I had the opportunity to sit down with Megan Chapa of Travel Radio Podcast again. This time we spoke about little things every traveler can do to travel more responsibly.
I'm excited to announce that I have joined Pledge 1%, a philanthropic movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Pledge 1% empowers companies to donate 1% of product, 1% of profit, 1% of Equity, or 1% of employee time to improve communities around the world.
I first heard about this movement several years ago at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference and thought it was a wonderful idea. As I started my own travel business, I've been quietly donating a percentage of my earnings to various organizations that inspire me throughout the year. Now I've decided to officially make the pledge and join the PledgeOne movement. Not only will I donate 1% of profits, I'll also donate 1% of my time volunteering in the community and will use an additional 1% of profits towards travel experiences for deserving individuals.
To experience as many attractions and museums as possible at the destinations you visit, you often must stick to a strict schedule. While this is ideal for checking boxes off your to-see list, it leaves little room to be spontaneous. Which is a shame, since spontaneity can lead to magical moments you would have never experienced on an over-scripted vacation.
Here are four tips to add a sprinkle of spontaneity to your next travel adventure:
Location, Location, Location - Many of the tour operators we work with know the importance of staying at a hotel that’s located in the heart of your destination. With numerous attractions, restaurants, museums and public transportation options within walking distance, a new adventure awaits every time you step out the hotel’s front door.
Rank Your "Must-See" - Put a value on all of the attractions you think you “must see” and rank them. Then delete some of those that fell to the bottom of the list. This will free up time better spent to see where the day takes you.
Sight See Early - Once you have your list of “must see” attractions, make it a point to visit them early in the day. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to spend your afternoons however you want.
Enjoy a Plan-Free Day - Several cruise itineraries feature a day at sea, where passengers have no choice but to relax and let the salty ocean breeze gently guide them from activity to activity. On your next journey, be sure to plan one of these plan-free days for yourself. Your spontaneous spirit will be better off for it!
I had the opportunity to join Megan again on the Travel Radio Podcast to talk about my recent trip to Cancun. I visited about a dozen resorts and found three of them to be a notch above the rest. All for very different reason.
On this episode we talk about:
Sharing my travel experiences and insights