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WANT TO BE A TRAVEL AGENT? Insider Tips and Advice from Travel Advisor Susan Kelly

A few weeks ago I was eating breakfast with my friend Sandy. When talk turned to travel, I quickly realized how skilled she was at sleuthing out great travel deals. “You should be a travel agent,” I told her. 

As it turns out, I’m not the first friend to have told her this. So, when Sandy admitted that she secretly harbored a desire to become an agent but had no idea how to get started, I offered to introduce her to respected Virtuoso travel advisor, Susan Kelly, owner/agent at Luxury Adventure Trips and my personal go-to gal for trip planning for the past fifteen years. 

Have you ever wondered what it would take to get started in a career as a travel agent? I asked Susan if she’d be willing to share with Sandy her thoughts on how, if she were starting today, she would go about it. In typically generous Susan style, she not only encouraged Sandy to go for it, but also allowed me to publish her insider tips and recommendations.

Luxury adventure travel advisor, Susan Kelly, on safari at Okonjima/Africat, Namibia.Editor’s note: What follows is an e-mailed reply by travel advisor, Susan Kelly, to a reader’s question about how to become a travel agent.

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TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP: Enter To Win The Ultimate European Road Trip 

It’s all too easy to daydream about jaunting across Europe and chronicling your adventures on the road. So, stop imagining, and get writing, because wants to send 3 aspiring travel writers on the ultimate European road trip this summer.

If selected, you will be flown from your country of residence to Berlin, Germany, where you will spend 2 days at the very first World Nomads Travel Writing workshop under the mentorship of veteran Lonely Planet author and industry mentor, Alex Leviton.

After the workshop, you will head off solo on a 10-day European road trip, travelling around thanks to GoEuro and staying in top accommodation with Hostelworld each night.

During your road trip, you will be tasked with capturing your daily adventures on your World Nomads blog and sharing your local experiences on Instagram.

The winners and shortlisted applicants will also receive enrollment into a MatadorU travel writing course.

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GO NOW: 5 Unforgettable Namibia Adventures 

Tell people you’re headed to Namibia and they’ll likely have little idea where that is. As one of Africa’s youngest countries boasting the oldest desert in the world, this vast and wild republic on the south-west coast of Africa isn’t on most tourist mapsyet.

But with wildlife galore, adventure sports, ancient culture, stunning landscapes, very few people and environmental protection built into its constitution, Namibia is one of those places that intrepid travelers fall in love with and often never leave. I visited Namibia in 2013 for the Adventure Travel World Summit and definitely found myself thinking, “I Could Live Here”. 

Ready to go? From self-drive and family safaris to active adventure, photographic tours and bespoke luxury, here are 5 Unforgettable Namibia Adventures to help you GO NOW.  

SELF DRIVE: Extraordinary Journeys

One of the best things about Namibia is that, unlike many other safari destinations, it offers the chance for travelers to do a self-drive itinerary. If exploring Africa behind the wheel of a 4x4 appeals to you, then Namibia should be high on your list. Click through for a sample itinerary by custom safari experts Extraordinary Journeys that could be done as a self-drive or with a private guide depending on your style. Learn more

MULTISPORT: Adventure Life

Does tracking endangered black rhinoceros on foot, spending two nights sleeping beneath the stars in the Namib Desert, hiking the world’s largest sand dunes and sea kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean sound like an amazing vacation? What about optional mountain biking, sandboarding and cooking classes? Then check out this new active Namibia safari from Adventure Life.  Learn more

FAMILY: G Adventures  

Just because you’ve settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are over. Get wild with your family and introduce your kids to the wonders of Namibia on this G Adventures family safari.

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GREEN TRAVEL: Explore Scotland On An Eco-Conscious Trip 

I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for Scotland since the early nineties when a yearlong Fulbright teaching exchange took me there and ignited a passionate and insatiable curiosity about the world. A few years ago I was back in Scotland for the Adventure Travel World Summit and met Irene Lane, owner and founder of Greenloons, an ecotourism tour company.

Today, I’m excited to partner with Greenloons on a fun new Facebook campaign in which we giveaway one of my Scotland landscape photographs as a free, downloadable screensaver. I invite you to join the fun. It’s free and easy. Click here to get started today 

If you’re ready to launch your own Scotland adventure, here are three eco-friendly trips—a Highland safari, family adventure and Scottish train experiencefrom Greenloons to get you there…

Storm light paints this autumn scenic golden,  Isle of Mull, Scotland, U.K. 

Why go:

Whether you want to discover your ancestral roots or participate in a hiking, cycling or wildlife festival, 2014 is the year to visit Scotland. Focused on the great outdoors plus the cultural heritage of these fun-loving people, each trip takes in a range of activities and coincides with one of the local Homecoming Scotland 2014 festival events.

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Do you wish you could bring your yoga instructor on vacation? Have you vowed to continue your practice when you travel only to find that you don’t? Then check out this new Kenya Yoga Safari with my friend Whitney Bushnell, a private yoga instructor and travel professional. 

This spring (May 16 - 24, 2014) Africa safari specialists Extraordinary Journeys and Whitney have teamed up in Kenya to offer a unique safari experience featuring exciting wildlife, bespoke luxury, breathtaking landscapes, authentic cultural engagement and exclusive yoga instruction.  

Private yoga instructor Whitney Bushnell in Botswana. Photo by Ellen Barone.

The epic adventure traverses East Africa’s hub of Nairobi, the wild African Bush including the renowned Maasai Mara and vast Samburu, and includes a community class and educational gathering with Africa Yoga Project. For nine days, you will experience excellent wildlife viewing from foot and by 4x4 safari vehicle, personalized yoga and meditation classes tailored to fit your needs and healthy, delicious meals prepared specifically to fit your tastes. 

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