This time last year, I walked into the New York Times Travel Show with the intention of building up readership for this blog, and maybe learn a thing or two about places I haven’t been. I never dreamed I would walk out on the path to being a Cruise Planners franchise owner. Within six weeks of the show, I completely reinvented myself as a business owner.
I love to travel. There are a million reasons I could list; the sights, the sounds, the people, new experiences, we know them all. Perhaps my favorite are the smells. Every different location has it’s own unique scent. It comes from the geology, the ecology, the people, the food, the culture – it hits as soon as you get off the plane, or maybe later while sitting at a street-side restaurant, or strolling through a park. It becomes ingrained in memory, and you never know when you’ll be reminded again.
I bought the Cruise Planners franchise for my love of travel. “Great, I own a Travel Agency. I’ll be able to travel the world now!” They sold me a dream, but I bought a business. I’ve been sitting at my desk for the better part of a year planning other’s great adventures. I’ve hardly stepped outside.
But the year was good. We’ve sent or booked clients to France and Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. We have a couple spending a week at an over-water bungalow in Jamaica, and another spending a night in Bora Bora. Now it’s time to wipe the dust off the luggage.
Our travel itinerary for 2017 (and yes, you can expect a blog on each one):
- January: The New York Times Travel Show. SirOzzy, now known as Cruise Planners – Ken & Gail McGuire, are returning to where it all began.
- February: Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve cashed in our mileage and exchanged our timeshare. Looking forward to seeing Terry Fator at the Mirage on our wedding anniversary. Vegas Baby!
- April: Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cruise Planners Training Conference. Research and Development to help make your travel experience even better (and play some slot machines).
- May: Europe. Two nights in Athens, Greece, followed by a 7 night sailing on the brand new Majestic Princess. This 7 night sailing departs from Athens and visits Santorini, Montenegro, Sicily, and Naples before disembarking in Barcelona.
- September: Alaska. The Great Alaskan Journey. Starting in Seattle with an Amtrak Cascades train ride to Vancouver, British Colombia; 2 nights at the Vancouver Four Seasons; 7 nights on the Star Princess to Whittier, Alaska; 4 nights in the Denali region; finishing in Fairbanks before returning home. This may be what they call a masterpiece vacation.
It looks like the old shoe maker just got a new pair of soles! Enjoy The Journey…