Vive La France (and, should we still travel?)!

I have been seeing this article shared all week, but haven’t been ready to read it until today. GREAT advice and GREAT logic, especially to people that are numbers/stats focused when it comes to what if’s. You can read the article, 7 Keys to Traveling Without Fear Despite Terrorist Attacks, here....
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Dreams of Normandy on Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all of my American friends! I love Veteran’s Day. Not only because I started my marriage as a proud Marine spouse (once a Marine wife, always a Marine wife), but also because it is a happy day. Many confuse the meaning of Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day,...
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I just returned from “Brownell Academy”, which is Brownell Travel’s annual meeting with our preferred suppliers and partners from around the globe, sprinkled in with intensive advisor training. The meeting doubles as a chance to see some of my best friends from around the globe, and to continue professional training. These...
  Tomorrow I’m heading off to Virtuoso Week in Las Vegas. Held each August, it is the #1 opportunity each year to personally network and “shop” for luxury travel clients. This is when we meet the GMs, Owners, Movers & Shakers – and continue the strong bond that enables our clients...

New Zealand: Recap

If you’ve been following my daily updates from New Zealand or have talked/emailed with me over the past few weeks, you know that the country is now one of my absolute favorites in the world. New Zealand is unlike any other place I’ve been. It is friendly, genuinely welcoming, jaw-droppingly gorgeous,...
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New Zealand Day 9: Bungy Jumping!

Our last day in Queenstown was perhaps the most memorable of all. In the morning we went on a tour of the lovely Matakaui Lodge (another luxurious alternative to the chic Azur Lodge), and continued on to AJ Hackett’s Bungy Jumping Bridge, where Bungy Jumping as we know it was born....
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New Zealand Day 8: Welcome to Queenstown

This morning we sadly said goodbye to Otahuna Lodge (where I could have easily stayed for several more nights) and headed by plane south to Queenstown, aka “The Adventure Capital of the World”. I didn’t quite know what to expect here. Queenstown is the place where nearly every visitor to New...
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New Zealand Day 7: Helicopters & Champagne at Otahuna Lodge

Today, which also happened to be my birthday, was incredible! After a week of pretty packed days, this one started out with a leisurely pace. After sleeping in, we went for a morning walk around Otahuna Lodge, and ate a delicious breakfast. Mid-morning, we went outside to see two helicopters landing...
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