11 Travel Consulting Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: July 24th, 2023
Start A Travel Consulting Business

Travel consultants offer clients advice on all things related to travel, including destinations, airfare, accommodations, and activities. Be it flights or cruises, and you can bridge the gap between customer and service provider with a travel consulting business.

You can start a travel-related consulting business without being an expert in the travel industry. The U.S. travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 trillion in economic output, supporting 9.5 million American jobs and accounting for 2.9% of the U.S. GDP. At 14.5% of international travel spending globally.

Traveling the world is a dream that a lot of people have. Starting a travel consulting business is a fantastic way to create a passive income, travel the world, and help others at the same time. Travel consulting is one of your best ways to start a business on the side to earn more money.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a travel consulting business:

1. Rayna Tours ($6M/year)

Manoj Tulsani (from Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) started Rayna Tours over 17 years ago.

$500K / month
2 founders / 670 employees
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.


2. Flight Expert Bangladesh ($18M/year)

SALMAN BIN RASHID SHAH SAYEEM (from Dhaka, Bangladesh) started Flight Expert Bangladesh over 6 years ago.

$1.5M / month
3 founders / 60 employees

Case Study

Hello, I am Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert. It is the first-ever online travel agency in Bangladesh. Our uniqueness was to build a state-of-the-art online travel agency with services focusing on Bangladesh primarily. This country has never before enjoyed taking assistance from any online travel agency.

However, the best part is that we achieved 50% more revenue in October 2021 than our pre-covid highest number on sales in a month, interestingly, and we are aiming to hit breakeven by March 2022 if all goes well in the market.


Learn more about starting a travel consulting business:

Where to start?

-> How to start a travel consulting business?
-> How much does it cost to start a travel consulting business?
-> Pros and cons of a travel consulting business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established travel consulting business
-> Marketing ideas for a travel consulting business

Other resources

-> Travel consulting business calculator

4. ClaimCompass ($6M/year)

Alexander founded ClaimCompass, which helps travelers get paid when airlines mess up their flights. In 2016, they raised $200k and they’ve kept growing.

$500K / month

Case Study

Alexander founded ClaimCompass, which helps travelers get paid when airlines mess up their flights. In 2016, they raised $200k and they’ve kept growing.

5. CuddlyNest ($2.8M/year)

Ritesh Raj (from Orlando, Florida, EE. UU.) started CuddlyNest over 6 years ago.

$233K / month
2 founders / 72 employees

Case Study

I’m Ritesh Raj, the co-founder, and COO of CuddlyNest, an accommodation booking platform for travelers. I have a travel tech background of over 13 years—so I’ve been at it since 2009!

That means focusing on all kinds of travelers, who are looking for all kinds of property types, with all kinds of budgets. Our inventory currently includes over four million properties of all types in 80k+ cities!


6. RoundAbout Travel ($6M/year)

Last week I asked him a few questions I thought you might be interested in – specifically about his fast growth and success in a really competitive industry.

$500K / month
2 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Mark and Amy Trim, life partners & business owners, founded RoundAbout Travel in 2008 as Australia's first round-the-world airfare specialist.

Their journey started in August 2008 when they first got their license amid the GFC. They sold about $900,000 in the first year and have since increased that to an annual turnover of over $6 million.

Their head office is in Norwood, South Australia, and they operate as a national online travel agency. RoundAbout Travel offers both economies & business class trips around the world.

Mark started this online travel company at 23, quitting his job as a travel agent. After 14 years, they have expanded to 5 brands and now have more than $50 million annual revenue.


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7. Total Travel Solution ($240K/year)

Nishan Rajakaruna (from Colombo, Sri Lanka) started Total Travel Solution about 12 years ago.

$20K / month
1 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

Hello, My name is Nishan Rajakaruna and I’m the CEO & Founder of Total Travel Solution in Sri Lanka. I’ve been featured in 3 world-class magazines: Bucknell, LMD, and the CEO Sri Lanka as one of the leading “young” entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka!

At Total Travel Solution (TTS), we sell the best quality Sri Lanka & Maldives tour packages to tourists from all over the world! I formed this company on 23rd September 2011 and for 7 years my company was ranked in the top 10 in Sri Lanka in the Spanish market. From 2012 to 2018 we’ve done roughly 800 bookings making almost 2000 clients happy while touring Sri Lanka or Maldives. Through these 800 bookings, we generated a sales revenue of about USD 2 million.


8. Packs Light ($170K/year)

Blogger Gabby Beckford made $170,000 in one year after taking her side hustle full-time — but she's hit plenty of bumps in the road. Here's the advice she says would've helped her have a smoother path to business success.

Gabby Beckford (from Arlington, Virginia, USA) started Packs Light over 3 years ago.

$14.2K / month
1 founders / 4 employees

Case Study

Packs Lights is a solo female travel & lifestyle blog founded by Gabby Beckford in 2020. It features travel tips, study abroad resources, travel grants and scholarship tips for all ages, and photography from around the world.

The blog offers nearly every type of resource for young travelers. The website uses movies and tales to motivate visitors to backpack around their favorite destinations. It also provides travel budgeting ideas, confidence boosters, and travel tricks. The site’s main attractions include travel patterns, ideas, photographs, news, and more.

Gabby is a TEDx speaker, Opportunity Expert, and Gen Z Travel Expert at Packs Light. She dropped her engineering profession at the age of 24 to focus on her adventure blogging. She has explored over 45 countries as a full-time digital nomad since 2021. It turns out to be the finest decision she’s ever made.

While in college, she received a $75,000 scholarship. It enabled her to complete her Mathematics degree debt-free in Dubai, UAE.

Gabby’s passion for travel began early, and she started blogging after her final year in high school. Her first income blogging was from an Amazon affiliate link.

Gabby’s Milestones and Awards

  • Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel.
  • Emerging Voice Award.
  • Wanderful’s Bessie Awards.
  • Trailblazer Award.
  • Traverse’s 12-Month Achievement Award.
  • Finalist for Newsweek’s Future of Travel awards.

She has already been featured in publications such as Good Morning America, CNNTravel, National Geographic, Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet, ShondaLand, and others for her expertise.

In 2020, she became the co-founder of the Black Travel Alliance and a member of the American Influencer Council in 2022.

Her assistance helped many young travelers by arranging free excursions to Azerbaijan, Egypt, Italy, Costa Rica, and other locations.

Last year, her sponsors of social media posts and blog pieces earned her more than $170,000 in gross cash.


10. Travel Blogging 101 ($660K/year)

Shelley Marmor (from Oaxaca, Mexico) started Travel Blogging 101 10 months ago.

$55K / month
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hi, my name is Shelley — and I’m a travel blogger. I started my first travel blog in April 2020, and by April 2023, I had grown to have four travel blogs and a blog about blogging… and they are all profitable.

From January to April 2023, I averaged $55,688 per month from my blogging business. While I haven’t hit that six-figure month (yet), my highest month-to-date was March 2023, when I made $75,196 (gross) from blogging and teaching.


11. I Want That Flight ($360K/year)

In 2001, Garth built IWantThatFlight, which was a simple script to compare flights. SEO began to work and he is now making +$110,000/month.

Garth Adams (from ) started I Want That Flight ago.

$30K / month

Case Study

In 2001, Garth built IWantThatFlight, which was a simple script to compare flights. SEO began to work and he is now making +$110,000/month.

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