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Exciting new business expansion – my new venture as a travel counsellor!

Travel Counsellors imageI have some super exciting news. I have been lucky enough to work with clients all over the world through Blue Penguin Travel (my previous travel consultancy company which specialised in off-the-beaten-track bespoke itineraries in New Zealand) which has been brilliant but I have now decided to take the next step in my travel journey and I have completed my training to be a fully independent home-working travel agent for an amazing company called Travel Counsellors, which is a very exciting new venture for me.

Based from my home in Frome, Somerset in the UK I will now be able to plan/book holidays anywhere in the world for global clients (including of course those wishing to travel to New Zealand as I have such vast knowledge and experience of this country).

I will have access to great prices, packages and offers for any different type of holiday you can think of, and can also book different parts of the trip individually e.g. accommodation, flights, etc.

I have over 15 years experience of planning and booking trips (including my own destination wedding to Lake Tahoe, California, and our round-the-world honeymoon) and have run Blue Penguin Travel for the last 3 and a half years.

The focus of our company – Travel Counsellors – is on a special personalised tailored service, where I work as the client’s own Personal Travel Counsellor – really getting to know my clients and helping them plan and book the perfect trip. We will also be there for you 24/7, which high-street/online travel agents cannot promise! We are an international company based in 7 countries and have over 1400 employees across the world – and we will always go that extra mile for you. 

If anyone reading this is interested in having me help them book their holiday or trip away then please take a look at my Travel Counsellors page, my Facebook page and get in touch through either of those (or use my Contact page on here!). 

I just love helping people to travel and see the world so feel so lucky to be able to do it as a job! 🙂

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Blue Penguin Travel’s Facebook Page

 

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Despite running as a company for over three years now here at Blue Penguin Travel we haven’t given our Facebook page as much attention as we would like, so we have decided to invest more time and effort into making it great. Take a look here if you are interested in seeing our page and if you like what you see, please give us a ‘Like’ and we promise to post interesting content about New Zealand. You never know, it might inspire you to take your own trip to the amazing country of New Zealand (if you haven’t already!).

For those of you who don’t know who we are, Blue Penguin Travel specialise in creating amazing off-the-beaten track travel adventures in New Zealand. We offer travel advice, care and expertise to create fully personalised travel itineraries enabling you to have the adventure of a lifetime.

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Blue Penguin Travel is mentioned in the Wall Street Journal!

Blue Penguin TravelI have some exciting news to share regarding my travel company – Blue Penguin Travel. Take a look at my website for more info, but Blue Penguin Travel was founded by myself and essentially creates off-the-beaten track adventures for people visiting New Zealand (through expert advice and help with their itineraries) – helping them to have an amazing travel adventure of a lifetime in NZ.

I was recently approached by a journalist (Catey Hill) who writes for a personal finance arm of the Wall Street Journal (MarketWatch) about assisting with an article she was writing about retiring to New Zealand. I completed an interview with her and as a result I have been mentioned in her amazing article on MarketWatch’s website – take a look at the article here. You will see I am mentioned in the first paragraph. It was my pleasure to help with her research and exciting to be mentioned in the Wall Street Journal! 🙂

If you are considering a trip to New Zealand and need help planning any aspect of it, do not hesitate to get in touch with me – either through my Contact us page on my website, or email me: nicola@bluepenguintravel.com.

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Blue Penguin Travel update

Blue Penguin Travel I am busy updating my blog at the moment with tales from our Spaceship adventure around New Zealand, but I just wanted to post quickly with an update about my business Blue Penguin Travel. For those of you who follow me and regularly read this blog you will know that I have set up my own company helping people travel to and around New Zealand – specialising in helping people have amazing off-the-beaten-track travel adventures. My website explains more so please take a look if you are interested in travelling to New Zealand, or perhaps mention us if you know someone who is. I have a real passion for this beautiful country and would love to help people to fulfil their own travel dreams over here.

My website is: http://www.bluepenguintravel.com/

I also have a Facebook page which is focussed on inspiring people to want to travel to NZ, and have a unique Top 5 Friday feature where I post a NZ-related Top 5 feature each week! Please take a look here if you are interested.

A couple of snippets from my testimonials are:

“We would wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend Blue Penguin Travel  to anyone who is looking to go to New Zealand. If you are looking for a custom vacation itinerary, but don’t have the time to spend months researching and planning on your own, we would recommend Blue Penguin Travel as a great alternative”.

“Your experience and insight created an amazing, unforgettable and relaxed holiday for us and allowed us to get the most out of every second we were in New Zealand”.

“We love Blue Penguin Travel – they do all of the hard work for you, so you can just enjoy an individual, flexible and completely personalised holiday, based on expert guidance from people who know and love New Zealand”.

“We would both like to heartily endorse you, as an ambassador for New Zealand and an awesome trip planner […] The beauty of this wonderful country surpasses everything we could have ever imagined. So thank you so very much Nicola for all your help and patience, excellent advice and planning. It was a trip that will stay with us forever”.

Thanks to everyone for reading and I appreciate the support!

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Have you visited New Zealand? Please complete my super quick survey that takes just 2 minutes!

Survey MonkeyWe have had an amazing response from people completing my New Zealand Favourites Survey – and we would love to get more responses so I thought I would re-post my New Zealand Favourites survey. I know lots of people who visit wordpress and my blog have visited New Zealand, and I have put together a survey with 5 short questions – which takes just 2 minutes of your time.

To access the survey either click on the Survey Monkey icon to the left or click the link below.

New Zealand Favourites Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMHFQ8T.

Blue Penguin Travel logoThe results will be incredibly helpful to my new travel consultancy company I have set up – called Blue Penguin Travel. Blue Penguin Travel specialises in helping you travel to and around New Zealand by providing personalised off-the-beaten-track travel advice and itineraries. We plan to use the results to improve our offering to our customers.

If you are interested in reading more about Blue Penguin Travel, then please take a look at our website or our Facebook page (and ‘Like’ it if you are interested).

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to complete it – I am very grateful for all the support. 🙂

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Blue Penguin Travel website launch

Blue Penguin Travel logoThe website for my company – Blue Penguin Travel – has just launched!

Blue Penguin Travel is my own travel consultancy company that I have set up helping people travel to and around New Zealand – specialising in off-the-beaten-track travel advice and itineraries.

Here is the link for our website:
http://www.bluepenguintravel.com/

I have received amazing support for the website from my husband (who is a software developer) to build and develop the website, and have also been working closely with Sydney-based philanthropic marketing, design and events company ‘Thought Cloud Collective’.

To give you a bit of background about our company:

We offer awesome travel advice, care and expertise and create fully personalised travel itineraries – helping you create amazing off-the-beaten-track travel adventures in New Zealand.

  • We will make planning your adventure easy, effortless and enjoyable.
  • With our hands-on experience of New Zealand we can recommend amazing off-the-beaten track experiences and hidden gems.
  • Our itineraries are fully personalised and completely unique to you.

Take a look at our website for more information, and also feel free to visit our Facebook page. You can also contact me at nicola@bluepenguintravel.com.

Thanks for the support and for visiting! 🙂

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Visited New Zealand? Please complete my quick survey that takes just 2 minutes!

Survey MonkeyFirstly thanks very much to everyone who has already completed the survey . I am keen to get as many respondents as possible, so am re-posting my New Zealand Favourites survey.

To access the survey either click on the Survey Monkey icon to the right or click the link below.

New Zealand Favourites Survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMHFQ8T

I know lots of people who visit wordpress and my page have visited New Zealand, and I have put together a survey with 5 short questions – which takes just 2 minutes of your time.

The results will be incredibly helpful to my new travel consultancy company I have set up – called Blue Penguin Travel. Blue Penguin Travel specialises in helping you travel to and around New Zealand by providing personalised off-the-beaten-track travel advice and itineraries. We plan to use the results to improve our offering to our customers.

If you are interested in reading more about Blue Penguin Travel, then please take a look at our Facebook page (and ‘Like’ it if you are interested), or our website (full site coming soon).

Thank you very much to everyone who takes the time to complete it – I am very grateful for all the support.

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New Zealand market research help would be much appreciated!

Survey MonkeyFor those of you who regularly read/follow my blog you might know that I am currently setting up my own travel consultancy business – called Blue Penguin Travel. This has been partly inspired by moving over to live in New Zealand with my husband for a year. Blue Penguin Travel specialises in helping you travel to and around New Zealand by providing personalised off-the-beaten-track travel advice and itineraries. Our mission statement is that: “We promise to help you create the travel adventure of a lifetime in New Zealand.”

Blue Penguin Travel logoIf you are interested in reading more then please check out our Facebook page (and ‘Like’ it if you are interested), or website (full site coming soon). I am so grateful for the support – thank you.

My main reason for writing this post is to ask anyone reading this that has travelled to New Zealand to complete a quick survey I have compiled about New Zealand favourites. I will be using the data I collect to inform my business and the services we offer. I would be so very grateful to anyone that takes a few minutes to complete it – there are just 5 questions to answer.

To access to survey either click on the Survey Monkey icon above or click the link below. Thanks again to everyone for their help! 🙂

New Zealand Favourites Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMHFQ8T

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Motivational blue penguin!

Animated penguinI discovered this little guy a while ago and think he is amazing! He helped give me inspiration for my business I am currently setting up (Blue Penguin Travel). He’s just so cute and fun! Hope you like him too 🙂

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Blue Penguin Travel – a wonderful testimonial

Blue Penguin Travel logoSetting up my own business is continuing to go well and I wanted to post the two part testimonial I have already received from one of my lovely clients. Blue Penguin Travel is a travel consultancy specialising in off-the beaten-track travel advice and itineraries. If you have interested please take a look at my FB page or the holding page of my website (which is coming soon!). Thanks! 🙂

 

“We chose Blue Penguin Travel after reading Nicola’s blog of her travels in New Zealand. This is superbly written with many wonderful photos. Nicola’s incredible in-depth knowledge, experience and passion that she so obviously has for New Zealand, and her sense of adventure were a real testament to her ability to help us plan the holiday of a lifetime.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Nicola for somehow managing to plan, organise and book a two week trip to New Zealand in a week!!!! That in itself was amazing. We wish to express our appreciation and thanks for her very effective organisation, continued patience and guidance throughout the whole planning and booking process. Nothing was too much trouble!!!! The personal touch was wonderful as she guided and advised us on everything. She asked us what we liked and worked with us in order to fulfill all of our wants and needs. Her knowledge of New Zealand was limitless and what she didn’t know, she found out and she was in constant touch feeding this back via email and phone calls, promptly and efficiently. Nicola was extremely prompt in responding to questions/concerns that we had along the way, which was a critical factor for us as we had never been to NZ before. Nicola was always polite and professional and she compiled an incredibly comprehensive spreadsheet with all of her recommendations which included clear web-links and lots of choice so we could preview and choose everything very easily. This included flights, accommodation, activities and even car hire. Her commitment and attention to detail was outstanding and the itinerary she produced was superb and very comprehensive and took into account all of our wishes.

We feel incredibly excited about our upcoming trip as this is our first visit to New Zealand and I can’t wait to visit all the amazing places that Nicola suggested.  Thank you, Thank you….It will be a trip of a lifetime!!!! We can’t wait.

We would wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend  BPT to anyone who is looking to go to New Zealand. If you are looking for a custom vacation itinerary, but don’t have the time to spend months researching and planning on your own, we would recommend BPT as a great alternative.  Please accept our warmest thanks for your personal care, outstanding service, meticulous planning, thoughtful scheduling and integrity in helping us plan such a very special trip.”

A follow up response was also added to their testimonial following their return:

“We would both like to heartily endorse you, as an ambassador for New Zealand and an awesome trip planner.

Our trip was an experience of a lifetime and you did everything we could have asked in planning such an adventure. We were particularly impressed with how you were able to book everything under such a tight timeline (one week!!). Everything went like clockwork from the flights, the hire car, the wonderful accommodation you helped find, to the fantastic boat trip on the Tasman glacier lake (one of our favourite activities).

The highlight had to be our wonderful family Christmas in Queenstown. The incredibly amazing house you found for us was excellent, right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the most fantastic views over The Remarkables; the location was ideal. We also loved Wanaka, Mount Cook and Franz Josef Glacier. The itinerary you had planned for us was perfect. We kept thinking each day that it could not get any better, but it did.

Your in-depth knowledge of where to go, what to do and see were invaluable in making this a very special time.

We will go back to NZ for sure, the beauty of this wonderful country surpasses everything we could have ever imagined. So thank you so very much Nicola for all your help and patience, excellent advice and planning. It was a trip that will stay with us forever.

We can’t wait to return.”

Get in touch with Blue Penguin Travel at nicola@bluepenguintravel.com if you are interested in travelling to New Zealand we I will get back to you to arrange a free consultation 🙂

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Blue Penguin Travel Facebook page is up and running!

Blue Penguin Travel logo

The off-the-beaten-track travel consultancy business that I have set up – called Blue Penguin Travel – now has its own Facebook page.

Blue Penguin Travel specialises in helping you travel to and around New Zealand by providing personalised off-the-beaten-track travel advice and itineraries.

If you are interested in learning more then please take a look at our Facebook page, and ‘Like’ it if you want to! I am really grateful for the support 🙂 Or you can email me at nicola@bluepenguintravel.com if you are interested in planning your own adventure to New Zealand. The main aim of my page is that of inspiration – I am hoping to inspire people to want to travel to New Zealand. I will be sharing photographs I have taken since moving over here last September, stories, links, reviews, helpful tips and just generally interesting things about the amazing country of New Zealand.

Thanks for stopping by and supporting my own Blue Penguin Travel dream 🙂

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Blue Penguin Travel is coming . . .

Blue Penguin Travel logo

So, here it is!! This is now my official logo for my new business – Blue Penguin Travel.

Very much inspired by my time living and travelling in New Zealand I am currently working on setting up my own travel consultancy business. This specialises in helping people travel to and around New Zealand by providing off-the-beaten-track personalised travel advice and itineraries. My focus is very much on providing a caring and bespoke service – based on my extensive knowledge and experience of New Zealand.

I am still in the early stages of setting up the company but have finalised the logo (see above) and also have a basic holding web page, and am currently working on the full website.

The inspiration for my company name comes from mine and my husband’s love of blue penguins. This has grown much stronger during our time in NZ, when we were lucky to see hundreds of them come ashore recently in Oamaru. The blue penguin is also a rare species and symbolises something very special and often hard to find. This is what I hope people will find in my special off-the beaten-track offering.

I have been helped hugely with my logo and setting up my company by philanthropic marketing, design and events company ‘Thought Cloud Collective’ (please visit their FB page if you are interested).

More news will follow but thought I would share the logo for now! Thanks for reading.

If anyone is interested in more information please do not hesitate to email me at nicola@bluepenguintravel.com 🙂

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