6 Must See Cities in Europe

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For those of us fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most fascinating cities, we don’t always appreciate how wonderful and eye-opening those escapes have been until we stop and think….. we’ve been there!     And yes, many of you reading this blog may have also traveled to these great cities but have ventured on to many more.  For those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to experience these destinations, we hope this introductory taste will be enough to inspire you to book your next adventure in 2018.

Paris, France

“What an immense impression Paris made upon me.  It was the most extraordinary place in the world!”  – Charles Dickens

Paris can be many things to many people.  It is romantic.  It is beautiful.  It is rich in history.  It is elegance.  It is extraordinary cuisine.  It is nightlife.  It is lovely streets, lanes and impressive bridges.  It is worth spending time exploring all this amazing European city has to offer.   Of course, you cannot miss the iconic Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum but explore more to appreciate her intrigue – Jardin du Luxembourg, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Hôtel des Invalides…just to name a very few.  And, whatever you do, don’t miss a river view of Paris on a boat ride on the Seine.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

With over 50 museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam attracts several million tourists worldwide annually.  The visual impact of seeing Amsterdam for the first time is remarkable with more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments.  Amsterdam also boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe.  Don’t forget to take in the seemingly endless canals and bridges this magical city offers – try a canal cruise during the day or night, or both.  This may be a city which will require several return trips.

 London, England

“When a man tires of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”  – Samuel Johnson

What comes to mind first when you think of London?  There are so many iconic destinations to put on your ‘must see’ list!  Buckingham Palace with its crowd inspiring colorful guard and also where the queen resides in regal splendor; the Tower of London (well worth an entire day) where you will be entertained and educated by the Beef Eaters, hear tales of the ravens and the demise of many political prisoners;  Big Ben – you simply cannot miss looking at this towering jewel of London; Westminster Abbey, where Britain’s monarchs are crowned, some are married and many buried; the London eye which is an enormous ferris wheel measuring 394 feet in diameter sitting on the banks of the Thames.  Our advise for those travelers for their first trip to Europe – check out London first.  You will not need to worry about learning new words in a foreign language to get along on your adventure there.

Venice, Italy

“She is the Shakespeare of cities – unchallenged, incomparable, and beyond envy.” – John Addington Symonds

Celebrated art and architecture are just two reasons to whisk yourself away to the winding canals of Venice.  The 2-mile long Grand Canal, which is shaped like a large question mark, marks the heart and soul of this place like no other in the world.  Places of interest not to miss include Piazza San Marco and all this crowd gathering spot has to offer such as the Doge’s Palace, the sidewalk cafe’s and restaurants, and the famous pigeons hungry for hand-outs; the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Ducale, Bascillica Di San Marco, the San Giorgio Maggiore Church and the Guggenheim Museum.  Consider going to Venice in the off-season (November through April), which means smaller crowds and cooler temperatures.  Not everyone falls in love with Venice, but if you do you will keep going back.

 Barcelona, Spain

An extremely popular destination for Europeans and Americans alike, Barcelona is a sophisticated and trendy city which overflows with fashion, music, food and dance.  Often referred to as a walking piece of art travelers will be richly rewarded with  impressive architecture such as Gaudi’s Catedral de la Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell which appears to have stepped out of a fairy tale and emulates an English garden city.  300 days of sunshine a year makes this remarkable place an ideal getaway during most any season.  Barcelona is another city which can be quite crowded, especially on days when large cruise ships are in port, so aim to visit this popular destination in the spring or fall.

 Prague, Czech Republic

“Prague doesn’t let go.  This old crone has claws.  One has to yield or else.” – Franz Kafka

Although known as the ‘city of a hundred spires’, Prague actually has nearly one thousand spired buildings and include gothic cathedrals and baroque palaces.  This historic and colorful destination takes time to explore and to get a feel for the pulse of the city.  One of the first must see highlight for your list will be the Charles Bridge, Prague’s signature stone bridge complete with buskers, food, entertainment, and a perfectly framed view of Prague Castle.  Prague Castle is a rambling castle complex that can be enjoyed by simply walking the grounds or taking a tour of the inside walls.  Petrin Hill, a lovely hill in the shadow of the castle complex offers sweeping views of the city.  Either wander up on your own or take the funicular to see the 299-step faux Eiffel Tower, the mirror maze and Stefanik Observatory.  And don’t miss the focal point of the Stare′ Mesto district, the Astronomical Clock which has chimed since 1410.

10 Reasons to Become a Home-Based Travel Agent

There are many reasons why a career in the travel industry can be fulfilling, rewarding and fun. 

Here are our Top 10:

1.  You Have Always Wanted to Travel – Now is the time to start!  You can see the world.  Take time to study destinations, learn about cruise lines and tour operators, hotels & resorts and then put it to work for yourself.  Take advantage of travel agent discounts, upgrades and perks when you travel.

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2. You have a passion for travel – If you are already fortunate enough to have the lifestyle and freedom to travel, what better way to continue but with far less cost to you.  Travel agents are provided intriguing travel opportunities at discounted rates so you can continue to travel but also increase the number of trips you take and expand the types and number of destinations you explore.

3. You are already helping your friends and family with their travel planning – We estimate that at least 50% of the new home-based travel agents who join the Prestige Agent Network are ‘pied pipers’ for their group of friends and family members.  So many possibilities –  family reunions, weddings, class reunions, graduation cruises, honeymoons, Quinceanera’s, family vacations and get togethers!  It is always more fun traveling with those you know so why not make money for your efforts, too!

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4. You are interested in applying your social media and technology skills to a fun business – Gain a competitive advantage by promoting your travel business with a savvy technical approach and a hands-on, personal social media marketing campaign.  Are you on Facebook?  Twitter?  Instagram? Pinterest? LinkedIn?  The list goes on and on.  Most people out there are on as many as 30 different social media platforms and the point is we are all using social media.  If you are good at this, you can do well.  If you don’t know social media, there are many ways to learn about it.Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

5. You are seeking new opportunities for growth and enjoyment – Feeling a bit bored with your usual routine and lifestyle?  Looking for a new passion and reason to get excited and motivated?  Travel may be the answer as it will broaden your horizons and your view of the world while inspiring you to live a more fulfilled life.

“Who lives sees, but who travels sees more.”  –  Ibn Battuta

6. You are tired of your 9 to 5 job – Developing your home-based business as a travel agent with Prestige Travel Network can provide you the option of saying good-bye to the drudgery of your 9 to 5 job.  Set your own hours, work at your own pace and be your own boss.  The fact that you can make your decisions, mistakes and successes is very rewarding compared to having your work life dictated by someone else.

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7. You would like to earn additional income – Whether you are working at a full-time or part-time job or perhaps you are taking a break from the work force, becoming a travel agent can be a rewarding and profitable home-based business.  You research travel, work with your friends and other travelers you know, you book their travel and then you wait for your monthly commission checks to start flowing in.

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8. You enjoy people and would like to expand your own personal network – If you are social, genuinely enjoy talking with people, and more importantly, place value on your services and knowledge, you will be admired and much appreciated by your clients.  You will meet and speak with all types of people and learn to make the perfect ‘connection’ so you can guide them to the best vacation offers.  If your clients are happy you will be happy as well!

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9. You have time on your hands and you want to fill the void with a rewarding activity – Maybe you are out of work temporarily, on short or long-term disability, you just had a baby, you are recovering from surgery, or you are in-between jobs and you can’t stand sitting at home all day on the sofa….you are getting bored!  It would be a perfect time to learn about becoming a home-based travel agent and start reaching out to your friends & family to offer your advice, services and travel planning expertise.

10. You want a home-based business which is relatively easy to develop and grow – It’s easy to find customers.  Customers are the most important asset of any business and getting them is a challenge many small businesses face, however, when you own your own home-based travel business the world-at-large is your customer base.  This makes finding customers infinitely easier than in other types of businesses.  You can develop clientele without ever meeting your customers face-to-face!  You can take reservations from local customers, from national customers, and from international customers.  And, you can do it any time of the day or night.

Have a great trip

And there you have it – 10 Reasons why you should consider becoming a home-based travel agent.    Just call Prestige Agent Network at 800-940-8801 or visit www.PTSTravel.com today!  We’ll tell you about our ‘Quick Start’ program and how you can realize enjoyable Income Opportunities, Tax Advantages, and Travel Industry Benefits.  Why wait…..?

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