I have tried to post many aspects of travel in order for you to understand the kind of specialized service custom trip planning is. Versatility is important in helping people plan their individualized vacations, and I really am honored to join the bloggers who have received this award.
I understand that this award comes with a responsibility – follow three simple rules – which I gladly accept.
1. Thank the one who nominated you for the award and include a link to their blog. I was nominated for this award by Sheila T Illustrated whose Shuttr Mania: Take Life to the Matte © philosophy is well shown by her choices to share with you. Her enjoyment of travel and noticing the small details makes her blog fun reading. Check it out! Thank you Sheila!!
2. Reveal 7 Things about Yourself. Only 7? *G*
1. I’ve been travelling since I was 3 years old and have been to all 50 states, several provinces in Canada, to Europe and Israel numerous times. There is so much more to see.
2. My kids and family are very important to me, but that includes letting them find their own pathway, even if their travels take them geographically far away. Thank goodness for Skype! And no, I am not demanding grandchildren.
3. I have lived in many places. Growing up in New Jersey bestowed a need for diversity in my life as well as a desire for a bit more elbow room. I spent as much time in Tennessee, watching Nashville grow from a small sleepy city to a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area. I also spent many years in Connecticut and enjoyed the small villages, beautiful scenery and ease of access to skiing and the beach. Now in small town West Virginia, I have learned to appreciate that the efforts of a small group of excited people can make a difference. Other shorter residences were in Pittsburgh and Pueblo. Having lived in such diverse locations have helped me understand the attitudes and actions of people around this country in ways people who always have lived in one place never will.
4. I have also had many kinds of jobs. I have worked in a diversity of fields: judicial, educational, consulting, government, planning, real estate, medical, and financial. Currently I am self employed running 3 businesses: Custom Trip Planning, Creations By BG, and selling books on amazon.com. I love the flexibility it provides and permits me to also work on other projects including helping friends market their bed and breakfast, providing photography for the local high school running program.
5. My independent and flexible schedule will have to come to an end soon. When my husband retires in about 18 months he will transition to Medicare but I will then end up without medical insurance. I was watching with interest to see how the American people would support the concept of accessible health insurance but my heart sank as I watched them be manipulated into a fear of “socialism” instead of realizing access is needed by more than half of the WORKING population. One reason medical costs have risen is because so many working people do not have access to medical insurance yet expect and receive treatment in times of emergency. I will need to find a job that offers medical insurance, which is becoming harder and harder to find in this economy as businesses cut back in offered benefits.
6. I am Jewish but have been attending an Episcopal church with my husband. His need for church going is higher than my own. I feel I have a very strong connection to G-d and do not need one person with one book in front of me telling me how to talk to my Higher Power. However, I also have noted the similarities between the religions and marvel that so many people believe that their way is the “only” way. There are so many ways to truly connect with the Universe. Intolerance is NOT the way.
7. I have long had a philosophy that getting out and being involved is better than sitting in front of the idiot box. While I can not tell you which actress recently had a baby before getting married and then divorced from some actor, I can enjoy singing with the university community choir and interacting with concerned and active people at Chat and Chew. These and other interactions help me feel I belong to the community and that I actually have a voice in things that affect me, which is better than sitting around and complaining about things.
3. Bestow the same honor on 15 blogs that you enjoy reading the most.
I enjoy these and suggest you check them out. Perhaps you would like to subscribe also.
http://essenceofdubrovnik.com/ Essence of Dubrovnik provides insight into the life and culture of the Jewel of the Adriatic. So many people visit on cruises now but few actually get to see the real thing.
http://xworldmusic.wordpress.com World Music is Xandi’s project to share music from around the world with us.
http://malouprestado.wordpress.com Going Dutch is a beautifully written blog about life in Holland.
http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com Indulge-Travel, Adventure and New Experiences is Lesley’s blog about all the wonderful experiences she has. She is currently pregnant and I know I enjoy seeing how her focus has shifted a bit. I suspect her baby will be raised with a lot of opportunities to experience life.
http://ericmurtaugh.com/ eric murtaugh has great insight into a number of issues.
http://temporarilylost.com/ temporarilylostdotcom is travelling the world and his blog provides a glimpse of new places. I picked him up when he was in Dubrovnik and found his descriptions to be entertaining and interesting.
http://thejoyfulshoehorn.wordpress.com The Joyful Shoehorn is a runner in Oregon. I enjoy her blogs because Sam is a runner and I can relate to her efforts, and her photos are a great introduction about Oregon.
http://beyondthepeartree.wordpress.com Beyond the Pear Tree offers snippets of what is out there, just beyond what our eyes can see. Often challenging to consider and always delightful.
http://bigworldgoodwine.com/ Big World Good Wine is a young sommelier’s new take on the world around her.
http://secretdalmatia.wordpress.com/ Secret Dalmatia details places in Croatia that few tourists see.
http://goodhumored.wordpress.com/ Good Humored has a funny take on the world around her. Always provides a smile.
http://everywhereonce.com/ Everywhere Once provides description of a couple who sold their home and packed it up. They bought an RV and traveled around the US but now are on a trek in Central America.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/118053767138/ Cafe Cimino is undoubtedly one of the best places to eat and stay in West Virginia.
http://www.thetasteoforegon.com/ The Taste of Oregon is a terrific blog giving info about how to enjoy all the foods and wines and other delectable things that can be found in Oregon.
Well, did not make it to 15…..so enjoy these!