Merriam-Webster offers this definition:
1:conscious of benefit received 2:expressive of thanks 3:well pleased
As we enter this season of gratitude and reflection, I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of you, our loyal friends and clients.
Dear Friends of Alpaca Your Bags,
As we enter our 3rd full year of being an independent, family owned and local travel agency, I am bursting with gratitude and thanks. Four years ago, I never would have dreamed that this business would take off the way that it has. I am truly humbled at our success over the last year.
2017 brought some awesome achievements for this little ol' travel business:
On the Romance Travel front, we also achieved some big goals:
It's been an exciting year... exciting and honestly a little overwhelming! This year's success has also brought about some big changes, one of which I am going to share in this email.
Effective November 1, Alpaca Your Bags Travel is now a partner agency to Travel Concepts KC. This is an exciting partnership that will bring many additional benefits and personal 1-on-1 connections in the destinations you know and love.
Travel Concepts' owner Denise Canon is a 20+ year veteran of the KC area travel industry. She has been a mentor to me and I'm thrilled to connect our businesses on this level.
Nothing will change with Alpaca Your Bags ... this is totally added value and a BOOST to my ever growing business. This partnership will also allow Alpaca Your Bags to expand into two additional continents: Europe and South America travel. There will be more to share on this very soon!
If you've read this far, THANK YOU! None of these achievements would be possible without each and everyone of you. Thank you for your support, your referrals, your shares & posts, your bookings and of course, your friendship. Next year is going to be even more exciting... I am still holding back on some secrets, so you'll have to tune in to see what's next!
AS A THANK YOU to all of our loyal clients, I'd like to offer each of you $100 off your next NEW booking. This offer is good for all 2018 travel; just mention this blog post and we'll get started. This offer expires December 22, 2017.
From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Holiday Season.
(and Christopher, Jen, Annette, Matt, Sally and Charlie)
It's November 1, and that means we can start talking about Small Business Saturday! For me, this is the Christmas, Black Friday and New Year's Eve, all rolled up into one. Fun Fact: From my days working in NYC advertising, I know two people personally involved in the creation of Small Business Saturday ...it's a great idea and I am proud to support it!
Why Small Business Saturday? I love the fact that it reminds and encourages all of us to #thinklocal, #shoplocal and #shopsmall. When it comes to choosing a travel agent, travelers get a LOT of benefits for shopping small!
For a travel agent, finding the right Small Business Saturday promotion can be kind of tricky. Since I spend most of my days planning destination weddings, family vacations and group vacations in Mexico and the Caribbean, I would LOVE to give away trips to everyone! Unfortunately, that is not very realistic.
In the past, I have done giveaways to celebrate Small Business Saturday. The giveaways are great, but let's face it... free stuff is really only exciting for the person who WINS the free stuff!
This yea, I think I have found a creative way to spread the love. I am focusing on THREE ways for you and your friends to learn and experience all the ways that working with a travel agent can benefit YOU! From now until November 19*, here's how Alpaca Your Bags Travel will celebrate Small Business Saturday!
*One comment you may be thinking: "Ashley, if Small Business Saturday is Nov 25, why are you ending the promotion on November 19?" GREAT QUESTION :) That is because I have Thanksgiving week plans that limit my access to internet and phone. Rather than create disappointment, I am cutting off the promo at November 19. That still gives you almost THREE WEEKS to take advantage!
Ready to get started?
Contact me to ask questions or jump straight to the quote request form.
I am excited to celebrate Small Business Saturday and #shopsmall with you!
Hi, I'm Ashley
Ashley (@ashleysmorris) is a freelance writer, virtual assistant and owner of Alpaca Your Bags Travel.
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