Happy New Year to you too.
I was interested to hear that you were thinking of setting up my own Travel Agency or Tour Guide from home. I was in the same position 2 years ago when I lost my job as an IT Manager for an online luxury travel business. Having some experience in the travel industry and a technicaI background I looked into all the options for running a travel business from home without spending a small fortune. After dismissing many options such as travel franchises due to cost I found that setting up an affiliate based travel website would be the most cost effective option. I've since built my current travel website at www.jddiscounttravel.co.uk which is built around the Expedia.co.uk hotel and hotel/flight package affiliate program. The program pays commissions of 6% for each hotel booking which for example would pay out £48 for an £800 hotel booking, not too bad for a home based business with no overheads. I'm currently setting up a website which will provide business entrepreneurs the tools and knowhow to build their own profitable online travel businesses. Feel free to contact me if you need any help with your venture, I hope everything goes well!
I’m very interested in starting my own online/Home based travel business and I found your information on this site and was wondering if you could send me any further information on how you set up etc. and the Expedia Affiliate Programme. Wasn’t sure if you’d set the information website up.
Any help and advice would be very much appreciated.
I'm still in the process of setting up the website, apologies that that it's taking so long, I'm trying to make sure all the information is accurate and up-to-date. It's still a few months away from completion but I keep you updated nearer the time :)
I would be pleased to help if you have any other questions.
I really appreciate it. Any information would be of a great help. My contact email is email@example.com if you would prefer to contact me directly.
I am also looking to set up in the UK, with the no travel background other than my own, so any information you've collated that could help would be greatly appreciated.
Why not begin as an affiliate, most of the big companies Thomson, Thomas Cook, OntheBeach etc have affiliate programs. There's no obligation to make any sales, but if you do you make commission.
You could build a website with a Wordpress travel agency theme such as
I know it's not as simple as that but I'll be pleased to help if you have any questions.