Hello again! Welcome back to the Milk + Honey Travelers series.
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It’s all in your personal definition of luxury
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Sometimes I’m a traveler.
Other times I’m on vacation.
Every year I commit to visiting somewhere I've never been and exploring a new destination.
The trips I plan often involve multiple stops and destinations.
Have you ever returned home from a trip feeling utterly exhausted?
Most people have great intentions of traveling more. They are wanderlust spirits with a strong desire to explore this beautiful world. And yet… they don’t. For one reason or another, their aspirations to travel don’t materialize.
The key to fulfilling any New Year’s resolution is to plan ahead and make sure that it’s aligned with your personal goals… not just haphazardly write a bunch of recycled stuff down on New Year’s Eve on a whim. I believe that most resolutions have the best intentions, but they are usually missing a very important ingredient: a plan of action.
Here is a great New Year’s resolution that I think most people would benefit from…
And if you have said that before and it didn’t really happen, and are saying it again and don’t have a real plan of action in place to ensure it does happen, chances are it will be one of those well-intentioned ideas that never really comes to life. So, as we stay goodbye to 2014 and usher in the new year full of new and recycled resolutions, let’s break the “travel more” goal down into smaller steps we can follow so that we actually end up accomplishing it.
Pick a place already:
Here…There…Anywhere. Whatever you do, just don’t develop paralysis by analysis. There are so many amazing places you can go, so don’t stop yourself from going anywhere simply because you can’t choose somewhere. The sooner you decide where you are going, the more real it will become and the harder you will work at making it happen.
Decide when you’re going:
This all depends on what’s important to you and what you are trying to accomplish with your traveling. Sometimes though, you just have to be impulsive so that you can make a decision and get on with it. Once you have a destination, there are ways to figure out when is the best time to go if you are looking for sunshine and only sunshine, when it might the low season, and when you are most likely to encounter lots and lots of tourists. But just make sure you nail down the where and the when.
Start your research:
That’s when you contact me. Although, it’s perfectly find if you contact me before step 1 because I have lots and lots of ideas about where you should go if you don’t happen to know. :) But now is the time to really start to make your ideas come to life. Figure out what this trip is going to be about… what you want to experience, and what you want to get out of it. Here is when the trip really becomes about YOU. This will also help you solidify a budget so that you can be ready for the next step.
Understand your travel fund:
Does it need to be built or does it need to be put to the side? Are you setting aside money so that these funds are earmarked specifically for this trip or do you need to develop a plan to save and put away so that you can stash away funds specifically for this purpose.
Book it and GO:
Life is too short. You need to get out and see the world. You need to make things happen or else they don’t ever happen. Don’t let this be the year when your travel resolutions fizzle… The world is full of amazing places and I want to help you experience some of them.
For those of us stateside, we are smack in the middle of winter season. All that makes me want to do is get on a plane somewhere where the sun is shining and there is a legitimate reason to wear my bathing suit. It’s the reason why I choose to live in places where snow only exists on T.V. and anything below 60 degrees calls for over exaggerated declarations of how freeeeezing it is. Personally, I am not one to vacation in destinations that are experiencing their cold weather season, because to me sunshine is far too important of a factor in my enjoyment. However, if you happen to be a person who likes travel for more cultural exploration, there are a lot of great deals to be found when you travel to a destination during their “low” season. Flights are cheaper, hotels can be found for far better rates, and places are not nearly as crowded, so it’s definitely something to consider.
Let’s take a quick look at how the rest of the world is fairing weather wise right now and how that may factor into new places you might want to explore early in 2015..
This time of year is generally the best one to visit Southeast Asia when drier, cooler weather prevails. You will encounter high hotel costs and large crowds since the rest of the world is trying to escape the European and North American winters as well.
The seasons in Australia and New Zealand run opposite of those in North America and Europe, so this time of year would be peak summer season. Because these are their summer months, most places will be experiencing high tourist traffic, but be pretty amazing and perfect weather-wise.
It’s the opportune moment for a trek in the Moroccan desert, a trip across the Maghreb or for visiting countries such as Senegal or Egypt before the higher temperatures arrive. The prices at this time are affordable too. South Africa currently basks in warm temperatures with low rainfall, which sounds just about perfect to me.
Right now Europe is full of cold places, rainy places, and places that just aren’t seeing too many hours of sunshine. Head here if you want to go on a cultural break and visit some stunning museums or have the opportunity to eat at some amazing restaurants and have some big-city fun at a fraction of the cost. If winter sports are your thing or you just really enjoy the beauty of winter, you can take full advantage of all the snow.
Central America, South America, and the Caribbean are having beautiful, sunny-but-not-too-hot weather right now, and of course Hawaii is always close to perfect no matter what time you go. These are great times for romantic getaways to these destinations because it stays away from the rush of spring breaks and summer vacations and takes advantage of the perfect conditions.
I am constantly looking for ways to better understand what my clients are truly wanting from their travel experiences, and for me to have the ability to anticipate what that person is looking for. In the realm of "luxury travel", it's evident to me that the definition of that should be a personal understanding of what the individual finds valuable.
What does luxury travel mean to you?
Is it over the top luxury in the more traditional sense, where you treat yourself to the best of the best when it comes to 5 star accommodations, indulge in the finest food and wine, and travel to your destination so that the plane itself feels like a resort?
Are you looking for more experiential luxury, so that you give up some aspects of luxury in the traditional sense in order to have more of a unique and authentic travel experience?
Or perhaps what you are looking for is an emotional experience, and that is what correlates to luxury for you because connecting at a deeper place can make it a life changing trip.
When I speak about understanding someone’s personally defined luxury travel experience, it is along these lines that I am trying to understand what you are after and what motivates you. This is the thing that is slightly different for everyone and what you will not get help with when you look only to the internet to help plan your travel.
My goal is to align specific client desires with the right locations, accommodations, and experiences. In the end, it’s all about discovering your own brand of luxury travel and making it come to life.
If you'd like to work together to make that happen, feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation.
Life is full of transition. You get somewhere, you stay there for a little while, and then right when you start to get comfortable, something inside of you is pushing you in a different direction. Nudging you towards something you should be doing, even when you don't really quite understand it. That's pretty much been my experience when it comes to my career path.
For years I did something I loved to do and had the chance to travel the world as a professional athlete, but then it came time to transition out. So, I took my skill set and my very unique sounding resume and made my way to Corporate America and started doing something else. It was something I could do, but not necessarily something I loved to do. After a while I began to feel that nudge. It was pushing me to get uncomfortable and start doing something I wanted to do-- something I felt passionate about. I have a love for travel, a heart for people, and a desire to help make their dreams come to life. I figured there has to be a way to make that into a career so that's what I'm doing. Today I announced my new career and the new path I am headed down. It's scary.. in a good way.