All indicators are pointing to â€œgoâ€, Pumpkins. Stores are busy, interest rates and heels are rising, Gregg Saretskyâ€™s talkinâ€™ Delta partnership — all signs the economy is picking up speed. And so should you.
I know there are plenty of you out there already shaking every bush for a hidden traveller. Those eager beavers who can turn a profit during wars and plagues and rat infestations. (Itâ€™s probably all the brilliant ones who read me twice a week.) But there are others who like to blame the â€œsystemâ€ for their failings. (Commissions, suppliers, unfair competition, bad reps, bad coffee â€¦ give it a rest.)
Now, Iâ€™m not saying I donâ€™t like to point the finger now and again. OK, perhaps I point more than most. But I have found other creative ways of making money (you donâ€™t think I rely on travel to look like this?). In any case, dahrlings, system or no system, nowâ€™s the time to get busy. Consumers are reaching into their pockets â€“ so youâ€™d better line up with your specialties, interesting tours, unique experiences, extra customer service, CRM, post travel follow-up, post-coital gifts â€¦. because if you think you can make a living on ITC alone, you may want to find a couple of rich husbands.
Oh, yes, I did mention â€œDeltaâ€ partnership for WestJet. Seems Southwest isnâ€™t ready to receive their Canadian brother in air, so WestJetâ€™s moved on. Itâ€™s the only way, dahrlings. Keep moving.