Listen up, Linda (Does everyone remember this adorable boy from Ellen??)
I’ve got something awesome to tell you.
If you follow us on Facebook or perhaps know me in real life, you’ve probably heard me babble on about UNICO, the newest resort offering in Mexico.
Is your head nodding yes?
I’ve basically been a broken record about UNICO since it was announced two years ago. Last summer, I was even lucky enough to visit Cancun as the construction was finalized.
Let me tell you right now: UNICO (or UNICO 20͒° 87° as she’s formally known) Is the next big thing. Without any hype or pretense, this is going to be a game changer in the All Inclusive resort industry.
Similar to what Sandals did with luxury, UNICO is reinventing the entire concept of what it means to be “all inclusive”. This adults only property is going to be the top of every travel magazine’s list in 2017 and 2018. In fact, it’s already starting to appear in some “best new destinations” lists.
Remember how Netflix changed the video rental industry?
How UBER changed the transportation industry?
UNICO is in a similar vein, and I’m not even kidding.
Here’s a bit more about what makes UNICO so special.
*Obligatory asterix to tell you that some spa and excursion options do have a 20% service fee.
However, once you see what the options are, I think you’ll agree that a 20% gratuity is a great value.
Another thing I love about UNICO: As a property, they stress local, artisan, handmade and authentic.
Food is locally grown, drinks are prepared with local brands, even the decor is hand crafted by local people (and you can shop it!)
This is a property that I am simply dying to book for you. Ever since it opened in March, they have been offering amazing grand opening rates that will end at the end of 2017.
The rates for 2017 are frankly absurd.
For example, right now you can save $1,000 PER PERSON on a stay for two.
You know you’re always asking me “Where can I get a great deal?”
THIS is that deal. And it won’t last forever.
Our sales team at UNICO has already warned us that rates are likely to DOUBLE in 2018.
Want in on this amazing piece of luxury?
NOW is the time.
Message me and let’s get started… we also have some exclusive bonuses that you can only get from Alpaca Your Bags Travel! !
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A few weeks ago, I got the dreaded fundraiser text message.
You know the one. It was the “please help Sally go to camp by buying this candy bar” text.
First of all – when did parents selling become the new norm?
Aren’t the kids themselves supposed to do the selling?
Isn’t the point of a fundraiser to teach entrepreneurship, teamwork and follow through?
Insert <back in my day...> comment here.
Anyway, I digress…
Since Matt and I do not have kids, we are the designated aunt & uncle who buy ALL THE THINGS. Cookie dough, wrapping paper, popcorn, magazines… you name it, we’ve bought it.
However, my years living in NYC taught me to abhor STUFF. When you live in 600 square feet, you quickly learn to prioritize what is needed and what is not.
Most of us don’t NEED more wrapping paper, garbage bags and most of all, cookie dough. Open any magazine or read any website; you’re likely to see at least one articile espousing the importance of Experiences over Things or quality family time.
Back to the fund raising: I hate to say no. Especially when the child is doing the hustlin’.
However, we just don’t need more STUFF.
Enter the travel fundraiser… TA DA!
If you are in a school group, church group, charity or alumni organization, Alpaca Your Bags Travel can help you set up a travel fundraiser that will knock people’s socks off.
Travel fundraising can work two different ways:
Option 1: Group Travel (set itinerary)
This is probably what most people envision when they think of fundraiser travel. In this option, the travel agent partners with the group leader to choose a designated cruise or specific dates at an All Inclusive resort. At Alpaca Your Bags Travel, we negotiate special “comps” i.e. free stuff and amenities that can be distributed to your group OR redeemed as cash value for your fundraising efforts.
Amenities can include things like cash credit in your travelers’ ship account, free accommodations for the group leader, free cocktail parties and events or more. It can also include cold, hard cash for your fundraiser. WIN-WIN!
This is good for one-off fundraising events, like an annual drive. It’s also good for events where you want to travel *with* your group to build camaraderie, team building or just to make memories.
Pros: Easy and quick to set up, easy to explain
Cons: Set itinerary, group must travel together
Option 2: Open Ended Travel Fundraising
As the name describes, this one is a bit more flexible. In this option, the travel agent negotiates special rate and fundraising amenity with a particular resort chain or tour operator. The group leader and the travel agent partner to offer ANY dates to the group members.
For example, we can negotiate a special deal with Palace resorts that has no specific date or location. Your group can earn fundraising credit *any time* a member uses a special promo code on any date or location.
This option is good when you have a large group and difficulties getting everyone to agree on the same date and itinerary. However, this one does take more time to negotiate. It also may require a year-long commitment or more.
Pros: Flexibility for your travelers, groups do not need to travel together
Cons: Longer set up time, typically requires annual commitment
Both of these options have big payoffs. We know a college alumni group that raised over $60,000 in 2 years using these fundraising methods.
The best part? If you’re the group leader, you don’t have to do ANYTHING! The travel agent does all of the work! The Alpaca Your Bags Travel team can create marketing materials, attend group meetings, handle travel arrangements and more. We can also set up electronic tracking so you know exactly what you’ve raised at any time.
Are you interested in learning more about travel fundraising? Would you like to make wrapping paper and cookie dough a distant memory?
Contact us today to get started!
Hi, I'm Ashley
Ashley (@ashleysmorris) is a freelance writer, virtual assistant and owner of Alpaca Your Bags Travel.
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