I AM GOING TO CUBA!
Apologies for the less than graceful opening to this post, but there is some Level 10 Excitement happening today. Cuba has been at the top of my travel list for many years. When the United States an Cuba began to relax their tourism allowances, I immediately started to research opportunities for a trip. Today, I am thrilled to announce that Alpaca Your Bags Travel has been selected to join Fathom on a special maiden year voyage!
I posted about Fathom last year, but here’s a refresher: Fathom is a new cruise company that specializes in immersive, “cultural exchange” travel. Fathom wants to introduce a new category of travel, which is “travel with purpose.” These seven day trips are focused on a combination of cultural immersion, volunteer experiences and enjoyment. Ports of call include Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
Since I became a travel agent, I have been interested in the concept of volunteer travel. I personally believe that we are incredibly fortunate… anyone that has the means to travel has the means to give back. One of my business goals for 2016 is to find more volunteer opportunities to share with you all.
I would be remiss if I didn’t post a public thank you to Matt… he is graciously and generously encouraging me to take this trip, even though it is only one month after our wedding. Thank you!
More to come… you’d better believe that I will be writing the sh*t out of this one.
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Whoa, how fast did 2015 go? I feel like it FLEW by.
Here’s to another awesome year filled with smiles, sightseeing and spending time with those who matter.
This time of year, the interwebs are flooded with Resolutions. Everyone wants to lose weight, save money and TRAVEL MORE, which is obviously my personal favorite.
However, most people (mistakenly) think they don’t have the money to travel.
People, IT IS A MYTH. If you’re like most of us, it’s not a question of money… it’s a question of priorities.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about skipping your daily latte or never eating out again. I would never. But I do think establishing (and re-establishing!) priorities is important. You have to decide where your dollars go.
Ask yourself: Would I rather have a house full of stuff or a passport full of stamps? Would I rather have a new iPhone or a round trip ticket to Europe? Do I really need to eat out or could I save that money for a meal on the beach?
That said, I do have some some little insider tricks that I’d love to share. These tips are the real deal; I’ve used them myself for years and I’m teaching them to Matt now. I really think they are attainable for almost everyone. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
BONUS: But wait, there’s more! Here is my 6th tip that I had to throw in. It’s a plug, but a good one. American Express Membership Rewards is The.Best. rewards program out there. If you have an American Express Gold or Platinum card, you can unlock a lot of points earning opportunities. What’s more, travel agents can work with American Express cardholders to get extra benefits. For example, I can get you $200 in onboard credit when you book your next cruise with an American Express card!
Note: I do not advocate using a credit card foolishly. Use your head. Also, American Express cards are charge cards, not credit cards, so you have to pay them off each month. However, responsible users can rake in the points and miles, making these cards a great way to supplement that travel account!
For a limited time, I have five referral links to get you a bonus 5,000 or 7,500 miles when you sign up. This is in addition to the bonus that AmEx offers new users. If you would like a link, email me!
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Ashley (@ashleysmorris) is a freelance writer, virtual assistant and owner of Alpaca Your Bags Travel.
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