Jessica Shuwalow, Business Development and Marketing Manager

Last week, due to popular demand, we hosted our third ‘Night On The Couch’ client event. The topic for this event was travel. As you may be aware, we encourage clients to put the things that are most important to them at the top of their priority list. It’s about putting your big rocks in first. Your big rocks are the things that are most important to you, then the tedious things can work around your big rocks. The most common big rocks are: family and health, which for many translates into things like holidays and travel. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend and completed the feedback forms, overall you rated the evening a 9.3 out of a maximum of 10.

Our ‘Night On The Couch’ event is designed to enhance your experience of financial planning by introducing you to the greater Rethink Newcastle Financial Planning community in a fun, relaxed and educational environment. The October ‘Night on the Couch’ event was a huge success, attracting more than 60 guests to an intimate forum featuring travel insights from two notable travel expert identities and one interstate expert.

Our first speaker, local identity Jan Ross, Manager of Tourism & Economic Development at the City of Newcastle, began the evening congratulating guests on helping make Newcastle one of the hottest travel destinations in Australia and the world. She then shared a video highlighting the great city we live in, which featured recent national events held here in Newcastle such as the Port to Port mountain bike race and the Australian Water Ski Racing Championships. Jan then finished on a high talking about the upcoming AFC Asian Cup, which Newcastle will play host to in January and is expected to be broadcast in 80 countries with a potential reach of 2.5 billion people.

Well-known local Michelle Barker and Managing Director of Jayes Travel then ventured the audience to overseas travel. Having just returned from Africa, Michelle had some engaging personal stories and photos to share. She also revealed the best times to snag a holiday bargain, European holidays are currently on sale. Highlight takeaway travel tip: ‘If you don’t like horse riding in Australia, you’re probably not going to like horse riding on a holiday’.

Our final speaker for the evening was inter-state guest, Kristy Moore, Adventure Connector, Writer and Speaker for Hand Up Australia. Kristy has travelled to over 60 countries, volunteered on four continents, walked with lions, dived 30 meters below sea level and hiked 4,700 meters into the clouds. From the moment she spoke, Kristy had guests totally captivated listening to her personal experiences from her time volunteering in remote developing countries and glimpses into her life before and after volunteering overseas.

Closing the event, as the name ‘Night On The Couch’ suggests, speakers were invited back to the stage and seated on the infamous couch to respond to questions presented by you, our guests, in a moderated question and answer format. For many this was the highlight of the night, where questions from ‘What’s happening with Ebola?’ to ‘Where are the best places to go in the Newcastle and Hunter region for those with limited mobility?’ where answered.

At the end of the event we asked you, our guests, to rate yourselves on what type of travel you found most appealing: 39% of you said told us that you are the relaxing holiday type, 37% of you said you are an adventure traveller, 19% said you’re the volunteering type and 6% rated indicated that you are a Novocastrian homebody.

To view some of the photos from the night click here.

To learn more about any of our speakers, see links below:
Jan Ross, Manager of Tourism & Economic Development at City of Newcastle

  • IFEA 2014 Newcastle Award Submission Video, click here to watch.
  • Asian Cup Hype Video, click here to watch or click here to learn more about the cup.

Michelle Barker, Managing Director at Jayes Travel

  • To learn more about Michelle and Jayes Travel, click here.

Kristy Moore, Adventure Connector, Writer & Speaker for Hand Up Australia

  • Hand Up Australia’s international volunteer adventures give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a local culture, help build a sustainable village, recharge and reflect, and challenge yourself to safely step out of your comfort zone. The team takes care of all the details and creature comforts so you can focus on what’s really important – making a difference in the world. To take the next step, click here explore trip options and videos.
  • You can also learn more about Kristy’s community leadership and storytelling services on her website, click here to access website.

Disclaimer: This editorial provides general information only. Before making any financial decisions, consult a financial planner to take into account your individual needs.

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