What’s stopping you?….

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Kaitlyn and I in British Colombia enjoying a “proper” afternoon English tea.

I’ve been working in the travel industry for about 6 months now, but I’ve been a traveler and hopeless wanderer for years.  I’m quickly learning that though there are many different types of travelers, they all have one thing in common; the desire to get away from life, unplug and enjoy an incredible trip.

Here at Next Trip, LLC. we do things a bit differently than your normal travel agency, you see we don’t just plan a generic, impersonal trip, we plan trips catered to you and your wants, desires, food preferences, needs and personality.  It’s all about making sure YOU have the best experience you can have. So where are you dreaming of going? Wherever it is, read on for some great tips and input from someone who helps plan dream trips everyday.

  1. Don’t sell yourself short – if you dream it, it can probably be planned within your budget.  (obviously you can’t go to Europe on $100, but you can go for less than you think).  So many times people come to me with a place in mind that they’ve always dreamed of going and immediately say, “I’m sure we can’t afford it.”  Realistically, you can work towards planning that dream trip. It may take some saving, some scrimping and someone like me who watches flights and deals all the time, to get make it happen, but it can happen. Maybe this year you do a staycation or something small and next year after saving you go that exotic location? However you need to make it happen, don’t sell yourself short. Life is too short to not go on that dream trip.
  2. Be willing to try/do new things.  Travel isn’t about living a day in your ordinary life, it’s about living an extraordinary day. Never stayed in an Airbnb? Do it! Never gone on a tour without a tour guide? Do it! Never traveled internationally? Get that passport ready and do it!
  3. If you don’t know where to start, hire someone to help.  This is not simply a plug for my business, but it truly does help to have someone help you.  If the thought of sitting in front of a computer for hours and hours, reading, planning and researching that dream place gives you an anxiety attack, hire someone.  It is affordable, it is helpful and we have the experience, connections and knowledge that will help you have the best trip yet.  Plus we do this all day, everyday, so it excites us to plan your trip!
  4. Last, but certainly not least, GO on that trip! As I said before, life is short. Any of you that know my story, know that my first husband passed away suddenly. When he died, I knew that my and my daughter’s travel time would continue and get amped up. Not only do I only have her at home for a short time, but we know how important travel is and how short life is.  You learn new things, try new food, have new experiences, get out of your comfort zone and see this beautiful world!

I look forward to hearing about your next trip and I hope you get to enjoy some of the amazing places this world has to offer. Don’t be afraid to travel!

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