CHERIE RICHARDS

Cherie Richards, Not Just Travel, on getting back to business in September

Usually September rolls round in a flurry of back to school activity – and while we have still had to go out and buy new shoes and uniforms – I think it’s fair to say that this September has been very different. After spending so much time together due to Covid, the ‘Back to School’ mantra has taken on a new meaning!

As an industry, we have had to get used to working from home and homeschooling, so with schools back and kids in the classrooms, you have to wonder, will we find ourselves less or more distracted? Will we be more productive working from home or perhaps a bit lonely after all the hustle and bustle of the last few months?

September is also a time for looking forward in business. It’s like the start of the new year all over again, and this year it means something different for us at Not Just Travel.

With the new school year, we are looking to the future and looking to start this year again, with a positive outlook and new skills up our sleeves. We acknowledge it’s been tough, and it may continue to be a bumpy road as we move to the ‘new normal,’ but as a company, we wanted to say to our teams: “This is where we are now, and this is where we are going.”

As part of this, we hosted our very first Virtual Conference for our Travel Consultants on September 5. The whole aim was to look to the future of travel and help our teams feel more positive and confident – giving them the skills to go out and be advocates for the travel industry. We heard practical tips from health and wellness coach Nic Woods, about how to change our mindsets and move past the stumbling blocks that Covid has created for many of us.

It’s about understanding that yes, the travel industry has had a setback, and it might not be 100% back right now, but we can show our customers we are there for them, so that when they are ready to discover the world again, we are ready and there to support them.

The New Year starts now at Not Just Travel. We have taken the Covid crisis as a chance to develop our business offering, to make us stronger for the future.

So, whilst our children go back to school – we are very much back to business too!


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