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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lou Faber

Why I Started My Travel Business

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Hi! Thank you for your interest in my website and my blog! Here is the short of it:

If you don’t want to read this whole post, here is my topic sentence: I started this travel agency for people who think they can’t afford a travel agent. For one, most people don’t even realize that travel agents are still a thing. We are and we’re here to help you!! Also, people who might know there are travel agents out there probably think they can’t afford one. Here’s the thing you need to know – there are travel agents out there (like me!) who are not going to charge you anything for their services.

Two points about that. The first – entities like Disney, Royal Caribbean, Best Western, etc., actually have commissions built into the price. If you don’t use a travel agent, that commission just goes right back to them. This is how companies like Expedia and Priceline popped up. Those companies collect the commission from those big entities when you book through them.

Now that you know that, here is my second point – travel agents that charge you a service fee are not bad people! If you find a travel agent that you connect with that charges a fee, that’s okay! If you can afford the fee, give it to them. You are paying for a service just like you would for someone who fixes your car or takes the garbage away. Please understand that in paying that service fee, you are just supporting your travel agent. There is more than you think that goes into planning and managing travel for others. Because of this last fact, I really thought about charging even just a small fee. There are those out there whose travel is going to require more work. There are also those out there who are going to ghost out. A service fee will make sure that the agent gets compensated for their time no matter what happens.

Why don’t I charge a fee then? Like I said in my topic sentence – I’m here for those who think they can’t afford a travel agent. I am going to collect that commission from your booking, so I will eventually get paid.

I am a broke bitch. I have been for my entire adult life. My husband and I have been together for 17 years (married for 8), and we have almost always struggled financially. Even though we don’t have a lot of money, we still try to go out and travel as much as possible. One summer we saw about 200 rock/metal live performances (many of the bands repeating at the different festivals and shows we attended). We have been to NASCAR races and hockey games. We have seen many different rivers, lakes, and waterfalls (we really like water). We camp, road trip, and fly. Yes, sometimes, the funds for some of these trips were given by family members to help us out mostly likely after the trip when we realized we spent too much and needed to pay the power bill. Lol But it was very important to us to go out and do these things.

What’s my point? My point is that I see you. I see the family that wants to go to Disney World but sees that price tag and turns away. I see that couple that wants to go on an amazing honeymoon but one is still in college and the other is in an entry-level position not making his or her potential yet. I see the best friends who live on opposite sides of the country wanting to go on a cruise to the Bahamas because one is broke and so they need the least expensive option for a vacation together.

I have traveled A LOT and I know how much time and energy it takes to look for the cheapest possible option when your funds are the bare minimum. I know that the less money you have, the more time it is going to take to find the right deals and locations to fit your budget. I took advantage of the opportunity to work in the Disney College Program because I am a Disney fanatic and thought I would never be able to afford to go to Disney World. I literally worked for 6 months at Disney World just to be able to go. The less money you have, the more time it takes.

If you take anything away from this post, I hope it’s this. I am here for you. No matter who you are, no matter what your budget. I will help you go on the vacation of your dreams. Are you a Disney fanatic that needs to step foot in the OG Happiest Place on Earth? I got you. Are super stressed out because you work 3 jobs trying to keep up with your monthly expenses but seriously need to get away? Talk to me… I have options for you. Are you a stoner that wants to try weed in all the legal states? I got you, too. I do not judge. You treat me well and I will treat you well. I got all kinds of tips and tricks for all sorts of people and budgets.

I offer a one-hour initial consultation. You can tell me what you’re thinking and I will do my best to help you out. If it’s not a good fit, no worries! We can virtually shake hands and part ways with no hard feelings. 😊

I want to thank each person that reads this, especially if you stayed to the end here! Even if we don’t end up working together, I wish you all the luck in the world in every aspect of your life! I appreciate you!! ❤️

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