Right now there is so much hype on the internet about making money in travel. The travel deals are touting that it’s an $8 TRILLION per year industry, if you just get the tiny-est slice of this pie, you’ll be rich.The problem is, most of the travel deals are not selling travel – they are just pretending to be. There is nothing wrong with selling travel packages and getting paid a commission. If you can selling a luxury holiday package and save your customers 60% if they had have arranged that package themselves, then more power to ya. But that’s NOT where the travel deals are making their money.There may be a few legitimate online travel deals using a multilevel marketing pay plan, but there not many. Travel MLM’s simply can’t make money selling travel. They just can’t, the profit margins are too low. The industry is too competitive. You can find many great, competitively priced travel deals just by asking Google. The travel MLM’s are making their money on selling memberships. Here’s how they work…They sell you a monthly subscription that allows you the privilege of purchasing travel packages at a discounted price. There’s nothing wrong with that. Consumer retail stores like Sam’s Club and Costco do the same thing. For $40 to $50 per year, you get the privilege of purchasing goods at these stores for less than you would at other retail stores.The problem is the travel MLM’s are putting a compensation plan behind the membership programs. They are not selling travel, which is the real product, but they are selling memberships and compensating their reps on the sale of memberships. It seems legit, but it in fact is a very sneaky way to pass up money from people at the bottom, who pay the monthly fees, to the people at the top, without giving them something of real value.Yes, the memberships do allow you to purchase travel packages at a discounted price, but that’s not where the emphasis is. Most of the emphasis is on the sale of memberships, not the travel packages.Please understand this – memberships for travel discounts are not real products. They are one step away from the real product, the travel packages. But they can be cleverly disguised to make them seem like they are something of real value, which they are not.A membership only gives you the privilege of discounted travel, not the travel itself. Therefore it is only valuable when you decide to use the privilege. At all other times, it is worthless. And that is what’s wrong with most travel MLM’s. They are trying to recruit people into their “travel club” where only a small portion of the people are going to take advantage of the real products – discounted travel.To give you an real example of this type of business, a well established travel MLM company is currently under very close scrutiny from several state attorney generals because people are questioning the validity of it.In 2006, the company reported gross revenues of over $24 million. The actual sale of travel totaled $2.5 million, or 10.5% of the total revenue. About $18 million, or 74.3% came from monthly membership fees and $3.3 million, or 13.9% came from selling training tools to the distributors. The company’s real product, travel packages, only constituted a small percentage of it’s total revenue.You best watch out, because the attorney generals are not just going after the perpetrators, they are coming after the distributors as well.
Set in the 1960s, the new Pan Am ABC drama series brings to life, the glamour of air travels, beautiful air stewardesses, and the possibilities of adventures and explorations of the big wide world we live in. My husband and I took one of the last flights on Pan Am in September 1991 from JFK Airport to San Francisco before it collapsed and closed on December 4th 1991.Airlines come and go, Pan Am and Trans World Airlines are long gone…but we are still traveling. Air travel today is so different from yester years. For those who have traveled before 2001…air travel will never be the same.Today, more than ever, even with the economic downturn, airports are still full of passengers and cruise ships are sold out…we are still traveling…The U.S. Travel Association has interesting statistics about the tourism industry. Every minute in the U.S., $1.4 million is spent in the travel industry and the top 5 growth markets for visitors in the next few years are from the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and South Korea with the Chinese taking the lead.1 out of 9 jobs in the U.S. depends on tourism and by 2020, the country plans to create 1.3 million jobs by increasing visitors to the United States. That will be one of the ways to have economic stimulus.Apart from shopping, dining, city sightseeing, visiting historical sites and amusement/theme parks (those are main reasons why tourists come to the U.S.) – why do we travel?I think travel experiences contribute to our personal growth. Let’s take a look at it:According to an article in selfgrowth.com personal growth or self-improvement refers to self-guided improvement-economically, intellectually, or emotionally-most frequently with a substantial psychological or spiritual basis.Here are 5 different areas of our lives that have changed because of travel experiences:Travel improves our palette: Other than rice, beans and chicken, travel takes us to eateries that are out of this world. For some non-adventurous eaters, travel will make us move out from our usual staples of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.There are the crepes in Paris for lunch. My kids had no clue about the different types of crepes…all they knew were the ones they get from the International House of Pancakes. After a trip to Paris, they learned to make savory crepes au jambon et fromage and the sweet version crepes au chocolat with Nutella spread.It also helps them add a variety to their food adventure and try new things. Most cultures appreciate guests to consume food served. It is a sign of impoliteness to reject food and to not eat it.Travel helps us respect foods of all cultures.Travel improves our appreciation of diversity in religion and culture: Before we travel, all information was from books and internet. Travel takes us to places that have different religions. For example, Malaysia is a Muslim country. At about 5 in the morning, every morning, the loudspeaker started broadcasting morning prayers to the neighborhood without fail and 4 more times throughout the day. You see most Muslim women having head coverings and wearing long skirts and long shirts to cover their body.It helps us accept differences of cultures and religions…there are the Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus all living together in the same neighborhood. Travel helps us appreciate the freedom of worship in the United States.Travel improves our language skills and helps us learn a new language: According to Biblica.com the bible has been translated to 2,287 languages. There are thousands of languages and dialects worldwide. Imagine what we can learn through traveling. Most Europeans speak more than one language.Travel experiences in different countries allowed my children to hear English spoken in different accents…but they are all speaking the English language. They are different in Singapore, Australia, England and even Tennessee.Having written and spoken knowledge of more than one language gives us more advantages in the business world and more job options.Travel improves our understanding of people around the world: The world is created differently. Some of us live in arid lands with hardly any vegetation, some in the deltas surrounded by rice fields and some are in big metropolis like Sao Paulo or New York City. With diverse lands come diverse economic differences…some live in a modern developed land and some are still using a family motorcycle with 5 family members on it.Traveling to Managua, Nicaragua, helped my daughter understand the needs outside of her comfort zone. Going to the deep eco resort of Northern Costa Rica helped me appreciate the street lights in the US.We are creatures of habits…what we are not exposed to, we will not yearn for or feel at a lost. For example, to a Costa Rican living in non-street lights…walking in the dark is normal. They will not feel insecure in the dark. They are used to the environment. But one like me, who is used to street lights, did not feel comfortable walking in the dark.Travel improves our understanding of our earthly possessions: When we see that many have little to live with, we understand the amount that we possess. Travel has led me to live a non-cluttered lifestyle and appreciate minimal possessions.After all, we either choose to buy more stuff or choose to have the money to travel. The choices in life. For us, we chose travel experience as part of our personal growth and education for our children.Mark Twain wrote a travel book in the 1860s called Innocents Abroad, an account of his trip to Europe and the Holy Land. He quoted, Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts….(you have to read the rest of the quote in Twain’s book).
Business communication is important to success and can also allow for a healthy and well run workplace. Computers and the Internet are growing with importance towards business operations. The communication between businesses, work colleagues, clients and consumers has been made easier and has led to greater opportunities to be more productive. As this has happened the importance of good business connectivity has grown and it is now nearly impossible to run a successful business without a server and connection that allows for a business to fully integrate everything that the Internet has to offer into its practices.Connectivity is an important part of the modern workplace for many businesses and can mean the difference between a slick well oiled workplace and one where problems abound and upload speed and reliability can leave businesses struggling to fulfil their potential.Good business connectivity can make all the difference to businesses allowing for day to day tasks to be dealt with quickly and efficiently by staff whilst causing the least amount of stress. The importance of good business connectivity is vital in allowing a good upload speed which can be critical if your business often sends important documents to existing and potential clients as well as colleagues as most businesses invariably do. If uploading takes a long time on your servers and your business is impeded by this you could do no worse than to look online for alternative options that could provide you with the upload speeds that you require and deserve.Business connectivity plays a part in many aspects of a company and a good server can mean that online webinars or business meetings can be used with ease by your business allowing for a company to make the most of the Internet and the opportunities and platforms that it provides for businesses to network and share information without the need to leave the office.If your business needs to share regular information over the Internet a poor network and service provider could make what could be a simple task a very hard one. Making sure that the business connectivity you have suits your company and allows you to be the best you possibly can be in a competitive marketplace can really give you one up on your competitors and place you in the perfect position to succeed.Your business should consider contention ratios when looking for business connectivity as this can be a crucial factor in connection speeds. The less amount of people using a line results in a higher bandwidth for your business. If connectivity is important to your business operations, you should consider a Leased Line. A Leased Line offers a contention ratio of 1:1. In short this means that if your business uses a 2Mb Leased Line you will receive a 2Mb connection. Compare that to a 10Mb connection with a contention ratio of 50:1 where you will only receive 200Kb bandwidth with a much lower security level.Reliability has become a key word for the modern business. Services that have regular problems and hinder the work of the company cost time and money and could ultimately lead to slowing of work processes leaving workers at their desk but unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. It could also lead to the loss of important files or data that are stored on the network, something that could be easily avoidable with a good service provider and secure and reliable servers.To find good providers of business connectivity it is well worth having a look online to find the service that will best suit your business and its needs allowing for a productive workplace.