ABOUT DONNA

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:

CENTRAL AMERICA

Belize

Columbia

Costa Rica

Ecuador

Guatemala

Honduras

Mexico

Panama

 

CARIBBEAN

Antigua

Bahamas

Barbados

British Virgin Islands

Cuba

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Haiti

Jamaica

Martinique

St Kitts/Nevis

St Lucia

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos

US Virgin Islands

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Ecuador

French Guinea

Guinea

Peru

Suriname

Uruguay

 

NORTHERN EUROPE

Denmark

Estonia

Finland (Helsinki)

Latvia

Lithuania

Norway

Russia (parts)

Sweden

 

WESTERN EUROPE

Belgium

France

Germany

Ireland

Netherlands

Switzerland

United Kingdom (Great Britain/Wales/Scotland)

 

EASTERN/CENTRAL EUROPE

Albania

Austria

Bosnia & Herzegovenia

Bulgaria

Croatia

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Romania

Russia

Slovenia

 

SOUTHERN EUROPE/MEDITERRANEAN

Greece

Italy

Portugal

Spain

Dubrovnik (Dalmatian Coast with parts in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro)

Malta

Sicily

 

WESTERN ASIA

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

Iran

Turkey

     Ukraine      

 

MIDDLE EAST

Abu Dhabi

Bahrain

Dubai

Jordan

Lebanon

Israel

Oman

Qatar

Syria

United Arab Emirates

Yemen

 

CENTRAL/NORTHERN ASIA

China including Inner Mongolia

Mongolia (Outer)

Russia

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

 

INDIA/HIMALAYAS

Bhutan

India

Ladakh

Nepal

Sikkim & Darjeeling

Sri Lanka

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Borneo

Cambodia

Hong Kong

Indonesia

Japan

Korea (South)

Laos

Malaysia

Myanmar

Thailand

Vietnam

 

SOUTH PACIFIC

Australia

Cook Islands

Fiji

Marquesas

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Tahiti (Society Islands)

 

NORTH AFRICA

Algeria

Egypt

Libya

Morocco

Tunisia

 

WEST AFRICA

Benin

Gambia

Ghana

Mali

Sao Tome & Principe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

 

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Botswana

Congo-Brazzaville

Ethiopia

Kenya

Madagascar

Namibia

South Africa

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

Zanzibar

ANTARCTICA

Antarctica

ICELAND/GREENLAND

Greenland

Iceland

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