Friday, October 13, 2017

Video: Costa Rica Jungle Water Slide

So, funny story.  I have booked a few clients every year I have been an agent for a trip to Costa Rica.  I have never been to Costa Rica.  It's not unusual for me to book families to places I haven't been - I mean really I haven't been everywhere - but the fact that I have done several trips out there is funny to me.

After watching this video... I've decided I should probably go to Costa Rica!

Check out this slide - THIS is something I would absolutely love to do!  The waterslide zips you through the rainforests in Buena Vista.  Perfect for thrill seekers like myself, who like to keep their feet on the ground!  Take a look at this awesome video from Culture Trip.

What do you think? Would you do it?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Joyful Travel

There are so many benefits to travel - we all know this!  But sometimes, travel can be overwhelming and exhausting.  Here are a few tips on how I get excited and remain zen about the places I am visiting.  The best way to find JOY in all the travel I do!

Music - before going somewhere new, I like to listen to music from that area.  This especially applies to Hawaii.  I get excited about the trip, learn about new bands and new types of music... and then it even acts as a souvenir when I get home.  My husband and I still put on our old Hawaii playlists on the weekends...  it takes us right back there!

People - it is also so important for me to meet and talk with people when I am in new places.  This is funny for me because I don't particularly like talking to strangers... but that's different when I'm traveling.  I like to talk to other travelers, I like to talk to locals...  some amazing friendships have been formed with people I have met while traveling.  My parents actually met one couple on an airplane when they started their trip - and ended up hanging out with them and sharing several meals together during the trip!  And - they're still friends to this day!

Do Something Crazy - step out of your comfort zone!  One of my favorite memories from my honeymoon: my new husband and I were spending the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  We had the opportunity to sit down and play this old Polynesian stick game.  I thought to myself there was no way he was going to do it... and he sat down and was the most enthusiastic stick-game-player in the bunch!!  He was able to completely let loose - he wasn't going to see any of those people again - so he had no problem acting like a total kid!!  (I hope this is the same story when we take Salsa Lessons on our upcoming cruise this April!!)

Eat - well, we know you have to eat.  But you know what I mean.  Eat something local, try new things... I ate a green tree aunt in Australia once.  And alligator.  I ate oysters in New Orleans.  I about died and went to heaven the first time I had Mole in Mexico.  I blindly tried whatever they put in front of me in China.  (I may draw the line if I am ever able to try Haggus though...)  You aren't going to get the chance to eat the way you can eat while you travel.  Don't miss out on that opportunity!

Remember to Find YOUR Joy - if this list that I wrote out sounds dumb and awful - don't do any of them.  Everyone is so different, things that are important and wonderful to me may mean nothing to you... and the same the other way!  You know yourself better than anyone.  Know what brings you joy - and find it when you travel.

For me, joy isn't something that happens... it's something I work for.  I need to make the conscious effort on almost a daily basis to bring it into my life... and I hope you do the same!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three Apps to Make the Airport a Little Less Annoying

I originally posted this blog over in our News section of my agency website Park and Preston Travel.  I thought this would be a great place to post it again!  I didn't really think much about apps when it came to travel until recently.  It was brought to my attention that there are a lot of them out there - and some of them are actually quite helpful!

I can't think of one single person who enjoys airports.  Well, that's not true, I actually really like airports (best. people. watching. ever!) ... but getting IN or OUT of them is another story.  Since getting TSA PreCheck or Global Entry has been on my to-do list for a few years now... and I still don't really want to spend the money... I am all about these apps to help make the airport just a little less of a beating.

1) MyTSA

So, did you know that the Transportation Security Administration has an app?  And they actually want to help you?  They do!  MyTSA has some historical data on how busy certain areas are at any time of day.  If you are so lucky to have TSA PreCheck - the app will help you find the right checkpoints.

2) Mobile Passport Control

This app is brought to you by U.S> Customs and Border Protection.  You can create a profile and add family members... submit customs declaration forms, and head straight for the designated Mobile Passport line!  Most major airports have a Mobile Passport line, but not Las Vegas, Charlotte, Detroit or Philadelphia.

3) MiFlight

So how much do you love Waze?  Same idea.  This app uses information from other passengers standing in line to help figure out what the heck is going on at the airport!  Sometimes, it will even tell you that walking to the other end of the terminal could be faster.  But be sure to pay it forward - share your time once you make it through security!

So, what do you think?  Will you download these apps for your next trip?  Are there any apps you love to use at the airport that you would add to this list?