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Description: We offer you a unique opportunity to run your own successful internet travel business using our proven successful formula. No experience is necessary! This could be the best business decision you’ll ever make! Opportunities: Opportunities available throughout UK. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Investment: £5,995. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes. Part-time: Yes.

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Explorer Travel success story

A franchisee with Explorer Travel tells their story…

1Having spent fourteen years with BT, I knew that it was time for a change. However, I was unsure exactly how to make that career change.

Over the following eighteen months I brought franchise magazines, spent Sundays religiously scouring the papers for ideas and attended the franchise fairs looking for inspiration.

Having established many of BT’s most successful customer relationship management telephone operations in the UK, I wanted to get back to a situation where I could use the skills I had developed through working with a product that I actually enjoyed and believed in – the question was what would that be?

After doing the rounds of the franchise fairs I had focussed in on six travel franchises. Travel is a subject that I enjoy and with the frustration that I usually experience in booking holidays to Italy this planted the seed of an idea to move from telecoms into the travel market.

In September 2005 I visited the NEC franchise fair to meet six travel franchisors. Six became two and I walked away with the usual carrier bags full of brochures and magazines. Flicking through them I came across an ad in one of them for yet another holiday franchise company and duly added them to the list. So two became three.

I finished with BT at around the same time and I had a healthy bank balance. I kept in touch with the 3 franchisors, regularly, and met with the new addition, Explorer Travel, who seemed to offer more of what I wanted: the ability to have access to the major players as well as the niche market suppliers in the travel industry, the support of an established team of travel consultants and the ability to set my own agenda for what I sell – and all with the much sought after (and expensive!) ABTA bonding.

4I calculated that if I were to try to pull together a similar business model it would have cost approximately £80-100k to establish an independent travel agency. Much as I believe in myself – with little knowledge of the industry apart from being a customer - I’d have fallen at the first hurdle.

Three questions stuck with me – Explorer who? Track record? And how much?

After discussions with Steve (Franchise Director), and the other franchisees, solicitors and accountants (and by booking a holiday through them to check them out) it looked like a worthwhile and calculated risk, so, on Christmas Eve 2005 I went for it and joined Explorer Travel.

For the first time in many years I was attending a training programme. Taking the plunge turned out to be a fantastic experience: the trainer was superb, the topic was interesting and the seed of confidence was planted!

I spent the next few weeks doing research for my first specialist web site. The support from Steve and the team got me through the ‘change’, from ICT (telecoms) to Travel Agent.

I recalled one of the first conversations with Steve shortly after we met. I was talking about Naples, a grossly overlooked destination (in my opinion), and he said something along the lines of ‘it’s exactly the passion that you have when you talk about Naples that we’re looking for in franchisees and so “Passionate About Italy”... was born!

So much has happened since then: more websites, more late nights and plenty of hard work to acclimatise myself. Some things haven’t worked quite as well as I expected others have taken off beyond belief – if you’d have said to me this time last year that I would be selling opera packages I’d have said you were out of your mind!

So, having spent years trying to get customers to buy something that they didn’t really want and that gave them no pleasure, I find myself in a situation where there are no longer objections to overcome. Sure there are plenty of other challenges but to be in a situation where the customer actually wants the product that you have is fantastic – the rest is down to me to make them buy it from me, and they do!

For the first time in many years I actually enjoy what I do!

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