Ah man. I’m so excited as I write this post.
I have some news – and some hugely exciting news at that! Already I’ve hit the backspace key about 25 times cos I keep spelling everything wrong in too much excitement!! Now I’ll stop saying excited I promise hah.
This year I’ve been working really, really hard on this website.
I gave my blog a complete revamp earlier in the year, so it’s more user-friendly, more professional, and just generally a lot more bloody gorgeous (even if I do say so myself!). I tried to create a website that is much easier to navigate so you can get to the posts you want to read easily.
I started looking into what you guys enjoy reading so I can give you quality content that you find useful. I love hearing from readers, and I often receive emails or messages from you guys to thank me for the information I’ve shared on this site, particularly for those of you travelling to New Zealand on Working Holiday Visas.
But something was missing.
I have always said that my number one reason for writing this blog is to help other readers on their travels.
When you’re planning a trip, thinking about everything you need to organise can seem overwhelming. The to-do list seems never-ending. It truly does put your mind at ease when you find that someone else has been there, done that – and is willing to share all the details of how they did it.
I know that the posts on this site are useful (some more than others). I love hearing from my readers on posts they love (and loathe!), and I smile like a dork every time I receive a message, email or comment thanking me for what I’ve written. Through this blog I’ve even been lucky enough to meet with some of you – how cool is that!
I want to do more.
As helpful as my posts are, I want to give you more. I’m always available by email or my social media channels with any questions you might have (or even if you just fancy a chat!) but I still feel I can and should do more to help you.
As my blog has grown, so have the number of messages I receive asking if I can help plan my readers’ travel itineraries. Sometimes people ask if they should do this or that, if they’ll have enough time for certain activities, or if there’s anything they are missing from their to-do list.
I’m always happy to respond to emails with my best tips and advice, and as the volume of these sorts of messages increased, I figured this is something you guys want.
This is why I’m launching a new outlet on Spin the Windrose: Travel Consultancy and Itinerary Planning!
Do you want to know what I do as my day job?
(No, I don’t blog for a living quite yet – as much as I would love to!)
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, I work in a senior administrative role: I’m a Personal Assistant.
If you don’t know what that is, picture Anne Hathaway in the Devil Wears Prada. Running around after Meryl, bringing her coffees, organising her meetings and generally keeping her life in order.
That’s me. I look after my Director’s schedule: I plan her diary, manage her emails, book her travel and accommodation, reserve her event tickets, and so on. Exactly the same – apart from my Director is nowhere near as scary as Meryl thankfully!
When you travel often, you have to be organised.
Sure, you can make a lot of your itinerary up as you go along. One of the best ways to travel is undoubtedly without a plan (but not so little that you get scammed the minute you step off the plane).
But you need to have your wits about you. You don’t need to be a genius to be able to travel but you do need to have some sort of organisational capability. You need to be able to get yourself to the airport on time and make sure you’ve got the right visa and vaccinations and currency.
Planning a trip is supposed to be a fun, exciting task ahead of your holiday, but sometimes it can become boring, stressful, and even overwhelming.
Thinking about what to see and do, where to stay, and how to get from A to B – particularly if you’re on a budget – can be a daunting task.
That’s why I’m happy to do it all for you.
I understand the frustrations you have when you’re spoiled for choice with what to see and do. I’ve asked myself countless times, “will I have enough time to do that?”, and “should I go there or there?” When you’re on a tight schedule, it’s hard to know how best to plan your itinerary.
And on top of that, you have all the boring administrative stuff to sort out: visas, jabs, airport transfers…
And that’s just when you’re planning a trip for yourself. What if you’re going with your partner or friends? What if you’re planning a trip for your whole family? Suddenly you have not only your own holiday to worry about, but theirs too.
It can seem overwhelming to plan a trip for the entire group, when, with people of different ages, genders and interests, you know you need to find a range of activities so that everyone is happy.
Finding activities to suit all of your friends’ budgets, compromising between a mix of city-life and the outdoors, choosing restaurants that everyone will like…
Planning road-trips adds another spanner into the works, as you need a balance between driving and sightseeing, and a plan B incase there is an accident or a road is closed.
I’ll plan a trip that you won’t forget: it will be 100% tailored to your needs and interests and make the trip of a lifetime.
I always offer a Skype/FaceTime session at the start of the partnership – or, if I’m in your local area, we can meet over a coffee. This is so I can get a feel of how much or how little help you need, and so you can tell me exactly what it is you’re looking for. Sometimes readers already have a loose itinerary and want me to tidy things up, other times they like me to take care of the entire trip planning for them from scratch. I’m happy to do either.
Then I’ll get to work creating the perfect itinerary for your trip. I’ll come back to you with options and will amend it until you’re 100% satisfied – or your money back*. We can create something as structured or as flexible as you want.
Your final product will be a printable PDF with all the details of what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be staying, and how you’ll be getting around, as well as other insider tips and info that you won’t find on this blog or anywhere else.
And on top of that, I’ll be available by email until the end of your trip with any questions or queries you might have.
I’ve created a few packages that might suit you – and if you can’t find quite what you’re looking for, let me know by email or in the comments section below, and we’ll come to a solution that you’ll love.
Please read my Terms and Conditions before purchasing any products – don’t worry, it’s short, sweet and to the point so you’ll easily understand how this all works.
I look forward to working with you soon!
*within 30 days of purchase, please see the full Terms and Conditions for clarification.