Solo Travel, here are 8 reasons it works

Plan8 – The world as if it was in sections of 8

Hi folks, I have set a table for 8, and invite you to dine with me at my blog.

In recent days I have set my next quarter goals for the year, with 8 sections to measure. 8 walks / runs in a week, 8 meditation retreats in a month etc. You get my drift …

Today I want to offer my top 8 reasons for traveling Solo, with a group. There will be articles in the future on traveling with beloved family and friends. This one is not that one. I offer this to spur you to take your one life and share it with whomever and wherever you please.

1. Selfie pics. For those who have a precious iphone and ipad (and I highly recommend you have both for all travel experiences) you want pictures that make you look exquisitely photogenic. Not somebody else’s shot of how that building behind you should be centered in the picture. Yawn. Take hundreds of selfies, and send a few out to the universe via Facebook or your favorite blog and see how proud you are of how you look in front of whatever it was … J

2. Go where you want, when you want, and see what you want for as long as you want. If you take a lifetime waiting for this place on your bucket list, then enjoy it as you imagined it thousands of times before. Stand in front of that famous piece of art for hours …. or seconds. Walk the Great Wall of China or Hadrian’s Wall and take 5 days ….. or 5 minutes. Enjoy the bridges of Paris, if that is your dream (it was mine) and take the full 9 hours to walk by each one and take those mental pictures of yourself making your own dreams come true.

3. Who do you want to try on? Dress up for the day, donning your favorite (although not the most comfy) shoes you brought, put that exotic hat on your frizzy hair, carefully apply makeup as if this was your photo shoot to sum up your travel life, put on a skirt that is long and flowy and billows in the breeze, purchase that elaborate umbrella that makes a statement about what you love most in your life. Be sophisticated, lazy, exotic, thoughtful, stunningly attractive, and happier than anyone has the right to ….. Pick a feeling, dress for it and “wear” it all day.

4. Write your story. You are the central character in your life, and you want to write it in your language for your memory, and select stories that happen to you. Take time on the steps of an old cathedral, or at a corner café with a glass of French wine or Italian Prosecco. Enjoy the carved marble stones and ancient tree providing shade at Ephesus. Sit among the sunflowers or lavender fields in a meadow in Tuscany. Scribble in a journal bought for this adventure, or make notes on the ipad, or record in your free AudioMemos App on the iphone. Draw; find some water and paint, use color and expression. You will relive this moment for all time!

5. Eat gluten free, vegan dessert for breakfast. Be high maintenance with your food choices. Demand the best and try local foods to get a sense of the culture. Socca made of chick pea flour, fresh cucumber eaten as a baguette and dipped in fresh salsa or tapenade purchased at a market and enjoyed while lying on the beach sand, fruit fresh from the vine or tree local to the area. A whole bottle of a local wine in an artistic wine glass you purchased from an artisan. Is there vegan chocolate? Of course there is, find it and have it gift wrapped and eat it later.

6. Don’t wait or ask what the others are doing. Attend to every vacation with an open mind, and curiosity. I also will suggest that there is a reason you wanted to be in this place. Make a list of 8 items of interest you might want to check out while here. Then also be totally surprised at what you find as you search out those on your list. Best place to eat champagne infused sorbet, attend a free wine tasting and strike up a conversation in a language you don’t speak. Take the train to an exotic place you have never heard of before. Enter small boutique shops and compliment the staff, try on hats and take your own selfie (see item#1 above), laugh out loud.

7. Become confident in your own courage. This is a great opportunity to create a story you will retell in the years to come. Take some comfortable risks and celebrate that which shows up you would not have discovered if you had stayed on the well trodden path. I am not talking about danger here, rather, I am saying that the more you listen to your inner guide and follow to the edge of your comfort zone; the pleasure you will discover in your own abilities of navigation may astound and delight you. Even when traveling as a group, someone always suggests the outrageous (skinny dipping in the Aegean?) and you may never pass this way again J

8. Answer to no one. No whining, complaining, no ridicule or apology. This is your trip, your dollar or pound, your time and you get to love it just the way you create it. No one, not even you, is going to be critical of how you get to enjoy your very life.

Ps. You might want to remind yourself to live your life with these rules EVERYDAY!!


Pamela MacDonald
I am living my dream by connecting to others ….
My website is open 24/7

Travel Dreams come true …
http://www.PamelaMacDonald.cruiseshipcenters.com

My blog: http://www.PamelaTravelBlog.com

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A Day on the Island of Capri

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The isle of Capri has had a fascinating past. Most  recently in the 50s and 60s it was the haunt of the rich and famous who paraded their bronzed tans and good looks in the tiny streets of this gorgeous small island which is just off the coast of Naples on the Amalfi coast.  It was the place to see, and definitely the place to be seen – expensive, exclusive and  just the type of hideout needed for a famous movie star to rest and let their hair down for a few weeks between movies. Names like Kirk Douglas, Jackie Kennedy, Lana Turner, Liz Taylor and Greta Garbo were well known to the residents and restaurant owners.

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How to Walk in “The Path of the Gods”

I am thinking of doing this walk with a guide. Maybe even this fall 🙂 Looks fabulous to me

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‘The Path of the Gods’ – how could a simple walk deserve such an elaborate and romantic title, even by Italian standards, wouldn’t that be just a little exaggerated? Well, after just completing this particular walk, which is one of the many stunning paths of the Amalfi coast,  I must admit I totally agree.  The scenery from this walk, which starts in Bomerano and finishes in Positano, is nothing short of spectacular and awe-inspiring, photographs really don’t match the beauty of the coastline.

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Number One: Every Woman Should Climb A Mountain

Everywoman should climb a mountain!

Do I mean that metaphorically or literally?

I am personally climbing toward my highest and best, by looking out and up to a vision of what I could be if I had no fear. If there were no obstacles, what would I create in this life? And I take steps, slow certain and steady steps in the general direction of my focus. Sometimes I am not certain where I will end up.

This past month, March 2014 I arrived at the position of number one consultant with CruiseShipCenters in North America! I am not kidding! I work a full time job as a probation officer and for the past five years I have been slowly steadily building a travel consulting business. I had no idea I could reach this spot. The owner says no agent from our office has ever held that position. My results this month pushed our office into number one in Canada.

I don’t say this to brag, although I am pretty stoked about it …. I want to really understand what it means. I know I don’t do anything alone. I am traveling and planning and working with teams all the time. I always have a Tenzing Norgay with me.

Edmond Hilary once said “it is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”. I have been working on my skills, my listening, my enthusiasm, my teamwork and my community involvement for years. I suppose my whole life thus far has brought me to this place, this moment, this success.

The Womens Travel Club meetup group in Victoria, where I live, is alive with some of the most amazing women I know. They are stepping up and saying to me “I want what your having” and they are coming on world travel adventures with me.

I am in awe and full of gratitude for all those who entrust me with their precious vacation plans. To my family, who I love with all my heart, to my friends who inspire me everyday to be even more than I believe I can be and to those women who have walked the ground before me. And a special thank you to those folks who make the choice to invite me into their lives and to help arrange and plan their vacations. It is an honour indeed.

You have hiked the mountain and left a trail. I walk now and leave a trail to those who follow. I am overjoyed with love and happy thoughts on where we go next, together! Thanks for the successful month and for being on my team.

Big BIG love to all.

Pamela
Xoxoxox

The Movies

The Movies

I was reminded today of one of the reasons I love travel! Thanks Sean from the UK for playing the game with me even just for a minute as it started my wheels turning and stirred up my bucket list.

I love to watch a movie and see places I have been in person. A few of my favorite examples (and I invite you to add your own personal examples below) include: (can you tell I love the fluff movies?)

“French Kiss” takes place partly in Paris and Nice and Cannes, along the Cote d’Azur … and produces one of my all time famous travel phrases “Beautiful –- wish you were here” ….. and original and remake of “Sabrina” – when she goes to Paris! Didn’t the original version of “Charade” take place partially in Paris?

007 SkyFall, James Bond is at the Grand Bazaar, opening scenes with bike riding on the roof in Istanbul (also another James Bond movie “From Russia with Love” takes place in that city).

A little known fact that the movie “Double Jeopardy” with Ashley Judd – scenes of the outside of the courthouse actually were taken at the courthouse in Revelstoke, BC Canada – where I worked for years as a Probation Officer and Family Court Counselor! REALLY!!! I was living there at the time.

“Only You”, with Marisa Tormei and Robert Downey Jr – One of my favorite lines comes from that movie “Italy … my wife’s in Italy. What’s my wife doing in Italy??” Also in Rome, “Roman Holiday” of course is a classic favorite.

“Home Alone 2”, in New York … the Plaza Hotel and Central Park. What about the original “Men in Black”? The big hit for Tom Hanks in his early years, “Big” takes place in New York (I loved finding the massive piano keyboard in that toy store when I was in NYC in 2013!). “When Harry Met Sally”, the ball drops on New Years Eve at Times Square. “Sleepless in Seattle” when it remakes the scene at the top of the Empire State Building from the original “An Affair to Remember”! Another remake of that movie starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening I think was called “Love Affair” and starts out on a cruise ship and also has them running for the famous top of Empire State Building.

“My Life in Ruins” starts in Athens and goes all over Greece …

Fan Tan Alley in Victoria, BC Canada featured in a flick called “Bird on a Wire” starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.

“Bottle Shock” shot in Napa County and part of it in Paris …. Features California wine competition. Yummy!

Please play along with me, famous movies and favorite places ….. name that flick!!

Till next time, See you at the Movies!! And in the airports, trains, cruise ships and walking the cobblestone streets of your favorite location.

Pamela


Pamela MacDonald
I am living my dream by connecting to others ….
My website is open 24/7

Travel Dreams come true …
http://www.PamelaMacDonald.cruiseshipcenters.com

My blog: http://www.PamelaTravelBlog.com