How to start a freelance travel and tourism career

Are you looking for work at home opportunities in the travel & tourism field? This article gives complete information on how to become a travel guide or holiday planning advisor with reputed travel websites in India.

For those who love travelling and equally love sharing their travel experiences on public forums or on their own blogs & websites, there are wonderful opportunities to earn sitting in the comfort of their own homes. With a growing niche of travel hungry people, there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of travel portals offering unique tour packages. Cashing in on the lucrative travel business, they now offer unique freelance business opportunities to those who wish to work from home. Here are a couple of such opportunities…

Working as a travel guide for MakeMyTrip portal

This travel portal recruits female candidates to work as Travel Guides from home in different cities of India. Note that male candidates are ineligible to apply for this work. If you are selected, it is mandatory to undergo a 10-day training session.

Job responsibilities

  1. Answering enquiries from guests.

  2. Creating an appropriate itinerary as per the guest's interest.

  3. Preparing the costs of a travel package.

  4. Expertly engaging in selling a holiday package.

  5. Ensuring tracking and collection of payments.

  6. Attending training sessions as & when required, in classrooms via Web services and conference calls.

Eligibility requirements

  1. At the time of taking up this work, you should not be employed on full time or part-time basis. If you have a year or more experience in the travel domain but currently are not employed, then also you are eligible for this work.

  2. You should be based in the location or near the location where the Travel Guide posting requirement exists.

  3. You must have a computer or laptop with Net connectivity at home.

  4. You should be willing to assign six to eight hours daily, though the work hours are flexible and not fixed.

  5. You must be knowledgeable about and actively involved on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  6. You should have good communication skills.

  7. You should have the ability to troubleshoot and deal with problems quickly.

How to apply

  1. Visit the official site:

  2. Select 'Work from Home'. This will show the work opportunities in specific cities. Select the one appropriate for your location (see point no.2 in eligibility requirements above).

  3. On clicking on the post, the details will appear in a box on your screen with the 'Apply now' button. Click on that to submit your application.

Working as a holiday advisor with Yatra portal is offering a freelance business opportunity for those who do not have a full time job and who love travelling to work for them as holiday advisors.

Eligibility criteria

  1. You should not be above 55 years of age.

  2. You should not be employed in a full time job.

  3. You should have a computer with an Internet connection.

What you have to do

  1. Your work will be to promote & sell varied domestic and international holidays and tour packages offered by

  2. You will assist people in selecting the holiday deal that is suited for their interest & fits into their desired itinerary so that they enjoy a fantastic & memorable experience.

What you will get

  1. A user friendly online booking tool.

  2. Professional training.

  3. Sales and marketing support.

  4. Huge benefits including:
    • You work as per your own schedule, with flexible working hours.

    • The work is done from your home.

    • You can earn a 5-figure income with attractive earnings.

    • You can earn commissions with wonderful holiday deals and free family vacations as those who perform well can get holiday vouchers as rewards.

How to apply

For more details of this opportunity, you can SMS "YHA" to 56161 or write to: [Note: contact number for SMS and email was provided in print advt. in Hindustan Times (Mumbai edition), dt.15/11/2015, page 3].


So what are you waiting for? Women, freelancers and independent business professionals – hop aboard a lucrative business platform and learn how to become a holiday planner!

Article by Vandana
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Author: Partha K.29 Nov 2015 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

As usual, an excellent article from Ms. Vandana. It has opened a new vista of career opportunities for computer-savy young men and women who are interested to join travel and tourism industry. This was a totally new area for me. Thanks.

I would expect similar article from the author on online tutoring.

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