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Making Happy Memories!

Guest Blog

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This month I would love to introduce you to a true professional in the travel industry. Julie Batchelor has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field and in this blog, she will be giving you a few examples of some wonderful places to visit.

Julie Batchelor, your Brilliant Travel Specialist

Don’t you just love the Sun on your face, the sand between your toes and making many happy memories?

Since I was 13 years old on my first holiday abroad to Salou, I got the travel bug and decided to join the Travel Industry when I left school.  With over 16 years of experience and now running my own business as a Personal Travel Specialist, I’ve had the luxury of enjoying many happy holidays as well as travelling to destinations with work on Educational trips.  I’ll share with you some of the best destinations I’ve travelled to. 

Some of my favourites

One of the best experiences I had was a trip to Australia.  I travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and Port Douglas.  We spent the day at the Great Barrier Reef, which was just simply amazing.  We went on a submarine and snorkelled, swimming with all the different species of fish and seeing lovely coral.  We visited animal parks and even got to hold a Koala Bear.  Something I’ll never forget and even bought the picture to take home.

Another trip was to Hawaii with a stop off at Los Angeles and Las Vegas for a few days each way.  Each destination was so different.  We stayed in Hollywood and following in the famous shoes of the stars.  The bright lights of Las Vegas were great.  We visited many hotels – seeing the world-famous Bellagio Fountains and even went on a Gondola at the Venetian hotel.  And, of course, spent a few dollars gambling.  Took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon then flew over the strip at sunset which was stunning.  We stayed in Waikiki Beach in Ohau, which looks just like it does on the TV.  The beaches are out of this world, people are so friendly and even tried some surfing and went to visit the Pearl Harbour site.  Our highlight was a sunset cruise, which was so romantic!

Treat the family

Last year, I treated my daughter to her dream holiday with a week in Orlando and a week in Mexico.  She always wanted to swim with the dolphins, so we decided to do the full swim package including photos to share the memories.

I loved Aruba in the Caribbean which I travelled to for a few days with work for a Travel Industry conference.  The sea was as clear as I’ve ever seen, hotels were out of this world with lovely small boutique style hotels to big all-inclusive 5* properties.  Known as the Happy Island – it certainly delivered! 

Not all holidays have been long-haul.  I have a 14 year-old daughter and have travelled extensively across the Med/Europe.

My favourite beach holidays have been to Majorca and Menorca.  I’ve been several times to both Islands.  Majorca has quiet, scenic resorts to busier resorts such as Santa Ponsa or Magalluf.  It has something to attract everyone.  Menorca, is more relaxed, beaches out of this world and so easy to drive around and really escape.

Ever tried All-Inclusive?

I have really enjoyed the All-inclusive concept over the years. It has become so popular with everything included – Food, drink, kids club, sports facilities, entertainment and loads more.  This means you require limited spending money as you pay for everything up-front.

However, there is nothing better than getting out and about on holiday and really experiencing local food, culture and what is on offer in the country you are travelling to.   I have enjoyed staying in European holiday parks, self-catering.  Hiring a car or self-drive and really exploring the local area.  Loved Lake Garda – Bella Italia campsite which has a great location on the lake and very central.  Whilst I also love La Croix du Vieux Pont not too far from Paris and Disneyland Paris Resort.

So why don’t you get in touch for a personalised, reliable service that takes the stress away from you? Wherever you decide, there is a world just waiting to be explored!

Julie Batchelor Brilliant Travel

www.JBBrillianttravel.co.uk

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The Flip Flop design you need!

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Summer is looming and with that, the summer wardrobe comes out. The slightest hint of the sun gets people out in their shorts, little summer dresses and of course, let’s not forget the Flip Flops. Some people love them, other’s hate them but there’s no denying that Flip Flops have been around (in some form) for thousands of years and they are here to stay!

3 pairs of Flip Flops
Travel Flip Flops

There are many things I want to touch on in later Blogs such as “How the Flip Flops are made and printed”, “Frequently Asked Questions”, “How to get the best out of your design” and “Getting those summer feet ready” but today I want to focus on a new Flip Flop design.

We listen to you

As a new business, we are always listening to our customers and strive to make the design process more user-friendly.  We love seeing your personal designs and transforming them into a great product that you can wear over and over again but we also want to make this process easier for you.  Some people are very confident when designing but for others it can be a bit of a challenge.  So, we have designed the new Snap-in Photo Collage Flip Flop.

Easy Steps to order your Flip Flops

So what is the Snap-in Flip Flop

This gives you the option of having 8 individual photos that just “snap” into place. This saves you time, simplifies the design process for you and means you can have numerous images on one Flip Flop without having to think about overlapping images.  Basically, we do the hard work for you!  A short video, to demonstrate how to create your Snap-in Photo Collage, will be coming VERY soon.

Flip Flops with snap in photo options

What are your options

As always, you get to choose your size, base & strap colours but with the Snap-in Collage Flip Flop, you can now choose the style of the photo border.  So far, we have created two different designs for you and we will be adding to this throughout the year.  It would be great to have your feedback on what border designs you would like to make your perfect personalised Flip Flops

Get in Touch

If you are not sure about anything mentioned so far then please get in touch via online chat, social media or email.  We love hearing from you and we really love to help you get the best out of your design.  Don’t wait any longer, check out this link and Happy designing.

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My Journey to Flip Flops…..

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My Why

Anyone that says starting a business is easy is either not telling the truth or they’re not doing it properly!

It takes dedication, determination, resilience from the knockbacks, a plan and lots of vision! (I won’t even touch on the boring stuff like business plans, finances, SEO, google analytics, business growth, workspace, staff, marketing & promotion etc) Let’s keep this fun!

Basically, I wanted to be my own boss, create my own working environment, bring to life my ideas and most of all inspire my children.  I had owned a successful café and catering business about 12  years ago and loved it. I realised that being employed by others just did not suit my personality.

So, during a brainstorming session with the family, the idea of Flip Flops emerged.  It made perfect sense, as (at that time) I worked as an Events Supervisor and was often seeing women unable to walk in their fabulous heels by the end of the night. The question was how could I turn Flip Flops into a profitable business? I could personalise them of course!

That was it, decision made . With the enthusiasm from my children and encouragement (and much patience) from my incredible Husband, Flip Flop Design.Shop was born. Personalised Flip Flops for any occasion.

How did I get where I am today?  

If you want to go into business it helps to be sociable, put yourself out there and look for opportunities (don’t hang around waiting for things to come to you) Through meeting a few great people and working hard on my pitch I was fortunate to be accepted onto a funded course for creative start-ups.  The course is run by InCube and is funded by Renfrewshire Council . If anyone is interested, they have 2 intakes a year! InCube connected me to other entrepreneurs and innovators and experienced business advisors.  This is a photo of the successful applicants and very inspirational women (No, the course isn’t  just for women)

Entrepreneurs

The next exciting thing was waiting for my first stock to arrive from China. However, as a result of mis-communication between myself and my Chinese contact and the fact that my Flip Flops seemed to be travelling all around the world (apart from arriving in the UK) we had a few problems. I can honestly say that was an incredibly stressful time and a huge learning curve and thats why this photo really brings a smile to my face. The day the first batch of Flip Flops arrived my excitement was uncontainable and the delivery man thought I was a little bit strange!

Delivery man and boxes
First delivery!

Here and Now

The business is growing from strength to strength.  I continue to look for opportunities, regularly attend networking events, wedding fayres, printing exhibitions and collaborate with universities and students.  Yes, there have been ups and downs along the way but isn’t that what business and risk-taking are all about? It’s now 6 months in and we are still being thorough, doing the groundwork and doing it WELL! The groundwork is giving us the foundation to build a successful business with longevity.  I am really excited about the next 12 months . I have big plans! (which will not be a surprise to anyone who knows me well)

To my loved ones, thanks for sharing this journey with me x

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Coming Soon

It is less than 6 months since FlipFlopDesign.Shop arrived and personalised Flip Flops are just as popular as we hoped. Our next steps are to raise the profile of the website through social media and blogging activities, so this is our first blog. Plenty more will follow.

Take a look at how to order, use our Top Tips and start creating your first personalised flip flop – it’s LOTS of fun!

Please engage in any way through our social media, web chat, like/comment/share below or plain old email.

Thanks from all of us at FlipFlopDesign.Shop