KHM Travel Agent Spotlight: AJ Strauss

KHM Travel Agent Spotlight: AJ Strauss


Off Camera: Oh! What has been your favorite moment as a travel
agent, so far? AJ: Cruising, hands down. I absolutely love to cruise, in fact, you
could say I have a problem. I am addicted to cruising. So, I’m actually originally from South Africa. And, I’ve been living in the United States
since 2005, and I joined KHM I believe in 2015. I’ve always loved cruising, like, I love ships,
always. Since I was a young kid. I’m always booked for a cruise, and I spend
so much time researching ships and researching cruises that it just got to a point where
I was like “I can just do this for other people.” So, when I started looking into it, because
I was like “okay, how does one become a travel agent?” I had no clue. And I was looking, okay like if I just start
my own agency, that’s pretty cool, and I started looking into – like if you just even apply
for, like, an IATA, which is an affiliation with just the airlines – just the application
it’s like well over $1000, just to apply! And that’s just one association, and then
you have all these other different agencies and associations that you’re part of, and
I was just like, “you know that is not going to work out.” So, what I ended up doing was, I did a little
bit more research and I saw, oh, well you can actually sign up with a Host Agency that
already is signed up with all these associations and these memberships and things like that,
and they also have a reputation with all the suppliers, too. I picked KHM because I know that I can – they’re
just literally a phone call away, and I can ask them pretty much anything and I can actually
speak to a professional that’s been doing it for like 30 plus years. They’re absolutely amazing over on support,
and then just so many different certifications that you can take, so many different courses
that you can do, there’s just a wealth of information out there that if really all you’re
about is just absorbing information, absorbing information – that’s the nice thing about
KHM, is they provide you all those tools and resources that you can actually learn more
and educate yourself, it’s really really easy, so, it’s phenomenal. I definitely would. If anyone is interested in just even learning
more about travel, because the nice thing about KHM is you yourself don’t even have
to be that travel agent that’s going to go out there and run it as a business, maybe
you just want to sell travel to friends and family, maybe you just want to book your own
trips and take the benefits from those. Basically like any other job, really, but
it’s so much more because you actually can experience different things, especially as
a travel agent you get to travel as well, and experience different cultures and different
areas and things like that. So, that way, when you make a recommendation
to the client it’s based on what you’ve actually experienced for yourself, not just something
you’ve learned or something that you’re really just guessing at, because that’s not what
I’m about, I’m about I know for sure this is how it is,, and those are the experiences
I want my clients to have. And so it’s just been phenomenal, we get to
cruise on beautiful cruise ships and just see the world.

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