One of the best ways to make free travel a reality is to learn more about becoming a group travel leader. Almost all travel providers provide a free trip when a group leader registers a certain number of people for a trip or a travel event. This also applies to cruises. Once you have booked 15 passengers on a cruise, most cruise companies give you a free cruise. (Can you imagine to book 15 guests on a world cruise, and you go free?)
The qualities of a good group leader are someone who is on the road and has a real love of travel. The ability to share information and create excitement about a journey that you are promoting to friends, colleagues and friends of friends is one of the most important keys to becoming a successful group leader.
There are many different options for tours, group tours, holidays and event trips. Selecting a popular and affordable group trip for your first travel event is probably a sensible idea.
An important task would be to gather the contact information of everyone you come into contact with who is interested in traveling. This is also a good time to find out which destinations people are interested in and when they want to travel.
Once you have done your research on group travel, you will quickly learn that the best paid group leaders are those who cruise group. This is an extremely lucrative niche for travel professionals and group travelers. There is a learning curve involved, but it is fun and made easy by the online training programs from some of the larger cruise companies.
Finding a travel agency to work with will require some time and research. Most online agencies charge a fee and offer a variety of support services. However, there are a limited number of travel agencies that do not charge fees and offer excellent online training for their external agents.
Many group leaders get involved in group travel to travel for free. However, many of them continue to work full-time because the financial rewards for group travel can be high. One of the first things a group leader learns is that the travel agent for the journey is often stuck in front of a large number of individual customers in the travel for booking offices.
A professional group leader is seldom in the office and usually does not keep it at office hours. A special type of person is needed to travel with groups. You really have to find people "nice". And it helps if you have natural leadership qualities, only with patients. Traveling with adults can be the worst than traveling with a group of teenagers. At least with teenagers, you lay down the rules and what happens if the rules are violated. But with adults you have to treat them as adults, fully realizing that they can get many more problems than the teenagers.
If you think that the idea of becoming a leader of a travel group excites you, do research and learn more. Join the growing number of successful group travel leaders.