Chelsea Guffy recently started a side hustle as a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. “I was like, ‘Okay, this could be something really cool,'” Guffy said when a friend she helped advise on a Disney vacation suggested she do this as a job. This is the story of Chelsea Guffy, as told to writer Jamie Killin Something is loading.
This essay is based on a conversation with Chelsea Guffy, who recently started a side hustle as a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. It has been edited for length and clarity.
Last year I noticed on social media that one of my sorority sisters had started working as a travel agent on many Disney vacations and working for a travel company called ET Family Travel.
I had a Disney vacation in November, and I had already booked everything, but I asked her if she could book restaurants for me, because that’s the hardest thing to get at Disney World, and she agreed . She helped me get all the restaurant reservations I wanted.
Then she said, “Chelsea, you know Disney inside out. You should be an agent.” So, I thought about it, and when the new year came around, I was like, “Okay, this could be something really cool.” I joined the team and fell in love with it.
Travel is right in my blood, and I love to book vacations for my family, so it was a no-brainer.
I grew up in Florida about two hours from Disney World and grew up going there.
Chelsea Guffy recently started a stampede as a travel agent, is seen here at Epcot Center with the iconic ‘golf ball’ after starting a stampede as a travel agent..isney vacations Chelsea Guffy
The first time I went there I was probably three weeks old. I’ve always had a love for travel – I studied abroad in college, and when I was growing up my family would take trips at least once a year to different places in the country.
Travel is right in my blood and I love to book vacations for my family, so it was obvious that I would like to do it for other people.
The agency I work for focuses on Disney and family travel, so most agents focus on theme park vacations. However, we do all kinds of trips. I mainly focused on Disney at first, but then I got requests from my friends, so I decided to branch out.
I took a trip to the UK for a friend of mine in June, and now I’m taking another trip to the UK as well as a trip to New York. I have also helped with trips to California and even staycations.
My clientele is mostly made up of friends and members of my network, but I now have two clients I didn’t know before – one contacted me through my social media and the other was referred to me by the agency.
Chelsea Guffy, who started a side hustle as a travel agent, says “travel is just in my blood, and I love to book vacations for my family, so it was a no-brainer that I would like the do for other people.” Chelsea Guffy
I am able to help my clients save a lot of time. I have a lot of knowledge; while they may need months to plan a trip, I can do it for them in three weeks. Sometimes I also find lower prices for them.
I also make sure to tell my clients that this is my second job and that I have a full time job. I try to spend as much time as possible with my clients, but I make sure to set expectations.
I also get perks like free Disney tickets and hotel discounts.
As a side hustle, it’s nice to have some extra cash. I am an independent contractor who earns money from commissions from theme parks and hotels. There may also be benefits from the suppliers we work with, which is a plus for a travel enthusiast like me.
The time I spend at work varies, but I average 12-15 hours a week on top of my full-time job. I start as soon as my son goes to bed, so 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. are my preferred times. It works because I’m a person who likes to be busy – we’re always going, going, going.