Why do you need me as your travel advisor?

You can absolutely research and book your next adventure on your own, but why would you, when you have me to assist you?  As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I have the ability to find you the best adventure utilizing my knowledge, my teams experience, and global connections to put together a trip that will be second to none.   With a portfolio of over 2,000 top hotels, cruise partners, tour operators and more, Virtuoso represents the upper echelon of our industry.

Knowledge & Experience

Just as you might use an interior designer, financial planner or personal trainer, it makes perfect sense to use a travel advisor when booking your vacation.  Not only have I traveled extensively but actively research and educate myself on the industry, trends, destinations, products and more.  I also have an incredible partner in Virtuoso that offers that best training in our industry.  I am constantly scouting out the best hotels, tours, restaurants and more for my clients.  I am able to see the nuances in every trip.  From the big-picture aspects (where to go – and when) to the details that matter (rooms with the best views, or best gelato in Florence) Why not use my knowledge and experience and save some time.  Using me doesn’t mean you don’t get to do some research, it just streamlines it for you.  Your time is a super valuable, let me give you some time to spend on other things.

Personal Attention To Your Needs

As your advisor I understand what is most important to you and design an itinerary based on what is key to you and your traveling companions.  You may want to see the Vatican on a private tour, celebrate an anniversary in a special way, experience a wellness vacation to recalibrate or let your kids experience seeing lions & giraffes in the wild.  As an advisor, I can make plenty of suggestions that will work best for you. I may also help you think creatively about a destination that you have not thought about, or give you ideas on new ways to experience places that you have already visited but want to return.

Added Value

As a travel advisor I can secure benefits that are not available to an online travel agency or a direct booking with a cruise line, hotel/resort or tour.  Booking with Wheels Up Adventures allows you to take advantage of preferred rates and exclusive amenities such as room upgrades, early check-in & late check-out, shipboard credits, daily breakfast, specialty dining, pre-paid gratuities, and many more exclusive amenities.

Advocate

Issues are bound to pop up during any trip and I am your personal help line with the backing of the best team and travel consortium in the business, Virtuoso.  Let me take care of things so we can get your trip back on track.

Let me use my passion, knowledge, experience and team to share the world with you.  It would be my pleasure.

 

 

 

Why Traveling Lifts Up Your Spirits

Posted by: Windstar Cruises on October 17, 2018

The more you travel to new destinations in your life, the more you broaden your mind and spiritual horizons. Whether you’re watching the sunset from the cliffs of Dover, taking in the view of the majestic Taj Mahal with your mate, or even lounging on the black-sanded beach of Punaluu in Hawaii, both mind and instinct tell you that travel enlivens your very being.

Truly, it’s critical to get away from your home headquarters, where you’re linked to so many burdensome responsibilities, chores and the chains of a full-time job. You know this. But you need persuasive facts to motivate you to finally break the work bonds and set yourself free and a-roaming’ for a healthy period of time.

Consider the following facts that explain how traveling significantly boosts your mental health — followed by tips on how to get the most out of your vacation:

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1. You Experience a Mood-Boosting High

A Journal of Travel Research study found that vacationing considerably boosts mood and well-being, making travelers happier and more relaxed. A similar study by American Psychological Association also found that taking a leisure trip dampens the effects of burnout and fortifies the mind and spirit against energy-draining tasks at work once you’re back in the office.

Scientists have also confirmed improved physical effects among recently returned vacationers, such as deeper sleep, less insomnia, and a more relaxed state. Experts recommend taking frequent mini-trips throughout the year to prolong the effects of a restorative vacation.

Tip:Find out the restorative physical effects of a vacation by keeping a Fitbit on your wrist. It measures your sleeping hours and keeps tabs on any sleep interruptions, while monitoring your heart and generating exercise data.

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2. Your Relationships Deepen

Researchers further say that travel strengthens the bonds with accompanying friends and family while encouraging new connections among the locals. It often happens that vacationers in new surroundings will gather the gumption to approach, engage, and meet with new people during their travels. At home, the willingness to do this isn’t as likely since people already feel incorporated into their local social community.

Taking such a chance with strangers can lead to fascinating and meaningful experiences that make a vacation more fun and enjoyable. Some vacationers, avid pet lovers to the bone, even take their pets with them to a leisure destination, where their four-legged companions often attract new people for vacationers to chat with and befriend.

Other pet-owning vacationers turn to technology to forge a connection with the locals. Some professional pet sitting services continually send pet owners videos and images of their precious cat or pooch, which give the locals a lot to smile at and coo over.

Trips taken with a romantic partner or family members also deepen the familial bonds. You form a ton of fun memories and adventures with your loved ones during travels — the kind that you will be talking about for years to come.

3. You Become More Grateful

You become a more grateful person when you travel to completely different and new vistas and environments. You lovingly take in all the kind gestures of the locals in making you feel welcome. Plus, if you’re witnessing poverty, you become more grateful of your own station in life and the privileges that come with it. Additionally, because you engage with people from variant linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, you become more compassionate and more tolerant of the diversity of people in general.

The Takeaway

If work had been giving you the blues, the joys of your vacation would perk you up for a long time coming. But in the end, your mindset will importantly determine how much fun you will actually have on your vacation. Exercising mindfulness, living in the present and being open-minded will ground your experiences of new and exciting adventures – both big and small — in your mind during your restorative vacation. The end result? A more relaxed, more mirthful you.

How to Explore

Recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler on the 2016 Gold List of Favorite Cruise Lines and by USA TODAY readers for Best Boutique Cruise Line, Windstar’s fleet of small luxury sailing ships and all-suite power yachts with 148 to 310 guests bring you closer to smaller ports and exclusive local experiences around the world. Visit windstarcruises.com or call 888-460-5098 for more information.

For more travel experiences aboard Windstar Cruises and to learn about our exclusive amenities, please contact Wheels Up Adventures at Request for more information – Wheels Up Adventures.


Written by: Catherine Workman

Catherine Workman believes we should all leave our comfort zones once in awhile. She travels to boost her physical and mental health. Ms. Workman is part of a great team at WellnessVoyager and enjoys sharing her thoughts on travel and wellness.

Stay 4, Pay 3 in Sonoma

Stay 4, Pay 3 in Sonoma ~ Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
 
Book at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and receive your 4th night free.
 
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the few hotels in the United States to feature natural hot-springs mineral waters flowing directly beneath it, filling its pools and spa. (The Bathing Ritual is a must, as are the signature Kur treatments.) Many of the guestrooms offer fireplaces and balconies or patios. Play the 18-hole championship golf course, available to hotel guests and members only; join a water yoga class or daily guided morning hike; or follow one of the concierge-designed tours of Sonoma. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting in the living room–style lobby before your dinner at Michelin-rated Santé restaurant.
 
Book at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and receive your 4th night free.
 
Here is the perfect guide to spending four days in Sonoma.
 
Day 1 : Be a wine enthusiast – Go visit a few of the many local wineries in the area. Don’t forget to grab your wine country inspired picnic basket which can be provided and prepared by our Sante Restaurant Chef’s. The day is complete with an elegant dinner in our Michelin rated Santé Restaurant.
 
Day 2 : Pure Bliss at Willow Steam Spa – 40,000-square-foot spa with ancient thermal mineral springs in all 5 of our pools. 30 different treatment rooms, with treatments ranging from Sonoma Organic Lavender Kur & Facial to our Chardonnay Olive – Oil Sugar Polish.
 
Day 3 : Be a tourist – Go take a stroll at Sonoma’s downtown Plaza. It offers a glimpses into American small-town life. Visitors can stroll the historical Plaza, sit at a sidewalk café, shop trendy boutiques, or laze in the park taking in the “Sonoma vibe”. There are also many great winery tasting rooms downtown where you can sip and stroll.
 
Day 4: Repeat day 1! It’s all about the vino in wine country. For the golf enthusiast, take a swing over at Sonoma Golf Club. A members only club that Fairmont guest get access to golf at Sonoma Golf Club.
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Body Holiday – St. Lucia

Are you in need of a pre-Christmas restorative break, a #bodyholidaymaybe? This December, we have space between December 7th through the 27th at Body Holiday in St. Lucia. Exclusive rates just for booking with Wheels Up Travel with Odyssey Travel. Body Holiday also presents Leon Taylor and Colin Jackson, both Olympic Athletes who motivate you to get in shape before the holiday indulgences.

In addition, if you book before November 30th, you will receive $150 in resort credit. Just another wonderful perk for booking with us.

Contact us today via our website link to book your Body Holiday Adventure. Request for Information Form

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