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Where It All Began

November 21, 2008

ShariI’ve always hoped in my 20s to have the kinds of adventures my parents had in theirs. Growing up, all I heard were stories about how they would stay up into the wee hours of the morning planning their travels and then go to the post office and ask for their mail to be held until their return. They would just pack their bags and leave. Sometimes they were gone for months at a time with no fear, no worries about the consequences or repercussions of their actions. With that kind of history, it’s easy to see why I’ve had the travel bug since inception. Truth be told, I was conceived on a cross country road trip my parents took back in the early 80s, and thus began my journey as a traveler and free spirit.

In college, I tried to travel as much as possible. I’d take road trips to nearby cities or fly to visit my family across the country. Each time I would go to the airport, I would dream about hopping on a plane and going somewhere unknown to me. Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale- they all paled in comparison to the exotic destinations I imagined. I even put myself into a serious amount of debt living and studying in Rome and traveling across Italy for four months. As my first international experience, Italy served to open my eyes to a whole new world, a new culture and new locales I’d only dreamed about or seen in movies. It was the best four months of my entire life. The experience changed me in ways I am still grasping now, two years later. But at the end of the day, it surely didn’t satisfy the unending thirst for adventure. Italy served only as a taste, a tease of the fantastically romantic jet-set lifestyle I had anticipated would be in my future. It threw me into a whole new world of possibilities and opened my eyes to what my life could be like.

In reality, as a post-collegiate, I have an entirely different lifestyle than my parents did in their 20s. I have a full time job in corporate America with medical and dental plans. I even have life insurance. I worry about money 24/7. Nowadays, I spend long nights reminiscing about the freedoms college life entitled me to, even if one of those freedoms was getting into debt in the first place. It was all in an effort to chase the dream of being a professional adventure seeker. Growing up with a stay at home mom and a dad who owned a business out of the house, I wasn’t familiar with the traditional “working world” I’ve come to know as an adult. I am now one of those people who desperately envy the kind of lifestyle my parents had and this is the basis for my current predicament.

I learned by example that a good life was comprised of more than just your salary and like them, I hunger for life experience, adventure and connection to others. So how can I satisfy these conflicting interests? I need to pay back my student loans and I need to pay for rent and food, but I need to travel as well. In short, “Thanks Mom and Dad for setting such a carefree example!”- note the sarcasm. Now I am in my 20s having grown up hearing about all of their adventures and I am jealous as hell. Will I ever know what that kind of liberty feels like?

New Non-Stop Service

November 20, 2008

Origin, Destination, Effective, Frequency

United Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR), 11/20/08, Saturday
United Airlines: Washington DC Dulles (IAD), Dubai UAE (DXB), 10/26/08, Daily

Service from Cayman Airways
Cayman Airways is offering service to Grand Cayman from Chicago and Washington Dulles, DC for the winter season. Effective 12/17/08-4/22/09, they will operate non-stop from Chicago twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday. Effective 12/13/08-4/22/09, they will operate non-stop from Washington Dulles, DC on Tuesday and Saturday.

Save on 2009 Group Travel with Occidental

Your clients can enjoy great savings with an Early Booking Bonus for Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Aruba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Nassau/Paradise Island

November 20, 2008

Nassau Paradise IslandIt’s Closer Than You Think!

At just 180 miles off the coast of Florida, Nassau/Paradise Island in the Bahamas is just a short 2½-hour flight from New York City–and less than an hour’s flight from South Florida. In fact, no matter where you are traveling from, you’ll likely find that it’s quick and easy to get there. In many cases, you can leave in the morning and be on the beach by early afternoon! Read more

El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma

November 20, 2008

El Dorado Spa Resorts and Hotels by KarismaCasitas Royale Accommodations at El Dorado Royale

The luxurious Casitas Royale section is a separate, secluded area of El Dorado Royale in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Each picturesque casita is uniquely designed, combining elements of luxury, space and local craftsmanship. Romantic beach beds and tranquil beachside pools envelop these units, which sit directly on the beach and offer in-suite Jacuzzis. Read more

Azul Hotels by Karisma — Riviera Maya

November 20, 2008

Azul Hotel by Karisma

Azul Hotels and Fisher-Price® Launch the Azulitos Kids Program

An Exclusively Designed Play Space, Toy Lending Library and Kids Check-In Enhance the Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Experience for Families Traveling With Young Children.

Azul Hotels has teamed up with Fisher-Price, a worldwide leader in infant and pre-school toys, to create the Azulitos Kids Program for children under five years old. Azulitos are available in Azul Hotels’ family-friendly properties: Read more

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort

November 20, 2008

Grand Velas All Suites and Spa ResortA November “Grand” opening in Riviera Maya.

Indulge your clients in unrivaled luxury at the new Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Its 497 suite accommodations embody luxury – with amenities like Butler Service, a plunge pool, indoor whirlpool bathtub, iPod station, wi-fi access and 24-hour in-suite dining. Read more

Travel Impressions Introduces New Orleans

November 20, 2008

Windsor Court New OrleansFor a fun time without major flight times, it doesn’t get much easier than The Big Easy.

Travel Impressions is proud to add exciting New Orleans to our all-star lineup of destinations. In this city, the jazz is cool, the jambalaya is hot and every day is a party. Like its delicious cuisine, New Orleans is a delicious melding of French, Spanish, Cuban and African traditions, plus a host of others tossed into the cultural stew. Read more

A Message From John Hanratty, Chief Marketing Officer

November 20, 2008

John HanrattyGreetings!

This month, our newsletter features interesting alternate travel possibilities during the winter season for travelers  that are looking for something other than a tropical getaway.

One of TI’s newest destinations, New Orleans, is a great example. Of course, the Crescent City is famous for its year-round festivity, its Cajun/Creole cooking and its musical heritage. Everyone seems to have fun in New Orleans every time, but only in winter can your clients take part in Mardi Gras – the citywide party to end all parties.

This month TI is also featuring “winter in Europe” promotions in both this newsletter and on the website. Winter is a great time to take advantage of significantly lower rates and no lines at great museums and cultural sites. Also, there are great seasonal events like the beautiful European Christmas markets, Carnival in Venice and, of course, terrific theater in London. Short stay three/four day weekend getaways to major European capitals are both popular and easy.

Finally, don’t forget that Travel Impressions now sells complete ski packages (including lift tickets) to the most popular resort areas in the U.S. and Canada. As always, for those clients looking for that warm weather winter getaway, TI’s comprehensive product line is unbeatable. Whatever your need, we are ready to help you be successful this winter.

Best regards,

John Hanratty

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