Travel to Abu Dhabi, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Bhutan, India and the Maldives, made up our 5 week odyssey last year. When we returned, Michael and I decided we’d travel less in 2013. Like other resolutions made around the beginning of a new year, this one seems to have fallen by the wayside. We’ve already taken several trips within the US – Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Hawaii – and Michael returned a couple of days ago from 12 days in France. I travel on Friday to San Diego for an intensive workshop with Mari Smith, queen of social media, and a Social Media conference, Social Media Marketing World. On April 19 I leave for Buenos Aires for Virtuoso International Symposium 2013 followed by 4 nights in Patagonia, Chile returning home on May 1.
A week at home follows my South American journey— long enough to do some laundry — and we travel for 3 weeks in South Africa and Namibia. We’re attending Indaba, a trade show in Durban, South Africa and then we will head to Namibia for 2 weeks of site inspections and game viewing.
Sprinkle in a few domestic trips and Michael will soon be back in Africa, hosting a group of our travel clients on a safari in Tanzania and gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Today I considered joining the Tanzania safari, but sanity returned for the moment, so I think I’ll stay home.
Be on the alert for blog posts from the Traveling Kings as we venture forth once again. What are your travel plans for 2013? We wish you a world of memorable vacations!
Vacation photos really crystallize those wonderful memories. A few days ago while doing some Great GetawayS graphic design, I searched for a vacation photo to go with the text I had written. I wanted to add a vacation photo from one of our journeys, an image that conveyed both darkness and light. What a wonderful experience I had!
I began with the most recent vacation we had taken and worked my way back through the years. I’d find a photo – a sunset while have cocktails in the bush in Kenya, an early morning shot from the balcony of Esprit St. Germain in Paris, a group of people praying in Lhasa, a mountain gorilla feeding her baby in Rwanda-and think, “That’s the perfect photo!” Then I’d keep searching, just to be sure I had the very best choice. Finally, I picked a photo taken by Michael on a trip to New Zealand (the photo below).
This art project became so much more—-I enjoyed a pleasant few minutes of time travel, of recalling those experiences I keep wrapped as memories in my heart, of enjoying each journey again and again. The moral of this story: Take lots of photos of your travels and of you enjoying your vacation. It is so worth it! Even when you want to scream, “I don’t want another photo of me”, put a smile on your face and say, “Cheese!” You will be so glad you did!
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Our Valentine for you:
Destination weddings are always in season. He proposed and you accepted. Now what? Where to get married? Where to honeymoon? Consider combining the two events and plan a destination wedding.
The world is, as they say, your oyster and your options are almost limitless. How do you choose? First, establish a budget. Next, decide how many people you want to join you. This is the point you ask yourself, “If I want friends and family to participate in my destination wedding, what destination is easily accessible?
One wedding destination we adore is the island of Kauai. Rarely can you find a place with so many options for a dramatic backdrop to your wedding vows – the moody lush North Shore, the sunny, swaying palms of the South part of the island, the mountains, even outside the bar made famous in “The Descendents”.
Speaking of destination weddings, read Michael King’s planning tips on page 16 of the February/March issue of Virtuoso Traveler (see below). I love it when we’re featured in a magazine!