My first flight was to California when I was in kindergarten. I remember the nice man that sat next to me and gave me stamps from his country. I wouldn't fly again for 15 years, but I haven't stopped since!
I have been to 25 states and have lived in five different ones! I spent three glorious years living in Hawaii and miss it every day. So, if you notice I like to recommend Hawaii you know why!
My first international trip was a college spring break trip to Cancun. Instead of checking out all the bars, I headed out to Tulum, the beautiful Mayan ruins, and perhaps it was there that I was bitten by the travel bug.
Since that trip, I have been to 14 more countries. I have traced my family history in Ireland, been on safari in South Africa, white-water rafted down the Zambezi River, been in King Tut's tomb, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, sat in the producers seats at a show in London's West End, shaken hands with Mickey Mouse and eaten the best meal of my life in Venice.
Along the way, I learned the value of a good travel agent. When my husband and I were shown to our room in Cairo, the porter opened the curtains and said he hoped this view would be sufficient. Outside that window was an incredible view of the pyramids. We could thank our travel agent for the upgrade from a pool view room!
Can you guess what trip required the most research? I spent hours and hours researching a trip to Walt Disney World before deciding to enlist the services of a travel agent. She knew how to handle a group of ten, get the dinner reservations we wanted, the preferred location hotel rooms to minimize walking and scheduled the magical express transporation. I still spent many months reading all about the neat things that can be done at Walt Disney World and that is one of the things that inspired me to start my own travel company. I have so many tricks to share with my clients!
Where do I want to go next? China or Churchill, Manitoba to see the polar bears or on a Disney cruise with my little boy who loves Mickey Mouse.