On July 4, 2014, I started my travel agency. I operated online but I was properly registered. I have Mayor’s permit, BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), and DTI (Department of Trade & Industry). I didn’t have a physical office, and I still don’t have one up to this very day. I operated everything mostly from home but can be done anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection.
When I first started doing tours, I was so anxious and I didn’t know what to say. I was so awkward when we picked them up. But once everyone was settled inside the car, I was amazed at what I can do. From being awkward, I suddenly can’t stop talking.
With every tours I handled, it’s always like that. Anxious at the beginning because I don’t know the guests personally, I don’t know what to expect. I’m always worried that they won’t like me or my services. What if they have bad temper? How will I handle that? But thankfully, I never had problematic guests.
Once I get comfortable with them, things go smoothly. My worries vanish into thin air and I enjoy the time being spent with them. I work and I enjoy it at the same time, it’s amazing!
The saddest part for me, is when everyone is finally comfortable with each other, but the trip is about to end. It’s like saying goodbye to friends/family, and you know on your part that you might not see them again. I guess that’s just me, being clingy as always. LOL
When we drop them off at the airport or seaport at the end of every tour, we (me and the driver) feel kind of sad that the car will be quiet on our way home. But that’s life, people come and go.
On the other hand, we feel happy knowing we did our best to make our guests enjoy their trip with us. It’s bittersweet seeing their smiles and waving goodbye at the same time.