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1st Group Tour Success!!!

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As a new Tour Operating company I am extremely proud to announce the success of our very first Group day tour. We have had solo female tours before but this has been our very first group tour and it was just amazing.

The tour began at 9:30 am and included visits to the coastal windward side of the island including the new Argyle International Airport and a bit of inland viewing. The black point tunnel a huge beautiful natural attraction on the windward side of the island and an amazing lookout at the top of the mountain seeing the vast expanse of the valley below were just a few stops in our tour.

The tour was accompanied by my recipe of homemade banana bread, local fruit juices and the pick of sweet and juicy local fruits that were in season. I am so blessed and grateful to Betsy and her family for choosing Zanur Tours to show them our beautiful island St Vincent and the Grenadines. We here at Zanur Tours are on a mission to providing local authentic tours to visitors to the islands while allowing the local people especially women to benefit from the tourism sector instead of larger companies. To allow our women to meet new people and interact with the wider world on a larger scale. As we grow and progress as a company my dream is to include more women/female guides throughout the island allowing cross interactions with adventurous female travellers and local women. Our ladies can have another option in the choice of jobs and careers and dare to dream of a better life than what they currently have. In this process they would impact foreigners and give them a real taste of the famous Vincentian hospitality and to have a bit of our beautiful culture and attractions.

 

This is what Betsy had to say about her tour with us:

"We had a fantastic time touring St.Vincent with Zanurtours. Our guides were welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable about their beautiful island. We only had a few hours to see the island and it was packed with wonderful coastal views, villages, Mesopotamia Valley, Black Point Tunnel and the trip to the Montreal Gardens. We could have easily spent several days with Valerie, Dexter and Victor Byron (our guides) to see more but we were unable. 

I would highly encourage anybody wanting a local, friendly and delightful time seeing St. Vincent to schedule a tour or a week with this team. 
Banana bread, fresh fruit and spring water were a delicious treat on our journey too! "
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What an amazing group of people! Thanks again Betsy for believing in our philosophies and showing us our dreams can come through one tour at a time!!!

Picking your destination Part 3: Resources and Budget

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Ok I’ve gotten to the one I think you all have been waiting for and I will just touch on this topic today and go more deeper next month when we start budgeting for your BIG travel.
This factor has a huge influence on our travel. People tell me all the time I don’t know how you can afford to travel. Or I can’t travel because I just cant afford it.

To this I say NONSENSE!!

It’s all about priorities just like everything else in life. I know travel means so much to me that I have a separate account set aside for my travels. This account I swindle away a little every month to accumulate to indulge my passion for travel.
We all have resources available to us and as women we need to put these into practise when we think about travel. Here are 5 ways to use your resources and find budget to travel:

  1. Who do you know at a destination?- Do you have a friend living in another country? Are you able to contact them and plan a reunion of some sort. Even if they are not able to accommodate you, they can sure meet up and show you around. After all that’s what friends are for. Maybe you need to be a bit more flexible with your travel dates so they can accommodate you, but so what? It’s going to save you much needed time and money, so do it!
  2. Sacrifice- Ladies many a days my co-workers are shopping online for new clothes and shoes and I restrict myself because I’m thinking about the next place I want to travel to. I put the little bit I would have spent on a new dress or shoes (that I don’t even wear) into my travel fund and voila- travel money!!! Cut down on bills, use less water, turn off electricity when not in use. Biggest watch your phone bills, use whats apps for calls and wifi for data. You don’t need a contract phone bill! That’s just unnecessary money being wasted. Find every way to save more, every little helps.  Challenge yourself start by putting aside atleast $50 a month until the time you want to travel and then the amount you accumulate see where that can take you.
  3. Be flexible- Don’t be as restrictive with your travel time unless you absolutely cannot help it. Like obviously parents who have to travel during school holidays or you have time restrains with work etc. Traveling on a weekend and school holidays hotels and airfare are much more expensive than during the week especially for airfare this rule applies. Think about major festivals and holidays like Easter. These times are much more expensive as there is a high demand this time than other times. So try to avoid traveling unless you WANT to see these things at your destination. For eg. I knew traveling to Jerusalem at Easter would have been manic with pilgrimage, so I avoided it like the plague.
  4. Currency strength- Think about how far your currency can go at a particular destination. How much is your US$ going to be in Europe as Europe is quite an expensive destinations. Would it be worth it to go somewhere like the Caribbean where you can get more for your money. Or even staying within the USA or going over the border to Canada and maybe Mexico. Use services like paypal to make payments which would help with currency conversion fees and exchange rate differences.
  5. Deals- pick your travel destinations where there are deals. If you are a solo traveller and you just want to travel, to build your list or just to learn as much as you can then any destination would do right! Google flight deals or try sites like sky scanner or fare compare and wherever has a price you can afford, then go there!!! You'd be amazed at some really good deals that airlines have sometimes. 
  6. Finally, Traveling in your own backyard- Don’t ever underestimate the power of traveling closer to home. You can learn so much by just looking around and visiting places close to you or even an hour trip. Here in Cyprus every chance I get I take the time to go to another city, to explore and be a tourist even though I’ve been living here for 2 years. There are loads of little villages I haven’t been to as yet and it was the same when I was in SVG. My friends and I would plan trips to different places, spend long week in the grenadines and I was even a part of the hiking club while I was in school. I loved every minute of it! We went to different places I have never been to, different experiences and it was amazing.

Exercise:
Figure out how much you want to attempt to put aside every month for travel. Work on your MINDSET this is so important and I will also be going into this over the coming weeks. Create a plan or strategy to disciple yourself and work on your priorities. I promise you if travel is one of the top entries to your priorities list; you will condition your mind that you would save x amount every month to go towards your travel goals. You can do it! I know you can. If you need help reach out to me I’ll help you get on track. I’d be working on an easy budget worksheet that we can use in the coming months. Please stay in touch!

In other news:

FREE Travel Session with me


I would be offering FREE one to one sessions with any lady who wants some advise on travel, especially how to start traveling. Over the course of this week I would be leaving some slots open in the afternoons my time, to speak to you one to one via whats apps call, Facebook calls or even this new voice note app called Voxer, that I'm a bit anxious to try ahah. 

This session would include:
30 mins chat one to one
You can ask any question you have on travel
We can discuss your way forward and things you can put in place

So if you want us to have a chat and to see how I can help you, it's absolutely free. Simply reply to this email or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can book a session to discuss your travel plans and how to get you started. If you have a friend or family member who wants to travel desperately but feels really hopeless about this happening please be a GREAT friend and refer her to me. I promise we are in this together, lets help each other out as much as possible. Looking forward to chatting with you all.


Facebook Group


We've just launched our Facebook group community Zanur Tours and Travels, for us female travellers click here if you're not inside as yet. This group is to provide a supportive community for female travellers, where we discuss travel plans, tips and advise and also ask questions that we want answered. We can discuss the Newsletters and stay in touch during the week also.

Come and meet the other lovely ladies who are inside already, 3 days in and so far it's amazing!

See you inside the group.

 

Love and Blessings

 

Picking your destination Part 2


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So in the first email we started discussions on picking your travel destination. This week we will continue and explore different activities that you would want to do on your travels.

I have different desires when I think of traveling. There are times when I have a few days for example my last birthday my husband and I planned an amazing 4 day trip to Jerusalem, Israel and we did an all-inclusive tours and stay there.  Read about my experience herehttp://www.zanurtours.com/blog. This is because we wanted to do different activities but there are holidays that I did that just included lazing around at a beach and pool because I just wanted to unwind and relax myself on these trips. 

So a very big question, WHY do you want to travel? 

Have you ever took the time to think about why you want to travel? Is it just to see different places, take some pics infront of a well-known site and post on social media for your friends to see what an amazing life you have or is it for something more.  Do you want to travel to experience new things, to widen your horizon and become a more fulfilled enlightened person? The latter is definitely my WHY. I absolutely believe that travel makes me a better person. It makes me more grateful, more confident and definitely happier. After the buzz of airports, train stations etc getting to somewhere new just fills me with pure joy.I love this feeling so much that even when I’m having a down day I just think of a destination I would love to go to soon and I immediately start planning in my head. How I am going to get there (financially and logistically). Just the simple thought of travelling makes me happy and strengthens me to face my problems head on.

Is picking your activities influenced by your other half or probably traveling with kids? Then maybe something like an all-inclusive resort or a cruise would be right for you. Everything is pre planned for you and all you need to decide is what to eat for dinner. These things are great for families as they are usually a wide range of activities for adults as well as the kids. Everyone has a great time with little or no stress. The only thing is that these holidays are usually more costly but we will get to that in our final part of picking a destination-Budget and resources.

Other factors that may influence you picking your destination could be weather, are you a hot weather person or a cold weather person? I am definitely a hot weather person haha but I have been to cold destination just to experience something different.

Have you already made your list of destinations you want to travel to? Thank you ladies I have received a few emails with your list and they are amazing. I was even reminded that I left two destination off of my own list, which was Washington D.C and Atlantic City (dancing while I say this). I have already started writing my other list of places I want to go next and I know you saw Greece (soon) on the list ahaha. This week’s activity is to think and write all of the things you want to experience on your travels. Here’s a simple worksheet I started for you, just simply fill in some of your own. Feel free to send me your completed list or just write me and let me know what more information you would love to get from me regarding your travel aspirations.

Activity Worksheet

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I would be getting into some deep information over the next couple of weeks. If you no longer want to be bombarded by yet more emails, please feel free to unsubscribe to the bottom of this email. We would be sad to see you go but we'd rather have happy community members than annoyed ones.

Love and Blessings always.