January 2015

Growing up, I always loved books and poetry. My favorite day of the week was Saturday when my mom would take me to the local library. I wanted to read every book. Looking back I believe my love for books was actually a love for adventure and travel. The furthest we traveled as a family was “over the hill to grandma’s house we go.”   

When I was in college, whenever someone said, “Do you want to go?” I didn’t ask “Where?” I just replied, “When are we leaving? Will it be hot or cold?” I can relate to this quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, "For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

Even now, if I haven’t traveled in a few months, I begin to get that itch to just go.  My daughter introduced me to an app  called “BEEN.”  I had  fun checking off where I had “been” in the USA and then in the world.  After looking at the U.S. map, I added to my bucket list eleven states where I had not “been.”  Though I thought I was a bit of a world traveler, looking at my “BEEN” app, I realized there was so much I had not experienced.   

I am fortunate that I married a guy who also loves adventure and new experiences in new places.  After two years of marriage we teased about the low balance in our bank account, but bragged about the amazing pictures from Hawaii, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, London, San Francisco, New York City…

Looking back, 2014 was a great year of travel for me, more than I ever dreamed as 2013 came to a close. We spent Valentine’s weekend in St. Thomas (not on a cruise, but actually land locked) and then enjoyed an incentive trip to Hawaii with my husband’s company in April with the awards dinner at Pearl Harbor (loved the Missouri). With a daughter living in Australia, I decided to journey down under to spend two weeks with her prior to traveling to Honolulu to meet my hubby. The beaches in Sydney are just indescribably beautiful – so different from our West or East coast beaches. There’s an awesome path that allows you to walk the two miles past four of their best beaches.

Summer is one of our favorite family travel times and 2014 wasn’t any exception. We decided to retrace our honeymoon, but this time with our two adult children. Starting in San Francisco, we loved the jacket weather of July, followed by a drive to the majestic vistas of Yosemite and ending with a few days at  Carmel by the Sea (if you haven’t been it’s a must do, especially for the romantics). We wrapped up our year of travel by celebrating New Year’s Eve in Nashville.  What a blast! The Omni is fantastic and the city pulsates with life and laughter and joy. Standing in the middle of Broadway with my whole family along with over 100,000 plus cheerful people and Lady Antebellum’s beat in the background was just the perfect way to welcome 2015. Of course, when the crowd broke out into singing Amazing Grace after finishing Old Lang Syne, I knew I was in the South.

I travel and love to help others  travel because I believe the memories created from these experiences with friends and family are far more valuable than any gift that can be wrapped and decorated with the most beautiful bow. For me, travel not only introduces me to new sights and sounds, but enlightens me to new cultures and peoples. There is a French proverb that makes us appreciate simply being able to travel at all: "Who goes and returns makes a good journey." I am blessed to have had many a “good journey” for the past three decades. Looking forward to the next one!

Every Travel Deal You Can't Afford to Miss This Weekend

NOTE: This post will continue to update throughout the weekend as we are notified of new offers. We highly recommend checking back if you don't see what you're looking for at first. 

The best savings of the year always fall between the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving. The beauty of the travel industry is you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to take advantage of booking any of it. (In fact, we'll handle that part for you.) So take a look at these deals, and if you like what you see, contact us and we'll take care of the booking so you can get back to enjoying your holiday weekend. 

If interested in booking or if you have questions, please email tammy@fortitudetravel.com and we'll follow up with you promptly. 

All Weekend: 

  • Book a United Vacations package and earn up to 50,000 United MileagePlus bonus award miles. Head out on your final trip of 2014 or your first of 2015 knowing you'll return with enough bonus miles to start planning the next. 
  • MLT Vacations is offering savings of up to $750 on flight and hotel packages of $2500 or more to select resorts in Mexico or the Caribbean. 
  • Princess Cruises is offering savings of up to 50% on 3- to 5-day short cruises to the Caribbean or along the California Coast, including many weekend departures! PLUS you can bring your family and friends with 3rd and 4th guest fares from only $50 per person! Book with only a $1 deposit and secure your stateroom selection today! (ends December 4th) 
  • Book with Azamara Club Cruises and receive $500 Onboard Spending Credit and Complimentary Double Upgrade to a Club Veranda Stateroom. (ends December 2nd) 
  • Universal Orlando Resort is offering savings on escapes to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, including theme park admission and more! PLUS a FREE Family Suite Upgrade so you can stretch out with handy amenities and space for up to 6. AND A $50 Resort Credit towards food and beverage to use at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
  • Save on trips to Mexico and the Caribbean with FunJet Vacation's weekend sale. Savings up to 63% off. Contact us for more info. (ends December 2)  

Cyber Monday Only: 

  • Royal Caribbean’s biggest deal —the Vow to WOW Sale— is getting even bigger for Cyber Monday. Get a Cyber Monday bonus of up to $400 spending money, 50% of second guest and 50% off reduced deposit. Don’t miss it. Offer ends at midnight. 

To book or ask any questions please email tammy@fortitudetravel.com.