Brussels. Self Belief & Integrity.

Self belief & INTEGRITY. I said I was going Brussels and I did and never doubted it. Integrity is a characteristic that I've always lived by.

Self belief and integrity

Having a passion for travel and hearing that the great group of people that I’d just met, go overseas every 2 years I was excited! Especially when an upcoming trip was Europe. My self belief and integrity allowed me to hang on tight to the thought of going as well.

As it turns out most of them are keen travellers so when the Hash House Harriers meet up somewhere around the world, it’s a huge event. It’s an extremely long weekend of fun and socializing and exercise. Brilliant!

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The Buster Days. A Need to Help.

The Rottie/mastiff followed me so closely when I stopped, he would bump into me. The Vet asked ‘Why has your black nose changed to shades of brown Buster?’

The Buster Days. There was a reason why he appreared into my life at that time. He followed me everywhere and so closely that when I stopped he would bump into me. I believe that he had a need to help me.

This 55kg (121lbs) Rottie/Mastiff cross rescue dog was once asked by his Vet. ‘Why does your normally black nose have shades of brown Buster?’

The Buster Days led me to a need to help people. This Rottie/mastiff followed me so closely when I stopped, he would bump into me. He was an Earth Angel.
My Shadow.
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Ignorance is Bliss; but is it? The Story of a Young Lady Travelling to South America.

The story of young lady travelling to South America with 2 friends and they're plans are to hire a car and drive across the continent.

Happiest places

I could be biased but a Travel Agency is one of the happiest places to work. Everyone is in a great mood because one of the most popular and fun activities is being planned. Someone is travelling somewhere. How good is that?!!  In this case it’s a story of a young lady travelling to South America.

The story of young lady travelling to South America with 2 friends and they're plans are to hire a car and drive across the continent.
South Americans larv Colour.

I clearly remember this day because of the emotions that came up for me not to mention the story itself.

Unlike my the dramatic emotions and physical re-action to the fear that I had when I thought about travelling to Bali, this was different because it was emotions that I experienced for her.

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Fear. Why is Bali a ‘No-Go’ Zone?

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.

Passion for travel

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.

So much fear. Why is Bali a no go zone for me? I'm keen to explore Bali and already knew so much about it well before I decided on a Travel Industry career.
Bali Boats
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Honesty Comes From Lighting fires?

Interesting how certain moments in time can mould us and how honesty comes from lighting fires. I was 8 years old and in hindsight an appropriate age.

Time can mould us

Interesting how certain moments in time can mould us and how honesty comes from lighting fires.

When I was 8 years old my brother and I were expected to come home from school and be responsible until my parents came home from work.

Although some of you might gasp at the thought of an 8 & 7-year-old being at home alone I don’t ever recall being scared about being on my own without parental supervision.

Years later relatives used to say that I had to grow up quickly.

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The Camino. Go at Your Own Pace.

The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to go at your own pace that leads to the Cathedral of Compostela, Spain; the resting place of Saint James.

Way of St James

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.

The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to go at your own pace that leads to the Cathedral of Compostela, Spain; the resting place of Saint James.
The Camino Trail
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The Stingrays Made Me do It

Have you ever had that feeling? I have a few times. It’s scary but if others are doing it you know you’re not going to die. The Stingrays made me do it.

You’re terrified

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.

The Cayman Islands in the Caribbean look after those who have chosen to make a life of travel.
Margaritaville is a signature landmark amongst ‘Parrotheads’.

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?

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Need Eyes in the Back of my Head

Need eyes in the back of my head

This experience was in Xian, the base for those wanting to see the world renown Terracotta Soldiers and it’s something I’ve wanted to see.

I was soo excited but first we were taken to the city wall that was built to protect Xian from invaders but on this day I needed eyes in the back of my head.

Once at the top of this massive structure, we wandered freely and my backpack was balanced and fully loaded for me to carry safely. Succumbed

Succumed

Wandering on my own, I ended up in a building that housed a group of small stalls that sold trinkety things where I was succumbed by a stall worker.

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Ways to be More Productive on a Business Flight.

Ways to be more productive ona business flight

Always the way

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.

Ways to be more productive ona business flight
A Device that Holds Great Ideas
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A Few Rules When flying

Do’s and Don’ts

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.

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