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No Regrets

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, gifts, and joy. Last year I got a friend a baby monitor because she was about to have a baby boy. But it’s also a time for reflection.

I learned an important life lesson at an early age about reflection from my beloved grandfather. He was Irish with dancing eyes and a great storyteller…he unfortunately had a lot of health challenges, but for most of his life he put on a “happy face” for me.

It wasn’t till I was 17 years old, and he was near the end of his life, that he said to me, “I wish I hadn’t been afraid to do so many things in my life.” That regret he felt and the longing and poignancy in his voice broke my heart and I vowed to live my life doing things that scared me…no regrets for me!

As a result, I’ve lived a full life -as a matter of fact, I feel like I’ve lived several lifetimes wrapped up into this one wonderful life.

As many of you know, my 2011 adventure was turning my passion for travel into a travel agency business…San Juan Capistrano Travel.  To me, travel is like food -a basic requirement for the fullness of life.

Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, I encourage you to do more of it in 2012.  Seeing new places, meeting new people, learning new things, loving and laughing more…whatever is important to you, vow to do it in 2012. Live a life of no regrets.

Best to you and your loved ones during this wonderful season!

Warmly,

Ann

Cruise Vacations: A Convenient Way to be Pampered

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Here’s a post about cruises from my travel business, San Juan Capistrano Travel -I’m building a new website/blog for that business but thought you might enjoy this one -self employed folks need their vacations too!

Next week -October 17 -23 is National Cruise Vacation Week.  Did you know that  10 million Americans took a cruise in 2010?   My husband Ted and I were one of them – as a matter of fact -between us – we’ve taken 25 cruises over the years!         ncvw2011logo72dpi

Cruising is an incredibly convenient way to travel.  Unpack once and  see several exciting destinations.  Your family or friends won’t have to haggle over where to eat or which activities to choose -there’s something to please everyone from the youngest toddler to the grandparents.  No one has to cook or clean -you’ll all be pampered by very attentive staff.

A cruise ship is truly a floating resort with beautiful atriums, lots of dining choices, spas, pools, sports, movie theaters -some have elaborate water slides, rock climbing walls, even a zip line!  For those who like luxury, there are high end cruise ships that provide a lower key feel with extraordinary cuisine and educational enrichment opportunities.

Trust me you won’t be bored on a cruise.  You get to choose how to spend each precious vacation day – lounge by the pool or go non-stop from morning till the wee hours -you’ll find a menu of activities to choose from on your cabin door each morning.  Read a book on your balcony while you gaze out at the beautiful ocean or dance till you drop in the disco.  Like to gamble?  Head to the casino to try your luck. Like it quieter?  Find the library filled with travel guides and the latest novels.

There are now 30 ports of embarkation in the US -meaning that half of Americans can drive to a cruise port.  Handy ports to San Juan Capistrano are located in Long Beach and San Diego.   Cruises are a great value and provide hassle free vacations.  No wonder the cruise industry keeps growing!

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