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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

Stay on Course: Follow Your Heart & Passion

I am not a runner, I never have been and I never will be. I have to be honest and admit that I gave it a shot today. I went for a short run, thinking, “I can push myself, I have endurance” but after a bit I started asking myself, “what is so fun about running?”… Read More »


Don't be a stranger

Don’t be a Stranger…

April has been a month of travel for me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve journeyed to New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. In the mad dash before my business trip, I had no time to plan my off-work hours there. Luckily, friends and family hosted me in each locale. Having a local show me around,… Read More »


Unique experiences in EVERY city

Unique experiences in EVERY city

This is my last week in Italy and I’ve written this while returning from a trip to Bologna where one of my team members was born. Oh boy! I do love traveling through Italy by train – it is so easy and convenient – in two hours you can be in a major city with lots of… Read More »


Treat Your Travelers to Tuscany

Treat Your Travelers to Tuscany

Hilltop towns.  Sun-kissed wineries. Winding country roads.  Tuscany is idyllic Italy. In Chianti, you’ll sip a glass of wine while the sun dips behind a medieval tower. In Florence, you’ll eye Michelangelo’s masterpieces. In Lucca, you’ll stroll atop the city’s ancient walls. Millions of travelers flock to Tuscany, lured by rustic scenery and charming towns. Farmhouses dot… Read More »


Ciao from Sicily

Ciao from Sicily

Ciao from Sicily. I have to say that by now I feel that I am almost fluent in the Sicilian dialect since I have stayed here for so much longer than I have ever stayed before. There is something about this trip that has been almost magical… The island has captured my attention and given me a… Read More »


Florence

Do you remember when…?

Firenze, bella Firenze.  Florence, beautiful Florence.  When I lived in Florence, I loved to share my adopted “casa” (home) with traveling friends and family. We’d stroll across Ponte Vecchio, drinking in the city mirrored at night in the river. We’d wind our way through the Boboli Gardens, resting in the shade of cypress trees. We’d lunch… Read More »


Sicily gets better every time I visit

Sicily gets better every time I visit

When you visit a destination first-hand there’s always something new to experience.We may think that we know what we sell, but sometimes it takes multiple visits, experiencing various aspects of a location before we gain meaningful awareness of the depth and richness it offers to us and to our traveling clients. Sicily is just such a… Read More »


Experience Is the Best Education

Are you giving travelers what they want or offering the same destinations as everyone? To thrive as a travel expert nowadays, it’s not enough just to sell the standard sights. When a client asks for a “non-touristy” itinerary – somewhere “off the beaten track” – do you know where to send them? More and more travelers want to discover… Read More »


People want wine stories

Ciao from Sicily. I’m here this week with operators from Australia, South Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States to name just a few. So far, the major topic of discussion at the Wine Tourism Conference that I’m attending is the fact that travelers desire to have authentic experiences, especially expert experiences when they are abroad.… Read More »


Sightseeing or Savoring?

We’ve all heard this before from travelers: “What is there to see in ___ destination?” In preparing for a big trip, travelers want to know what sights to see. Whenever I hear this, I like to flip the question on its head: “what do you like to do on your vacations?” Sightseeing can make for a great picture… Read More »


Stay on Course: Follow Your Heart & Passion...I am not a runner, I never have been and I never will be. I have to be honest and admit that I gave it a shot today. I went for a short run, thinking, “I can push myself, I have endurance” but after a bit I started asking myself, “what is so fun about running?” The lesson I learned when my new running hobby came up lame after a few meters is that people often fail when trying new things without preparing properly or when doing something that really doesn’t fit who they are. It’s easy to become frustrated and exhausted when expending time, money and energy doing things that we have no business doing in the first place. Conversely, the opposite is true when doing things that are aligned with who we are.It’s easy and often energizing to stay on-track while following a course we are passionate about as we push ourselves to achieve greater success.

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