Diversify! Specialise! Work alone! Work in a team! Today's travel agents get a lot of advice about what they should do and how they should do it, but as technology changes and travel and booking travel changes, agents may need to consider some extreme new niches. Or not.
Osaka native Reikko Hori claimed she wasn't good at "human relationships" and spent most of her time alone. But upon her return from an extreme three week 'vacation' on a deserted island, with no food, shelter, or even a swim suit, she decided that "a world without people was not the world where I really wanted to live".
Hori wasn't the victim of some horrible disaster, but had actually signed up for the harrowing holiday which was set on the Indonesian island of Amparo, 6700km northwest of Australia, news.com.au reported.
Docastaway, the travel company behind Hori's trip, specialises in providing customers with holidays and experiences on remote desert islands. People can choose Adventure Mode (like Hori) or Comfort Mode (which includes the luxury, but not the people).
While Hori's holiday gives a whole new meaning to 'getting away from it all', it also shows that while there are many who want to walk in the footsteps of other travellers, there are those who want to go where few have been.
The job of the travel agent is to know about these places, as in all likelihood, these are the places that require agent intervention. The importance of training and education is key, not to mention, the odd famil.
Similarly, as Australia gets more expensive and flights to our cheaper South East Asian nations become more affordable, medical tourism and its contemporaries are on the rise.
Take, for instance, Nicole Schiller, a single mum to two kids, full time worker and recovering ice addict.
Schiller's treatment in a Thai rehabilitation centre made national news, drawing attention to the lack of availability and cost of similar treatments in Australia.
Schiller was able to stay in luxury resort surrounds, paying $16,000 for six weeks, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
But coordinating medical holidays can be hard yakka, as can organising babymoons or voluntouring breaks. So, who do you call? The travel agent who is a whiz at price matching, the one who specialises, or the one who knows your travel habits?
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