<![CDATA[Blank Title - From the CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:16:00 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The Internet - friend or foe?]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:44:12 GMThttp://somebeach.ca/1/post/2017/04/the-internet-friend-or-foe.htmlDinosaur.  I'm a 'dinosaur' in the travel industry!  I've been doing this since before computers - and have watched the evolution since the inception of 'the internet'.  Yes indeed - you can find ANYTHING on Google....but, is it real?
Ever since the elections last year in the US, emphasis has been placed on 'fake news'...we see it everywhere.  And yet, the very same model has been used in the travel industry for decades.....'realtor lingo' to describe non-descript properties (cozy, intimate, boutique, hidden gem et al) - as well as 'fake' reviews on a very popular travel reference site.  Seriously, have some of these people even stayed at these properties?  Perhaps....perhaps not....  
As a professional Travel Consultant, I encourage my clients to do some research...after all, it's fun to sit with the family and peruse photos of tropical places.  But when it's time for the rubber to hit the road, I also encourage them to contact me - this is my business.  After 39 years, I KNOW if this would be a good fit, and chances are I personally know the 'local' representative to make requests on your behalf.  I provide personal services that the 'internet' just can't grasp...and, all at the same (or better) price!  
It's a 'no brainer'.....let's work together to find that perfect vacation ...I'm here for you before, during and after to provide knowledge, a personalized itinerary, and hints for your holiday - AND, you're 'supporting' someone local - not a faceless conglomerate.   

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<![CDATA[Group Travel - to go or not to go]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:34:17 GMThttp://somebeach.ca/1/post/2017/04/group-travel-to-go-or-not-to-go.htmlI used to be a 'social butterfly'....not so much anymore.  I live in a small town to get away from the hustle and bustle - the crowds.  Years ago, if you had told me that I would not only be creating 'small group' adventures, but actually GOING with them, I might have thought you had one too many Caesars at lunch!  But the clock keeps ticking, and here we are - so many years later, and embarking on our 9th Annual SBSW Mystery Trip!  I'll tell you more about those later.....As well, I'm closing in our 2017 Scotland trip - a total of16 seats with only 4 left!   A couple of years ago - I arranged a 'small group' trip to Ireland.  I've actually found some comfort in traveling with friends, or - strangers who become friends.  It's nice to not be 'joined at the hip' with just one person - with a small group, there always seems to be options - some want to shop, some want to golf, some want to sit back and take it all in.  Now, I'm not keen on an 'action packed, every moment spoken for' kind of holiday....rather, I take a more 'laid back' approach - so while we're touring (if applicable), I try to incorporate as many 2-night stays as possible.  After all, everyone wants to see the bottom of their suitcase at some point!  This also means that if you want to absolve yourself of any planned activities for a day,  you have the option of venturing out on your own. 
I've also become aware of many "adventure/backpack' kind of group vacations as of late - some have been around for decades, but these new ventures really appeal to me. What a fabulous idea for those '20 somethings with a sense of wanderlust, who don't have anyone to travel with!  A bit of structure, a whole LOT of fun, and new friends to continue on your journey if you decide....it's a win/win !
So yeah....groups?  I guess I'm in....even if it's only dipping my toe in the water so far....Are you coming along
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