Creating Balance in your Life

Hiking in Cinque Terre NP, Italy.

Hiking in Cinque Terre NP, Italy.

Can one create balance in one’s life by travelling? I chose the title of this post after a long period of thought- after all I am not a psychologist- just a relatively happy human being who loves to travel, and thinks that over the years, travel in general has helped to create balance in my life.

When I was a teenager, my travel consisted on myriad family trips to see relatives within Ontario and occasionally Quebec. Also there were a couple of flights to visit friends I met from my summer jobs (never spent at home…..)

When I was a 20 something, I worked hard to support myself.  But my second big tax refund went to my travel fund- my first big trip to England. After that, there were myriad family trips within North America.  That style of travel continued through most of my 30’s- sometimes by car, sometimes by plane, but at least a couple of times a year as a family we headed out on a family trip for a week or two.  In that way, I explored almost all of North America. (For all families- check out this link for travelling as a family!)

The Travel Bug

And so I had the travel bug. As life got faster, it became harder to slow down, and travel becomes one way of slowing down and creating balance in your life.  After all, when you are a half a world away, even though the boss has your email, it somehow becomes easier to deal with issues, and not get mired in the details.  Upon return, hard decisions were easier made, one was rejuvenated personally and professionally, and the travel life in general offered clarity as to what really mattered.

Everyone’s style of travel is different at different stages of their life, but no matter how you do it, travelling ensures that you experience life in an entirely different way than your every day life at home. One can travel a more conventional way of travel via cruises, yearly all-inclusives, or coach tours. Or one can choose to immerse oneself in a country via small group tours, independent travel, or active vacations.

To choose your own style of “getting away from it all”, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. There is something for everyone, and now is the time to start planning a spring or summer vacation.  In fact, I am already planning to travel in the wonderful autumnal season. You can create balance in your life by travelling!

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Where Do You Want To Go?

Travel Dreams

Here we are in November, and many of you are likely dreaming of that winter getaway……might I simply say that if you are looking to go to the sunny south, consider a different kind of vacation. Small group tours which involve wildlife, culture, cycling and/or hiking are all still available to countries like Mexico, Cuba, Belize, and beyond.

If this doesn’t appeal, consider booking that special vacation at an all-inclusive or booking that cruise to the Caribbean soon for the best choice- and often the best prices!  (Price protection is a wonderful thing for all inclusive vacations……)

Touring Costa Rica is a popular booking at the moment- but absolutely it is one place that is incredibly popular, and one shouldn’t wait if you are looking for that special vacation.  (Loved Costa Rica- my first small group tour!)

Explore Costa Rica is ONE such popular trip- but there are others- this one to Mexico and beyond looks fascinating as well…….

Many of you are also looking ahead to spring and summer vacation time- yes I have started to book Europe already……cruises, tours, and custom vacations are all underway in the planning and booking stages.  A deposit as low as $250 can hold that dream vacation!

Iconic Italy is a popular trip- as is this walking tour of the Amalfi Coast– but these are just small samplings of what is available…..

Finally, I am also already researching and booking 2019…….for those that like to plan ahead……set your travel goals early and head to _______ – after all you must start somewhere!  (Fill in your dream destination- I have.)

Make Your Travel Dreams Come True

I am also incredibly excited to announce that my own travel dreams came true this past October when I was able to travel to Kenya for the Great Migration.  This was a dream trip which I first considered in 2009 while researching my trip to South Africa.  At the time, I simply thought it was a dream- drifting in a hot air balloon while on safari in Kenya over the Maasai Mara Reserve. Yet due to some hard work, this dream came true- and not just for me but for a couple of my customers!  Add on almost a week exploring Amsterdam- wow!

Let me make your dreams come true……all it takes is an email, a phone call or a text/ PM message.  Often sales come up which offer great prices- and are gone before you know it!  I can watch for that sale and contact you as soon as I see it.

Currently, for instance, both G Adventures and Exodus Travels are offering sales on their small group tours.  Larger group travel is often on sale until the end of January- if this is your style of travel, contact me now. River cruises and ocean cruises are both on sale now for 2018- and some for 2019!

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

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