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Sharing a little happy picture of my grand demonstrating what to do when life gives you lemons.
March 27, 2020 at 12:57 PM
I pray that you and your family are healthy and staying strong and at peace! Please be safe and take care of yourself.
Try to remember that stress and fear are more dangerous to your immune system so let's discuss a few ways to reduce stress/fear.
I know everyone is facing a temporary "new normal" right now and one of the biggest issues may be feeling like you have lost control of your life and the freedoms we typically take for granted. That is totally UNDERSTANDABLE! Believe me, I'm feeling it too. What I have to remind myself (and others remind me too lol)... recognize what I can and can't control. Let the "Can'ts" go! Focus on the
"Cans". I've started a list here to get you started ... what are some of your suggestions? Reply to this newsletter and I can share with others next week, how are you letting go of what you can't control and moving forward as an inspiration to others...
I CAN'T CONTROL:
-wheher or not others follow the rules of social distancing, but i CAN be sure that I and my immeditae family, follow CDC recommendations. The sooner we contain this virus, the sooner "normal" will return.
-the actions and attitudes of others, but I CAN control my own actions and be sure that they are being tempered with a little extra KINDNESS, GENEROSITY and GRACE.
-the amount of toilet paper on the grocery store shelves, but I CAN choose to only take what I need and not hoard that or any other important supplies so that others can have access as well.
-the sensationalism and constant barrage of negative news stories that incite anxiety, but I CAN control what I see by limiting my exposure to updates from a trusted source and filtering out all of the clutter. TURN OFF THE TV NEWS!!
-when schools will open again, but WE CAN do the best that I can to be sure kids have some structure, good nutrition, a reasonable schedule, time to play, creative projects and lots of attention & love. Children get anxious too and they look to us for cues. (My fb newsfeed is filled with wonderful stories of moms killing it with the homeschooling-I'm so impressed-drop a line to a mom and tell her she's got this).
-how long this will last, but I CAN choose to be part of the solution and stay well by social distancing, hydrating, exercising, eating healthily, restign and finding fun things to do at home. THIS TOO SHALL PASS, and you want to be in better shape when it does, more than ever before!
-not being able to physically hang out with friends, coworkers and family members, but I CAN keep socially networking using video chats, emails, thoughtful social media posts, telephone or ZOOM calls. Our bodies may be isolated, but our SOULS NEED CONNECTION, so keep reaching out in more creative ways.
-the restrictions on travel right now, but I CAN provide you with inspiration so that you keep your dreams alive. The time will come when you can take that trip that you have been wanting to take, and I WILL BE HERE ready and waiting to help you make it happen!
In troubling or uncertain times, it is so hard to see the other side-but its not far away-I can just see it.
Please please read below as I share with you a story I learned on my first trip to Venice. It is the most beautiful example of seeing something of beauty after a very long troubling time. Email me if you already knew this or you're surprised!!
AND I CAN'T WAIT to hug people again-especially this little one and her sister!!
Sharing a little happy picture of my grand demonstrating what to do when life gives you lemons.
March 23, 2020 at 11:28 AM
“Stay home and hunker down” are not words that I, as a travel professional AND world traveler myself, ever thought I would give as advice. However, with the current COVID-19 situation and the need to be responsible, I totally understand that we all must socially distance ourselves and our family right now to help reduce the impact of this nasty new virus.
But, while I am willingly advising people to NOT travel over the next weeks, I feel very strongly that we will all get through this together and the world will once again open its arms to receive curious visitors. So, while we may not be actively traveling, it is vitally important to keep on DREAMING about your next vacation or adventure.
Since we are staying home, and most schools are closed as well, I thought I would add to the list of travel-themed movies that I sent last week. These moveis can easily be found with the many streaming services that are out there. What better way to spend a couple of hours with your family than watching together, dreaming together and getting inspiration for your next trip
So, pop some popcorn and cozy up on the couch together and start dreaming! This social distancing thing is looking better already!
When the world calms down and you are ready to turn your new travel dreams into reality, I am here to make it effortless for you….Keep on Traveling!!!
March 16, 2020 at 8:35 AM
We support your personal decisions to wait and see or postpone. We are outlining all of the options to you regarding your specific trip so that you may have all the details needed to make the decision that fits you best.
I recommend binge watching any of these shows to remain 10% happier.
We have weathered more troubling times and THE SUN WILL ALWAYS COME UP TOMORROW. After times of hurricanes, floods, 91, etc. clients were so ready to get me planning their trip so that they could get away when the dust settled. It is always helpful to have something to look forward to. We are Americans, and we are strong and resilient ...we need to keep dreaming of tomorrow.
Let's focus on the things we can control and help each other along the way.
Ok so enough talk about lemons, let's make Limoncello!
November 21, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. Located in southeastern Europe, with over 2,500 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Greece is a country with great, ancient history, one that gave birth to the concepts of democracy and philosophy, the Olympic Games, and drama.
The landscape offers a picturesque variety, from whitewashed homes and blue domed churches to 18th century architecture and traditional authentic villages in the mountainous areas.
Hopefully, these eight guidelines will inspire your decision.
November 15, 2019 at 7:49 AM
Italy is one of the most visited countries and it tops almost everyone's bucket list. It's a busy tourism place all year long. The hot spots are Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
Positano is a precious little town with a finite number of hotels that sell out years in advance, particularly for groups of 6 or more. The same is true for other towns along the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre. If you are planning to travel to these towns in the summer or fall, it's not uncommon to plan and book a year in advance. Not only is space limited, but pricing is usually tricky. The further in advance that you book, the more accommodation options you will have at better values.
Italy is typically a destination you would not want to wait until the last minute to book. We have great partners and can be sometimes pull a rabbit out of the hat, but planning 9 months to one year out is ideal for you.
Enlist the help of a professional when booking your hotel in Italy. A 5 star rating in Italy is not the same as a 5 star hotel in the United States, star rating in Italy may not be the best measure to go by when booking your hotel. Also, don't assume there will be air conditioning or elevators. Sometimes you may think you are getting a truly "luxury" experience, please pay close attention to the location of the accommodation. "Steps away from Trevi Fountain" does not mean there won't be a busy intersection between accommodation and Trevi Fountain. Hotels can be complicated ... wouldn't you prefer to work with professionals that have personally visited the hotels and know the staff.
Surely, you have heard that Rome was not built in a day and it can't be seen in a lifetime. Most travelers that I work with want to see 6 or more Italian cities in 8 days or several countries in 10 days. While you can sometimes fit it all in, I hope you will reconsider. Changing hotels every day or 2 days will leave you exhausted and you may well miss the most special things that make ITALY the best travel destination. Relax and enjoy the authentic parts of each city. Never underestimate how much time it takes to pack, transfer, unpack from one destination to the next--that usually takes about 1/2 day.
Tip 4: Allow enough time to book tickets well in advance to major sites of interest
Skip the line tickets to places like Vatican City in Rome, the Uffizi and Accademia galleries in Florence and Cennacolo where Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper resides requires reservations approximately 6 months in advance, maybe longer if you are traveling with more than 4 people.
Tip 5: Private drivers and private tours
For groups of 3+ travelers, we recommend a private driver and private tours for the best experience. Many of our clients return to tell us all the tips and tricks their drivers gave them and how much it enhanced their stay.
Tip 6: Avoid the Tourist Menu
Part of the fun is finding cool little spots for dinner, but please beware. Big photos of pasta or multiple choices on a menu is a sure sign that it is a tourist trap. I would venture a couple blocks to the back and look for a restaurant with one main meal written on chalkboard in Italian. Where you dine, who you dine with and the neighborhood you dine in makes a big difference in your experience.
Plan on an hour or two for dinner. Scheduling in advance wine tastings and cellar tours with a "lite lunch" is a golden opportunity. You will not only dine, but have a truly cultural experience.
Tip 7: Know where to avoid driving
Some of the most popular cities are the most difficult to and dangerous to drive. I honestly can't think of any town on a first visit that I would recommend driving. Parking is very expensive (sometimes 100 Euros a day) and leaving your car unattended is not a great idea. It is very confusing getting around, even for the locals, and many areas prohibit driving, even locals. And never drink and drive, there is zero tolerance.
Tip 8: Know before you go
Cruises can be great fun, but consider what you want to see and do. After much discussion, most travelers realize they would like to have a more immersive, authentic experience while visiting one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Consider that you may only have 5 hours in a particular town along with hundreds of other cruise passengers all trying to see the same iconic sites at the same time. Cruises can be perfect for some destinations, but I HIGHLY recommend a land experience for Italy.
For more relevant information about your next vacation, we would love to help you.
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