora offers unparalleled flexibility and support to all Fora Advisors. We’re big on inclusivity, and we always advocate for our own. All that said, you’re still in complete control of your travel business (learn how to become an independent travel agent with Fora).

    Already convinced? Sign up to become a Fora Advisor.

    (Prefer to fly completely solo? Here’s how to start a travel agency, but be warned, it’s no easy endeavor.)

    Can you become a travel agent online as a side hustle?

    Yes. In fact, a large number of Fora Advisors run a travel side hustle and nothing more. If you’re only interested in booking the occasional vacation for family or peers, it’s completely fine with us.

    Do you need any certifications or degrees to become a travel agent online with Fora?

    No experience or education is required to become a Fora Advisor. We offer all the travel agent training and travel agent certification programs you could possibly need to be successful. Plus, these courses can be completed at your own pace. 

    Topics range from the basics of booking hotels to how to build a sales funnel and beyond.

    How much money can you make as an online travel agent with Fora?

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    With great flexibility comes great ranges of Fora travel advisor salaries.

    Obviously, the Fora Advisors that spend the most time honing their craft and selling travel make the most money. And many of our independent travel planners are only interested in making side money.

    Need more details? Check out how much travel agents make, and for a deep dive on commissions, see how much travel agents make per booking.

    How does Fora pay remote travel agents?

    Fora Advisors are paid via direct deposit, a rarity in an industry that often still relies on the 20th-century method of paying by paper check. Our guide to how travel agents get paid offers an in-depth explanation.

    Ready to work with a host agency that embraces new-age tech? Become a Fora Advisor.

    How long does it take to become a travel agent online with Fora?

    Becoming a travel agent online with Fora doesn’t take very long at all. The application process is easy, and you’re allowed to start booking travel as soon as you’re accepted as a Fora Advisor.

    Wondering, "How long does it take to become a travel agent?" See our guide for more intel.

    How much does it cost to become a travel agent online?

    Other agencies handle this differently, but at Fora, we charge a monthly subscription fee that covers our comprehensive training, access to our peer community — which possesses an incredible depth of travel expertise — extensive marketing resources, access to our proprietary booking platform and much, much more.

    Currently, it costs $49 per month or $300 annually for a subscription (BTW: most advisors make their membership fee back within the first month). As far as becoming a travel agent online, few host agencies even compare — and many don't offer the perks that we do. 

    Is becoming a travel agent online worth it?

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    It’s fair to wonder if being a travel agent is worth it. But if you love travel, you're already most of the way there. We'll teach you everything you need to know to build a thriving travel business you love.

    That being said, if you’re wondering whether it makes sense to become a travel agent online or at a designated office, there’s no competition. Remote travel agent jobs are quickly becoming the standard — there simply aren’t any major advantages to brick-and-mortar travel planning nowadays.

    Join Fora and become a travel agent online today

    Ready to become a travel agent online? Why not join a host agency that puts your success front and center? Sign up to become a Fora Advisor today.

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