When you join Not Just Travel & The Travel Franchise, we like to say it means becoming part of a big family.
Our head office team is there to support you. And you’ll always have the chance to meet and learn from other consultants. They’re like-minded people, all at various stages of building their own businesses, with plenty of valuable advice to share.
That’s often in our private Facebook groups, at our coffee mornings or at our larger UK training & luxury overseas mentoring events. Yet this isn’t limited to just business building – there’s plenty of socialising to be done too!
And on our most recent group trip, there was something really special in the air.
You can come on regular trips that combine work with fun
We often head away together as small groups. It might be to learn about new places, or to play golf in fabulous surroundings. There’s always something new to do – and somewhere new to explore.
Earlier this month, more than 20 of us jetted off to Colorado to ski, snowboard and soak up knowledge about this popular destination.
Along for the journey were members of our trade and marketing teams plus, co-founder Paul, all arranged by our key trade partner Canadian Affair.
They helped us organise the entire trip, where we got to learn about destinations, hotels, excursions and activities so that customers can benefit from enhanced knowledge and personal experiences.
We spent 5 nights in popular ski destination, Aspen
Our first stop was Aspen. This popular ski resort is busy all year round as a desirable destination for locals, tourists, second-home owners and ski enthusiasts.
The more experienced skiers and snowboarders among us got to try the variety of runs during the day. Others joined in ski lessons to try something new for the first time. We even got to go snowmobiling, while some of the group were simply content to visit the local area.
At night we were free to explore the town, sampling the dining and entertainment.
A very special mountain-top question
This trip was special in more ways than one for consultant Emily Maycock.
At the top of the mountain, over 3,600m above sea level, she got engaged to long-time partner Martin.
We caught up with both of them this week to find out all about it (and her journey so far as a new travel consultant). Watch the video below to lean more about their story…
Emily told us that joining The Travel Franchise came after lots of soul searching
“I’ve been in a family business for about 20 years. And it just wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore. I was soul searching and decided that it was time to do something for me and my family. When I came across the travel franchise online I decided that it was definitely the route I wanted to go down.”
The freedom and flexibility is a massive bonus
“I used to get up at 4am, but now I’m around more and I can even go to school events during the day. I like that I can work around my own times… if a friend calls and asks to meet for coffee, I can just say yes!
And 9 times out of 10, I’ll meet someone while I’m out. That’s where you get a lot of your bookings, just networking and spreading the word about what you’re doing.”
She also loves the feeling of being part of something more than just a solo business owner.
“It’s just a big family, really. Meeting all the other TC’s was amazing. It was great to ask them questions as well as to meet the (head office) team. Two of the people I trained with are really close friends now and we speak most days. They travelled to our party last week – that meant a lot to me!”
Our last stop was Denver
Returning from Aspen, we had another night in Denver to sample the city life.
Courtesy of our fantastic hosts Canadian Affair, we also got to experience the Rocky Mountaineer. This is a unique, luxury train trip with multiple routes that include the extraordinary landscapes between Moab, Utah and Denver.
You can get a feel for it in their video below.
Consultants love getting away together
Getting to ski, snowboard and socialise is a great way to combine work with leisure.
When your days are normally busy serving customers *in* your business, being away as a group is also a fantastic time to reflect *on* your business. With lots of consultants and the head office team together for several days, the amount of sharing, learning, planning and motivation is always great to see.
Consultant Toni was on the trip this year and told us:
“In my opinion the NJT ski trip gets better every year… such an amazing trip with great company. Can’t wait to see how you top it!”