How Selling Children’s Books Part-Time Got Me a Free Trip to France (Twice)
Barefoot Books Gives Top Ambassadors the Trip of a Lifetime
I’ve just returned from the trip of a lifetime – and it was made possible by children’s books.
No, I’m not speaking on a metaphorical level (though I do believe that books are the best way to teach children about the world, second only to actual travel.)
This was a real trip, and it the highlight of my two years as a Barefoot Books Ambassador.
Each year Barefoot Books Ambassadors are able to earn luxurious prizes in our year-end sales and sponsoring challenge (spa gift cards, family vacations, entertainment packages, and more.)
The top eight Ambassadors win an all expense paid trip to southern France, where we stay at the colorful and luxurious vacation home of our co-founder Nancy Traversy.
While I certainly worked hard to earn this trip, I also want to share that I work my business part-time (about 15 – 20 hours per week.) I never imagined when I signed up to become an Ambassador that a trip like this would be possible for me. (Update: I got to go a second time in 2015!)
I’ve certainly never been pampered like I was at Le Tupe (Nancy’s home).
What a lovely way to be welcomed to Le Tupe! Champagne and foie gras by the pool.
I would say that my beautiful room was a quiet oasis, but truthfully it was next to the kitchen, where we enjoyed a lot of dancing and merriment during the trip!
The Food (Barefoot Books Knows How to Feed Their Ambassadors, People!)
Nancy’s husband Marty (who trained at Le Cordon Bleu just for fun) and his friend Kevin (a self-taught chef but you’d never know it) created unforgettable meals.
Kevin and Marty proved themselves to be gentlemen, scholars, and excellent chefs!
Pea soup with prawns, avocados, and tomatoes. Yum!
Barefoot Books president Jessica Kim expresses how we all felt about the dessert!
Lunch was the same every day, but we never got tired of it: olives, cheeses, salads, baguettes, charcuterie, and the sweetest melon I’ve ever had.
The Beauty of southwestern France and Le Tupe
The Sights & History of Southwestern France
The historical sights gave me a whole other idea of what is “old” (as did the parts of Le Tupe date back to the 1300s.)
Shopping with my Barefoot Books Buddies
Of course we had to fit in a bit of shopping. I got some pretty gifts but also enjoy just salivating over all the food available at the market in Sanmatan.
The People (Getting to Know My Fellow Barefoot Books Ambassadors Was the Best Part!)
Truly though, what made the trip one I will remember for the rest of my life is the remarkable women who I traveled with. To spend four days with our top home office staff and our most successful Ambassadors, talking about children’s books, our families, our life stories, our dreams, and how we can offer other women the chance to do work that is meaningful without having to head to the office from 9 – 5 everyday? I can’t put into words what it meant.
Can I help you earn the trip of a lifetime?
I would love to go back to France next year, but you know what I would love even more? To help a Barefoot Books Ambassador on my team earn this amazing retreat. Three of the women who went to France were in their first few months as Ambassadors when they earned the trip!
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