If money were not an issue for you, what would you most enjoy doing? If you’re like most people, your answer to this question is, travel.
When you think of the perfect vacation do you envision yourself sipping frozen drinks on a tropical beach, looking out over the crystal clear turquoise water as you relax and listen to the calm rhythm of the waves? Or are you more of an adventure seeker, preferring to hike through uncharted territory, challenging yourself and the elements on a hunting trip, white water rafting, or scaling towering mountains?
No matter what interests you, there are countless options available that will meet and even exceed your expectations. So, what’s keeping you from getting out there? If it’s finances, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that you can take extraordinary vacations at a fraction of the traditional cost. Cheap trips can be enjoyed that include luxury accommodations and activities, with just a few insider secrets.
The key to saving a substantial amount of money on vacations is to combine your passion for travel with your need to make a living. This is not to say that you should quit your job and become a travel professional. Thanks to the Internet, just about anybody can have a part time business in the lucrative travel industry, without spending a lot of money or time on his or her venture.
As most of us are aware, online booking sites have all but replaced brick and mortar travel agencies. At one time, being a travel agent was a full time job that involved working directly with customers to plan, book, and manage their travel.
Today, most of us plan our vacations by going online, comparing costs, and booking through the website that offers the best price for the trip we want. This paradigm shift has created the opportunity for virtually anybody to own an online booking site and become a referring travel agent.
This is a turn key business that can be as simple as locating a solid, reputable company, purchasing an online booking site that will be personalized to make it your own, and paying a small monthly website maintenance fee. Website management, accounting, customer billing, and customer support will be handled through the company that you partner with.
You can use your site to book your own travel, and if you wish, you can tell others about your site and receive commissions when they book their travel through your website. With most companies, there is no obligation to sell travel to others, and no quotas to meet in order to maintain your standing in the company.
If you love to travel but find the cost to be an issue, being an insider can give you the opportunity to book cheap trips as a result of your involvement in the travel industry. I use the term cheap trips not because you would stay at seedy motels or deprive yourself of the activities that make your vacations what they are, but because you would have the chance to purchase top notch vacation packages at a discount, and receive commissions back on your travel.
It gets even better! Along with travel discounts and commissions, referring travel agents benefit greatly from legal tax deductions on all of their travel expenses. So, if you were to take a three thousand dollar cruise and were in a 33 percent tax bracket, that cruise would only cost you about two thousand dollars when you take the tax advantages into consideration. All of your vacations would be tax deductible business expenses, and cheap trips would become a way of life for you and your family.
This may sound too good to be true, but it’s one of the secrets that is well known by the wealthy. Business ownership is one of the best strategies available to those of us who want to keep as much of our hard earned money as possible. And home businesses have made it possible for anyone to take advantage of the tax laws that favor business owners.
As a referring travel agent you will be entitled to tax deductions on not only your vacations, but on many other everyday costs that you would normally be unable to write off. These may include your Internet service, your home and cell phones, your cable TV, your computer, and a portion of your utilities. Since I am not a tax professional, the only advice I may legally offer you on this subject is to get more information on this subject from someone who is.
So, now that you’ve learned about the chance to book cheap trips and to write them and other normal expenses off on your taxes, is this idea beginning to sound enticing? If you would like to learn more about this simple, affordable way to travel as an insider, and reap the benefits of great travel perks and tax savings, I suggest you get on the Internet and research the topic thoroughly.
Don’t know what to look for? Be sure to look for a company that has been in business for longer than 5 years, and that has a proven track record of being an industry leader. If the company operates through a direct marketing system, you’ll want to be sure that it’s a member of the DSA (Direct Selling Association). Publicly traded companies are more stable than privately held companies, and have met strict governmental regulations. Of course, price and monthly maintenance fees should also be a consideration.
They say knowledge is power, and with these tips, you now have the power to turn even the most luxurious vacations into cheap trips. Bon voyage!