I am a prime example of how travel can change the course of a person’s life. Over 22 years ago, I took a leave of absence from an accounting position and traveled for a few months. I had always been a wanderer and explorer and upon my return home, I decided to change my career path and the rest is history.
My favourite question to ask anyone is, “What are the top five places you would like to visit in the world and what would you like to do there?” Learning what a person wants to do is equally important as knowing where a person wants to go and I am always intrigued by the answers. Outside of anything ocean and boat related (I love being in and on the water!), I have a personal passion for textiles and motorbikes. Experiencing a culture through its’ textile tradition and hands-on workshops is a great way to have in depth conversations that otherwise would not happen. Exploring anywhere while riding a motorbike is an exhilarating experience and I am unable to contain my excitement when I think of all the roads that are calling to be discovered – no matter where they are! When planning your next trip, think about the activities and hobbies that you enjoy and make them a part of your itinerary.
I’ve had some amazing experiences while travelling: snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the Great Wall of China, riding on a mule through the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, soaking in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, standing in awe of Gaudi’s magnificent architectural wonders in Barcelona, smelling the “aroma” of the famous Fez tanneries in Morocco and talking with Garifuna people in the Cayos Cochinos in Honduras to name a few. I’m passionate about exploring the world we live in and I want to share it with others. The more we travel and learn about other cultures, the more we will understand the similarities and differences that make us all unique.
I have had the privilege of assisting 350+ groups make their travel ideas, goals and dreams come to life. A large portion of these groups have been student music, language and educational tours. I thoroughly enjoy being involved in making a positive impact on the lives of young people and the people that they come in contact with. It is so important for young people to engage with and learn from others in different cultures. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of Mankind” and it is very true. I recently travelled with a community band to Morocco and it was amazing to see people who cannot communicate via words share a special time together because of their mutual love of music. (It was hilarious that a certain donkey in a village enjoyed the sound of a tenor saxophone and wanted to bray along with the tenor saxophone!)
Do you want to travel on your own or with a group? Would you like to incorporate your hobbies into your next trip? Are you a motorcyclist that wants to explore the world on two wheels? Or are you a teacher or a music director for a community group that is looking for a unique experience for your students or musicians? I have a vast amount of knowledge from my personal travel experiences, experiences my wonderful clients have shared with me, and from my colleagues. Whatever your desired destination or activities, let me assist you!
I love to share my travel knowledge and I would love to talk to your group.
Yvette, thank-you again for such a lovely trip. We cannot believe how rich and varied our experiences were, you are a master planner! Under your guidance Ecuador became a place that will stay in our hearts and minds.Ronda C