Now You Have A Story To Tell

Did you ever notice the stories you tell about your holidays are about the bad weather or when this or that nearly happened, but thank goodness it did not! Why is it the stories we tell most are about the bad things that happened, rather than the beautiful nice weather, the plane that was on time, and how our luggage was first on the conveyer belt!

Travel is an adventure and it’s the adventures that make the stories! My latest is: About an Amtrak domestic travel trip where one gets to the station in time to walk onto the platform and board the train. No check in and advance planning needed. So what did I think when returning from Vancouver to Seattle with my grandson, Dillon, other than the same? But no, there is a security check and a fifteen minute required advance arrival of which we had 17 minutes! There are USA security people in Vancouver checking documents as well as when we cross the border! Yes, the bears in Whistler were wonderful, but what if we had missed the train?

Michelle, the Black Bear

Michelle, the Black Bear

This week I chatted with clients who told me of medical stories from a trip over 10 years ago! Not how wonderful Italy was! Others recently told me of the rain storm in Hawaii! Not the beautiful beaches!

So when adventure comes upon you while you are traveling, say “now I have a story to tell!” Others rarely listen very long to how nice everything was. They quickly get tired of the pictures, but a good disaster story and you are a hero! Even if it was a near disaster!

Life is an adventure and travel magnifies the adventure possibilities even with the best of planning. So the best of planning is always needed. Think ahead of time what this or that is going to happen. The more you plan the less likely you will have that story to tell but you will have your own great memories.

I am here to help you with that planning. I am constantly learning from my travels and those of others. Among me and my colleagues, we have a great deal of knowledge to share with you. The other day someone said to me that they planned six weeks prior which is well in advance. I said that is considered last minute for leisure travel. Currently, I am working on a river boat cruise for spring of 2014 and the boats are very full! So plan now and we can control ‘some’ of the stories!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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