My parents are re-evaluating whether or not it was a good idea to take my brother and I travelling when we were young. Both of us haven’t stopped jet setting since.
I love to explore new countries and meet new people which is why I want to help people do the same thing!
I thought I had been to a lot of countries, Thailand, Borneo, Vietnam, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, England, Austria, New Zealand several times, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, but this is just a drop in the ocean of places that are on my list! Granted I realise I can’t get to all countries within my lifetime, so I am going to help my clients get there! This is why I love working at Personal Travel Management, with so many agents who have travelled extensively themselves, there is always someone to discuss a destination with and how to do the destination proud.
There is so much to learn from those in other countries, whether it is beading in Africa, cooking in Vietnam or choosing the perfect wine in France. I will not forget travelling in Vietnam and coming home, Australia at the time, with a new appreciation/view on my own lifestyle and community.
My travelling won’t stop, and I hope yours doesn’t either! Let’s make sure they are all amazing adventures that continue to make us travel and explore!
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
Here are three trips that I would like recommend:
Have you wanted to do one the worlds most famous hike for awhile now? Well go…anyone with a reasonable fitness level can do this hike!
The Inca trail was part 40,000kms of trail used by the Incas in the 16th century to move around their vast empire. In fact the part that we hike today is only the last part of the Incan road that leads to Machu Picchu – an Incan citadel located in the Andes mountain above the Urubamba River Valley. The hike is 4 days long (although there are shorter options for those on a tighter schedule) and 40kms with some steep elevation gains and spectacular views. You will camp along the way and have porters to help you with your luggage. While this trek is demanding, those with a reasonable fitness level will be able to make the hike. A permit is required and therefore you should start discussing completing this trip well in advance with me.
There are several very good operators that are offering guided trips along the Inca Trail. They will help with obtaining your permit, organizing your transportation and they will of course accompany you on the hike and provide you with information of the ruins you are visiting. The trips will also include a visit to a local Womens Weaving co-op or textile centre, guided walking trip in Cusco and of the Sacred valley and all your camping needs and meals. You will have the option also to participate in cooking classes, visit museums, go paragliding or White water rafting – the things that will make your trip, your trip and not somebody elses.
Pricing for this trip varies depending on the operator and the tour selected. Including time in Lima and Cusco is a must. You can combine this with a trip to the Bolivian salt fields also. Contact me to start planning this trip.
Cycling in Romania
Few places can match the beauty and mystery of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. Rich with Saxon history and a landscape dotted with spectacular castles, churches and breathtaking views. Starting at the foot of the highest mountain range in Romania, our route takes us through fortified towns and hilltop citadels, past dense forests and across open fields where we meet shepherds as they watch over their sheep. With a final day to explore the fascinating capital city of Bucharest this trip will allow you to discover both the modern and traditional sides of Romania all from the seat of your bike.
This trip is all organized for you, all you need to do is show up! The tour company has a range of bikes for you to choose from and all your luggage will be transported between locations for you, you just take your day pack.
Starting at $1,995 for a 9 day adventure anyone with a moderate level of fitness will thoroughly enjoy this trip through medieval towns.
It is a destination that is a bucket list item for many people due to the friendly wildlife and unique landscapes on the several islands. The best way to see many of the 20 islands in the Galapagos archipelago is by sailing. Starting and finishing in Quito, you will have a flight from the mainland to Baltra. Once onboard you will have your own private cabin and as this is not a large ship it is restricted to 100 passengers.
While sailing from island to island you will see sea life such as turtles, rays, reef sharks and fish. Above you there is the possibility of seeing pelicans, herons, and egrets. On the land see giant tortoises, flightless cormorants and iguanas. On this trip you will also learn about the volcanoes that have formed the islands, see volcanic black beaches and lava flows.
This 7 night trip starts at $6,680 per person and includes your airfare to/from Quito/Galapagos, accommodation and all meals. You will have two daily excursions and all park fees are included.
Contact me for more details and to start planning your adventure!