Found these… From Take A Break back in the day.

I was asked by a Crickhowell hotelier to run an adventure weekend for a couple of his clients, one who was a journalist on a freebie in return for some copy.

I ran a caving day, free of charge, which was great fun and well received.

The copy however was disappointing. The Dragon Hotel was featured but my adventure activity business was not.

I continued to offer up my time free of charge for copy for some time after this until it dawned on me… I was never going to gain benefit from these promotions and it was not a good use of my time.

The Dragon might well have gained some bed nights from the Take A Break article but even that I doubt. The likelyhood of a client deciding to book accommodation in Crickhowell and to want to go caving would be pretty remote.

And so I decided ‘journalists’ were simply after a free weekend break and now I turn them away. I even turn away the BBC. They are a nightmare to work with. When they enquire to use my services I work out a price and triple it and if they agree then I’ll do the work happily. If not then I’ll happily not do the work.

So if you’re a journalist I’d suggest that you don’t come knocking on my door. I’m quite able to market myself thank you…

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)