An online travel agent is a career that is home-based and full of perks for those who enjoy travelling. Online travel agents sell travel deals and packages to customers via the Internet at their own website. The career is ideal for those who wish to work in travel, yet work from the comfort of their own home. Those with an interest can obtain free training through various websites that will give you all the information you will need to become an online travel agent.
Choose an online travel agent course. Home Based Travel Agents and the UK-based Online Travel Training are two examples of companies that provide free online training for future online or home-based travel agents.
Fill out an online application or register for your desired training course. Depending on the course, companies will require you to either fill out an application or a registration form to begin coursework. The application will ask for personal contact information as well as questions about your previous travel agent experience.
Log in to your program website and choose from a variety of courses to take. Courses vary and include airline training, cruise ship training and hotel/resort training. Complete as many courses as you wish that your company of choice provides. Online travel agent courses often have continuing education in the form of webinars, seminars and more.
Obtain Errors and Omission Insurance. The cost of this insurance in 2010 is £357 per year or £32 per month, according to Home Based Travel Agents. This insurance is necessary for online or home-based travel agents because you will handle other people's money.