Portland, OR

May 27, 2015

 

I am lucky in the fact that I get to travel a lot for work. In the past year I have traveled to over 30 cities and I am finally getting to documenting them all...I know, I know, a bit behind. But better late then never right?

To kick off my new travel features I am starting with my most recent trip to Portland, OR. I knew very little about this city before arriving for a short 24 hour stay, but I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful it was. Surronded by rolling green hills, trees, nature and water the city of Portland is a pretty happening place. The streets are lined with shops & restaurants mixed in with commercial and residential space. It's an incredibly walkable city and has a beautiful waterfront which is perfect for running, strolling or lounging on the grass. 

I arrived in the afternoon via Amtrak from Seattle, which by the way is a stunning and easy ride down, especially in business class. The seats are cozy and equipped with tables, wifi and plugs - ideal for working - and the car even has a little snack bar with a pretty nice selection of food & beverages. For me it was much better than flying, so relaxing in comparison the rush and chaos of the airports these days.

Upon arrival I had an afternoon full of meetings but when I did finally arrive to my hotel, Hotel Vintage Portland, I received a warm welcome and a complimentary upgrade to a ridiclous King Suite (thanks Kimpton Karma Rewards!). The room had stunning floor to ceiling windows along both walls (image above), a cozy seating area which I must say I enjoyed coffee and a bit of reading, desk and plush bed. Kimpton always delivers, and I especially loved the decor a the Vintage - down to the tiniest detail they really hit the mark. 

Because it was such a short stay I grabbed lunch at the bar in the hotel restaurant which was quite delish, got some work done in the room with the windows open taking in the spring breeze, and then hit the city and the waterfront trail for an evening run. This to me is the best way to see a city, and it breaks up my long runs to stop and snap photos along the way. The trail was full of blooming flowers, sweeping water views and so many industrial bridges and buildings. I fell in love! 

Sadly this trip the husband did not come along, so I didn't enjoy as much sightseeing or restaurants as I usually squeeze in after business hours, but...it's an excuse to make it back to this city in the very near future. I smell a weekend getaway coming!

Until next time Portland!

xo - margaret

Fiji Time

March 2, 2015

The question comes up quite a bit of what I do for work and what allows me to do so much travel and with my most recent trip to Fiji I had more questions than ever. 

I work as the Sales & Marketing Manager for a small boutique, luxury resort in Fiji. I currently manage the entire International market with sales representatives here in the US as wel as in India, Australia and New Zealand. The reason I travel so much is because I mainly manage the travel partner aspect of our business which includes wholesalers (such as Costco, Classic Vacations, Qantas etc.), travel agencies and retail travel agents as well as all of our third party channels (such as Expedia, Travelocity, Agoda etc.). In addition I oversee our direct sales channel which is made up of our online bookings on our website www.namaleresort.com and those made through our direct reservation team.

Managing these relationships is what allows me to travel so much as they are located all over the world and I reach them through tradeshows, travel conferences & events as well as direct meetings. It's a constant job because you have to stay front of mind with these individuals otherwise they will forget your property and sell the next property that came in more recently. It's like a never ending chess game. 

In addition to the sales aspect I also manage our PR & Marketing which includes all of our advertising placements, both in print and online, PPC, GDN ads, retargeting, article placement, email marketing, media trips, website & social media channels. These aspects feed the above relationships in the gaps in which I cannot see them in person. 

It's an extremely demanding position, that typically takes up my time 7 days a week from first thing in the morning up until I go to bed so that I can connect with all International markets. It's also a very rewarding and exciting job, where I get to not only travel but also meet people from all around the world and hear from them after they or their clients stay with us and how much they love the property. Luckily I have an amazing product to sell; the resort offers the utmost in luxury, guest service and experience in the beautiful (as you can see below) country of Fiji.

You have to love what you do - and I am very thankful that I love my work. It's hard not to with these views!

xo - margaret

 

Chicago Style

December 10, 2014

I have been so bad about blogging the past few months! I must say that all of the travel knocked the snot right out of me! It's insane how little you can get done when you are on the road, working full time, working out and trying to squeeze in as much personal time sightseeing (and eating) as possible in each destination. Lets just say that it leaves little time for the extras, which sadly for me is my blog!

Our last leg of our travel diary of the year was to Las Vegas, Chicago & New York. I wish that I could say I snapped photos in all of them but I just didn't - I do have some from Chicago to share with you though! We enjoyed 3 days in the windy city - and boy was that statement true! The temperature itself really wasn't that cold...but the wind! Man, did that chill me to the bone.

We still made the most of our time visiting the Bean, Hancock Tower, Willis Tower Sky Deck (which was by far my favorite) plenty of food & shopping exploring and visiting with old college friends who are lucky enough to live in this amazing city. It was a whirlwind 3 days and I loved every minute in this city - it's so alive & vibrant. Definitely could see us living here...

 

xo - margaret