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I wanted to post a quick update because I'm excited! I decided not to go with the AAA position: it was full time with hours that didn't work well for me and my family. So I waited it out and a small, local franchise for CruiseOne/Dream Vacations was looking to bring on an associate. So I have met with her multiple times and I'm signing on under her! Lots of training available through CruiseOne as well as having Marci there to hold my hand. I can't wait to get started. Thank you so much for all the info and support here!
You might want to consider joining a professional organization like NACTA or ASTA to network with other travel agents and meet local suppliers. They have a Verified Travel Advisor Program that will teach you the basics of becoming a travel agent. You'll learn about legal requirements, disclosures you must provide to clients when you book them, learn about the Ethics of being a travel agent and you will be listed on a VTA on ASTA's website.
I also think you made a good decision working with a local agent who can train you too. You will be able to learn at your own pace and work hours that work for you. And I am glad you found a legitimatate franchise and not one of these Multilevel Marketing "agencies".