When I started this blog, I wanted it to help push me to travel more. Since being young I’ve been a bit of a geography geek, obsessing over countries, capital cities, flags and the notion of travelling to different places itself.
It also made sense in being a compliment to my studies, and at that point I was in the final year of my undergraduate degree in journalism. The two went hand in hand.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was tempted by the lifestyles of the bloggers and YouTubers I had followed before, jetting off to here, there and everywhere as part of brand details, sponsorships and partnerships they’d acquired through projects of their own.
So, last month when I received an email from Crystal Ski inviting me to an event for selected press and bloggers at Manchester’s Chill Factore, I was understandably over the moon. So much so, I rescheduled a trip to Belgrade, Serbia that I already had booked and pushed it back to the beginning of December.
Yes, moving that trip came at a financial cost, but there was an opportunity on the table that I just couldn’t pass up. I’d got my blog to a point where a travel company, and a highly-reputable one at that, had taken notice. I wanted a slice of the action and, so, I went.
After battling through traffic to arrive there at a reasonable hour, I was greeted by Marion and Kirsty, the two Crystal Ski representatives that organised this #GetMoreWinter event, and my drinks order was swiftly taken.
We spent a few minutes briefly introducing ourselves the other bloggers before gearing up in our big coats, big boots and ski pants, ready to take on the slope.
Chill Factore instructor Rob undertook the dubious task of teaching us beginners, while the more experience members of the group were given lift passes to use the main slope.
It was great to feel, the albeit artificial, cold and the snow beneath my feet, but navigating our way proved to be quite the challenge on skis.
Our lesson was beginners’ basics, and we needed it. Even clipping our boots onto the skis was a task, but once we got going it was a lot of fun.
It consisted of walking with one ski, then with two, before the real excitement kicked in and we got to slide down a section of the nursery slope. Although a couple of the girls fell over (I hope they don’t mind me telling you that!), everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
But one of the best parts of the night was getting to know people over a buffet and drinks, and it was both awesome and refreshing to meet so many like-minded people.
Not only was Crystal Ski’s #GetMoreWinter evening a lot of fun, but it was also educational and a real eye-opener. I learned a lot, and got some great insight and tips from industry professionals, and bloggers who are successful in their own right.
I had a fantastic time meeting everyone, and the experience we had out on the slope confirmed that I do, indeed, want to try it out for real. Hopefully this is the start of the slope to success.