After a prolonged sleep between blog posts, I have finally made the time to update you on the status of Gypsy’s Caravan – Adventure Hostel. It’s June 15, and I had originally envisioned guiding a few trips and excursions by this point. Alas, I’ve been held at a stand still and wait excitedly to lead my first trip.
Why the wait? What’s with the stall? Hasn’t this gone on long enough?? We want to get out there!
Yes. Friends, I hear and feel your thoughts. The hold up: awaiting my guiding permit from AB Parks. In order to guide professionally in Kananaskis Country, you must obtain a Kananaskis Business License as well as an AB Parks Guiding Permit. I had applied for these permits well in advance of my original start date, to ensure that I could start guiding by June. But as anyone who has tried to communicate with the Gov’ can tell you, there is always a longer process involved and waiting period than originally intended. So while I wait patiently, I have been getting all the back end stuff polished and finalized – which, hey, needed to be done anyway. But come on, I just wanna get OUT there! *insert impatient cry face*
In the near future you’ll be seeing Gypsy’s Caravan brochures and ads out and about, promoting Adventure Packages and what the goal is I’m trying to reach. I’ve spent many a night thinking really hard about the different activities, programs, and connections I want to offer through my business, and have come to the conclusion time and again to just start small. I need to simply offer what I currently have, and execute those exceedingly well. I have some pretty grande ideas for where I see G.C.A.H ending up, but I know that to reach the end point I have to first take on only what I can manage, and not get caught up in the excitement. As hard as it is to do, I gotta reign my imagination in and focus. So this Spring while waiting on my Permit to come through, I’ve done just that: focus.
This focus has been extremely rewarding in its own slow and, honestly, tiresome way. Between lots of adventure detailing, social media-ing, package write ups, figuring out this website, Tiny Home blueprints, grant and funding research, working my day job, local networking, and trying not to forget about my dog and life and friends…I feel like I’ve got a decent grasp on this whole business start-up thing.
Says every entrepreneur everywhere before things blow up. Ha.
So now that you’re up to speed with the current life and times of Gypsy’s Caravan, be ready for a post ANY DAY NOW (fingers crossed) about heading out for our first guided adventure! I cannot wait. Cheers friends, and see ya out there 🙂
Hey fellow Adventurer’s,
I’m sitting here on this comfy couch amidst the binders, the calendars, the flying miserable snow and the dog, blogging at you for the first time. To you? For you? …. Ill ponder that.
I always thought blog writing was an extremely vain way of expressing one’s thoughts. A way of assuming if what you think and have to say is so stupendous, so unique, and so IMPORTANT, others will be struck with the urge to consume your written genius and be changed forever more.
Turns out, blogging is an extremely useful tool to relay information, learn from experiences, and simply relate to other like-minded individuals. It’s an awesome resource chalked full of stories and details that are super handy for the industry that I’m in. So, I will take my hypocrisy, swallow it down with a big ol’ sip of rum and ginger, and type type type away.
This first entry has one goal: to introduce you to me and the business that is Gypsy’s Caravan. So here’s some random info that may or may not be of interest to you:
-I’m 27 years young
-Shinny is my second favourite past time
-I once wanted to be a Highschool English Teacher (bullet dodged, amIright?)
-My dog is 4 years old and her name is Gypsie
-I believe Patrick Rothfuss is a lyrical genius
-Country Music is my jam
-Gypsy’s Caravan is my ongoing little business baby
Gypsy’s Caravan – Adventure Hostel is many things, and now that we’re acquainted I’m going to explain to you what some of those things are. This idea came of my personal passion for the outdoors, and from my belief that being outside does a boat load of wonders for the soul. I find that so many people want to hike that trail, summit that mountain, paddle that river, or simply go camping, but they’re scared to try. They’re intimidated. They don’t know where to start, how to start, or who to talk to about getting started.
I want Gypsy’s Caravan to be that starting point.
Sharing the skills needed to become capable, and confident, in creating outdoor adventures for yourself is what I aim to do. I aim to provide a fun, safe, and friendly environment where you can learn exactly what it is you’re doing and why you’re doing it, then take that knowledge and utilize it in your future endeavours. This first year is all about privately guided trips and excursions – building the brand, growing the adventures, and sharing my respect for nature with those I can. After this first year… well, I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned 😉
Nighty night you wandering souls, stay warm.
Hello you beautiful free spirited peeps.
It’s a cold Monday here in Alberta, which has me cozied up with a cup of coffee and the computer. When you have a need to be outside in any way shape or form, the chilly weather the comes with shoulder season and ultimately Winter can have a dampening effect on a person’s mood. Sometimes, it feels like your ambition to be productive and active just falls away with the leaves, and has you feeling more inclined to get house work and errands done.
Gypsy’s Caravan wants to fight those feelings. I’ve been talking a lot recently with a few local entities such as Cochrane Tourism, Adventure Hub, and Travel Alberta, to try and find ways to promote what my little business has to offer. Despite the air being a bit frosty, this is the PERFECT time for new adventurers and explorers to hit the trail and find out what our beautiful Rocky Mountains is all about! Less crowds, more personal space, better parking, leaves changing colour, more secluded trails….there are so many reasons why Fall is an amazing time to head outside. And I am working hard to share those reasons with as many people as I can.
In order to share those reasons, and to promote why you should experience them with Gypsy’s Caravan, I need to find out what works for promotion and what doesn’t. Hence the above mentioned discussions with local companies, and my current drive to look for new and innovative ways to encourage people to book a trip with me. It’s great to offer a unique and fun experience for brand new outdoors people, but if no one here’s about it, then what’s the point?
I look forward to sharing some different ways I aim to get the word out about my little biz, and hopefully you will be seeing these different promotional streams in the near future!
Have an excellent Fall season friends, stay warm and layer up.