Love of Adventure

Love of Adventure

Do you love to travel? Jacob Marek, owner of IntroverTravels, shares his approach to planning a unique travel experience for introverts and extroverts alike. His philosophy is simple: travel should be relaxing, fun, educational and rewarding. No matter what your budget, he says there are many ways to stretch the experience and maximize your pleasure.

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Travel Planning for Introverts: The 3 Step Rule for Mind-Blowing Vacations

Travel Planning for Introverts: The 3 Step Rule for Mind-Blowing Vacations

As all introverts know, we need downtime. And lots of it. Most introverts don’t want to dial up the activity level to 10 and be going going going non-stop or hitting the clubs in Miami for 10 days straight. Nor do we typically want to shut our brains off on the beaches of Wakiki or Cabo the entire time.

So how do you find the right balance between relaxing, stimulating, or adventurous vacations? Does it have to be one or the other?

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Budget for Your Dream Trip, and Still Enjoy Life

Budget for Your Dream Trip, and Still Enjoy Life

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Christina Lynn.  Christina runs her own financial planning consultancy and helps people reach their financial goals. We recently met for coffee and got on the topic of budgeting for those “life-changing” types of travel experiences, which can often feel out of reach for many people.

After chatting with her, I am convinced that with a little planning, anyone – anyone! – can realize the vacation of their dreams (and still be able to enjoy their everyday life).

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Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

 

The hike, in a narrow box canyon, wasn’t going so well. Stacy Bare and his brother were arguing, for one thing. High sandstone walls hid any view, even from the 6-foot-7 Bare. After a second Army deployment, in Iraq, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): drinking too much, suicidal and struggling to find his way forward. What am I doing with my life? What does it mean to be at home, a veteran, anyway?

The trail led to a ladder. “We climbed up, still shouting at one another,” recalls Bare. “Then we looked up and wham! 

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Yes, even "real" travelers need a travel professional!

Yes, even "real" travelers need a travel professional!

There is a stigma against using a travel professional (sometimes called "travel agents"), particularly among Millennials. Some travelers believe that travel agents are for "tourists," or that it somehow detracts from the authenticity of an experience.

People often want to plan their travels themselves, preferring to book online and piece the trip together.

But here’s the thing...

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