If there's one thing that is super true when it comes to a career in travel it's that you will never get bored, and that choosing a niche is also anything but boring and ever evolving..
When most people think about a career in travel, selling cruises comes to mind. Not necessarily a simple option but a great place to start. The topic of cruising has many opportunities for specialization. For instance specific destinations like Alaska, European, Exotic come to mind or possibly look in a totally different cruise direction like, adventure, luxury, family or all those rolled together.
Choosing your niche is more about following your love. What is your love when it comes to travel? If you follow your love, you will find your passion, and when you find your passion, you will find your niche. The trouble with travel is that there are so many wonderful places to fall in love with. Remember I said you would not get bored!
I'd been in travel for over 20 years before I journied to Europe. I honestly could not understand what the whole "Europe" thing was about. Then I took my first rivercuise with Avalon. Oh boy, instantly I found a new love, a new passion, a new niche. Not only river cruising, but all of Europe.
Escorted tours? Oh YES! Independent travel with trains, hotels, museum passes? For certain! The whole works. The whole 9 years. The whole everything. I fell in love and I was hooked. What a change from my many years of selling Mexico and the Caribbean my first love
The great experiences all-inclusive vacations offer families, couples, luxury and budget minded clients was incredibly rewarding for me, and a natural fit living in Minnesota. The beaches, the warm weather and great flights were the perfect place to start and build my business.
From there I moved into romantic travel specializing in honeymoons and the natural progression was to destination weddings. Mexico and the Caribbean for me are like going home. Then, just for good measure throw in Alaska. The wonders of crusing the inside passge and exploring the Yukon. With that, you pretty much have Bonnie Lee and how she developed her "niche"
Did all of these happen at once? Nope. It happened over time. I pretty much have fallen in love with every place I have traveled.
Come to think about it, I might not be the best person to write on how to choose your travel niche!!
The whole TQ team is excited to write posts on our blog. We'll add their photos as they write their first posts - stay tuned!