Early November saw nine excited, albeit apprehensive, travel consultants embark on an experience which would change them forever. Although it is true that one will always return from a sojourn changed to some degree these agents were unaware of the impact China’s history, culture and environments would have on them. I was fortunate to be selected as one of these nine agents.
Recently my family and I booked ourselves a trip to the Gold Coast. I’d been before when I was a lot younger and before I had a family. I was looking forward to experiencing it again, only this time we are taking our kids. The Gold Coast is the perfect place for families. We set ourselves a challenge and that was, we would take in a couple of the quintessential Gold Coast attractions, but we really wanted to find family friendly options off the beaten track!
We did it, we committed to a family holiday and told the kids three months before departure. In hindsight, we possibly told them a little too early as we had to endure their constant and repetitive countdown but it was fun winding them up and watching them go ‘ping’ like a rubber band the day we left.
Recent years have witnessed a resurgence in touring holidays as traditional operators understood that travellers were after much more than ticking off sights and countries. As a very wise person once said, no one is going to be eternally grateful to a travel consultant for booking a bus! Focus on the experience, it really is everything! So why select a touring holiday?
Fiji has always been on my bucket list, it’s one of those places I’ve wanted to visit ever since I was a child. I’ve been busy ticking off countries of the Europe variety over the last few years so I never seem to have any annual leave left for a cheeky few days of island time. When I was offered the opportunity to travel over and be hosted on a Denarau and Coral Coast trip by Tourism Fiji I was probably the first person out of 70 to sign up!
“Stop here. Turn and face me. Now close your eyes and let me lead you. Don’t turn around. Don’t open your eyes yet… Almost there… Now stop. Keep your eyes closed. Turn around… And open your eyes.” And there she was. Standing before me in all her glory. Something I had waited all my life to see. A sight truly magical, truly inspiring and truly ingenious: Machu Picchu.
Like many people I have had the pleasure of meeting and helping with their ‘trip of a life time’ to Canada, this destination is one that I have been eager to tick off my bucket list for quite some time. So turning down an opportunity that was presented to me to experience what my clients rave about was not going to happen.