The Camino de Santiago (commonly known as the Camino Trail) or (Way of St James) is a pilgrimage trail that leads to the reported resting place of the apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Compostela in Galicia, Spain. It’s an individual’s journey so they go at their own pace and there are no designated start or finish times.
People from all over the world Christian or not, opt to take the pilgrimage for multiple reasons and a few of my friends have successfully achieved travelling (walking that is) the whole 800km (approx. 500 miles) journey. As it can take approximately 30 days, some people opt to do sections at a time, year after year.
Why is it that I still haven’t travelled Bali? Is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me? I have a keen interest in for a number of reasons and one is because it’s the closest Asian holiday destination for Australians. Besides, I have a huge passion for travel.
I knew so much about this small and interesting island well before I’d decided on a career change to the Travel industry.
As a new Travel Consultant, one of my co-workers listened to me while I was talking to a client about Bali. Later she asked if I’d already travelled there because I spoke about it like I had. I was a wealth of information even though I hadn’t. Plus, my knowledge made for a very happy traveller.
When you first try something that’s foreign to you and completely out of your comfort zone, sometimes you can be overcome with fear. You’re terrified and to the point that you have second thoughts.
And, it was only a few hours earlier, you were fine with at but at the last moment something changed.
Have you ever had that feeling? I have a few times and it’s scary. But if others are doing it you know, that you’re probably not going to die. Right?
My story starts in the Cayman Islands where I was on a Caribbean cruise and we were docked at Grand Cayman so with multiple choices as to what to do for the day, apart from visiting Margaritaville, I opted to take a half day trip to swim with the Stingrays.
Why not! They’re beautiful creatures that don’t have teeth and these ones didn’t seem to harm humans either so what could go wrong?
Retreats have become very popular over the past 5-10 years and this could be because of the ‘group’ environment that’s been created through Social Media.
These like-minded people agreed that more human interaction is required so decided to find ways to organize a get-together so they could share and grow their interests instead of just meeting up ‘virtually’.
These gatherings were soon streamlined and due to popluarity became known as a style of a Retreat.
Originally a retreat was a spiritual gatherings where people could bring the body and mind back into balance spiritually and while this is still the case, people have realized the massive benefits so more centres continue to open.
A newer term was phrased which encompasses some of the original and part of the new concept so ‘Wellness’ became a household word.
Living in Australia gives you the fortunate opportunity to visit Vanuatu South Pacific Islands. From Brisbane they’re just a quick 2 hour flight and although slightly North West of Fiji their culture and geographical landscape are quite different.
These islands are perfect for a quick weekend away! Lying under a palm tree sipping on a Coconut Daquiri while watching the Pacific Ocean lap the beach and coastline is a favourite past time. How good is that?
Whenever I have a business flight coming up it’s a concern about the time that’d be lost because I’m just sitting a plane so there’s always an intention to make the best use of this time and find ways to be more productive on a business flight.
It seems that having ideas of small tasks that I can do just flow while I’m driving or in a situation where I’m not able to write it down. Isn’t that always the way?
Only one idea
Believing something will come up, I trust myself but what usually happens is I have only one idea: The multiple half completed word docs that require my attention but after an hour or so, I’d much prefer to do something else such as a task that wasn’t so tedious or overwhelming and ongoing.
Fortunately, living in Australia opens the opportunity to enjoy a South Pacific Island Getaway for a quick few days. This is because these islands are only a couple of hours away by plane for those who live in SE Queensland.
New Caledonia is the closest with Vanuatu next and then Fiji only taking a maximum of three and a half hours but these island nations are just a ‘drop in the ocean’ (pardon the pun😊) as there are hundreds more to explore!
In a previous blog I discussed some of the ‘get to know’ information for booking an online flight and so the next step would be, having some knowledge or understanding of a few rules when flying. Some of these do’s and don’ts can seem a little unusual.
We all live with different cultures, philosophies and beliefs so when flying we’re going to be literally ‘rubbing shoulders’ with an unknown person and because of this we need to consider all concerned.