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I wanted to create an online travel business that would look as good as the most professional and established Online Travel Agencies, but without the expense of negotiating contracts with resorts, hotels, tour operators; or having to pay a team of sales agents.
Wordpress also offers a whole range of free plugins to help SEO and customize your store. You couldend up paying extra for the same additions in Magento and Prestashop.
Love Travel - Creative Travel Agency WordPress Theme is ideal for a website promoting travel and tour packages, single hotels and travel store products.
There are also hundreds more custom-built travel templates available for Wordpress.
Once you have the look and feel it's time to add the content.
Datafeedr makes it easy to build and embed an affiliate store into your WordPress blog, without any programming experience; making it a walk in the park to promote products from thousands of merchants and have your store update automatically; although there is a monthly fee.
Through the Affiliate Window network you will gain instant access to hundreds of thousands of individual hotels, hotel chains, travel-related products and vacation packages.
I recommend not going overboard and promoting every hotel you can but focus on a niche such as Hawaii or the Canary Islands. Stay close to home and concentrate on what you know best.
I realize that this isn't a detailed guide and may require some technical experience in setting up, but hope it gives some idea as to what is possible given a limited budget.
Please feel free to contact me if you require help in getting your business up and running.