Doing the work of an archaeologist is a little like going on a treasure hunt, except with far more research involved than when you went on treasure hunts as a child. Just this month, Cambridge published an article about the uncovering of the “Lost City” of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia, an act that is akin to finding real buried treasure and getting to learn more about an entire society along the way.
You may be more familiar with the temples of Angkor Wat; these are also part of the ancient Khmer Empire, but they are located farther south than the newly excavated city of Mahendraparvata. This new discovery brings archaeologists that much closer to putting together a more complete picture of the people who lived in the region hundreds of years ago.
Many of you are solo travelers, long-term adventurers, and dedicated travel researchers. As experienced travelers who are accustomed to planning your own itinerary and doing all of the research yourself, you may wonder what the benefits of working with a travel advisor, and specifically a Virtuoso travel advisor, are.
If this is a thought that has crossed your mind, you’re not alone! It’s only reasonable to question the value of your investments, and I am always willing to explain how working with a travel advisor can improve your overall experience.
Opera usually isn’t the first art form we associate with Italy, but it was Italy’s unique conditions in the late 16th century that made the origination and popularization of opera possible. Maybe you’ve never been to an opera (or had any desire to go!), but this art form is a big part of the reason why musicians today can amass the following that they do.
Try Googling “why don’t Americans use all of their PTO?” From a travel advisor’s perspective and probably from yours as well, the results are less than appealing.
A recent study from the US Travel Association, Oxford Economics, and Ipsos found that the majority of Americans are not using all of their allotted vacation days. This wasn’t counting the vacation days that are not paid; this was paid time off, and 55% of Americans are leaving this time on the table. The researchers found that this breaks down to 768 million days of PTO that went unused in 2018, 236 million of which were completely lost (no rollover or cash out options).
It’s 8 pm on a Friday evening and you find yourself in an apartment building just a few blocks from the Martim Moniz metro stop. You glance around the dimly lit white hallway with its low-hanging lights and you consider reversing your steps, but the low clatter of dishes on the floor above gives you the confidence to press on. You creep up the staircase, pausing from time to time to determine if those really were dishes and the faint sounds of voices that you heard, until you reach the top and are face-to-face with a hand-painted Chinese character on the door in front of you.
You’ve found one of Lisbon’s famed Chinês clandestinos.
Author: Debra Harris
As founder of Life’s Journey Travel, I’m deeply passionate about creating custom travel experiences that allow my clients to truly savor the journey.