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).
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.
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.