Sunday, May 30, 2021

425 - Michele Cartwright on Building Your Travel Business

Show 425
SHOW NOTES
Imagine moving to a small rural town where you know no one and the population is not wealthy but the people are hardworking. Then imagine yourself starting a travel business in your new home town. It seems like the odds may be against you but not for Michele Cartwright. Michele started her travel business in just those circumstances and now she has a successful travel business. Michele tells us her story and talks about what it takes to build a thriving business. Michele started with no knowledge of the travel business and moved from that point to success. She is willing to share her business experience, keeping you on the right track, and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Email Michele at michele@dbdtravel.net or michele@thesavvyadvisor.com
The Savvy Advisor website where you can learn more about growing your business - https://www.thesavvyadvisor.com
Michele's travel agent website - https://www.dbdtravel.net
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

The Fine Print
Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receives no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz.
© 2021 All Rights Reserved

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Show #424 - Rachel Hill's Two Easy Marketing Tools for Big Results

Podcast Number 424
SHOW NOTES

In previous episodes, we've talked about marketing tools such as Facebook, YouTube videos, and Instagram. You can feel like a small fish in a big pond in these marketing venues. You throw your message out there and you hope someone sees it and they engage with you to the extent they get to know you, like you, build trust, and eventually become your client. Or, if they are your client, you hope they see your message.

Rachel Hill, our guest on this month's show, is a travel marketing strategist and a social media influencer who generously shares some of her expertise. Rachel describes two marketing tools that are inexpensive, easy to use, and will engage your clients on a personal level. Chances are very good, with the use of these tools, that your clients will see your message. In addition, as a marketing strategist, Rachel gives us some strategies that you can use, with or without these easy tools, to communicate your expertise and build your brand.

LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Rachel's website is at rachelvhill.com. Or, on Instagram at rachelvhill. Rachel has an online quiz that you can take to find your social media strategy. The quiz is at https://www.rachelvhill.com/quiz.
TextMagic
VideoAsk.com
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

The Fine Print
Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz.
© 2021 All Rights Reserved

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Show #423 - The Best Job I Ever Had - Travel Agent

Podcast Number 423
SHOW NOTES
Having several different careers in life is not unusual for most of us, and looking back at those careers gives us a perspective on what we really enjoyed. In this month's show, our guest, Howey Flatten, talks about his time working as a travel agent and the things he really enjoyed about the best job he ever had. The CORONA Virus has made working in the travel and leisure business a challenge, but Howey will remind us what is wonderful about being a travel agent. I hope you enjoy getting to know Howey as much as I enjoyed interviewing him despite the technical and audio challenges we had during the interview.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Howie Flatten at howardwflatten at yahoo.com (I've removed the @ sign in Howie's email to prevent web crawlers from harvesting his email for spam purposes.)

CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz. © 2020 All Rights Reserved

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Show #422 - Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Travel and Tourism

Podcast Number 422
SHOW NOTES
Last June in Show Number 415 we talked about the future of travel considering the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. That Show was seven months ago and we have learned a lot about the virus and we have a vaccine that is beginning to get widespread distribution. In that seven months, the future of travel has changed and that is the topic presented in this Show; the latest on the impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism. In this episode, I will start with the current impact of the virus on the travel and tourism industry and then move on to the current attitudes about travel and the pandemic. From there I will take you to what the future of travel looks like and then wrap up with what all of this means for the travel professional.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
"What Percentage of Workers Can Plausibly Work From Home?" Article from Forbes  
"The Stress From Working From Home is Getting to Most Americans," Article from the New York Post
"Working From Home was a Luxury for the Relatively Affluent Before the Corona Virus - Not Anymore," Article from the World Economic Forum
"LDC Tourism: Making strides towards sustainable, resilient recovery from COVID-19," Article from Trade For Development News
"What vaccines mean for the return of travel," Article from the National Geographic
The CommonPass Network
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz. © 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Show #421 - The Best of Travel Business Marketing and Sales Ideas

Podcast Number 421
SHOW NOTES
As we move forward into a new year, we can do so with some hope that the pandemic will end in 2021 and the travel business will make a strong return because of the pent-up demand. In considering the topics for December, I wanted to focus on a topic that will help us reach out to those travelers who have been stuck at home for the past ten months. For this show, the result is a compilation of clips from previous episodes of the Home Based Travel Agent Show, where we interviewed some of the top industry leaders who shared with us their marketing and sales tips and ideas.

I hope you enjoy the clips from our previous shows and that you find them useful for 2021. I want to wish you all a great and prosperous new year with nothing but success for your business. I look forward to bringing you the Home Based Travel Agent Show for another year (the 16th) with great information and a little humor along the way.

LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Podcast 263 with Dave Stockert - Dave's book: "The Idea Machine II."
Podcast 194 with Cory Andrichuck
Podcast 315 with Cris DeSouza
Podcast 55 with Scott Koepf has no link because that show is no longer archived.
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz. © 2020 All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 30, 2020

Show # 420 - A Lighthearted Look at Your Favorite Theme Parks

Podcast Number 420
With Zoë Wood
SHOW NOTES
With the thought in mind that it's time for some humor in this all too serious world of Covid, I wanted to take a light-hearted look at travel for this month's show. I was fortunate to have found Zoë Wood's articles on "The Dis" so I shot her off an email asking her to be on the show and she graciously agreed. Zoë is an international travel writer and a weekly contributor to "The Dis." Zoë's articles are often light-hearted with a mix of humor, sarcasm, and satire that she now brings to this episode. Zoë is from Sydney Australia and is a frequent visitor to Disney Land and an occasional visitor to Disney World.

 I hope you enjoy Zoë's satirical and humorous perspective on who you don't want to be when traveling to Disney, or any other crowded venue.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT
Zoë Wood bio and links to her articles on The Dis.

The beginning of "The Five People You Don't Want to Be in a Disney Park" series by Zoë Wood.

Zoë's Facebook page.

Zoë' Instagram page.
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz. © 2020 All Rights Reserved

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Show #419 - A Covid Visit to Disney World From Start to Finish

Podcast Number 419
With Gary Ebels
SHOW NOTES
Gary Ebels made two trips to Disney World within the past six weeks and he joins The Show to talk about what he experienced during those trips. Gary discusses how things have changed with the Covid restrictions and also has several tips that are valuable for you or your clients if they are planning a trip to Disney World. Gary begins the discussion by talking about his experiences with flying to Orlando, his rental care experiences, and then on to the Disney parks and what is happening there. This is an "on the ground" report that you don't want to miss.
LINKS TO ITEMS WE TALKED ABOUT

Gary's website is at solodisneytraveler.com

Email Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com
Follow Gary on Twitter - solo@disney
CONTACT US
The Home Based Travel Agent's Facebook Page
Email Barry barry@hometravelagent.net
 
HBTAS RECOMMENDATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Home Based Travel Agent Show is a proud affiliate of the ASTA Small Business Network - Formerly NACTA.
Build Your Knowledge and Earn Certifications at the Travel Institute
Do you want to create a podcast? Please check out Blubrry.com.
Music Credits
The song, "Zazzie" is by Keving McLoed and Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
The song, "Mining by Moonlight" is by Keven McCloed and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. Barry, or the Show, receive no compensation from the guests on our show, or from the companies they represent unless we state otherwise during the show. We invite guests to our show because they offer something of value to the travel trade community. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is funded from the resources of Barry Kantz. © 2020 All Rights Reserved

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