What Is an Independent Contractor Travel Agent?

Dream Vacation Advisor at the beach

For anyone with a dream of combining their passion for travel with an opportunity to make extra income, it’s time to consider being an independent contractor travel agent. As an independent contractor, you are not an “employee.” Instead, you have the opportunity to work remotely from home, or anywhere in the world, with an internet connection as an independent travel advisor. 

What Is the Difference Between a Travel Agent and Travel Agency? 

Becoming a travel advisor is a great, flexible way to earn supplemental income. Working as an independent contractor for a home-based travel agency like Dream Vacations allows you to make varying amounts of travel agent commission while choosing when and how much you work. 

As independent contractors, Dream Vacations Advisors work alongside Dream Vacations Franchise Owners. Our franchise owners take the position of a “mentor” – someone who will help guide you as you begin working in the industry rather than a boss and employee relationship.

What Are the Benefits of Being an Independent Contractor Travel Agent

A main reason that working as a travel advisor is one of the best remote side gigs is that you have the freedom and flexibility to work and enjoy your life at the same time. As a contractor, all your work can be done remotely, which means you can “log in” from anywhere with an internet connection. That might be from your kitchen, the local coffee shop or even beachside while on a vacation of your own.

While you do have your franchisee mentor, you still get to be your own boss. There are no set “sales goals” except what you set for yourself. Whether you want to put in a few hours a week or 40 is up to you. 

At the same time, working as a Dream Vacations Advisor means you still have the opportunity to pursue your passion of travel. Dream Vacations offers agents exciting industry rates when they book their own trips. It allows you to give clients a firsthand account of what it’s like laying poolside on a cruise or sipping wine in Europe. 

How Much Does It Cost to Become a Travel Agent?

This is the biggest travel agent FAQ we hear at Dream Vacations. To be a Dream Vacations Advisor, all you need is a passion for travel, a desire to help others plan their dream trips, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The only thing you need to invest in as an independent travel agent with Dream Vacations is a monthly fee of $39. 

With this investment, you’ll receive:

  • Customized website and booking system
  • Access to a passionate community of fellow advisors 
  • Mentorship and support from the corporate team 
  • Automated marketing and promotional materials 
  • Access to more than 1,500 training programs, available on-demand
  • Access to free or reduced rate travel with our travel suppliers
  • And much more!

How To Get Started As an Independent Travel Agent 

Once you’ve decided that being an independent contractor travel agent is right for you, it’s time to get started! Working as a Dream Vacations Advisor allows you to earn extra income while living life to the fullest and spending time with your family. To get started, sign up for our next travel webinar to learn more about joining the Dream Vacations family.