Why I do what I do
I recently had a friend look over my website and told me I was missing a key element, Why do I do what I do. As I started to explain to her how I became a travel consultant she stopped me and told me that it wasn’t the “Why.” So after some soul searching and a lot of thinking, I wanted to share with everyone my “Why.”
Travel is a passion of mine and it is something I absolutely love to do. When I personally travel, I get feelings of excitement, relaxation, interest, curiosity, and a bit of anxiety. When it all comes together I have created a memory that reminds me of all of these emotions. I have traveled to 17 European countries, and in each country, I experienced what I just described. I felt excitement when we were roaming the canals of Venice and thinking this is nothing like Italy in Epcot Center. I felt relaxation in Scotland when my husband and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner on Rose Street in Edinburgh drinking Scottish beer. I was interested in touching a 1000-year-old entrance to a library while in Ephesus in Turkey. I was curious what smoked lard and Palinka tasted like in a small café in Bucharest, Romania. I was anxious going up the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch in Switzerland while my head was pounding from altitude changes. The best part of travel is that when I am not traveling and I think of those places I instantly get a smile on my face regardless of the emotion that I felt.
Was I travel consultant when I did all of those things? No. It was because of those trips, journeys, vacations that I decided I wanted to help plan those types of experiences for other people. I wanted to make sure that when someone came to me for planning a vacation to another country that we planned something amazing and unique. A journey of memories that causes emotions which can be triggered back at just the thought of them. When I plan a customized European vacation for someone there are many times an emotion from one of our trips will come up and I just get a smile on my face. So I guess in some ways my job makes me smile, a lot. What a great job to have!
It has taken a friend who had a smile and her head tilted to one side, asking my “why” to really understand why I love my job. It is the people who I plan amazing journeys with, who I now feel are friends, it is the amazing places that I get to go and experience, and it is being able to spend more time with my family that has really made me love my job.
I want to thank everyone who has planned an amazing vacation, trip, or journey with me. You have been a great support to my business and when you work with me you are also supporting my family and when you work with one of our other team members you are supporting their families.
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