Bucket List #2 – Mourn the Lost at a Concentration Camp

When I was in 8th grade, a man by the name of Barry Spanjaard came to a gym packed full of students. There, he told his story to a captivated audience. A story of struggle, of loss, of survival and of triumph. Mr. Spanjaard was an American Holocaust survivor, and his hope was to inspire the next generation to stand guard against the evils of tyranny and injustice.  As Mr. Spanjaard shared his story of life in a concentration camp, my world was changed forever…

2 for 1 Summer & Fall River Cruise Fares on Uniworld!

Uniworld just released special 2 for 1 cruise fares on select summer  and fall sailings! This is an incredible opportunity to experience all-inclusive boutique river cruising onboard  luxurious Uniworld ships. This promotion is only available through select travel professionals, through May 13th…

Bucket List #1 – Broadway and Bakeries of New York

I don’t know about you, but I have “that one place” which I hope to visit with each of my children. It’s the destination we’ve dreamed about exploring together, drawn by common interests and the desire to learn together. For my daughter and myself, that destination is New York City. With Samantha out of the house now, married and living in another state, I hope to make her childhood dream come true before she starts her own family…

5 Things Your Travel Agent Wants You to Know

It’s National Travel Agent Day! For me, that means many emails  from various suppliers, expressing gratitude for the work that I do. I am thankful to be part of such a dynamic industry, doing a job that I love and look forward to daily. I truly believe I have the best career in the world. However, as I reflect on my business, I realize that many people still don’t really understand my role as a travel planner. As such, here are 5 things your travel agent wants you to know…

10 Simple Ways to Save Money for Vacation

I have recently begun a blog series on my bucket list travel destinations. While I have been privileged to explore many places, there is much more of the world that my heart longs to see. I venture to say I’m not alone. Most people I know have a list of places they’d like to visit, and experiences they’d like to have, but they aren’t quite sure how to afford it. Today, I’d like to encourage you that it may be more doable than you think, by offering 10 simple ways…

The Beginning of the Bucket List

I rarely ask for anything specific when it comes to gift giving. My family knows me well and does a great job at selecting items I enjoy and appreciate. This past Christmas, however, I couldn’t resist the call of the Adventure Journal over at Commit30. I saw it online, and I just HAD to have it.  I am a list maker to the extreme, so I knew this bucket list journal would be perfect! With a quick message to my mom, I had a hunch it would be under the tree on December 25th…

How to Travel with Babies & Toddlers and LIKE it!

Let’s face it: as parents of little ones, a vacation sounds completely magical. An opportunity to get away from the normal routine and escape the responsibilities of home for a few days would be delightful.  The thought of it is enough to carry us through those sleepless nights or toddler tantrum episodes. That is, the THEORY of family travel sounds wonderful. Reality, however, may seem a bit daunting. After all, there’s so much gear. And unpredictable schedules. And eating habits. And mood swings. Need I go on? Today, I’d like to encourage you that…

The Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise EARLY

I love to talk cruises, and lately it seems that I have been having the same conversation over and over again with people. As such, I have compiled a list to share of…. The Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise Vacation EARLY! 1. Lower Cruise Fares Despite popular opinion, it is not usually cheaper to book your cruise last minute. Planning ahead and booking early allows you to take advantage of launch fares before they disappear. Also, less expensive staterooms within each category usually sell out first, meaning they are not available to you if you wait too…

The Top 10 Reasons I LOVE Cruising!

If you had asked me 12 years ago whether or not I am a “cruise type” I would have given a resounding “No!!” After all, I don’t like crowds or feeling cooped up, and I get wretchedly seasick. Then, a good deal on a Disney Cruise enticed me to give it a try. Since then, I have been hooked, cruising a dozen times, becoming a travel agent, and passing the cruising bug on to fellow travelers. When sharing my passion for cruising, the question I get asked the most frequently is, “So, why…

Spectacular Skagway

Skagway…how do I begin to express the love I have for this town? It is so small and quaint, only 3 x 8 blocks long, yet full of such history and life. My words may not do it justice, but I will try…