If you often forget which city you’re in or when your next flight leaves, you‘ve probably racked up a lot of travel experience. Similarly, if you’ve traveled to a city so many times that restaurant owners know you by name, you just may be the right candidate to own a travel-based business!
If travel is your passion in life, strap on your seatbelt. The following are a few travel-based business ideas that could have you flying straight to business success!
With an-off road tour business, you’d offer scenic tours to clients via ATVs, UTVs or other off-road vehicles. It would be helpful to live in a popular tourist state such as California or Florida, but you could really start this type of business anywhere with off-road areas.
Marketing can be done by distributing promotional materials to local businesses that travelers frequent. These include hotels, restaurants and travel agents. Note that some businesses may request a commission for referrals, which could be well-worth it to grow your business.
Startup costs for an off-road tour business range from $50,000 to $100,000. Your main expense will be off-road vehicles, which you and your clients will use to travel on unpaved surfaces.
Bed and Breakfast
A bed and breakfast offers just that – a place to sleep and food in the morning. It can be as simple as allowing travelers to stay in extra rooms in your house. If you’d like to go all-out, you could open a full-fledged bed and breakfast inn.
This type of business is ideal for outgoing, service-oriented people, so be sure that you fit that mold. Also, note that you’ll have to live onsite. As such, this may be an ideal opportunity if you live in an area travelers would want to stay in such as a beach town.
A bed and breakfast will cost $100,000 or more to start. Your highest expenses will include a new house or renovating your existing house to meet applicable codes and regulations.
Airport Shuttle Service
Heavy traffic and airport parking rates cause many people to pay someone else to drive them to and from airports. If you don’t mind dealing with confused and tired travelers, you can park some major profits in your bank account.
Expect some red tape when trying to obtain an operator’s license. Such a license can be difficult to obtain in many areas and will generally be expensive.
However, if you live near a major airport, the trouble may be well worth it. Take Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as an example. Over 190,000 travelers pass through it daily. Sure, some are on layovers, but it serves as an idea of how large your potential customer base could be.
Marketing can be done by partnering with corporations, hotels, travel agents and other businesses who can supply customers.
This type of business can be started for $10,000 to $50,000. Your main cost would be a van or other vehicle, which you can drive straight to the bank if you succeed!
The Bottom Line
If travel is your passion, you can anticipate what the typical traveler wants. As such, you can use your expertise to start a travel-based business. Consider the mentioned ideas and, if they don’t work for you, there are plenty of others out there to choose from.
In a nutshell, provide travelers with a great experience while freeing yourself from the 8-to-5!