Well, no excuses other than life and biz took me over. Getting back to booking vs. canceling with all the challenges that are existing in many industries across the globe has been a bit taxing. But, all is good at AAYT and we are definitely thriving.
It was a very full couple years of travel for me. I intentionally made decisions for the budget to take trips that would benefit the biz and most importantly my clients.
2021 - We had what we have termed a Family Honeymoon (I gave Ian and Alex the Master) at our timeshare in St. John. Conferences - Charleston, Florida, Chicago and Vegas. Sedona, AZ to tour wellness properties and marvel at the red rocks up close. BIG TRIP Croatia, I literally could do pages and pages and since I am so tardy on my Newsletter I won't but - to date, it is my favorite country. I fell deeply deeply in love. Dubrovnik, Split, the Adriatic water and their very special islands - geez, just all of it. Headed back in 2024 - GO WITH ME! Get in touch for more details! Salt Lake City to Denver with Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular. Disney pixie dust always sprinkled into my travels.
2022 - Virgin Voyages Caribbean with prone to seasick Rob who did "not" get seasick on this new state of the art vessel. Definitely an experience, great food and funky vibe. Two times, yea, crazy, on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, once with a friend and once with Wesley - this is simply a City at Sea! Queretaro Mexico for a retreat with some amazing Travel Advisors and mentors, such a special town! I was really impressed with my navigating of a non tourist area and will go back, this part of Mexico is very special. BIG TRIP ASTA River Cruise Conference Budapest. The opportunity to tour and eat on almost all of the river cruise lines in Europe was a first for our industry. I am so grateful I was able to attend. Czech Tourism trip prior and an Avalon Danube cruise after. Just wonderful! Turks and Caicos for Agent On The Rise was the highlight of my professional career to date - I still cannot believe I qualified and I attended with the most amazing advanced advisors and suppliers I am now proud to call friends. Community over Competition. My host agency Travel Planners International and consortia Signature Travel Network were the best choices in a sea of choices. Florida Keys, Maui, Rocky Mountaineer Canada and a special California trip filled in the rest of the year. One more trip in a couple weeks will be a Viking Christmas Markets Cruise.
Wow when I type this out it is overwhelming, but makes me feel so great about my agency, its future and how I will help you with our most precious gift when spent on travel - our time. We often say in our industry - travel is one thing, vacation is another and although it may be hard to believe, none of my travels were vacations. Not for a second am I saying anything other than just that fact. I love love my industry and even during a pandemic and tourism challenges, my clients and my colleagues keep me moving. If I made it over the last couple of years, I'm here for the duration, bring it on!