To be honest, I have been dreading starting a blog. Mainly, because I am not a very good writer, so please, go easy on me! I am a newly married lady, taking on the surname, Szemplinski (pronounced Shim-PLIN-Ski). I live a great life, and besides not looking forward to writing, spelling, or explaining how to pronounce my new last name, I really have nothing to complain about. I have a great husband, I love my friends and family, live in a cozy little apartment in the West Village of New York City and do sales for a great software company. But let’s be honest, as much as I love selling software, it’s hard to be passionate about software and enterprise applications. Life is too short not to do what you love, and for me, there is nothing in life that I am better or more passionate about than travel planning.
Why not make a business of it? There are so many places, modes of transportation, rainy reasons, hotels, restaurants, activities, and flights to choose from!! Life is also too short to go on a mediocre vacation, or to make sacrifices on components of your trip that are really important to you. That’s where my new company, PassPortStampss, comes in.
(Please note that the two S’s are not a typo, or a clever double entendre that only I know about, someone else actually owns the other domain, so here I am.)
What better way to do this than starting an Instragram business. I put a lot of thought into what I would call my business and then went full ahead. I changed my personal account to PassportStampss in April, and since then, I have steadily built up followers while getting the word out on my new endeavor. This has been a wonderful way to advertise, educate, and ultimately, generate interest from people to reach out to you and engage you to sign up for your services.
The world of Instagram is truly amazing place; full of amazing photos, information, and my favorite, endless holes of awesomeness to keep you sane on a Sunday night, or with the man in my life , staying sane ALL DAY Sunday as he watches 12 hours straight of football.
One thing I wanted to get across to people is that besides the leisurely an entertaining side of Instagram, it is truly an unbelievable breeding ground for business opportunity and entrepreneurship. Creating a business through Instagram is an amazing opportunity granted to us by this generation, but as I have learned, comes with many many challenges. The follow and then unfollow game to gain follwers, the futile exercise in creativity that is finding beautiful photos of my travels to post on a daily basis, and then there is the whole generating revenue streams part of it. There are ups and downs with it all.
What I am really hoping to do is bring education to others on this blog so you can travel better than you ever imagined. And by reading this blog, also begin to understand the way I go about planning and either take my advice and run with it, or hopefully, understand how much thought and work I put into making these trips perfect…and hire me for my services.
I love to travel, and I love to travel well. I think I can speak for everyone and say that most people do, right? I am not a backpacker type traveler and I think that’s OK. I’ve been fortunate to travel to many places and countries, and even more fortunate that I am in a place in life, where I can now plan multiple trips per year for myself. I usually start planning my next trip on the way home from my current trip. I can’t help it. I love the beauty of the world and I want to see as much of it as I possibly can – To be a traveler not a tourist.
I have planned many trips for family and friends and to be honest, at this point if they don’t ask for my advice, I am usually offended. I love putting together a perfect trip for someone and ensuring they are staying in the best location and accommodations for their budget.
I am not sure where this blog is going to go, or consist of, but that’s OK right? (nervous laugh) But I am very excited to start sharing my positive and negative experiences with everyone and taking you through a bloggers journey as well as actual ones!