Is It Time for Your TRIP of a Lifetime?  

A letter from Diane Petras CTIE, president, The Travel Institute

If you are looking to start or reset your career and become a travel professional, welcome! You are in the right place at the right time! Indeed, the entire Travel Institute team is here to guide you as you venture out on your Trip of a Lifetime.

Every year, The Travel Institute educates more than 2,000 students at varying levels of experience through the TRIPKitSM. This educational program has long been the gold standard in ensuring baseline, new-agent industry education and is also used by owners and managers looking to enhance the education of new hires. A turn-key, affordable, and flexible educational tool, the TRIPKit offers potential travel advisors a comprehensive overview of booking air, ground, accommodations, cruises, tours, and packages while also exposing them to numerous other booking nuances.

As a TRIPKit student, you will learn about each segment of the travel industry and will discover how to book travel, set realistic goals, connect with the right networks and become a travel professional. TRIPKit offers a solid foundation by providing the knowledge and confidence needed for success.

Completing the TRIPKit curriculum will help you prepare to take the Travel Agent Proficiency, or TAP®, test, which evaluates a student’s newly attained knowledge and capabilities. It is the first industry-recognized qualification for many industry newcomers and the baseline testing standard since 1964. A passing score on TAP also is the first step toward advanced travel professional recognition as graduates showcase their accomplishments with customers and colleagues alike on their way to even greater success.

Once on your way, you will travel, share best practices and become a global ambassador. Sounds wonderful—and it is—but you need to know that being a true professional requires a disciplined approach, along with an understanding of how the distribution chain works and of the role played by technology, marketing, networking know-how, and more. You’ll also need patience and a deep desire to work with different personalities and to counsel all to ensure they make the best travel choice for themselves. In addition to being a travel expert, you’ll also learn how to be a savvy businessperson.

Consider who and what will give you the tools you need for success. The Travel Institute provides the education, but you provide the commitment, drive, network- and relationship-building that’s just as important. Along the way, we’ll be here to coach, encourage, support and celebrate your success.

And, a decision to enroll in the TRIPKit could not have come at a better time! The Travel Institute’s annual October TRIP of a Lifetime promotion for new travel professionals is now underway, featuring substantial tuition assistance savings of 40 percent on its TRIPKit introductory training course bundle and automatic enrollment in the TAP exam after completing the course.

During this limited-time offer, students save nearly $150 on the TRIPKit comprehensive curriculum package. Along with the TAP final exam, the self-guided course includes two college-level textbooks and related workbooks, plus an extensive online learning component focused on real-world, real-work experiences and information on industry technology, marketing and more. With online and print components, the course is used by individuals studying independently, agency owners and managers training new staff, and post-secondary vocational institutions teaching travel-related curricula. The promotion also includes content distributed via a dedicated webpage, webinars, and other targeted communications.

Are you ready to hit the start or reset button for a career in travel? If yes, take the first and most important step by registering for TRIPKit. Buckle up! It will be your TRIP of a Lifetime!