Changing my job and changing my life

Allow us to introduce you to Lyn, a new Travel Counsellor

I am married and I have a 13-year-old son. We are all very passionate about travelling, exploring and discovering all the wonderful places that our planet has to offer. I have travelled to; Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Dubai, Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland. My bucket list is still very long with places to visit. All things travel related interests me. Beyond that, I enjoy reading, hiking and running, and above all, spending time with my family.

What is your background and where did you work before becoming a Travel Counsellor?

I studied Travel and Tourism in 1994 and then started working for a Travel Agency for 5 years. I then moved on to another agency which specialised in corporate travel. After 8 years consulting, I decided to expand my expertise and I moved into hospitality sales, where I spent the last 14 years. In the recent years, I had been looking for an opportunity where I could utilize my skills and knowledge yet branch out and work on my own. I bumped into an ex colleague (who is now a Travel Counsellor) and she told me about the business model. Immediately I knew that it was something I would love to do. After researching, I knew that I had found the opportunity that I had been looking for. It was perfect timing with my move from Cape Town to Johannesburg. My family also played a pivotal role in motivating and encouraging me to start my own travel business.

What does becoming a Travel Counsellor mean to you?

Becoming a Travel Counsellor will bring me flexibility and a better work-life balance. For many years I felt that I had compromised myself and my family, by over extending myself at work. All this with no meaningful rewards. I love that I can manage my time, all the while being able to offer my customers the very best service. I love that I can challenge myself to be the best that I can be and that the rewards that I will get will be fulfilling.

What are you most looking forward to as a Travel Counsellor?

I love that I am a franchisee of a global company, this gives me peace of mind knowing that I have the support from a respected & trusted brand. Plus, their offering of advanced technology, brilliant systems and the passionate head office team, who work behind the scenes, ensure my success! I look forward to having an unlimited earning potential, knowing that it’s up to me to make this happen.

Have you set yourself any goals or milestones for what you want to achieve in your first year?

Yes. I would like to achieve a revenue of R1 million in my first year. My goal is that every client who I assist will book with me again and again.

How do you plan to grow your business?

I will be using my exiting personal database of people who I know. I will use the marketing tools that Travel Counsellors provide me with to let them know how I can service them. I will be active and visible on various social media channels to attract new customers. I have a referral plan in place and have a plan to go and find new clients.

What do you love most about working in the travel industry?

I love the energy in the travel industry that excites and energizes me. From a child, I have always been fascinated by travel. I had a keen interest from a young age about the different places and people in the world. This has not changed. I love the people within the industry. I love my clients and I can’t wait to continue building lasting relationships with them. Once travel is in your blood, it's almost impossible to get rid of it!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

My list is endless, if I only had one choice - Nepal and the Himalayan Mountains call my name. It's an intriguing and spiritual destination. I would hope to find inner peace and to experience the pathway to enlightenment- spending some time with the Monks. Aside from the deep stuff, there is so much to be enjoyed in Nepal like trekking under Mount Everest, rafting, seeing the tigers, experiencing their nightlife and entertainment, as well as immersing oneself in the culture.

If you too are at a cross road in your career and contemplating going on your own, then we would love to chat to you.

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