Travel by rail is the best way to go when in Europe. There are several reasons why rail travel is better than flying or renting a car such as convenience, ease of travel and saving money. The fact is travel by rail means that you get to travel in true European style.The convenience of travel by rail for example is that there is no need to circle around to find a parking space then have to walk from the parking space to your destination. Many cities in Europe are charging for driving in the center where most attractions are located or becoming totally auto free. There are park plus rides that are parking lots with a bus stop nearby but that still means extra travel time and extra money to spend on the high hourly parking rates. Some of these parking rates go as high as $3 an hour and offer very little in the way of parking lot security. Travel by rail gives the convenience of always getting off the train in the center of all the action and never having to pay extra to park the train! Safety of well-lit stations and 24 hours 7 days a week security.Border checks, parking tickets and just trying to find your way around is a great hassle. The many roundabouts and crisscross confusing roads of Europe make a stressful vacation. Who needs stress on their vacation? Travel by rail on the other hand makes vacation travel easy. With the Eurail pass, you decide the destination, the time of arrival and the time of departure. Above all if you do get lost, there is a whole team of people at the train stations to help you get on with your journey. GPS can’t offer that same amount of personal services that comes from years of training to help train travelers.Every day the news about rising fuel prices brings more news about the cost of flying. More airlines are charging passengers extra per bag. Why pay this fee more than once? When you travel by rail there are no extra fees for baggages. Not only is your baggage safely right by your side, under your seat or above you. No more lost suitcases, no more people snooping through your bags to search for nothing and best of all you can bring all the fluids and drinks you want with you. Nobody will throw your bottle of water in the trashcan. Likewise, low-cost intercontinental airlines do not include meals and often have overpriced drinks. On the contrary, travel by rail has cafes, restaurants, and bistros all with reasonable prices. Moreover, you get more leg room.
Thanks to the Internet, more and more people are accustomed to purchasing travel packages online. This opens up a world of opportunity to the independent entrepreneur, as long as you have the right tools to provide the types of travel services people are looking for. The good news is that there are a host of companies out there that provide you these exact tools, allowing you to become a home based travel agent.There are a number of reasons why you might want to consider becoming a home based travel agent. Let’s cover the top three.You Can Provide a Hot, In-Demand ProductFirst, you’ll be offering a product that’s in high demand. Just ask any room full of people what they’d do if they had enough time and money. Most people would say travel, at least as one of the top things on their list, if not number one. Well here are some interesting statistics:
Travel makes up almost half of all e-commerce transactions
Travel is a $7 trillion dollar industry…let me write that out for you ($7,000,000,000,000.00)
With more and more Baby Boomers retiring, that number is set to grow since they’ll have more time to travel
Baby Boomers make up nearly half the spending power of the U.S. so they’ll also have money to travel
One of the key axioms in business is that you want a starving crowd, ready to buy your product. As a home based travel agent, you can be in a position to offer just such a product in an industry poised for growth over the next several years.You Can Be Up and Running With Minimal Start Up CostsOf course, the last thing you want to have to do is put a second mortgage on your house in order to get into business. The good news is that most of the travel agencies seeking at-home travel representatives don’t charge an arm and a leg in order to get started. It wouldn’t make sense and would leave too many people unable to join. By making it an affordable option for most people, the agencies get qualified people to provide travel services and the average Joe gets the chance to build a real, solid business. You Can Benefit From Industry-Only DiscountsLast but not least, as a member of the travel industry, you’ll be able to take advantage of “industry-only” discounts. Think about it for a second. If you visit a resort or hotel and you’re a travel agent, they know that you probably have clients who you’ll refer to their location down the road (assuming they have great facilities and service). So it only makes sense that they give you the royal treatment, which only entices you to come back home and tell everyone how great a time you had. You’re essentially a walking, talking billboard for them…a small price to pay for giving you the discount but a great deal for you.If you are looking for a fantastic, fun and potentially profitable business to get involved with, becoming a home based travel agent might be just the ticket (pun intended!).