Travel Experience Isn’t Required—But it Helps

It's ok to learn by doing. (Image: Kritchanut/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images )

Obviously, if you’re interested in becoming a travel advisor, you may already have a fondness for travel. (And wanting to travel is crucial to the job!) But if you’re a late bloomer in your travels, don’t worry.  

“I wasn’t well-traveled prior to entering the industry, so I felt like I was starting at square one,” says Tracy Federico of Avenue Two Travel in Villanova, PA. “There’s such a learning curve in this industry, and [so often] you don’t know what you don’t know. You have to learn by doing. It took me a few years to be confident that I had something valuable to offer my clients. Once I believed in myself and my own value, my business grew rapidly.” 

Other people, like our recent cover star, Leslie Tillem of Tzell Travel Group, grew up in the industry. She considers herself a “travel baby.” Her parents owned Hillside Travel and Jade Travel, which collectively had branches throughout the greater New York area. 

Point being? There isn’t one path to take. 

Travel Experience Isn’t Required—But it Helps

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