Military Spouse Magazine

DEC 2018

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Visit to learn more about Amy and her business. A TR AILBL AZER Amy believes that part of owning and operating a suc- cessful business as a military spouse means learning how to be flexible and having the courage to forge your own path. And, as an entrepreneurial spouse, Amy is no stranger to unexpected wins disguised as obstacles. "Seven months after I had started my personal safari service and consultancy business, my husband was offered a chance to take a billet in South Korea," Amy said. "Being open to the challenge of this new assignment afforded my business access to new opportunities, some of which I could not have even imagined." When Amy introduced herself and her business to the Republic of Kenya's Embassy in Seoul, they immediately asked if she would help run their travel shows. It was an unexpected and unforeseen opportunity. "This business proposal came because of my flexibility as a military spouse," said Amy. "Openings for business and personal growth will present themselves, your strength as a military spouse is saying 'Yes' when they appear." Part of what Amy enjoys about her job as a consultant is that each day is different and affords her the opportunity to plan a client safari from conceptualization to comple- tion, developing a special connection to clients as they work together to create a dream trip. Planning inter- national travel in an evolving world requires dedicated research. "...successful entrepreneurs know the necessity of explaining what sets them apart," Amy said. "Each year, I plan my business calendar well in advance around travel shows and expos. These are vital to my busi- ness to keep up to date with industry news and my in-country partners." At the end of the day, Amy said the best part of her job is working with clients who share her passion for sustainable tour- ism and wildlife conservation. "When I began my business, I had a dream of helping clients plan the safaris they envisioned," she said. "Flyga Twiga fulfills this vision by helping clients dis- cover what they truly want to see through personalized travel planning while allowing me to share my passion." H DO YOU DREAM OF AFRICA? Amy likes to prepare her clients with the knowledge they need to maximize their time in Africa, yet temper their expectations for what they might see on a safari. "It is imperative for those looking to go on safari to Africa to filter through their preconceived notions, or childhood fantasies, before planning a safari," Amy explained. "While I love watching wildlife documentaries about Africa, I also remind my clients, often five minutes of animal footage can be days of filming. Similarly, no two safaris are the same, nor should they be... each safari is a unique, magical experience, like Africa itself." Photos provided by Amy Millican DECEMBER 2018 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 33

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