Travel Month: June 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Saltwater Farms vineyard from outside
Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT


I've been back in the US for a couple of weeks now and am slowly getting used to driving everywhere and happily investigating the new restaurants and shops that have popped up. It's been very nice to catch up with family, relax at the beach, and do some leisurely work on my blog and freelance business. I'm so happy to finally have some free time to read up on marketing and chat with my sister about running small businesses. I've collected the articles I've been reading on a Pinterest board if you'd like to check them out!

This month I was also supposed to go on a tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in NYC - something I was pretty excited about, because despite the numerous times I've been to NYC, I've never taken these tours. Unfortunately, Tinggly did not keep up their end of the agreement (book me the tour in exchange for a post about their company and an honest review of their tour). I'm very disappointed in the way that this company behaved and because of this I've decided to completely re-think and revise my collaboration options and the businesses that I choose to work with in the future. I'm also upset to have introduced you guys to a company that doesn't keep their word and I sincerely apologize about this. 

That being said, I'm really excited about the new focus of working with small local businesses - something that I feel strongly about as my parents' owned their own business together for as long as I can remember. If you own a small business and would like to learn more about collaborations options please send me an email at luyoutravel@gmail.com

As for July, I'll be frolicking around New England until the middle of the month. I'm hoping to check out some new restaurants, shops, and towns in this area. If you have any tips I'd absolutely love to hear them!

How was your June? What are your plans for July?

10 comments:

  1. Tinggly should be ashamed of themselves. Honestly, there is enough enough respect for travel bloggers and their TIME. If you had agreed to a collaboration (experience for post exchange) they should realize that by bailing they are preventing you from collaborating with ANOTHER tour operator and wasting your time.

    Not only have they lost the relationship, but they've lost out on potentially MANY travel bloggers and travels recommending them through you.

    Focus on enjoying the rest of your trip and congrats on working with local businesses!

    Angie from reasons to dress, fashion, travel and life as a mom in Italy.

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    1. Its unfortunately that things didn't work out with Tinggly, but I'm happy about the new direction I'm taking. I went back and forth about whether or not to mention it in a post, but ultimately I wanted to prevent other bloggers from having similar things happening to them either with this company or another. I've learned that it is so important to really think carefully about those collaborations!

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience (or lack thereof) with Tinggly!

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    1. I've read about experiences that other bloggers have had with other companies and it seems that unfortunately this happens pretty often. Luckily, I'm really happy about the time I've spent thinking about who I'd really like to work with!

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  3. Ah, that's really disappointing! But it's great that you've found another direction, small local businesses deserve lots of support!

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    1. I agree! It really made me think about who I'd like to work with, so it actually was a positive experience in the end!

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  4. aw man. what a bummer. its so frustrating when brands take advantage of bloggers (or anyone, really! ;) ) at least you have a better idea of how you want to collaborate going forward!

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    1. I agree, but at least something positive has come out of it!

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  5. sorry the tour with tinggly didn't work out. i actually recently did an exchange with them and had a great experience, but maybe it depends on the rep you're working with. i haven't been to the statue of liberty either even though i've been to nyc so many times. i've mainly gone to eat food!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that your tour with Tinggly went well! They seemed very nice initially, but I don't think there was enough communication between the rep I worked with and whoever was in charge of that person. Will you be blogging about your experience? I'd love to read about how it was for you.

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