Magic in the unfamiliar

It is the shift in perspective that comes from being face-to-face with people, customs and landscapes that are completely new, even challenging to us.‘ Departures Magazine.

This why I travel. To be challenged. Sometimes it is physical more than mental. Either way, it does not mean you need to go to very strange faraway places by yourself. A very good cruise line can take you to local kitchens and food stands along the way. Shore Excursions can take you to the most unusual depending on the ports of call.

There are great tour operators, escorting you along the way, that explore everything from the Western National Parks to Egypt to Cape Town. Some places are best to do with a tour operator because of the language barriers and for safety. Even with a small group of people you can learn and experience new perspectives. The conversation among a small group often enhances our views. We learn from each other.

For the more physical among us, a white-water rafting trip can bring us through landscape we can not see from dry land. Rock formations tell a story. Plants growing in harsh environments remind us of from where we all came.

Travel allows us to grow as humans. A trip to Hawaii is not just sitting on a beach. There is history, culture, food, and scenery. Next week I will be there with my daughter and I cannot wait to share the Magic of the unfamiliar. The history of the Hawaiian island can be read in a Michener novel, but seeing all the different ancestry faces is enlightening. Tasting Poi or a very fresh pineapple will add to the uniqueness of the islands. There is so much unfamiliar in this world for us to explore.

Call soon for your Magic holiday.

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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