An agent has thrown a Hawaiian-themed party to celebrate the opening of her new purpose-built 60-square metre office at her Staffordshire home.

Gilly Bachelor (pictured), who joined Not Just Travel last year, invited 78 clients to her home in Brewood and offered cocktails and Hawaiian-inspired food cooked on her barbecue.

All but one client wore a Hawaiian shirt to the afternoon gathering where the office, which is fitted with a kitchen and dining space to entertain clients, was unveiled.

Gilly Bachelor office, September 2019

Bachelor said: “We wanted the guests to take part, so a Hawaiian theme was great as people were happy to wear a shirt and we handed out leis [garlands]. This all helped make the event laid back but fun.”

Reflecting on her first year as an agent, she said the kindness shown by the Not Just Travel network had been a personal highlight.

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“It is hard, in terms of the long hours, but this job is the most rewarding thing that I have ever done,” she said. “People in this industry are super lovely.

Gilly Bachelor 3, Not Just Travel, September 2019

Gilly Bachelor 2, Not Just Travel, September 2019

“We are never going to know everything, but I can find out anything from the network of people.”

Bachelor, who previously worked for a marketing agency, said one of her most memorable bookings was for a honeymoon she took while shopping at wholesaler Costco.

“Taking a booking at Costco – that is the beauty of being mobile,” she said. “We had spoken about it before, but the customer was ready to rock and roll. Whether taking a booking in Costco was a highlight or a lowlight, I don’t know!”