Shopping for Stellar Life Experiences

Is there a destination you have always wanted to visit? Is there something you have wanted to do forever, but because it required being in a certain place at the right time, you have never managed to do it yet?  Face it; you can’t see the migration of zebra and

Wildebeest and zebra crossing the River Mara
photo by Roman Murushkin

wildebeest unless you go to Africa. And going around the horn of South America requires that you, well, go around the horn. Watching meerkats stand in groups watching you, getting a bird’s eye view of the Nazca Lines of Peru, or going on a tiger spotting safari in India – all require extraordinary contacts and arrangements with people you just don’t meet every day.

What sets these experiences apart from the dreams we are able to fulfill? Often the difference is that we don’t know where to start or who to ask, even to begin the planning. Every year some people do these things and fulfill their dreams. In a few weeks, I will be meeting with the operators who make such experiences possible, and then I can connect them to you!

In the second full week of August, thousands of the world’s finest travel operators and eager sellers of travel gather in Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. It is an amazing and demanding experience. We travel agents are amazed at the range and quality of travel experiences which these operators offer. It would be difficult to imagine an experience on anyone’s Life List which could not be provided, in style, by at least one or two of these operators. It is a demanding week because most of four days is filled with four minute meetings between every agency and every operator in attendance. It is accurately likened to speed dating! A few people have almost no voice left by the last day, and everyone has boxes full of business cards. Not every meeting shows promise, but surprisingly many will be remembered later in times of need. And we all go home, knowing that there are excellent ways to meet anyone’s deepest travel desire.

I will be going to Virtuoso Travel Week again this year — and eating my Wheaties® to take best advantage of the opportunities presented. Please let me know if there is something you would like me to seek out on your behalf. I love to do that kind of shopping!

I have often said that selling travel is like working in a candy store. Each place or experience I learn about for my clients seems more enticing than the one before. And I want to see or do everything.

Photo by Brad Calkins

Frankly, there are a few experiences I cannot imagine appealing to anyone, sort of the licorice jelly beans of travel.  But I have learned that there are people who do crave licorice jelly beans (my husband for one), so I keep an open mind and take notes!

Please let me know if there is something on your life list that I can help you shop for. The more you tell me, the easier it will be for me to find the trip of your dreams.

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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