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Over the years many people have asked me how I managed to visit 25 countries before I turned 30. As travel was just part of my life plan it was a question I was never really sure how to answer, until now. The simple answer is that I did it because I wanted to.

When I was little I used to stare into the sky looking for planes, wondering where the people inside were going. At 19 my mom took me overseas for the first time. We arrived in Paris, travelled through the fantastic labyrinth of trains in the Metro, stepped out onto bustling St. Michelle and I knew that I was hooked. The people looked different, the buildings were beautiful, the food was fantastically strange and the new pulse of life gave me a feeling I’ve been chasing ever since.

I love the thrill of laying my eyes on something I’ve never seen before, eating food I’ve never tasted before, and meeting people I’ve never known before. Yes, it’s unnerving and at times uncomfortable to leave home, but it’s always worth it. To me my twenties could be spent no other way than seeing as much of the world as possible. There are trade offs to every decision though, and there were a great number of years when I would long for a sock drawer. Digging through a dirty old back pack for that last pair of clean socks can wear you down on a down day. The simplicity of staying put would become incredibly enticing and the urge to pack it up and go ‘home’ would appear. But life is full of urges, as the inevitable ebb and flow of life pulls us along. It is the choices and the sacrifices we make to build the lives we want that really define us.

When people ask how I travelled so much, I tell them they too can get on a plane and go; it’s nothing more than a decision to make it happen. Airlines don’t discriminate as long as you can pay, and even the most modest budget can find a small allowance for a travel fund. If it takes you ten years to save up for that trip I say start NOW. Saving $50 a month will add up to $1,800 in 3 years. This will get you anywhere on earth you want to go and pay for at least some of your hotel too. You can stay in $20 shacks on the beach in Thailand and have just as much fun as the folks in the $200 a night resort, I promise you that. Or, save up for one more year then blow it out at the Ritz…it’s up to you.

To me, the bucket list includes a stay at one of the world’s most luxurious hotels….Le Moana Bora Bora. It remains out of my current travel budget but I know that with a little sacrifice, and a few years of squirreling away dollars I would have otherwise spent on coffees and going out to movies, this dream will become reality.

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So ask yourself where you really want to go, figure out what you’ll need to do to make it happen, then do it. At the end of your days you’ll have a much better time remembering the things you did do than the things you didn’t.

Call Faith at Niche Travel Group to get going on making it happen.  (902) 407-4567   www.nichetravelgroup.ca

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Stepping back in time…

Travelling to Europe is like stepping back in time. The stunning cities, bridges and homes were built when craftsmanship was king. Long before television, phones and other modern day distractions, life was lived at a slower pace and beauty was praised over mere function. It is a wonder to behold and a feast for the senses. For many years train travel was the best way to go, but thanks to major innovations in cruise ship design, there is now an entirely new and much more luxurious way. I believe that a life well lived must include at least one trip to Europe and would like to help get you there.

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Imagine yourself settling in to your Balcony stateroom aboard the luxury AMA Vida, champagne in hand. After spending 3 nights in a beautiful hotel in Lisbon, Portugal you were effortlessly whisked away to the port to embark on a 7 day cruise through some of the most stunning waterways in the world. You unpack your bags, throw open the curtains and step out onto your own private balcony. This will be your home for the next 7 days. Each morning you will awake to a breathtaking new view, each day you will explore a new and exciting place, and each night you will unwind with wine tastings, theme dinners, live music and the gentle breeze of river cruising, finally returning to your own private suite. The world will present itself to you while you dine in style and toast to new memories and friendships.

 

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Our friends at Ama Waterways have developed an incredible trip for you through the Douro Valley. They invite you to spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your cruise in Porto.

If you can imagine yourself there, and believe that travel is the best gift to give to yourself, please call Faith at Niche Travel Group to make it happen. (902) 407-4567.