When choosing between two evils, I always like to try
the one I’ve never tried before.
— Mae West
People ask me all the time, “Where are you off to next?”
My answer currently is that I have no travel plans at the moment.
None. Zero, zip, zilch. Nichts, nada.
For me that is like having no food in my refrigerator or cupboards.
I realize that this is a first world kind of problem to have, maybe even a first world travel agent problem. I don’t mean to whine. In the wider world scheme of life conditions, I have nothing to complain about and I know it. Partly because of my trade, I do expect to travel more than the average woman of my “age and stage.” But even with this heightened routine, like you, I have only so many days and so many dollars to invest in travel. So you and I do face the same decision in the end: where shall I go next?
Like you, I wonder — shall I go again to a place I know and love, or to a new place which might become a new favorite. Is it time to visit family and friends of many years (not to be called “old” friends)? Or is it time to get lost and enjoy anonymity in a place where I can imagine an alternate life story? Sometimes it feels right to revive old connections; other times it feels better to disappear unknown into a crowd or to make new friends among strangers.
And what about place? I get scores of emails every day from hotels, resorts, cruise companies, and tourism departments, telling me why each of them is the next great place to enjoy. The Sunday paper travel section beckons with features from new locations. Internet crawlers can sink hours exploring websites such as www.Virtuoso.com, my affiliated consortium. And once you get on a cruise line’s mailing list you will never lack for enticements.
We have the entire world to explore! (Even with mosquito-borne illness and political distress, there is still ninety percent of the planet to explore.) My perfect holiday might look like a spell in the penalty box to you – but that works both directions. I have never asked a client, “Why would you want to go there?” (Not out loud anyway.) I will admit I get more excited about some destinations than others, and I hope this translates to an even better trip for you. But I keep in mind that everyone has reasons, preferences, and dreams for whatever travel plans they seek. I want to transform your days and money into wonderful experiences you will always treasure.
Let’s all continue to browse the enticements (it costs nothing to look!) and check our calendars for available time. I will be here at my desk awaiting your call when you find something irresistible. Then call me right away. Who knows? I might find my next excursion first!
4 February 2016