What’s it prefer to work remotely for a yr whereas travelling the world with your loved ones? Claire Belsey, a Private Journey Agent at Co-operative Journey, explains.
How working whereas travelling will be enlightening
Taking what you are promoting on the highway for a yr overseas can supply a useful studying expertise in promoting holidays to purchasers, as one of many Private Journey Brokers (PTAs) at Co-operative Journey is discovering.
“Having had numerous great alternatives with the PTAs to journey to unique locations, it was clear that visiting international locations and getting a real really feel for his or her tradition was priceless in giving nice recommendation and tailoring holidays to my purchasers,” explains PTA Claire Belsey, who’s working part-time as she travels the world along with her husband and two younger youngsters.
She has gained first-hand expertise of “gradual journey” – having fun with international locations at a leisurely tempo – journeying by way of locations together with Taiwan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and Malaysia.
Belsey believes the information she has accrued will make her a greater journey agent within the long-term.
“Assembly native folks and immersing myself of their cultures has not solely helped me develop as an individual, however has given me the talents to advise my purchasers in a manner I may by no means have achieved from on-line coaching,” she says.
Protecting in contact
Though Belsey says it has been tougher to promote and market her enterprise whereas overseas, she believes that by sustaining an internet presence, she’ll keep on purchasers’ radars.
“Most of my purchasers have saved up with our adventures both on my PTA social media accounts or on the private Fb journey weblog we arrange, ‘Away with the Belseys’.
“I’ve nonetheless been capable of communicate to many [clients] and tailor some excellent holidays.”
Belsey has additionally saved in contact along with her purchasers utilizing e mail and WhatsApp. She additionally has assist from three nominated PTA “Journey Buddies”, who communicate with purchasers for her throughout moments when sustaining contact is troublesome.
Belsey explains: “The time distinction can imply that I’m out of sync with my purchasers and there have been events the place Wi-Fi or knowledge hasn’t been out there.
“For these instances, I’ve some great colleagues who’ve been more than pleased to resolve any points I can’t cope with.”
Regardless of a possible momentary slowdown of her enterprise, Belsey says the PTAs have been very supportive of her choice.
“They’ve recognised, as I did, that my enterprise will undergo a dip within the short-term, however that within the long-term I can be a much better journey agent.
“I even have the complete help of my administration crew for ticketing.”
With present and upcoming locations on the journey together with Australasia, Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka and a to-be-confirmed vacation spot in Africa, Belsey is assured she is going to proceed studying on behalf of her purchasers on this journey.
“I’ve gained insights into international locations I’d possibly by no means have visited on a private vacation or fam journey, and locations I wouldn’t have thought-about for many purchasers till now. It actually wouldn’t be for everybody, however I’m treating it as a yr’s instructional, and I’m residing life with no regrets.”