Lockdown travel agent flogs holidays on his living room window

A travel agent forced to work from home during lockdown has been selling holidays and raising smiles by using his living room window to advertise getaways to passers-by.

Michael Blackburn, from Seaforth, worked for TUI but was furloughed early in the year until July.

Since then, he’s started a new job with Perfect Getaways but staff were sent home from their office in St John’s precinct when the second lockdown was announced.

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Knowing people still had dreams of getting away next year, he had the idea to use his living room window creatively to advertise holidays.

Michael, 34, said: “I had all the window cards with me at home one day and I thought it would be so funny to put them in the window for people passing by.

“Then every time I went outside people were laughing and saying ‘oh what’s that one?’

“I actually got a big booking for the Maldives from it.”

The Maldives booking was worth more than £3,000 for a week’s all-inclusive stay in a water villa property he’d advertised on the window cards.

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Since he started using his window to advertise offers, business has been “manic” with Michael smashing his sales targets every week.

And taking advantage of being able to wear what he wants when working from home, Michael also dresses up in drag to help keep his own and his colleagues’ spirits up.

He said: “I’ve always got loads of fancy dress in mine so I’ll just throw a wig on for a laugh. Whether it’s for a zoom call or whatever.

Travel agent Michael Blackburn also dresses up in drag while he works to bring a smile to people's faces
Travel agent Michael Blackburn also dresses up in drag while he works to bring a smile to people’s faces
(Image: Michael Blackburn)

“I was a trained dancer – you wouldn’t think that now. My neighbours think I’m mad but they know me.

“It’s just about having a laugh with people. We’re like dream-makers and we like to make that a reality for people.

“I’ve done this job for 15 years and I love it. I’ve got travel in my blood.”

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He’s now started promoting himself on Facebook by setting up a page called Michael’s Perfect Getaways, adding: “I think it’s because people are working from home and people are on Facebook aren’t they.

“At this time of the year as well it’s so cold and people want to think about a holiday.

“There’s been so many cancellations this year, people want something to look forward to.”

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