A WorldVentures representative who I knew from a previous job reached out to me to catch up. Then a few conversations later presented WorldVentures on a silver platter. He connected a three-way call with an experienced woman within the company to cosign the business. They preferred I sign up at that moment, but I took my time to make an informed decision. I decided to read up on the company; digging through their terms and conditions, other reviews online, and Better Business Bureau (BBB). It seemed like a sound investment, also considering I am already a traveler. So within 24 hours, I signed up for the vacation club as well as a sales representative. What really interest me was going on vacation on stock! This is what they call DreamTrips. Just like Sams club, you pay a membership fee for bulk vacations which means low prices for consumers. Members may meet up on vacation, and some of them are all-inclusive. Also, the monthly rate you spend converts into points to use for a DreamTrip. They had just launched their app when I joined in which I thought was cool to browse your trips and post pictures of you past vacations. Flights weren’t included, and you had to book through other channels, which wasn’t a problem with me. Seemed like a winner! The commission as a sales representative, to me, was a bonus.
Disclaimer: I am not a WorldVentures representative promoting or selling the business. This post is about my experience with the company, and in no way trying to persuade anyone to sign up. You’d have to make an informed decision on your own terms.
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
WorldVentures is a multi-level marketing company where your earnings are based on a pyramid structure or pyramid scheme as some may say. But it is actually legal. The representatives, therefore, team up to help each other sign up more people because they all benefit from each other. Here is a snippet of MLM marketing from Wikipedia:
MLM pay structure example:
To stay on the safe side of the law, WorldVentures sell DreamTrips as its product. You can make money by selling the product, but also by recruiting other salespeople and gaining a commission as well. Meaning, if you recruit enough people on your right and left wing, you can possibly make a sustainable income. That is because those people may recruit even more in their lineage, and you get paid even more money. BUT it is said only 20% of representatives earn a sustainable income, while the other 80% do not make little to none.
According to their 2015 Annual Income Disclosure Statement:
“There are no guarantees regarding income. The success or failure of each Independent Representative in WorldVentures, like any other business, depends on the Independent Representative’s own skill, dedication, personal effort, leadership qualities, and market available.”
The Training Event
Immediately after I signed up, my mentor stressed that I must go to the training event to learn how to sell the product. I made a commitment I would give it a try for a year, if it doesn’t work out, then I would release myself from the club. So why not go all in? Therefore I put up a few hundred bucks and signed up for the next big event in Houston, TX.
The first day, I waited in a line wrapped around the building to check-in for the event, then went inside for the show. There was loud music, people screaming, and testimonies of how WV changed their lives. There were very emotional rags to riches stories in which I was very touched. It was pretty much like a church service once you think about it. This lasted for a few hours with more music and dancing. After this event was over, I went to my hostel to get ready for the next event.
The next day is where the action began. This time the stadium was packed like it was a rock concert. There were more music, dancing, shouting, and tears. There was the chief trainer who is really good at his job. He was very witty but also very serious and knowledgeable. The other speakers spoke for 30-40 minutes. They all spoke viscerally about their experience with the company. Their team of members rooted them on as well. This went on throughout the event, including rewards to reps who advanced within the company. On Sunday, there were talks of God, gospel music, and praise. I must say, it was a pleasant experience. (Unfortunately, I deleted all the pictures and videos related to WorldVentures including those at the event. Keep reading)
When home, I decided I was going to go all in. Especially after the euphoric experience in Texas. I printed a list of all my friends on Facebook and began to share WV with them. They teach you all of that. Some representatives will reach out to you after finding something in common to talk about. Then go in for the kill about the company. I decided to do that at first, but people felt betrayed as if I only was interested in my agenda (which was true). So I decided to be upfront with people from the get. After a few presentations, I was able to sign up two people. (But hey my vacation club points were accumulating). Close to the end of the year, unfortunately, I came across a few challenges with the vacation packages and as a sales representative.
- Short Vacations
- Not the best option for solo travelers
- Lack of support
- Area restrictions
- No Strong “Why?”
There are tons of vacation on the website to choose from across the world. From places in the U.S. to Spain, China, Indonesia, and China. The prices are pretty decent as well. But upon searching vacation packages, the lower costs, the shorter the stay. For instance, you can pay for an all inclusive vacation in Bangkok for three nights, for a low price, but is it worth the expensive plane ticket? For me, it was not.
Not the Best Option for Solo Travelers
One of the benefits of the club is you can decide to go solo and feel welcomed by other WV travelers on vacation. But, the price jumped drastically selecting one person. So I would try to convince my friends and family to go on vacations with me and failed. Therefore, if you have a travel buddy or a group of people who like to travel, this may not be a challenge for you.
Lack of Support
In my opinion, upon succeeding with the company, you need a support group. They need to help you with your presentations initially, and you with theirs. You need to be encouraged along the way. Otherwise, you lose momentum quick. Your mind needs to be in a vortex to not be side tracked with any other influences. The training event helped, but they are typically priced high. I attended a few conference calls diligently. But I had more support, I probably would have remained a rep for a few more years.
As stated the income disclosure statement, market availability is one of the key factors that contribute to the success or failure of a representative. I live in a small time where most are happy where they are, don’t like to travel that much, and are not driven to make money, and fine with the 9-5 job. Most aren’t risk takers. You can imagine the faces on individuals while making a presentation. This type of things was foreign to them. My mentor would help the deal with a conference call. But I would have to go an extra mile, “dance a little bit more,” to convince them to sign up.
No Strong “Why?”
What is your “why.” This is what a lot of speakers declared at the event. Why are you doing this? For your family? I recognized hearing a lot of stories, people were going to lose their home or already homeless, had families, had a sick parent or grandparent they needed to take care of, etc. I believe upon success with the company, you need a STRONG why. Just to make money, in my opinion, is not enough. Something that will get you out of bed every morning, because you have nothing to lose. For me, I did not have a strong “why.” Being that I had n kids, with a good job, good business, my parents are taken care of, and already able to travel pretty well: there was nothing to keep me dedicated enough to the company.
A year had passed, and only two people signed up, and I told my mentor I would not be continuing with WorldVentures as a sales representative. I would be keeping my membership and take advantage of the already accrued points to go on my first DreamTrip. He wanted me to sign a document to transfer my slot in his lineage to someone else. That is what I did. Come to find out, my vacation club was also canceled. Not only that, they charged a transfer fee. I also got an email that my password was changed. Very fishy! So, I called WorldVentures and complained of course. They said I should have indicated on the document that I wanted to keep my vacation club membership. I argued there was nowhere in their terms and conditions that stated I had to do that. Also, there was nowhere in their terms and conditions where I would be charged to transfer. They wouldn’t refund my money. Therefore, I had no choice but to go to the Better Business Bureau. They refunded the transfer fee as well as the points (which converts to dollars) lost due to canceling my membership.
So is WorldVentures a scam? I say only if you do not know what you are getting into. It is safe to say the demise did not end amicably. Funny how I did not find a flaw when researching their paperwork to join, but there were issues when I decided to cancel. If I didn’t read the fine print, I would have been out of luck. This is something to take into consideration when entering. What if it doesn’t work out? Will they try to hit you with extra fees that are not in their terms and conditions? Go ahead and check out the BBB complaints, some are similar to mine.
It is said only 20% of representatives earn a sustainable income, while the other 80% make little to none. That means to be successful, you have to be completely dedicated and driven. You pretty much have to eat, sleep, and drink WorldVentures to beat the odds. Is that something you are ready for? You can always sign up for DremTrips only, that is an option. But don’t think this would be the best choice if you travel solo at times considering the price jump. In my opinion, this vacation club is more beneficial for families, also considering babies are free.
WorldVentures is just not for me. Besides, there are plenty of other ways to travel at discounted rates! Actually, just before I signed up for WorldVentures, I already had booked a one week trip to Europe at a great deal. Please check my Travel Tips section for more info on how to find the best travel deals. Safe travels!