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Start a Travel Franchise with Explorer Travel together with Hays Travel
If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in travel or running a successful business from home, but never taken the plunge, then now you can do both with no experience required.
We opened our doors as the first online travel franchise in 2005 with just one goal: to provide an affordable and flexible solution for aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to start their own travel business, and enjoy the ultimate work life balance.
We are the only travel franchise to be owned by Hays Travel, the largest independent travel agency in the UK.
The Perfect Work-Life Balance
Becoming an Explorer Travel franchise together with Hays Travel gives you the flexibility and freedom to live the life you want, while managing your own successful travel business from your own home.
All of our franchisees earn high commissions and enjoy exclusive industry perks, including holidays at discounted rates for you and your family.
Choose The Franchise That Suits You!
Whether you want to work part time or full time, we have a package to match your lifestyle.
Travel Advisor or Guru? that is the question. We can discuss which package suits your requirements and aspirations.
With 2 dynamic packages to choose from, you can create the perfect travel franchise to suit you and your budget!
Franchise Training and Support
We provide all of our franchisees with the best travel technology, back office systems and interactive websites available. But more importantly, the foundations and motivation to succeed.
From ongoing IT, marketing and administration support – we’ll ensure you have everything you need to get off to a confident start. With the backing of Hays Travel we can guarantee the best support package you will ever need.
What Our Franchisees Say
Meet Martin - Why would someone in such a successful position want to hang up his boots and just step away? To get back to his passion of travel!
Martin did his homework on the travel franchise market and knew that joining Explorer was the best decision he would ever make. He invested in our top package and it’s paid off for him. Within the first 3 months he made c£140k in sales and he’s consistently topping our sales chart.
Meet Paul - He’s been with us since Explorer opened its doors in 2005, and he’s established quite a niche for himself selling opera breaks. He stumbled across this market by chance when he started off specialising in Italy. He featured a page on his site about Verona and its acclaimed operas and amphitheatre, which proved very popular.
Paul decided to shift gears and jumped at the chance to exclusively promote operas. He collaborated with us to develop a Verona Opera website and soon enough he became an official ticket agent. It just goes to show that you never know what opportunity lies ahead if you take a chance to try something new.
And you don’t even have to be an expert in the travel industry. Paul was the Head of Account Management for British telecom for 15 years before he made his sea change, and it was the best decision he ever made.
Meet Jane - Just like Martin, she researched all potential travel franchises in the U.K. and settled for Explorer in 2012. And it’s a good thing she did. Jane sits comfortably in our record books with the highest comission earning ever made on a single booking! At almost £11,000 it was not a bad days work. Wouldn’t you agree?
Travel is in her blood and it shows through every aspect of her dealings as an Explorer franchisee. Jane was previously an air stewardess for British Airways and therefore appreciates the importance of putting customers first. Every franchisee has their own strategy when it comes to pricing. Jane for example does not like to discount, and all credit to her – it’s made her one of our highest earners to date!
Meet Vicky - As a mother to a young son, Vicky wanted a flexible work life but also the potential to earn a substantial income. And so came the decision to join the Explorer Travel family in 2009. Vicky started off as a part time franchisee and she’s now made a name for herself as one of our top sellers. Vicky’s not one to brag, but we can tell you she’s more than doubled her earnings since she began.
Previously, Vicky earned just over £13,000 per annum working full time. Now she regularly takes home over £2,500 per month (equivalent to gross earnings of £40,000), and has more time to devote to her son. “Moving to Explorer was a little frightening after being employed with a regular, guaranteed salary but I have not looked back. The training and support is fantastic. Work is fun and the Explorer team and franchisees are like family. We all help each other out.”