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Adventure Travel Agent

Turn your passion for travel and love of adventure into a business that lets people live their dreams.

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Adventure Travel Agent

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

How about ice-climbing in Finland, deep-seafishing off Australia, base-jumping in Africa, or a Mayan ruins tour ina hot-air balloon? Have fun and earn incredible profits arranging theadventure of a lifetime for clients by starting a specialty adventuretravel agency.

Forget about run-of-the-mill tours of Paris and thosemundane amenity-packed hotels in the Caribbean, and concentrate insteadon your client’s need for adventure by offering the most uniquevacation adventures available. To get started, market the adventurevacation packages in company newsletters and online chat rooms,advertise in specialty sports and recreation publications, exhibit atsports and recreation shows, and use e-mail broadcasting.

Onceestablished, repeat business and referral business should go a long waytoward attracting a steady flow of profits. Speaking of which, incomeis earned either by charging clients a fee for organizing the adventuretrip, or by charging host companies and accommodation providers a feefor marketing their accommodations and activities to your clients.

Youcan charge for both, but you will need to establish a standard pricingformula. With a little imagination, motivated entrepreneurs can earn asubstantial living arranging adventure vacations for people who areseeking something out of the ordinary. This can be especiallyfulfilling if you also share the same enthusiasm for adventure traveland recreation.

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Cruise Ship Travel Agent

Help cruisers connect with their perfect vacations.

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Cruise Ship Travel Agent

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Working from the comforts of a homebasedoffice, you can plan and book cruise vacations-of-a-lifetime for yourclients. Travel consulting experience is recommended for thisopportunity; if you do not have experience, I would advise you tocontact the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents toinquire about training courses in your area.

You could also choose afranchise cruise agent business, which provides all franchisees withintensive training in the areas of marketing, administration andreservation booking. The cruise travel agent industry is competitive,but at the same time it is also the fastest-growing segment of thetravel industry.

Key to success in this business is marketing. You haveto tap in to the demographic groups that are most likely to take acruise’-which include the 50-plus crowd and newlyweds’-and target yourmarketing efforts to these groups. You might also want to considerspecializing in a niche area of the cruise holiday industry, such assingles-only and alternative lifestyle cruises.

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Extreme Adventure Trips

This business will keep you on the edges of life.

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Extreme Adventure Trips

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Does taking a hot air balloon trip over Australia interest you? Howabout a kayak trip down the Amazon River? You can start a business inwhich you act as an agent or broker on a local basis for adventuretravel companies located around the world.

Starting this type of uniquebusiness requires very little in the way of investment capital toinitiate, and the service can be marketed directly to consumers via theinternet or through traditional mediums of print advertising.

Onceyou’ve secured a paying customer and all the travel accommodations andactivity plans have been confirmed, you would charge the adventure tourcompany a 20-percent commission of the total trip value.

Providing youcan maintain yearly sales of $500,000 (which shouldn’t be difficultgiven the fact that many of these adventure tour trips are selling foras much as $10,000 per person), the business would generate gross salesof $200,000, which is outstanding for a homebased owner-operatorbusiness.

The Market

Your customers will be anyone who is into the outdoors and enjoys thrill-seeking activities.

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Travel Agent

With a business like this, you’re sure to be going places.

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Travel Agent

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

The main requirement for starting a travelagency or starting a business as an independent travel consultant willbe to check local regulations in terms of certifications that may berequired to operate the business.

Additional considerations alsoinclude:

  • Operating a general travel agency, or specializing in aparticular type of travel.
  • Operating location: storefront orhomebased.
  • Target markets: the well-heeled traveler or the budgettraveler.
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing. The travel industryas a whole is extremely competitive, especially for businesses thatoperate as general travel agencies. To limit competition it isimportant to specialize in this industry and seek a niche market.

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