Dream Vacations: How to Become a Travel Agent in California

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For any residents of the Golden State who are passionate travelers with an entrepreneurial drive, this is an ideal time to start your venture into vacation planning. As a travel agent, you work directly with people to help them pick and plan the trip of their dreams using your organizational skills, research abilities and, most importantly, your love for traveling! There are many avenues to consider when determining how to become a travel agent in California, including starting your agency as a Dream Vacations Franchise Owner. 

We are here to set you up for success from the beginning – with the support, resources and partnerships your agency needs to thrive. 

Is Buying a Travel Agency Worth It? 

In today’s world, there are so many amazing travel products to choose from. While this means that there is an ideal vacation for practically every consumer, it also means that research and attention to detail are a necessity to make sure they are booking the right vacation that covers everything from accommodations to excursions. That’s where passionate and knowledgeable travel advisors like you come in!

Dream Vacations Franchise Owners have the freedom of setting their own hours and being their own boss. Plus, you can leverage a strong brand emphasized by national branding campaigns.

How to Build a Travel Agency Business

Taking the leap into travel agency ownership requires a lot of training and preparation – which is why Dream Vacations Franchise Owners can always count on the support, technology, community and resources of our established brand. We’ve made the process simple and straightforward with an initial investment fee that can be as low as $3,500, and additional discounts available for active and retired first responders, medical professionals, educators and military veterans and their immediate family. 

Once you have secured your franchise, it’s time to start building your customer base. In our experience, networking with you people you already know is one of the best ways to get the word out. This is as simple as reaching out to friends, relatives, co-workers and other people in the community and letting them know your services and how you can help them. 

In addition, all franchise owners have access to Dream Vacations’ award-winning marketing toolkit to help expand your reach even further. These materials can be customized to your market and your specific clientele. 

Additional benefits Dream Vacations offers to help franchise owners build their agency include:

  • 100% of the industry’s highest-tier commissions 
  • Extensive and ever-evolving training available
  • Powerful marketing resources – email, direct mail, social media and more
  • Access to web-based business tools to work from anywhere and whenever
  • Opportunities to take “familiarization trips” to experience travel products and become more knowledgeable
  • Chances to connect with like-minded travel agent entrepreneurs in our community of more than 2,000 franchise owners 

Building a name for yourself in the business hospitality and tourism management industry becomes a lot easier with the support of a nationally-recognized brand that enables you to sell every kind of vacation experience!

What Travel Agency License or Certifications Do I Need?

There is no specific degree requirement to become a travel agent in California. While it can be beneficial to obtain an industry-recognized certification at some point, it is not necessary to start, and as a Dream Vacations Franchise Owner, you will be provided the key training you need, even if you are new to the travel industry. If you decide to pursue some type of formal degree or certification program, your dedicated Business Development Manager can help guide you in the right direction. 

Dream Vacations will also help you navigate the licensing process, which varies from state to state. For example, in California, it is required by the General Attorney’s office that sellers of travel to register and to display the registration number on all advertising – we will help ensure you meet those requirements.

How to Become a Travel Agent from Home

The opportunity to own your own travel business right at home is waiting for  you! For anyone looking to learn more about how to become a travel agent in California, Dream Vacations is here to take you to the next step. Speak to our team today at 800-892-3928 or register for our webinar today.