The Inspire Me Travel Expo

by Sophie Ross

Are you thinking about proposing to the one you love? Or perhaps you have popped the question and hen and stag planning is in full swing? Is your big day fast approaching? Yet you are still looking for those final touches. . . Sound familiar? Then please, read on.

I had been invited to the Inspire Me Travel Expo taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stanstead. Created by The Inspire Me Travel Company, this expo is a brand new showcase for local exhibitors with a focus theme of Love, Marriage and Family. Karen, CEO and organiser of the event, has built up an exquisite reputation within the travel world. Her bespoke tour packages offer thrilling and luxury experiences across the globe. Providing wow-factor priceless memories to her customers and creating holidays to never forget. Her mission has always been to create first-class moments at affordable rates.

Karen and I

Upon walking into the event, the amount of thought and care that had gone into its creation was strikingly apparent. An elongated catwalk split the room with a DJ and dancefloor taking front centre court. On the left-hand side were an array of travel planners, tour guides, get-away organisers and luxury airlines. Additionally, to the right, stood colourful displays of floristry art, beauty and wellness stalls plus high-end fashion. In other words, I was in my element.

Clothing, Make-up and More!

Naturally, I first gravitated towards Buy The Dress. A pre-owned/vintage company that had everything from Prada to Jimy Choo on display. It wasn’t long before vintage Versace scarves caught my eye and Gucci bamboo sunglasses were purchased. Whoops!

Maskell Jewellery also had a stall. Showcasing diamonds and stunning bespoke, fine jewellery. This family-run business handmake their creations and move your design idea from concept to object.

If like me you are into your makeup you must checkout MUA Karen Elizabeth. She was in the process of creating some ultra-glam looks and I am excited to team up with her in the future. Who doesn’t love having your makeup applied professionally?

Esque Parfum had a stall showcasing their divine Oud based fragrances. At a reasonable £25 these scents last all day and come in striking bottles. Their premium scent comes with the added luxury of 24-carat gold!

Esque Parfum

Into skincare? Then let me introduce Origins of Beauty. An all-natural company specialising in cruelty-free products. They have everything from scrubs to candles from some major brands.

Wedding Dresses and First Dances!

As the day continued, the catwalk was fully utilised. There were several bridal brands showcasing their stunning gowns and there was also a choreographer group providing ideas for a first dance.

Soon after, I got chatting with Holly Waters. Holly is a photographer specialising in wedding photography. Based in Essex, she also has the most adorable pet photography project called Pawtraits.

Holly Waters

Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly, Let’s Fly Away…

Two words. Private Jet. The peak of travel luxury. The jet-setters dream. I had the pleasure of meeting Terry, owner of London Jet Charter. Terry has the connections for those wanting to arrive in style at their next destination.

Terry and I
Me at Luxury Jet Charter

Who has flown Emirates? What a dream it would be to fly in one of those first-class cabins huh! I am yet to go to Dubai but after speaking to some of the Emirates staff at the expo it has certainly moved a little higher on my bucket list.

I Want To See The World

Lastly, was the Travel section. It was so interesting to hear each individuals business journey. Their love of voyage was so apparent. First I met Suda from Travel PA. She organises luxury trips all over the globe. She has been in the industry for over 32 years and has been to some breathtakingly beautiful places.

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Next, I met the wonderful Joanne. She was so passionate about her career and it really shone through. She is lucky enough to work for Palladium Hotel Group. This huge hotel chain owns some of the most glamourous resorts across the Balaeric and Caribbean Islands. Check out Bless Hotel, this is on my list for my annual Ibiza trip. Those views are truly something.

Finally the lovely Joelle from Travelling With Taste, who was full of energy and upbeat. We chatted like old friends and she filled me in on her travel experiences and future tour plans. She has over 40 years of experience in the industry and can create your ideal bespoke trip.

And Relax!

For those seeking relaxation, I got to meet Carol an Advanced Massage and Holistic Therapist and Aly, a restorative Yoga expert, who was talking all thing zen. Carol was providing the most relaxing neck and shoulder massages which can be booked here. Whilst Aly offers a range of Yoga classes in North Essex. Find out more about the classes here.

Loved this Buddha

And That’s a Wrap!

HUGE thanks to you Karen for having me as your guest blogger for the day. I truly had the best time getting to know you and the majority of your fabulous exhibitors. It has made me want to travel the world even more!

Karen and I have some exciting collaborations coming this year so watch this space! To book a bespoke travel plan visit: The Inspire Me Travel Company.

Stunning Floral Display

Thank you

Love Sophie

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