How one decision turned into two free trips

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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). 

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.

This was just 9 months ago.

And since then, my online brand has grown (check out two features that just came out this past week here and here), and I've worked with brands numerous times in exchange for free travel.

Forget teenage life goals, these are my literal adult-life-forever goals.

How did this all happen? I swear, INSTAGRAM.

And so with that said, I have some news...

I'm looking for beta testers to work with me on my up-and-coming DIY Instagram growth course. 

Normally, I fully take over client accounts to grow and manage them 100% on my own.

But since my time is more booked up these days, I can't help everyone who needs it. And I also totally get that some people would rather learn for themselves than have someone do it for them.

So I'm pouring everything I know about Instagram into one mega, growth-focused course. It's for anyone who's got a brand – whether that's a blog, business or online shop.

I'll have more details available soon, but for now, I wanted to let you know that it's coming, and to give you first dibs on the course.

Got tips or questions?

Elise Darma

About the Author:

Elise Darmanin believes that "travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." That's why she makes beaches, coffee shops and co-working spaces her office by working remotely while growing Canupy Content. Canupy is a social media and copywriting agency for small to medium-sized businesses. The Canupy team helps brands grow through social media marketing, copywriting and content strategies that inspire audiences and drive sales.