Have you ever had that overwhelmed feeling of having too much information and not enough time to read it all, much less make a decision about it? Do you just want to get off that hamster wheel and run like hell? Guess what? It is a real fact of life in my industry of travel that the internet can be both blessing and curse! Read on.
That’s why I am here, my friends. To help you find the beautiful pony in the room with all that SH_ _! (You may have heard the joke in reference to a positive mindset…two adults open the door, look in, then close the door in a hurry, while the little girl runs in with her boots on to wade around, pushing it all aside and says “Daddy, there must be a pony in her somewhere!”. A good lesson for us all to look beyond the first glance and read between the lines, right?
Each person who, during the process of planning their vacation, decides to pick up the phone or send me an instant message, email, or text knows that feeling of “looking thru the SH_ _.” A brief conversation about dreams, expectations and what they DO want this trip to be (and perhaps even more importantly, do NOT want) will follow. Sharing what you have seen online allows me to give you a comparison, and, since I have been searching the great travel websites in the sky for more than 16 years, I am able to guide you towards the best value for your hard-earned dollars. THAT, my friends, is what makes me a valuable partner to you.
It’s helpful to hear what your friends have to say about their experiences and suggestions, of course. Word of mouth is one of the most important ways that my own business grows, and I am sure yours grows organically in the same way, especially if you are selling a service. We buy from people we know, like, and trust, after all. So I ask you to consider me your trusted friend, right? That is what I will be for you. Someone to trust.
Social Media can be a rabbit hole, right? Facebook has become a way to share our grandchildren’s joyful faces, our political views (though not from me!) and even the times when we struggle with one of life’s many challenges. Twitter lets us vote for our favorite singer on The Voice, and Linked-In works to keep us connected in our business lives. Let’s stay connected, even if you don’t have an important milestone coming up to celebrate, or you typically only take one trip each year, and it’s piling the kids into the SUV for a drive to the beach house you rent year after year.
Social Media is a (mostly) free outlet for us to take advantage of connections, and I think it unites more than divides. I post my twice-monthly electronic newsletter I call “The Wild Child Explorer” on these platforms, or you can ask me to add you to my email distribution list (happily). Travel advice, destination information, packing tips, and other useful stuff is yours FREE of CHARGE. And as writing is one of the things I love to do, I would truly be honored if you actually take the time to read it, even if occasionally. Grin. Hey, share it with your friends, too, if it speaks to you.
If you have read this far, yay! I want to share with you that I am leading a trip to Italy in the fall of 2017, so check it out on my FB wall, either at Bobbie Rae Murphy or Active Travel Pro. It will be important to gather your deposits soon, as the hotels we are staying in Bologna and Poretta Terme in the mountains cannot hold our space beyond April 1! The cost of the trip will vary slightly depending on the number of participants, so the more, the merrier! Message me if you’d like me to send the complete program. The trip is for 5 nights, but we can add pre or post in the city or cities of your choice.
Thanks for your following my adventures. Heading up to ski in Whitefish, MT next week, and I cannot WAIT to snowshoe in Glacier National Park. Watch next time for a blog about this beautiful resort area.