For some people, travel shows them that they need to slow down, breathe, and realize what is truly important in their lives. For others, it teaches them the importance of breaking through a barrier, making a crucial decision, and it creates a sense of urgency around having a positive impact during their lifetime. Travel teaches that we are all one, that we all have the same basic needs, and that our individual actions impact our neighbors and ultimately our global community. At the same time, it teaches that we are different, we are not all born with the same opportunities, and we don’t all want the same outcomes in life. There are hundreds of motivations to travel, and thousands of lessons learned as a result, but there are five universal outcomes: Travel challenges people’s perspectives, it softens their hearts, it prepares them for success in the future, and it surely makes our world a much, much better place.
As we head into a new year and prepare for our 75th anniversary, we wanted everyone who makes up the Lake Shore Travel team to pause and think about why travel is important to them, and where they hope 2016 will bring them. Our advisors are all united behind the power of travel. Here are some of their answers that articulate why we believe in what we do:
“Like my colleagues I share a passion for travel. It resides inside me like a powerful force that is difficult to contain. Don’t we all love to experience new things and widen our horizons? Few things are more satisfying than travel to a new destination where all your senses can become engaged. Isn’t it just the best to talk about where you’ve been and where you’d like to go? As a travel advisor my most important contribution is to share the knowledge I have and to provide guidance. Now is the time to start to plan for 2016. I am looking forward to another spectacular year of travel as diverse as ever…Mexico, Mississippi, Portugal, Spain, England, Denmark, Sweden, California, Argentina and Uruguay. With my friends at Lake Shore Travel we span the globe.”
“A Disney vacation is unique as it sparks the hearts of families regardless of age, culture, and economic level. It digs into the history of everyone’s childhood and leaves a promise of happiness. I am truly fortunate to help people engage in the “ultimate family vacation”. Be it a visit to a Disney theme park, Disney Cruise Line, or a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney, my clients create memories that will forever connect them to their family. As a Disney vacation planner, I love my job and look forward to bringing more families together!”
“At the end of each email that I send, is my tag line that says .”I believe there is no greater gift, than that of the experience of travel. The memories that travel creates are timeless.” Travel is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It is the gift my grandmother gave ME, by sharing her stories of her incredible adventures. Those stories are the reason why I became a Travel Advisor. Travel is the gift of the memories passed down from generation to generation. It is the gift of sharing the photos taken, with those we love… and even with those we don’t know. Travel is the gift that has inspired books and magazine articles.
My gift to my clients is to help them create the very trips, that will allow them to see their dreams imagined and become those timeless memories. Their gift to me is hearing that their dreams are now wonderful memories.
Travel is my passion, my career and my hobby. My wish is to visit destinations I have not seen and to revisit those I love. My wish list for this year includes visiting Australia and Austria.”
“I believe that travel opens one’s eyes to the connections between cultures. Traveling creates learners and observers out of all of us, giving us new perspective and impacting how we live our own lives, for it is impossible to see the world and remain both indifferent to it, and unchanged by it. You and the environment you create around you are the sum of your experiences and travels, whether it be to the City That Never Sleeps, the Pearl of the Adriatic, the City of Sails, or the End of the World. As Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently stated, “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Each experience brings us closer to an emerging world community of global citizens who are working together for a better tomorrow.
India is on my list for 2016 – a 12 day cultural immersion trip in April! I’m more than excited, but I know that 12 days can only scratch the surface of all that India has to offer.”
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
This quote is particularly appropriate these days. Each time I visit a new country and meet their people I realize that we are all really the same. We may look different, eat differently and have different beliefs but underneath it all we are all the same. We love our families, we go to work and we want better lives for our children. Travel has helped me better understand other people and be a more tolerant, open-minded person.
I hope to see Istanbul in 2016 – I love big cities and Istanbul is BIG! 13 million people straddling 2 continents. A couple of thousand years at the hub of civilization has filled the Old City with breathtaking architectural wonders. Hagia Sophia’s newly restored, vividly expressive mosaics recall the glories of Byzantine Christendom (Greeks Orthodoxy), even after the church was converted to a mosque for 500 years! I could go on and on about the food, the warmth of the people and the fact that every client I have sent to this amazing city has returned delighted with the experience. Now I want to send myself!”
“Travel has been my passion for the last 20 years. Although I had some wonderful privileges as a child and teen, we did not travel extensively due to my parent’s divorce, and we were deeply involved in showing horses. I often think about how much energy I expend in my work and why I work at the this level, and I realize, I did not love traditional school. I may not be a great reader or traditional student. I learn from experience. Social Studies and Geography were my favorite subjects. Who knew they would be put to good use? Travel is the greatest education. Every culture has a system that works for them, from educating their children, to gathering food, worshipping their gods, music, dance, food, define a culture. This is why I travel, to see and experience a social studies outside the classroom. It makes me feel enriched and enlightened.
When friends or clients ask me why I work at this intensity, I will say, “I never worked this hard in high school or college. I saved myself for something more important.” I love what I do, get to travel to incredible places,
and still think I may have changed someone’s life. We meet the most interesting people, stay in fabulous accommodations, and experience things you could never learn in a classroom. There is no better education than what I do 24/7, 365. I would not trade it for anything.
To all my teachers that could not reign me in, or my classmates that thought I was not smart-I love what I do, and I am very fortunate to earn a nice living pursuing my passion. I can educate my clients and still learn something each and every day. How lucky am I?”
“I believe in travel because I believe in connection. I believe all that we are is informed by things from all over the world, from our language to our traditions and beyond. To go abroad and to realize “hey, THAT’s where these parts of me came from!” is a powerful thing – it breeds wholeness and tolerance. My dream destination for 2016 would have to be Japan, I’m so fascinated by it.”
“It is often difficult to define what a travel agent does. We don’t own planes, hotels or cruise ships. We don’t even actually perform the services we promise to our clients. And after years, it was a very special moment that really defined exactly what we do, and provides the answer to why we travel.
When my granddaughter was about two and we had just stepped out of a restaurant after dinner together, against a beautiful sunset hundreds of birds were swooping above our heads. She stood riveted at the spectacle! The wonder, the excitement of discovery, the thrill of seeing something so new and fascinating held her spellbound.
And that’s when it became clear to me that if we as travel consultants can do the same for clients… suggest a thrilling destination, a unique and breathtaking hotel room, a magical cruise experience that awakens the same sense of wonder, excitement, awareness and discovery that a child feels… then we’ve done a truly marvelous thing.
2016 is a year of personal celebration as I look back over 50 years of travel consulting. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to more than 50 countries, but value, more than the places, the people that I’ve served, those that have been my colleagues, and especially those who have given me the opportunity to feel that same sense of wonder and excitement around the world! The year already has begun with a sunny Caribbean cruise and time to enjoy the luxury of favorite hotels in Florida. A special reunion is anticipated to European favorites… Florence, Zürich and Paris. A fall visit to Cuba will cap off another really wonderful year of travel.”
“In thinking about why I travel, it is sensory…to see what the world has to offer that is not around my immediate surroundings, whether that be beautiful scenery, exotic animals, different foods, quiet villages where people’s lives go at a different pace than ours. I like to think about the way people live in different environments, how their history shaped them. With all the strife around us, it gives pause to see how much beauty there really is in this world. Tazania and the Seychelles are on my wish for this year.”