Before you set foot aboard the ship, take your ideas about what you want to do and see and make a plan (or find someone to help do the planning for you). Mix your ideas with your organizational skills to plan any potential private excursions or spa packages. Sprinkle in another healthy dose of planning skills to acquire any clothing, medications, or other necessities that you will use while on your cruise.
Turn up the heat and liberally apply your spirit of adventure to the dish by trying as many new things as possible. If you find yourself choosing not to try the destination-themed foods in the dining room, go on the excursions, or enjoy the cruise shows, ladle in more spirit of adventure. Let simmer.
Add a few more dashes of planning and organizational skills before you dock; most onboard shops will close while in port, so purchase any necessary items (like sunscreen or towels) before the ship anchors.
By this point, your Cruise Success dish should be fragrant and nearly complete. For a final touch, add a pinch of splurging on a souvenir or experience. Repeat as desired. Enjoy!
If you’d like to have a professional chef help you with your prep work, feel free to contact Life's Journey Travel!
There’s something about wine that exudes an air of luxury. Perhaps it’s because wine requires a certain level of expertise to appreciate fully, or maybe it’s in the vocabulary we use to describe the actions we take with it. We sip, we savor, and we indulge in wine.
Whatever the case may be, wine tourism is a booming industry that is flourishing everywhere that grapes will grow. Most oenophiles are aware of the classic wine regions such as Bordeaux, Tuscany, and Northern California, but today, let’s get into three lesser-known wine tourism destinations.
Winemaking is a longstanding tradition in this tiny Eastern European nation. It has three main wine regions: Stefan Voda in the southeast, Valul lui Traian in the southwest, and Codru in the center. All of these are within a one- or two-hour drive from the capital of Chisinau, which is just a two-hour flight from several major European cities (Rome, Vienna, Berlin). Moldova is also home to Mileștii Mici, the world’s largest wine cellar. It’s over 120 miles long!
2. Crete, Greece
Santorini gets a lot of love for its colors and beaches, but Crete is where you go for wine. It, too, has beaches and that unmistakable Greek architectural style, but Crete also has a rich history of winemaking. The wines made on the island of Crete are quite special, as many of the local grapes are not found anywhere else in the world.
3. Finger Lakes, New York
To the folks on the US East Coast, you don’t have to cross an ocean or the country to access fantastic wine; the Finger Lakes in New York frequently top charts for Riesling varieties. There are more than 100 wineries taking up residence around the eleven Finger Lakes, and the region is also known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Vidal Blanc.
There are plenty of other emerging wine locales, such as Stellenbosch, South Africa; Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary; and Maule Valley, Chile. Ready to start planning your next wine-tasting expedition? Feel free to reach out to Life's Journey Travel.
We’ve all been there: you’ve been giving work your everything for several months or you’ve had some things going on in your personal life, and you feel like you just need to press pause for a moment to regroup. Perhaps you aren’t the one saying you need a break, but your loved ones are. It might be time to think about a wellness retreat.
What is a wellness retreat?
It can be so many things! From yoga immersions to group cycling trips, your wellness retreat can be whatever you want it to be. However, the common goals in every type of getaway are to help you clear your mind and rebalance your priorities so that you can return home better equipped to handle everything that life throws your way.
What are some types of retreats?
For the email and social media addicts among us, this one’s for you. We have become inextricably linked to technology. As technology allows us to stay connected in ways that were never possible before, this isn’t always a bad thing - no luddites here! Sometimes though, it’s good to disengage.
Technology policies at digital detox retreats vary in strictness. Some require you to surrender all of your electronics, while others just limit your screen time. Of course, they provide plenty of other activities to fill your time, like exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, or excursions.
Awareness / Mediation
You don’t need to be Buddhist to engage in a meditation retreat. These kinds of retreats are intended to help you recenter and can last from a week or two to several months. In addition to guided meditation, they often include yoga and nourishing food that has been prepared with your practice in mind.
Do you want your time off to be filled with activity? You could opt for an adventure or activity retreat. Some of these are focused on one particular adventure, such as cycling a route or two in Costa Blanca, Spain. Others have a variety of options. You could wake up with a yoga class and conclude the day kayaking on a peaceful river.
We all need time to recharge once in a while. For all that you do at work, at home, and in your community, you deserve some time for yourself as well! Contact Life's Journey Travel to start planning your next getaway.
If you’ve never heard of the Virtuoso network or Virtuoso Travel Week before, you’ve come to the right place.
What is the Virtuoso Network?
Virtuoso is the travel consortium that Life’s Journey Travel is part of. It is a worldwide network of service providers who specialize in crafting luxury and experiential travel. Being part of this travel network allows Life’s Journey Travel to partner with more than 1,800 of the world’s most esteemed hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, and more!
Those connections have their perks. By working with a Virtuoso travel advisor, you can get access to all kinds of VIP treatments, including special access to world-renowned monuments through our partner tour providers, information on unique travel experiences that would be difficult to find elsewhere, and special deals that get you the greatest value for your time and money.
What is Virtuoso Travel Week?
Virtuoso Travel Week is an annual event that brings the extensive Virtuoso travel network together. It is essentially a whirlwind buying trip for Virtuoso travel advisors; this year from August 10th to August 16th, we are meeting with travel service providers to find the best travel offerings for our clientele.
Because there are so many new trends, emerging destinations, and incredible experiences, there is no way that each advisor can meet with every travel travel service provider. We have to be selective, which means we need your help.
This is the part where you come in…
Where do you want to go? What kinds of destinations are you interested in? Do you want to know about culinary classes in the Caribbean? Sustainable hotels in East Asia? What incites your wanderlust? Life’s Journey Travel wants to know, so that we can make sure we target the relevant providers for you.
How to get involved
If you envision yourself traveling in the next year, please download and fill out the attached form. When you’ve finished, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get working on selecting the best providers for your unique travel desires.
If you’re short on time, just send email@example.com some information on destinations you would be interested in going and/or experiences you would like to learn more about!
Travel is medicine for the soul. We embark on our journeys for multitudinous reasons - to see places so beautiful it hurts, to soak up moments of bliss with the ones we love, to embrace cultures throughout the world, and maybe even to find a part of ourselves along the way. Though we may voyage across oceans and deserts, travel is a state of mind with the concept of growth at its core. And sometimes growth can be challenging! But these challenges should not be feared, because there are ways you can ready yourself for the educational blessings of travel both before and during your time away from home.
Go with an open mind
Like preparing the soil before you plant the first seed, you must equip your mind to receive all of the lessons that travel has to offer. Although you may have plans for the activities you will be engaging in each day or expectations for how the trip is going to pan out, make make room for the serendipitous and go with an open mind. Be open to happy accidents and try to view your traveling companions as well as the locals with fresh eyes. I promise you, this will make every trip even more wonderful!
Educate yourself before you depart
Whether you’re jetting off to Chiang Mai or just driving a couple hours from home, acquiring information on your destination beforehand is useful. Usually the farther you go, the more preparation you’ll want to do. This could be doing things like learning a few words in the local language, reading up on cultural practices, or even just making sure you know when your check-in time is. Thinking about these factors ahead of time allows you to enjoy yourself in the moment.
Embrace the local culture
The locals know best, so when you can, do as they do! Sample the local cuisine (it’s bound to be better than what’s on the tourist menu), explore hidden parts of the location, and generally embrace the local culture.
By doing these three things, you’ll find that your travel experiences become more intentional and meaningful. So, where are you headed next? If you'd like help in planning your next trip, contact Life's Journey Travel.
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.