Here’s Why You Need to Attend MTravel’s MTech Academy


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel You’ve got a lot on your to-do list as an independent travel agent: training, marketing, customer support, accounting, research.  To assist the hungry entrepreneur, there’s an ever-growing mountain of tools and programs that promise to boost productivity. But HOW do you know what’s out there? Which programs are Continue Reading

Professional Development for Independent Travel Agents: It’s Not Optional


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel In 2009, MTravel held its first Annual Educational Conference. Our purpose was to bring together all the members of the MTravel family to help independent travel professionals become stronger, more profitable business owners. Now in our ninth year of the event, and we’ve added countless webinars, regional events, Continue Reading

Debunking 3 Home Based Travel Agent Myths


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel It’s early 2017, but we’re well into the age of the Gig Economy and rise of the home based business. Host agencies like Montrose Travel have been around for decades, helping anyone who has the chutzpah to say goodbye to traditional employment and start a home based travel Continue Reading

How to Charge Travel Agent Fees, Part 2: Easing Your Clients Into Fees


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel In Part 1 of our 2-part “How to Introduce Travel Agent Fees” series, we taught you how to determine your rates and to understand the pros and cons of certain fee structures. Today, we’ll show you how to take those beautiful fees and put them into practice. Identify Continue Reading

How to Charge Travel Agent Fees, Part 1: Determining Rates and Fee Structures


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel A few months back, we explained why it’s so important for travel agents to charge fees. But we know what some of you were thinking: easier said than done. We feel your pain. Fortunately, we’ve put together a 2-part roadmap to help you safely introduce fees to finally Continue Reading

5 Times Travel Agents Saved the Day


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel These days, more people are becoming aware of the value of the modern travel professional. Once thought to be relics of the past, travel agents have proven again and again that their skills extend beyond travel planning. As part of the travel tribe, it’s always good to be Continue Reading

Best U.S. Shoulder Season Destinations for Winter 2017


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel The holidays are over and cities all over the nation are emptying of their visiting travelers. This makes for a special time of the year for some places: the winter shoulder season. Shoulder seasons are the times of the year just preceding or following peak travel times. The Continue Reading

Best Resources for Researching Host Agencies


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Becoming a home based travel business is exponentially easier when you’ve found the right host agency partner. A reputable host meets so many needs, and provide a deeply knowledgeable circle of travel professionals for when agents need support. When researching your host agency options, explore some of these Continue Reading

Questions to Ask a Host Agency Before You Join


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Using a host agency to start your own travel agency is one of the most sound business moves you can make. That said, actually finding (and choosing!) the perfect partner can be exhausting. Here’s the good news: we can help! Montrose Travel has been in business for 60 Continue Reading

Why January is the Perfect Month to Start Your Travel Business


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Sometimes, finding the perfect time to start your own travel business is like waiting for the stars to align. You collect the information, interview your hosts, have the money ready to go—and you still hesitate. Though any time is a great time to take control of your career, Continue Reading

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