Are you thinking of opening your own travel agency? If so, you need to keep a number of things in mind. Owning a travel business demands a certain level of skill and professionalism. It is not just a matter of getting a license and plugging into a program. So if you want to be one of the good ones, I strongly suggest that you take the following advice.
For starters, specialize in something. Know that one thing inside and out. For instance, South American travel or exotic adventure travel or eco-tourism. Find and study everything you can get your hands on in that thing. Become a genius. Too many travel agents will book you a cruise to now or a flight to no man's land and not know the difference between the two. The travel industry has become so vast, that it is just not possible to be an expert at travel in general. You will need to narrow your field. Your business may increase exponentially if you keep that focus on a few things. And you do those things well.
Here's a second thing. Why not become a "notary public"? Why you ask? What's the relationship to a travel business? People travel for many reasons and sometimes in order to settle some special business they are in need of a notary. There are not many notaries available these days, so this is something you can offer your clients either for a small fee or divorce as a way thanking them for their business.
If you are required to agree to an exclusivity contract in order to work with a particular agency, do not do so. That agency is unable to force you into such an agreement and you do not have to. You will, of course, want to check with a lawyer on this one. Most would probably advise against signing such a contract. It may very well be against the law.
As a travel agent, you will find so much fulfillment. Like I said, good ones are hard to find so if you really know your stuff, you will be very in demand. People will actually come looking for YOU to book their trip. That means more money for you in YOUR pocket. That's what it's about, no? How many of us could use a bit more income? Especially in these days!