Why we LOVE traveling Welcome to my first attempt at Blogging! I thought the first topic I would write about would be to try to define why we love traveling and why there is a void in our gut while we stay home. I also wanted to say a few words about what went into the creation of my new website. 2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us, in just about every aspect of our lives. For those of us in the travel industry, it has been a time for creatively reimagining our business. After all the rebooking and cancelations, I had time to reflect on why so many of us feel the need to travel, why is it that travel is my biggest passion and how I was going to cope with not being able to go far afield this year? For me it has been an extremely long practice of patience to stay home. While contemplating why we love to travel, I spent a lot of time identifying travel options that would deliver the unique experiences we crave, while offering more security for the health and safety of my clients. I spent several months of this down-time creating an entirely new website featuring travel options that I hope will appeal to my clients and bring in new clients. This work kept my mind on my travel business, encouraged me to study, and acquire new specialty designations within travel options I had not focused on before. Best of all, doing all the research and writing allowed me to travel in my mind. To live vicariously thru the words and pictures I chose. I hope you will check out my website to explore those options in more detail https://arrowdiscoverytravel.com. I am also starting this Blog, to keep my clients up to date on new offerings, trends and reflections on travel. I encourage you to comment on the posts and let me know what you would like to read about. Please share any posts you think your friends and family might enjoy. For this post, tell us what you love the most about traveling and where you want to go next. I am new at Blogging, so your feedback and input will really help me figure out what type of information you value. So why do so many of us not only love to travel, but NEED to travel? There are many reasons. This is a good time to share some of my favorite travel quotes 1. Traveling changes us. Every time we go somewhere new or even revisit a favorite place, we experience new things and make new memories We learn more about a culture or experience nature in a new way, from a different perspective We build on the knowledge we have We create new shared memories with spouses, friends, and family. As we learn and experience more, we add that information to our current selves and have a larger frame of reference We become MORE 2. Travel takes us out of our routine and opens our minds. We learn to be spontaneous and go with the flow We learn patience. If something doesn't work out as we planned, we do something else that might end up being a cherished experience It teaches us to think creatively and adapt to the here and now 3. We learn to make lemonade out of lemons. A wrong turn takes us to a local market or parade celebrating something we don’t even know about We find off the map places that have enduring charm and warm our hearts We develop a sense of humor, because the mishaps of today, will be the funny stories we tell when we get home 4. We learn to appreciate the little things. A cool breeze on a sunny day The local that tries to help us find our way A bottle of wine in a café with a stunning view Discovering an awesome local food The love of our spouse who puts up with our idiosyncrasies and does what we need to make sure we have fun or to brighten our day 5. We learn to smile and how far being nice will take us. We learn a smile given is a smile returned How being nice is results in unexpected favors 6. We meet the locals and witness their kindness A shop keeper that spends an hour helping us find the perfect gift The hotel maître d who tells us where the locals eat The bus driver that makes sure we don't miss our stop and tells us when and where to catch the return bus The waiter or restaurant owner who becomes our friend Our private tour guide who bends over backwards to make our tour exceptional The Vintner who shares his wine shows us his vineyard and tell us his family's story Our taxi driver who volunteers to show us around for a great price The staff at our tented camp on safari, who provide every luxury we could ask for and makes sure we have everything we need, before we know we need it Our safari guide who teaches us the Swahili words to the song Hakuna Mata, which we sing over and over hoping to remember 7. We learn to make friends with strangers The lovely couple from our tour group that is staying at our hotel or is from our hometown, or is from halfway across the globe, but we click and hang out together, maybe becoming lifelong friends. The guy next to us at the local bar that tells us about local places or events we didn't know about 8. We become strong and self-assured. We learn we are capable of going somewhere new and making our way We learn confidence, independence and freedom We acquire problem-solving skills and learn that we can overcome difficult situations and we can make new friends 9. We learn to value experiences over things. We learn about different cultures, how we are different, how we are the same and why. We learn to like new food, new fashion, new customs, a few phrases of a new language, a history we didn't really appreciate and most of all new people who we come to love. 10. In short, we become MORE. What do you love the most about traveling? What are your favorite travel memories? Where do you want to go next? I hope you are inspired to start planning your next adventure! Contact me email@example.com 954-525-7753 Office 954-600-2555 Cell.
Bubble Travel Everyone I talk to is beyond eager to go somewhere and do something! However, their concern for health and safety is high. The first trip you plan will likely be with family or close friends, in a way that avoids crowds, but allows you to spend time together doing something fun. This article offers a few ideas for safe travel right now. By Bubble Travel I am referring to traveling with those in your personal bubble, which starts those in your household. By now, you have evaluated the activities of nearby family members and a few friends and have added those you consider safe to your bubble. It is recommended (even if it's not required) that everyone receives a negative Covid-19 test before traveling together. You can start thinking about the types of vacations that provide minimum exposure to those outside your bubble group. This will be the first level of travel most people are comfortable with. Here are a few of the safest vacation ideas RV Adventures – On an RV Adventure, you can take a road trip for a weekend, a week, or a month, staying close to home or covering long distances. You can even bring your family pets. Your RV contains all the equipment you will need, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower, and a place to lay your head at night. You can rent provisioning kits for dining and cooking needs, as well as towels and sheets. Before traveling, check out the locations, amenities, pricing, and availability of space at campgrounds in the areas you want to travel, and make reservations if necessary. The most popular sizes of RV’s available for rental accommodate 3-7 passengers. You can rent more than one RV and caravan for larger groups. Villa Rentals – Since April 2020, there has been a mad dash to add US domestic villas to the portfolio. It has been a little slow because every villa offered by Arrow Discovery Travel is held to a high standard and is personally visited and approved by the company representing them. That said, there are villa rentals available in at least 14 states and the number is growing. Villas are available in a wide range of prices and sizes to accommodate any group. In some resort areas, there are condos available, and it is possible to rent multiple units in the same resort for multiple families. Villas offer a larger space for your family/friends to be together while being able to isolate from the outside or explore the surrounding area and activities, whatever you are comfortable with. Extra sanitation measures have been put in place for your safety. There are many large luxury villas with a slew of amenities for guests of all ages to enjoy. There is also a good selection of villas available in the Caribbean. Yacht Charters -Crewed Yacht charter vacations are similar to villas, but you get to be out on the water, and you can sail to many destinations. You are provided with a Captain and a Chef/Hostess, so you don’t have to worry about a thing, except enjoying your maties and the sun and sea. In the US and the British Virgin Islands, you can even book by the cabin (double occupancy) (6-8 guests max guests onboard) if you don’t have enough people in your party to charter. Even if you book a single cabin, you are limiting your exposure to a very small group, all of which would have to have been tested before boarding. You can also charter multiple boats if your party is larger, and you can sail around together. Contact Janet for more information on these vacation ideas firstname.lastname@example.org 954-525-7753 Are you likely to try one of these vacation ideas with your Bubble group?
Easygoing Active, Luxury Vacations Just the right combination of lively and luxury A new kind of active vacation has been introduced, which I believe will appeal to many of my clients, Easygoing Active Vacations. Escape the crowds and have an authentic one-of-a-kind vacation. Immerse yourself in the destination. For those of us who want to be active but don’t want to commit to a full day of hiking or biking, these vacations offer about 2-4 hours of biking or walking each day, combined with time to relax and experience the local treasures. You have the freedom to set your own pace each day. This option is also great for couples or groups with varied interests – you can explore new surroundings or relax by the pool or both. Breeze over the hills on your e-bike, stroll along scenic footpaths, or mix it up on a multi-sport adventure. Unwind in luxury boutique properties that showcase the charm of each destination and enjoy authentic, incredible local cuisine and hospitality. Each itinerary is hand-crafted to allow you to experience the local flavor of your destination. For now, these small group luxury vacations are offered for adults only, singles, friends, and couples. World-class trip leaders and local guides provide an in-depth exploration of the region’s hidden gems. Each group is supported along the way with a private van. Biking in the Loire Valley France Hiking in Switzerland There are more than two dozen itineraries in destinations worldwide, including several in the USA. You can choose which style you prefer; e-biking, walking, or multi-sport. There is even an e-bike tour in combination with a Danube River cruise. Close to home, you can explore Maine, California Wine Country, Kenai in Alaska, the San Juan Islands in the Pacific NW, Utah & Arizona’s National Parks, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Canadian Rockies. Overseas itineraries feature Tuscany, Iceland, New Zealand, Peru, France, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, and Norway, plus many more countries. GO PRIVATE - If you have 8 or more in your party, you can create a private group GO CUSTOM – From a honeymoon for 2, to a family reunion to a 100+ person corporate trip, you can design your dream trip with a customized itinerary. Contact Arrow Discovery Travel today to learn more about Easygoing Active Vacations Multisport adventure in Kenai, Alaska What do you think of this style of vacation? Is this something of interest to you? I am just getting started with blogging and want to learn what interests you. What topics would you like to read about in my Blog?
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Janet Beazley Scraper, ECC, CTP
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