Since 1997, travel agencies were feeling the sting of “cutting out the middleman”. Why? The internet, of course. When travelers are planning their trips, the first place they search for information is online.
What was bad news for the “bricks and mortar” travel agency, was good news for the entrepreneurs. Many travel agents set up their own home based business. They could offer other travel products like train adventures, safaris and cruises.
Still more crafty home based business owners started travel web sites and affiliated with other travel related businesses offering lodging, vacation packages, flights, you name it!
And, let’s not forget the weblogs. Better known as blogs. These travel sites are a trip in themselves! If you can’t get away and need to have a virtual respite, just go online. Search for any destination in the world and you will find a travel site to indulge your senses.
There are many enterprising bloggers out there. Some have a blog about the place they live. It doesn’t have to be exotic. Don’t forget the business travelers. They want to know about the shopping, dining and entertainment spots in the city or town they are visiting.
Some vacationers are so enthralled by a certain place they simply want to share their knowledge and passion with others who are thinking of traveling to the same area. Who better to take advice from than someone who knows your vacation spot like the back of their passport?
Now, putting envy aside, how about those lucky souls who actually live year-round in those exotic locales? If it were you, wouldn’t putting up a website or blog about your little piece of paradise sound like a winner?
Look at the retirees who are fortunate enough to escape the cold or the rat race. And have retired to a warmer, kinder and gentler place. How many of us want to know the details of retiring to such a state or country? So, they are putting up websites and selling ebooks!
Now, my happy wanderer, where do you fit in? Are you part of the wave of entrepreneurs who have travel sites? Maybe you’ve been thinking of starting an online travel blog. Or, you’ve just slapped yourself on the forehead and said, “I could do that!”
Whether it’s a passionate hobby or you want to make money with your love of travel, you want to offer your visitors an experience they will never forget.
Picture this if you will…you could offer your travelers:
* a deal on a bed-and-breakfast in Normandy
* an African safari
* a secluded tropical beach with maid service
* a thrilling ski trip in the French Alps
* a view of the pyramids
* the cruise of a lifetime
You’re feeling it, aren’t you? Anything anybody could possibly want. Even luggage, clothes and all travel-related products. You could give it to them. How? What is this be-all, have-all magical entity?
eBay! Only the number one ecommerce site in the world! For good reason. It deserves a second look. Do you smell that? Hmmm, tropical flowers, I think.
(c) 2007 Karen Cook