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It’s hard for me to understand who wouldn’t want to start a home travel business. You get to enjoy FAM trips, flight discounts, cruises at rock-bottom prices and all kinds of other benefits. It’s a business you can run virtually anywhere, whether you fancy the mountains of Colorado or the beaches of Montañita, Ecuador.
And you get paid, and paid well, to send people off to have the experiences of their lives.
If you’re reading this article you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. Pardon me for preaching to the choir. Since you’re already sold on WHY you should be running your own home travel business, allow me to elaborate on HOW to get one up and running.
Here are the three basic steps you’re going to need to take:
So, you’re already sold on the dream of being a home travel agent, and working for yourself in your own business. Let me bring that dream down to reality.
Don’t worry; the reality I’m talking about is still floating in the clouds.
The life of a home based agent, or anybody that works from home for that matter, is much different than the average lifestyle. In exchange for living a dream, you leave much of the security your used to behind.
You don’t have the office camaraderie you enjoy at a standard 9 to 5. You don’t have anybody to blame if something goes wrong. Beyond that, running a home travel business is drastically different than working for an established travel agent. There’s nobody to guarantee you a paycheck every week. If you’re not earning and giving service to clients, you aren’t going to eat.
Of course, the perks are there. Being an independent agent does give you the opportunity to make ridiculous amounts of money. It also awards you with unrivaled freedom and the flexibility to live how you want, where you want and with whom you want.
Just make sure that you can stomach the risk that goes along with that freedom before you jump in with both legs.
Every state and jurisdiction is different; you have to be aware of what kinds of licensure and certification you will need in your area. Some jurisdictions require little more than a simple form submission… while others practically require you to swear over your first born.
Once you know what you’re up against, you have to make the personal decision as to whether the price tag (in money and time) is worth the effort. While it isn’t an everyday occurrence, some do find the price to start up a travel business to be prohibitive.
Most training resources outline what steps you need to take to be legally recognized as a travel business in your area. The better ones also include the necessary forms you need to fill out and submit.
Step #3 will discuss training further.
The allure of running a home travel business will quickly turn into a nightmare, if you aren’t prepared. Just having a dream of working one of the most exciting industries isn’t enough… you need the training behind you to make it your efforts worth it.
If I had one recommendation to give aspiring home travel business owners, I would recommend giving a look at the courses that Amazon offers. They are much cheaper than most training courses you can find, and the depth rivals travel agent school curriculums.
There are three resources in particular that take you by the hand and show you everything you need to know to start a home travel business.
To learn more about these three Amazon resources, click the link in the Author box below.
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How to become flight instructor
Being a flight instructor you may fulfill others’ dream of flying. To teach students how to fly an airplane, you should be certified flight instructor. After having certificate in flight instruction, you are eligible to offer instruction on commercial training and ground instruction, and private piloting. Remember, qualification and eligibility to become flight instructor varies from country to country.
First you need to have the private pilot license after completing private pilot training. To complete training you need to pass a medical, knowledge, practical flight and oral exams, and all other flight capability tests conducted by concerned federal aviation administration. Your age must be 17 years to take all these exams.
Learn instrument flight rules to obtain instrument rating which helps you to become commercial pilot. Contact local flight training schools, or airports, and choose a qualified flight instructor who can train you. Take an aircraft to get train. If you have your own aircraft, that’s good. Otherwise, take an aircraft for lease, or for rent. Take an advice from your instructor to choose an appropriate aircraft. Get training, and take federal aviation administration knowledge test. Usually it covers broad areas of subjects including aerodynamics, weather and flight planning, and teaching process.
Then take complete flight training, and pass practical test which covers all areas of flight skills which are must to get certification as a flight instructor. Usually, practical test is administered by the federal aviation administrationdesignated employee.
Consult aviation agency, put your resume. Mention your educational, technical, and other related training back ground. Face the interview with positive attitude, and get the job. After an eligible instructor, to train applicants for a flight instructor certificate, you must have given at least 200 hours of instruction along with your own flight instructor certificate.
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If you lived in Beijing and you said you don’t know Hotel Kunlun people would think you were joking. I have lived in Beijing for over 11 years and visited the hotel many times for business meetings and leisure. Personally I think it’s one of the best hotels in Beijing.
The Hotel Kunlun is situated just inside the Third Ring Road of Beijing, which is the main traffic link between the centre of Beijing and the suburbs. Its central location is convenient for visitors and guests. From Hotel Kunlun to Beijing Capital International Airport the distance is 20km, to Tiananmen Square 10 km, to Beijing railway station 8km. It is also surrounded by many embassies, such as USA, Canada, Japan, etc. It’s a 10 minute drive to the British Embassy. Last but not least there are many famous and popular department stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants around.
The Hotel Kunlun was opened in 1986, and is owned by Jinjiang group, one of the biggest hotel chain groups in China. It was refurbished in 1999 and 2005. The outer facade is chocolate brown in colour and 29 floors high. In 1995 it was listed as top best 50 hotels in China. In 1996 The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences awarded Hotel Kunlun with the Five Star Diamond Award.
The name of the hotel is from a famous mountain called Kunlun Mountain, which is located in the north west of china and being considered as a signal of stoical spirit in Chinese culture. Now the CEO of the hotel is a famous screenwriter called Hai Yan, which made the hotel more famous among Chinese people as well as foreign tourists. Many celebrities have visited and stayed in the hotel including David Beckham and his team mates of the Real Madrid team.
Although there are many tall buildings around the area you still can figure out the hotel very well from distance. The entrance is not very grand, but with a big water fountain in front, which separates in and out traffic of the hotel. It has a big car park for guests at the left side of the main entrance.
Upon reaching the main entrance you are welcomed by two doormen and one of them will help you with your luggage or guide you towards the door.
The decor in the grand lobby is beautiful. It is very bright and spacious any time of the day. There is a big piano at the centre of the lobby. Every afternoon there is a pianist to play melodic tunes for guests.
The reception staff are in the left side of the lobby. They can provide service 24 hours a day in Mandarin, Japanese and English languages. Cash, Visacard, Mastercard and JCBcard etc are acceptable.
The hotel has over 700 rooms including 6 options. The room sizes are from 28 square meter to 100 square meter. The prices are between £70 and £300 roughly. All rooms have free internet connections and satellite TV set, which provides world wide TV channels. Other facilities include safety box, mini fridge, sofa, telephone, etc. All fully equipped bathrooms have shower and bath, 24 hour hot water, slippers, dressing gown, etc.
The hotel has 7 dining rooms. It provides international cuisine, which include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai and western cuisines. The most famous cuisine is Shanghai cuisine. The most famous dining room is called Dingfeng, which is located on the 29th floor and revolves slowly one revolution every 130 minutes.
It includes a swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, and sauna.
The hotel has many flexible meeting rooms. The biggest one accommodates over 800 people. It is like a theatre and has all modern equipments for business meetings.
Because of my previous job I have been in the Hotel Kunlun many times. I also visited with my family and friends so I think I’m quite familiar with it. According to my experience of other 5 or 4 star hotels in Beijing, I personally consider Hotel Kunlun is a good choice when you visit Beijing, no matter to stay or just dine there.
The advantages of the hotel
Location: its location is convenient for going anywhere you want in Beijing especially to the airport and the city centre, which features Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and numerous other downtown historic sites. You have many transport choices: taxi, public buses, subway.
Good service: because it was one of the earlier 5 star hotels in China, their staff are experienced professionals and welcoming. By the way it has exclusive use of Air China’s hotel check-in service.
Meals: not only provide many different cuisines, also the atmosphere is magnificent. The Dingfeng dining room is most impressive. It is decorated beautifully with blue sky design and Swaroski crystals every where. The open kitchen also gives you a chance to see your meal being cooked. You also can see outside with a beautiful vista when it’s revolving.
Entertainment: unlike many hotels just guests of the hotel can use the fitness rooms.
The disadvantages of the hotel
Price: compared to some new 4 or 5 star hotels it is a little expensive. If you pay £70 a night you just get a 28 square metre room on the lower levels. In this case you can not see any beautiful view outside. Also the bathroom is very small. You might just be able to stand in the bath and have a shower.
The rear garden:the Hotel Kunlun would say they have a rear garden which not every hotel in the near area can have, but when you walk there you just see a very small garden overlooking the busy Third Ring Road.
I was there with my parents and friends just for special days. To me it was an expensive hotel. Now after travelling a few places in the UK and staying at a few B&Bs I changed my mind about the hotel. Its service and accommodation really deserve the money you pay.
So if you do visit Beijing give it a go.
PS. This might be posted by me on other websites under username happysh2009 or Blossom.
If you want to see the picture of the hotel please visit my blog: http://blossom-iwanttoseetheworld.blogspot.com/
There are various websites which offer great opportunities in traveling. Each and every person in this world loves to go for a holiday. It is very important to choose the right kind of place as your holiday destination. Before choosing your destination it is always very important to discuss it with your family.
When you log on to the internet and look for the travel companies you will get lots of websites. Adventure holiday marketing has become quite popular these days. Adventure travel destination.com is one of the websites which provides you proper information about the adventure travel suppliers.
This website has lots of things like information about the car rental companies which are local, various adventure activities, information about different kinds of hotels and resorts. There are lots of tourism suppliers present all over the world. These suppliers can access the marketing pages of this website directly.
They will find lots of opportunities for them in these kinds of websites. Other than the suppliers the travelers also get various benefits from the website. So whether you are interested in adventure destination marketing or in an adventure holiday you can look forward to this website.
As a traveler you can check out the website for the various specials as well as deals offered. There are lots of travelers who like to go for an adventure travel once in a year. There are certain travelers who prefer to deal directly with local hotel owners as well as tourism operators.
They want to deal directly with them because by doing this they get special rates and offers on the holiday package. Other than this, there are many more privileges that are offered by the hotel owners and operators.
When you enter into this website you will different kinds of information as well as blogs written on this topic. You will also mingle with lots of other travelers who can share their experiences as well as reviews.
This website also has a page which is called the vacation special and this page offers you with the list of travel experts. These experts can also offer you with the knowledge about the special offers and packages. Other than this, you also have the destination guide pages.
This page offers you with the opinions of the travel experts. Adventure travel destinations.com is the website which has become quite popular these days. This website is actually a part of the AXES marketing network for tourism.
If you choose the local hotel owners and contact directly with them then you can enjoy the local activities much better. You can contact with the local hotel owners and operators for destination marketing with the help of this website. There are lots of adventure travel destinations in this world.
You will get information about all these destinations from this marketing website. Online booking options are also available in this website. Other than this, there are lots of other facilities that are available with adventure marketing. So get the best deal now.
In our commitment to being the premier source of knowledge and information regarding the freight transport industry, we are embarking on a new leg of the journey. We are going to start building a glossary of all the most important freight transport terms we’ve encountered on the road, on the rails, and everywhere in between. There are a lot of good resources out there; the U.S. Department of Transportation has put together a pretty inclusive list that we’ll be drawing from, along with our own resources and others around the industry. We’re going to start this endeavor with our first term. Average Annual Daily Truck Traffic (AADTT) is a term used to describe the total volume of freight transport truck traffic that passes over a given portion of highway in a given year. This number is then divided by the number of days in a year. This might seem like a menial statistic, but it is an essential measure in determining the amount of maintenance that a given portion of road might need. It can also be important in determining the amount of tax dollars needed to keep everything running smoothly through this portion of highway.
A freight transport vehicle, whether we are talking heavy haul vehicles or ltl trucking vehicles, is decidedly more wearing on a given portion of road than conventional transport vehicles. In fact, the heavy wear delivered by the heavier loads of freight is enough to restrict freight transport vehicles over a certain weight from accessing some smaller roads. Roads frequented by freight transport vehicles (those roads with higher AADTT) require a lot of extra funding from all the extra wear and tear that comes from the thousands upon thousands of tons of freight that travel across their surfaces. By using the average annual daily truck traffic measure, the needs of a given portion of highway can be more accurately assessed and judged, keeping the roadways safe for both freight carriers and public users alike.
We are in the midst of a surge in fuel prices. There are a lot of reason, but the result is standard across the board; a push for efficiency. This is not to say that efficiency hasn’t always been a primary goal, it is just to say that its importance is being emphasized right now. As we pointed out last time, nearly every form of freight transport relies on petroleum to operate. We also discussed the push toward a cleaner and more efficient use of energy for environmental reasons. In last week’s blog, we looked at the fact that that rail transport produces only around 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide for every 100 ton-miles traveled. Trucks produce about 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide per 100 ton-miles. This is a pretty big difference and can have a pretty big impact when it plays out on a large scale. So, why doesn’t everyone just use rail transport? Well that is what we’re here to look at today.