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Waiting Game November 7, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 8:40 PM

The deadline has come and gone for applications for my dream job as The Vacationer for Transat Holidays (http://www.vacationer.transatholidays.com/).

For anyone who has been living under a rock and not privy to my endless Tweets, Statuses, Buzzes, YouTubes – in order to apply for the position as The Vacationer, the applicant was asked to submit a 2 minute (MAX) video. 1 minute (the first minute) showcasing a local tourist attraction and another minute (the second minute) explaining why they are the ideal candidate for the position.

Again, for those living underneath a rock and have not yet seen my video, check it out here. Feel free to Tweet it, Buzz it, Facebook it, comment, subscribe; or all of the above and more.

This whole experience has been quite the interesting one so far. Like with all experiences, it provides an opportunity to learn something new and I have certainly learned a great deal.

The biggest lesson learned through this experience has been preparing early and following instructions. Knowing that the application deadline was today at 5 PM, I wanted to make sure I had my application uploaded and submitted long before today – which left room for error. Whether it be technical errors on my end, or on the end of the Transat site … that way all my hard work wouldn’t go to waste. And sure enough, today the website was experiencing problems and people we panic struck when their videos weren’t uploading 10 minutes before the deadline. Luckily Transat is allowing those experiencing problems to submit their videos via email up until tomorrow. I’m just glad I had my submitted days ago which means I can sleep easy tonight – or sleep dreaming of my call coming from Transat).

 

The second lesson is about reading the instructions. It amazes me how detailed the instructions were for making the video and submitting the application. It was merely a “follow instructions” kind of application process – with room to be creative in how you conveyed your message. Yet, upon reviewing the videos that have been posted online, I’ve noticed quite a few seemed to have completely disregarded the guidelines for the video. It will be interesting to see if this plays a part in the selection process.

 

Another lesson I am taking away from this is how influential marketing is on the general population. Just a 2 minute video can make such an impact on a person’s perceptions. At the beginning of this process, I thought “how will I fill two minutes?” – half way through the editing process I was in trouble, thinking – “How do I cut it down to JUST 2 minutes?” – and now at the end of the process, and in watching all the videos posted online, I realize the importance in capturing your audience right away. You want them to want to wait for YouTube to buffer and load your video. You don’t want them to feel as though the 2 minutes will never end. Especially when it’s a topic of travel and tourist attractions – your audience should want to see the place your showcasing and should want to, at the end of watching your video clip, look up more information about that attraction, and hopefully actually get in their car and go see the place!

I’ve really enjoyed the process so far and I think it’s a great marketing strategy. Every one I know seems to be buzzing about Transat, as is the rest of the world-wide-web. As well, it has highlighted some of the beautiful local tourist attractions that we have right here in Canada. I know for me, watching the videos so far has extended my places-to-see list.

Now that the deadline has passed, I am forced to wait for Transat to call me for an interview. Fingers crossed!!

 

 

 

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My Application Video for The Transat Holiday Vacationer is on YouTube! November 5, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 2:47 PM

Check it out!!!

 

Transat Holiday – The Vacationer

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 1:04 PM

I have just applied for the job of my dreams! It’s called – The Vacationer- and it’s with Transat Holidays. Essentially the job means acting as a brand rep for Transat Holidays for a one year period. The really hard part, which almost made me not apply, will be the traveling two weeks each month – NOT. hahaha The competition will be fierce, but I am confident that I have what it takes ! 🙂

If (and when) I make it far enough in the selection process, I will need your votes!

For more information, check it out on their website here:
http://vacationer.transatholidays.com/

And on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/erinsacco?success=1#!/transatvacationer

 

Live. Laugh. Love. April 15, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 3:53 AM

Time to shed a layer of onion…

The endless road trips, boat trips, train and plane rides we have taken in the last 7 weeks has really proven the effectiveness of “taking a drive” to clear ones head. I never really understood this as an effective means to think and reevalutate situations, but I now really understand what it’s like to be alone with your thoughts and feelings with little more to do than simply think and feel.

Often times while making these long trips I put my iPod on and do just that: think and feel. And I believe I have grown from all the self reflection.

It’s funny because I realized that for a long time when I looked back on my life I very rarely emphasized and revelled in the happy times that happened over the course of my life, but rather I focused and dwelled on the things I failed at, or the things that hurt most – most of which occurred in the not so distant past. And it was this negativity that created a jaded and almost unpleasant outlook for the future. But with all of the time I have had to think and feel those memories again, I have realized that my life has consisted of far more important and meaningful times than I have given credit for. I feel like I am driving Maria crazy as more often than not I find myself ranting on and on about happy childhood memories I have and most times I end the rant (or rather reflection) with a sympathetic “oooh. Awww.” hahaha. Being away from friends and family has certainly made me appreciate where I come from. And it is also by being away from those whom I love and trust most, that my trust has been restored in others. I have realized that in comparison to a lot of the people I have met, that I come from a good place and I am very fortunate to have a family who loves me and gave me sound morals and values to live my life by. And even more so, have given me the capacity to embark on this adventure and be successful in it. Being away from them has truly made me appreciate and respect them for all they have given me and provided me with.

I can confidently say that I feel like the parts of me I felt I lost, are back in full force. And I can hold my head high and smile and feel pure happiness and love…feelings I was afraid to endure for a long time. I said to Maria today – “I love smiling.” As simple as it may sound, it took me a long time to smile out of pure bliss. And laugh out of pure love from the heart. And live with each breath. And now I do it each and every day – Live. Laugh. Love.

 

Maria and I need space. April 13, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 1:48 AM

7 weeks. 49 days. 1176 hours. Of pure togetherness. And no fights! But we are slowly morphing into each other. Yesterday, on three separate occassions, we both said the exact same sentence at the exact same time – then looked at each other awkwardly.

3.5 months to go.

Good thing we get along!

 

Into the Wild. April 11, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 6:31 AM

I am currently reading the book “into the wild” and as within most books I’ve read there tends to be a quote that speaks volumes to me. This quote hit me hard.

“so many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, confortmity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiencies, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

 

Books Books Books April 10, 2010

Filed under: travel — esacc @ 9:25 AM

Welp, for those of you who knew me, you will never believe it’s the same person writing this post …

I LOVE READING.

2010 has brought about this inner urge for me to learn, see and do… and that is just what I’m doing. I’ve been on a reading rampage and with the countless bus, boat and train rides we’ve been on, traveling has provided a great basis for my new past time.

Some of the books I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed along the way are:

First They Killed My Father.

Bangkok Boy.

Escape.

Life of Pi.

Look Into My Eyes.

A Million Little Pieces.

And currently : Into the Wild.

I highly recommend these books !