Let me introduce myself and my company, DreamMaker Destinations.
DreamMaker Destinations and I are about a special kind of travel—not just getting from point A to point B but traveling to expand horizons and fulfill dreams. Travel in today’s complex world can be intimidating and my commitment is to provide my travelers all the information and support they need for a wonderful journey. Sharing my own travel experiences, will, I hope, encourage others to explore the world.
The dreams were always there, but in reality, travel did not start until I was in my 30’s. Now I’ve managed to explore over a hundred countries, staying in accommodations ranging from a family's living room to five-star hotels, sailing on ships ranging from a small research vessel to an elegant ocean liner, and touring by trains, buses, and automobiles. Enjoying local cuisines is often an important part of travel, and I’ve tried my best to experience new tastes, if not always successfully.
I believe at some point travel becomes more than check marks on the world country list. It becomes about making connections and feeling a part of a world community. We leave a legacy when we travel, and we create wonderful memories for others as well as ourselves. Travel means we can step out of the box for a while, we can fulfill a long-cherished dream, we can meet people and experience other cultures.
I want to encourage everyone, especially women, to take that first step. There is no better time than now to explore the wonderful little streets of Prague and Vienna that just ooze beautiful music, or to nibble samples of chocolate truffles all morning in Brussels, or to walk all day in the Cotswalds before sharing tea and biscuits at a country inn.
I also believe we should not limit ourselves by age. Now is the time to hike the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, or ride an elephant in Thailand, or explore the African jungle in search of mountain gorillas. The joy of accomplishing a dream will banish any initial hesitation and trepidation.
As any traveler knows, part of the joy in travel comes from sharing stories, and I love reading the reading the tales of travelers from Freya Stark to modern bloggers. More than a little of my inspiration comes from the great 14th-century explorer of the Arab world Iban Battuta who wrote “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
Places I Have Traveled:
British Virgin Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
US Virgin Islands
United Kingdom (Great Britain/Wales/Scotland)
Bosnia & Herzegovenia
Dubrovnik (Dalmatian Coast with parts in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro)
United Arab Emirates
China including Inner Mongolia
Sikkim & Darjeeling
Papua New Guinea
Tahiti (Society Islands)
Sao Tome & Principe