Ok, so I just got back last Friday (day 245) from a week-long media trip in tropical north Queensland, one of my favorite parts of Australia. It was a long week packed to the brim. I’ve gone on a couple of media trips to Queensland now and that Tourism Queensland does not mess around!
Which is a good thing because they do cater to your every need, put you up in nice hotels and feed and drink you to the max — they need to know that you are getting the full benefit of the trip out there, so the itinerary is packed from morning ’til night.
I’m seriously lucky because I have only been to tropical north Queensland a few times and I now feel like I have a pretty intensive understanding of the places and activities that draw visitors to the area. Next on my list would be to tackle the Cape York trip, but… when time and money present themselves. I digress…
For me, media trips do wonders as they put as much information as I might acquire on an independent trip in a week or more into my head in just a few short days. Being put in touch with the managers, owners, operators and tourism professionals first-hand provides me with a wealth of travel knowledge, and it just makes it plain easy to write about. Even when I went to Gold Coast for 3 days last December, I didn’t need to read pamphlets or guide books; the facts were told to me over dinner, as we were walking to the car and while checking out the wildlife sanctuary.
And, tropical north Queensland? Ask me about the different Aboriginal tours on offer there. Ask me about where to have your small beach wedding. Seriously, ask me! I am so grateful to have those opportunities with media trips because I am now better armed with what’s out there so I can say that this tour is more unique than the next, or this hotel is definitely worth the price or not.
But, there is a downside, and it is called work. At this moment, I am grappling with article ideas, throwing out pitches, drafting a thousand thank you emails and organizing my 5 pounds of pamphlets and literature. I’m scanning through photos and clawing my way to a level of being caught up from all the work I let slip by while away. Media trips are hard work, but I guess they are the kind of hard work you want to have on your to-do list.