Avoid Getting Arrested While Traveling
Once again tourists (this time from the USA) have been arrested for vandalism at Rome’s Colosseum (read the story here). It seems sad to have to advise clients about this, but before traveling, you should familiarize yourself with the laws of your destination (domestic or international).
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I like to be different. If there’s a box, I’m as far as possible outside of the box. Normal doesn’t work for me. So when a client shared this with me, I had to run with it.
In travel, we see a lot of people celebrating birthday and anniversary milestones. And typically, they focus on the anniversaries / birthdays that end in fives and zeros (you know, 25th anniversary, 50th birthday, etc.). Why? Because that’s what everyone else seems to celebrate as milestones.
How to be different: focus on prime number milestones. I won’t get into the mathematical explanation of prime numbers (if you’re really that curious, hit The Google). But what anniversaries, birthdays or other year-based milestones would we be celebrating: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 29th, etc.
Why not incorporate the “prime number method” when planning your milestone celebrations .. and no one says you have to ignore 25, 50, etc. You can always add in the prime numbers to enhance the milestones you celebrate. And remember, celebrating a milestone or making memories don’t have to break the bank. Contact us and let’s have a chat.
There is some debate about whether hotel, airline, and rental car loyalty reward programs are still viable, or if they are more trouble than they are worth. Simply, it varies from one individual to another. Many people just do not travel enough to earn an adequate amount of points / miles to use before they expire. However, I had one client recently redeem enough points for two ocean view rooms for six nights in Hawaii which was a significant savings. Personally, over the years I have redeemed points for more than three weeks of free nights (over time) with the Hilton Family of Brands, and numerous free flights with Southwest Airlines. These programs can be beneficial, when used carefully.
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No, the Plane Was Not on Fire
It was a beautiful November afternoon in Queenstown, New Zealand, and I was suiting up to be thrown out of a perfectly good plane. I had always contended (as recently as 3 days prior to this particular day) that I would never voluntarily JUMP out of a plane that wasn’t on fire (or at least visibily smoking). So what was I thinking? Simple, I needed to get out of my comfort zone, and more importantly, I was confident that the Tandem Master strapped to my back had a vested interest in landing safely on the ground himself.
This was my first foray into what is often called “adventure travel.” And after I safely returned to Mother Earth, kissed her, and then hugged my Tandem Master, I decided that adventure travel was my new passion.
Yes, this is me tandem sky diving over Queenstown!!
Adventure travel doesn’t have to do with the particular destination, and it doesn’t have to be death-defying. It encourages you to stretch your mind or your body but intentionally go beyond one’s comfort zone, seeking out experiences which are unfamilar. It takes you out of that “been there, done that” rut and opens a new world of possibilities to you. For an avid cruiser, it may be taking the step away from blue water (ocean) cruising and going on a river cruise or a cruise to Antarctica. For others adventure travel may be more rugged, hiking Maccu Pichu, spelunking through caves, learning to SCUBA dive, or going on an African safari.
Whatever your adventure may be, be open to the life-changing possibilities that it has to offer! We are here to help, just give us a call!
At Ships 'N' Trips Travel we have been providing memorable travel experiences for our clients since 2005.