Raise your hand if you've ever wanted a free trip.
< I see those hands! >
I remember the first free trip I was ever sent on...
I was 19 years old and had just scored my dream internship with Contiki Tours as a marketing intern (yes, there is a hilariously embarrassing travel blog documenting that time, and I don't give that link out freely).
So instead of getting paid for the internship, I accepted two free Contiki trips to Europe – one at the start of the internship and one after completing it.
Can you say, teenage life goals complete?
Well it occurred to me that just this past year, I again made one decision that resulted in TWO free trips.
One was to Portugal and the other was to Nicaragua (where I'm writing this now).
New office for the week... Do I dream big? Or eat, sleep, surf 🏄🏼, repeat? 😉 I think a bit of both actually. This is where I'll be running @CanupyContent from for the week AND where I'll be posting from for the @surfoffice account. Follow 👉🏼 @surfoffice if you're curious to see more snaps from Lisbon 🇵🇹💃🏻📸
Portugal happened because I reached out to a brand called Surf Office. I offered to run their Instagram account for a week and in exchange, they offered me free accommodation for a week.
And Nicaragua has come together because I'm working with a brand called Nomad Life.
I'm sharing their mission with my audience on Instagram in exchange for working remotely from their co-working and co-living space for a month.
I'll admit that I haven't left @nomadlife_hq much these days... it's got literally everything I need in one spot (including 4 kittens). What would keep you in one spot the most: a pool, good food, or kittens? 🐈🐈🐈🐈 There's a new blog post up in my bio, featuring embarrassing pics of 19-year-old me, and stories of how I've received free travel in my life. PLUS a bonus for ya if you read to the end 🤓 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ✈️For travelpreneur, social media and remote working tips, head to EliseDarma.com 👥Join me, travellers, bloggers & freelancers on Facebook in The Travelpreneur Lounge 👻Snapchat: elisedarm 📌Pinterest: @elisedarma 🐥Twitter: @elisedarma 🕵🏼♀️Facebook: @elisedarma
So what was the catalyst this time for the two free trips to happen?
Yup. When I look back on the last year, a pivotal moment for me was when I decided to take the growth of my personal Instagram account seriously.
And taking the growth of my account seriously has resulted in a free trip to Portugal and a free trip to Nicaragua.
My commitment to Instagram growth started just 9 months ago.
Forget teenage life goals. These are my literal adult-life-forever goals.
How did this all happen? INSTAGRAM.