Over the last few years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel. My kids are grown and our summer resort business is well established so we’ve got some freedom. We started with all-inclusive trips to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican, etc and a cruise. I decided I wanted more than air-conditioned buses with lunch included but was not brave enough to set out totally on my own. I found G (GAP) Adventures. Our first trip was a fabulous adventure in Peru. This was our introduction to public buses and small group travel. I was hooked. Three action packed weeks touring the deserts, mountains, coastline, jungle and even the ruins along the Inca trail whetted our appetite for more. That was the beginning of an addiction to traveling as much as I can, when I can. Sometimes I travel alone and often with a friend. Sometimes I use a tour or group but independent travel is even more fun. I’ve learned that the world is NOT a dangerous place but is a treasure trove of experiences and educational opportunities. Fascinating people of all ages, cultures, ethnic groups and origins can be found everywhere.
From May through October I’m consumed with operating Alpine Resort on Rice Lake, Ontario in Canada together with my partners where we strive to provide an affordable, clean, well maintained and FUN family vacation place for our guests.. After that, I’m free to enjoy my grand kids and TRAVEL!
I like to travel with intention. Being in the tourism business myself, I think it’s important to contribute to the economies of the places I visit by frequenting locally owned establishments and learning as much as I can about their culture. Tourism can, and should be a great tool to affect change for the better in the places we visit.
One way to help is to bring a suitcase of medical supplies along with you. Contact your airline and they’ll often allow you to take an extra bag free if it’s for humanitarian reasons. For more information, read my blog post on Not Just Tourists.
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Here’s a slide show of a recent trip, Morocco!
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– H. Jackson Brown’s mother (NOT Mark Twain)
Up close and personal with some rhinos. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
RAIN over Uluru! (Ayer’s Rock) The experience of a lifetime and something VERY few get to see. Australia
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Refections. Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lake Matheson, New Zealand