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in life •  14 days ago

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The other day, I ranted about Booking.com and other comparison websites that are now killing small businesses. I have accepted that there's really nothing I can do about it. It's a dog-eat-dog world in the travel industry. What I can only do is to be different. To give what these corporations cannot really give to people - humanity.

Moving forward, I'm just going to focus on those who value quality over cheapness. Those who prefer a holiday experience with a human touch. Right now, I am experimenting with creating different packages for my target clients. I am writing some articles on my website and promoting unique packages on social media.

I admit that after my tour last week and this whole Hardfork madness, I don't find time to write for Steemit anymore. It's not that I am no longer interested, it is just that I need to focus on my website day and night. It is mine anyway. Can you blame me? I am just a passionate entrepreneur here. Last week didn't really feel like a job to me. I was on boat trips with my clients. I was diving with them courtesy of the dive shops and my suppliers. I was drinking and dining with them. These are just the perks of my business. I was actually having more fun than working.

I used to spend all my time here - writing and engaging. Steemit was my life. Although this community is still my first love, I am just heading on to a new chapter in my life. I am just really happy that my followers are very supportive of my endeavors. Don't worry as the fruits of my labor will go back to the Steemit community someday!

So, after realizing the dilemma about Booking.com, I realize that there are still people out there who are not up for going through all the trouble - and possible risk of booking their accommodations through this website. There are quite a few out there who still want all-inclusive packages. They are more into value-added experiences rather than discount offers. And I will make sure that these people will get more than what they pay for. Who needs everyone? I need quality clients who want quality service. I need those who deserve more from their trips.

My goal is to offer lifelong memories. And there's one thing that tour operators and other businesses here cannot really give and that only I can give - my time. My whole time. I have no other responsibilities in life so I can give all my time and attention. My clients last week are now back in their country, they told me that they can't really forget the whole trip. They want to come back!

I'm actually very excited about designing trips because this requires my own creativity. I have to think of extra something that I can add to these holiday packages that will wow my guests. So yesterday, I started creating unique trips and liveaboard dive packages. The good thing about being a licensed tour operator is that I have access to exclusive deals and perks from hotels, liveaboard vessels, dive centers, and resorts. I am now partnered with some of the best resorts and hotels in town - from 3 to 5 stars. They are actually more than willing to give me the best rates for the low and high season as they want their rooms to be booked all the time. It is really up to me to create all-inclusive packages with accommodations.

Aside from hotel accommodations and boat trips, I am thinking of other unique activities to add to my vacation packages. I prefer to call these 'experiences'. I want to offer my guests cultural experiences such as cooking class or a trip to a known locale. I am also doing the food + pub crawl as I want to spend more time with my guests to get to know them better and of course - to give them an authentic experience. I want my tours to be more about meeting locals, spending time with them and learning about their lives.

I earned quite something from my last tour and I realized how everything is worth all the hard work. There are still lots of things to improve on in terms of service as I am dealing with the whole learning curve. My local guides and service providers are used to cheapness and providing just whatever. They are not really used to seeing someone going the extra mile to please the clients. It's craziness for them. For my next tour, hopefully, I will make sure to set a meeting with my local guides to make sure that they on the same page in terms of client service.

I realize how I am loving everything and hopefully, I will stay the same even when the time comes I get more difficult or whiny guests. Sure, I cannot please everyone. But I will do my best to please them anyway, or make up for anything that they find wrong. This is my fear actually. I don't want to project the negative things but I want to be mentally prepared for anything. I'm quite a perfectionist so when things go bad, I get very stressed out, anxious and angry. I am in the business of pleasing people now. My other self will remain here on Steemit.

I will still write for Steemit but it will be more about my tours, entrepreneurship, and learning experiences. I also hope to inspire people out there to go after their dreams and find their purpose somewhere. I really think that if you strive to be good at something, like really good, then there's really nothing impossible.

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"I want to be mentally prepared for anything."

Haha Yeah there is always someone who won't be happy with anything so don't take it personally lol.

Don't feel too bad if you have to slow down a little with your posting. You have to take advantages of your opportunities as they come to you and it sounds like things are looking promising with your business.

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I will try my best not to get upset lol.

You have to take advantages of your opportunities as they come to you and it sounds like things are looking promising with your business.

Yeah and if I don't have guests, I will write as usual. If I have, I will be out and about lol.

What an awesome post, I really enjoyed reading it!
I'm so happy for you that your business started to take off and that you enjoy working on it!
Keep the hard work and keep sharing, because this post really inspired me (and I'm sure it will inspire others).

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Thank you!

Wow which is the the place it is ?I also want to join you .....

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I was actually having more fun than working.

That's the key to life right there.

I can imagine it is taking up all of your time, and you should give it that time to give it a chance to become a real succes!

Nobody became rich from not putting in the work ;)

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Nobody became rich from not putting in the work ;)

True!

I am very glad to read of your launch and first successes, as you know I disappeared for a bit over the summer, so coming back and seeing what strides you have made in the interim brought a smile to my face. I very much understand Steemit may be relegated to a secondary pursuit given your new obligations, but I would encourage you to do quick photo collages with a minimalistic write-up of your tours for the Steemit community. You are earning handily on each post at this point with a substantial following, I wouldn't let that fade away but build the bank instead, if you know what I mean. If you can live off your tour business now, what you earn here can be stashed for a rainy day. Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you for a job well done, watching everything take shape over the last year or so was an exciting journey. I might just have to find my way out east(?) sometime and enjoy the sun!

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Thank you! I know I have to keep writing here. Given the Darwinian life around here, I need my Steemit earnings for the rainy days.

I just want to be the big fish in my own pond, if that is possible.

Let me know if you want to enjoy the sun!

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Reading through this post is why I'll be booking a trip with you in the future! You're highly capable and put your all into what you do. That means you'll be great in the travel "service" business.

You care (despite being all @diabolika), and you're knowledgeable, and seem like a fun person to be around. I think you'll do great!