Vision Travel/ Lush Life Sunday Ezine
May 14. 2017

Swap Fly 'n Flop for Stop 'n Sop

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Welcome to this Sunday's weekly travel ezine. 

Happy Mother's Day to you and your's.  

Here's a fun pic of me with my two girls and my mom as we did an iceburg tour in Twillingate, Newfoundland a few years ago.

My mom and my daughters are my heroes. They tackle each day's challenges with strength, resilience, and courage. Who are your heroes? 

Have  a read of my daughter's school write up of my having my partner, Ashish Sanghrajka, visit the grade 4 and 5 girls to talk about the importance of sustainability and conservation. 

For this week's ezine, I'm still inspired by sustainability and conservation. And this week, I'm going to focus on types of holidays. 

Wee're talking swapping fly 'n flop holidays for stop 'n sop.

Sure, fly 'n flop holidays are important. We all need sun and sand to rejuvenate, and recover from the stresses of daily life. Sun and sand can do that. But, after lying on a beach in Varadero, or soaking up the sun in Cancun; you will want something more.  May I suggest - a stop 'n sop? !
And, no, you shouldn't have heard of this kinda holiday before.  I made up the phrase 'stop 'n sop" as I was preparing for yesterday presentation. It does go to the heart of what I do, and the kind of travel I like to promote though. 

Yesterday, I had been invited to  be a panelist for an Ottawa  presentation about sustainability, and why "sense of place" is important. More on that below.

So, that stop 'n sop thing. Fly 'n flop holidays are all about sun & sand.  But, stop 'n sop are something else.
Think of a piece of bread that you use sop up a sauce. The bread becomes something different when it's used to sop up a sauce. The bread becomes more interesting, much richer, better tasting, and more nutritious if you sop up a wonderful sauce with it. And this is true of you when you travel. 
Become the bread. Sop up the sauce. 

Adventure holidays are certainly on the rise. You want to do something that has an element of physical activity, an element of cultural exploration, and an element of nature exploration.

There's nothing better to stop 'n sop. Sop up the sauce than a bespoke trip that I can put together for you with Ashish of Big Five Tours. 

And, of course, I still have that fabulous offer with Lindblad Expeditions  to do what is essentially a Canadian $ at par sale for select Arctic sailings this summer and fall. See details on the sailings below in the VAST section - and please - call me!  This is a truly spectacular sale for Canadian residents until the end of May. Stop 'n sop with Lindblad. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Sop up some frozen sauce! :-)

If you are considering an Exodus adventure  trip, please give me a call too - I have this offer until May 26th - a great way to sop up the sauce for a cultural exploration, a walking, or a cycling holiday.

$150 pp Discount -Solo Travel Talk
Terms and conditions
Booking Window: April 26, 2017 to May 26, 2017 for travel in 2017/18
- Discount off Land Only price
- Does not include Polar
-Valid for new bookings only
- Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer, except for Adventure Club loyalty discount

I also have two groups I'm putting together that you can sop up the sauce.  One is a group trip to Morocco in September. See details below in the event section. I'll have an event in Ottawa on May 30th with more details.

And this week, I'm offering a group 'bike 'n barge tulip tour to Amsterdam next April. I'll be discussing the details at a local networking event in Ottawa called "Petal- Pedal" where I"ll have a table. Get your ticket here (they are currently 2-for-1) and come out this Tuesday, May 16th for an Ottawa Tulip festival event. 


Contact me if you'd like to stop 'n sop! 

And if you'd like to schedule a complimentary consultation about your travel, please shoot me a note, or give me a call!

Best regards,
"Sense of Place" with Ottawa Bio-sphere Eco-City 
Panelist at Sustainability Workshop
Yesterday, I had been invited to  be a panelist for an Ottawa  presentation about sustainability, and why "sense of place" is important.

It was an educational and inspiring day  to hear from the other panelists invited by the OBEC, or Ottawa Biosphere Eco-city. See   

I'd shared the stage with Jim Birtch, chair of OBEC; Don Gibson of Rideau Round table; and Birgit Isernhagen of Ottawa Public Health. The chair, Jim, and I had met at a Zita Cobb talk in Ottawa recently, and we got to talking about sustainability. When Jim learned what I did, he invited me to come be a panelist at his event, so that I could share what the tourism industry is doing in the area of sustainability; particularly since 2017 has been named the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. 
I had a lot of fun preparing the presentation, and interacting with the very different audience than what I would normally encounter at my client events. It was fun to be around geographers and scientists, and environmentalists who value sustainability of Ottawa as a city center. 
I enjoyed being exposed to the different perspectives of the panelists. It's not every day that I get to hear from someone who safeguards the Rideau River and Rideau Canal waterway as a heritage site, after having served 30 years working with Parks Canada and heritage sites. And then hear from a respected geographer who studies the land, and the impact of city layouts and trees/ bike paths/ rivers on a citizen's overall happiness. It was very thought-provoking! "Sense of place" is something that crosses many disciplines.
"Sense of place" pervades so much of what I do and what my travel partners do - so it was extremely interesting to hear local Ottawans talk of the importance of our aboriginal heritage, and the role of the Rideau River running through our lives. See  It was also fun to have the enthusiastic feedback from those hearing my talk. (So much so that two attendees excitedly came up to me afterwards, showing such spirited enthusiasm for what I spoke about. One had worked with the WTO for decades, and had helped lay the groundwork for some of the studies I'd quoted for the UNWTO's work on sustainability. The other invited me to address her University of Ottawa Geography & Tourism class this coming fall.)
Here are some of my slides.  Did you know that there are 1.2 billion international tourists each year that travel the world? That number was 25 million only 65 years ago in 1950. And now, every day, we have 3 m people crossing international borders. We have 3 m opportunities each day to make the world better with our choices for travel.

Let me know if you'd like to learn more!
Lush Life's Testimonials
Virtuoso Testimonial from Client 
I love getting client testimonials. Here's a lovely one. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Punta Cana family Trip Success

By: Jen 

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

Sheila was excellent. I had many things for her to keep in mind (price point, time of flight departure, food quality and beach quality) and she found us the perfect holiday that met all of my requirements. The trip was so great that we started mentally planning to go again next year almost as soon as we got home. This is our second trip with Sheila and we will get her help again in the future; having her help made the whole process less stressful and ensured the trip was what we wanted.
Travel end date: 08 Feb 2017

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Best regards,
Special for Canadian Residents - Lindblad Expeditions 
The Best of the Best in Expedition Cruises 
I have exclusive access to some unadvertised offers with Lindblad Expeditions to the Arctic in 2017. This is a private offer.  Details and dates are included in the VAST section below.

If you have ever wanted to visit Canada's Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, or Svalbard; I promise you, there has never been better pricing with the best expedition cruise partner out there - Lindblad Expeditions.

I did a circumnavigation of my home province of Newfoundland last September, and I was blown away.
Watch this video my daughter did of my pictures and video snippets. 

My Lindblad Expedition - Circumnavigation of Newfoundland

If you've ever wanted to sail with the best of the best for expedition cruises, call me!

My Recent Media Appearances 
More about why you should work with me!  
I was interviewed by Daytime Ottawa about the difference between a travel agent and a travel advisor. Plus, we talked about the explosion in adventure travel, and the show I was hosting at Shepherd's Fashions with  Viking River Cruises.  Have a watch!
Lush Life Travel visits Daytime Ottawa
Lush Life Travel visits Daytime Ottawa

I was also interviewed about the role of a travel advisor in the digital age in November. Give a listen to my interview with Carol Anne Meehan of 1310 radio in Ottawa from last month.  

Last week, I appeared on Carol Anne Meehan's show again. I was interviewed about the emergence of adventure travel, particularly for solo travelers, as well as the Solo Travel Club I've created. My segment starts at 20:20. Give it a listen. 

And, I also appeared on Daytime Ottawa this week to talk about sustainable tourism, as I'd noted above (including the link here too. Give it a watch.)
Of course, you can see more about the 4 A's of working with me:

Contact me if you'd like to schedule a complimentary consultation.  

Best regards,
Lush Life's Top 7 VAST Trips of Week 
Virtuoso's Active & Specialty Travel Program

VAST, Virtuoso's Active and Specialty Travel program, offers you the chance to immerse yourself in authentic, life-changing moments and unique experiences provided by a select group of travel partners, taking you one step closer to our world's most captivating destinations and intriguing cultures. See new 2016 catalog here

An important aspect of VAST to remember: Only a Virtuoso travel advisor can be a VAST specialist, and only Virtuoso clients can be a VAST traveler who enjoys Virtuoso exclusive perks, upgrades and access. I am proud to be a VAST specialist.See more  here

Here are some terrific options to explore Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel partners with Lindblad Expeditions to visit the Arctic with tremendous and exclusive Vision Travel Canadian resident rates. Call me! We will help you see the world differently! 

1. Lindblad Expeditions -   Land of the Ice Bears 
an 11 day journey  Special pricing on these DATES:  May 29, 2017,  June 5, 2017,  June 12, 2017,  June 19, 2017

2. Lindblad Expeditions- Circumnavigation of Iceland  an 11 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES:
July 11, 2017

3. Lindblad Expeditions - Exploring Greeland & Canadian High Arctic  a 15 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES:  July 23, 2017

4. Lindblad Expeditions -  Epic 80N - Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands a 24 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES:  August 3, 2017

5. Lindblad Expeditions  -  Hot Springs & Iceland - Iceland to West Greenland  a 9 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES:  August 22, 2017,  August 26, 2017

6. Lindblad Expeditions -  Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard  a 17 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES: May 16, 2017,  May 29, 2017

a 14 day journey. Special pricing on these DATES:  June 22, 2017,  August 13, 2017
Lush Life's Events 
Travel Events & Meet Ups 

1.) From my Apr.26th event  Adventure Travel with Exodus - For Solos (& Others)  - $150 discount for any Exodus trip booked with me before May 26th, 2017.

2.) From my May 2nd - Latin America  with Big Five Tours and  Africa with Big Five Tours . Contact me if you'd like to further info. I'll waive my normal consultation fee. If we can suss out the right itinerary and interests for you, I'll even arrange a teleconference with Ashish to discuss your plans.

3.) Greenland with Quark Expeditions - details to get sorted this week

4.) Sustainability and "A Sense of Place" - 
May 13th
 Join us at the Ottawa Public Library for a talk about sustainability. RSVP here 

The epic after work business networking event of the season which will be Amsterdam themed and bicycle inspired with the  Canadian Tulip Festival The Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience, on Tuesday May 16th at 6pm. I will be presenting a 'bike and barge' tulip tour of Amsterdam! Join me! 
Tickets to the networking event can be purchased here

6.) Morocco with On the Go on May 30th  at 6:30 pm the Black Rose Room, Heart & Crown. - 
I'll be hosting another evening on Morocco with On the Go Tours, focusing on our group departure for September 2017. See more details  here , and let me know if you'd like to join us. There are only 5 spots left! 

7.)  Australia with Shepherd's Fashions -  we have a talk scheduled for June 26th . Mark your calendars. More detail will follow!
I hope to see you at an upcoming event or meet up!
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The concept I like to promote to my clients is a  lush life I craft travel experiences that contain magic and wonder for the whole family (or a subset).

I've been doing this for 10 years  So, I have more than 10,000 hours under my belt that I can leverage to help you. See here. Before becoming a travel advisor, I was an actuary. I dealt a lot with conventional return on investment (ROI) before, and I deal hourly with  return on life (ROL)  now. It's as if I went from being a true actuary to a  happiness actuary .

I love that my whole role is about helping you  build memories . Whether it's a "fly n' flop" beach holiday, a Galapagos expedition, a family reunion safari, a family bonding/ biking trip with university-bound kids, or a couples' wine -themed river cruise, I focus on what you want to bring home from each trip .   It's all about  the experience . I am a travel masterchef - and I put together the ingredients (travel suppliers) to make the meal (travel experience) you desire. See here
Value is more important than price. Let's set up a complimentary consultation, so I can start helping create your Lush Life.  See more  here  Call me!


Sheila Gallant-Halloran
Vision Travel/ Lush Life