Don’t you just love blind faith?

by Thursday, January 4, 2018
Don’t you just love blind faith?

Whether you’re a travel reporter or a Fresh Farmer, just add a bit of gusto and blind faith will propel us through 2018!

I’ve no idea what’s around the next corner this year. (Lots of cruising for my new book, I hope!) So, whatever my next ‘journey to come’, I can’t wait to share it with you.

Of course, some of us are a little bit more organised and have already locked in their travel for 2018. A friend told me a story of how he felt anxious when a highly-organised, high-powered friend recently asked him, “So, what big trips have you got planned for this year?’” and his thought was, “Ah, none.”

I told him not to worry if he didn’t have any great trips in the diary, and no ‘Goals for 2018’ sorted. Not everyone is hugely into ‘planning’. It can be just as much fun to ‘just go with it’ and be spontaneous, too. And it can be wonderful to just follow your instincts and have faith that everything will be ok.

Hopefully our site can help with that as a portal of inspiration to other worlds, from the comfort of your own… phone and an outlet to share stories with other like-minded souls.

Now then… It’s only Week One of the New Year and already I’m loving the journeys of our 2018 Guest Travellers…

Guest Travellers

This week, Roslyn Jolly sent back her story about her mini-escape to Tassie. Roslyn was the fortunate recipient of our JTC prize of a free stay on Picnic Island, located just off the east coast of Tasmania. Roslyn says she had only one regret from the trip: She wished she’d stayed longer to enjoy the view of the Hazard Mountains, while reading her book! Read her story here.

And we also met Phil Brown who flew with a group of mates to Lizard Island in Far North Queensland, met a chartered fishing boat and over six days slowly made his way south to Cooktown, fishing at every opportunity. Phil loved the whole experience and in his story, shares what he brought up from (and returned to) the Big Blue. More about Phil’s fishing escapades right here. 

Ask The Concierge

Our Concierges are also holding their own. From St. Petersburg to northern Portugal, they are women to be reckoned with!
On Tuesday, Marlene Andrade, Guest Experience Manager at Portugal‘s Six Senses Douro Valley, was our focus. Marlene says what attracted her to the job was the company’s commitment to sustainability, helping local families, and the local economy. With monasteries, baroque churches, boat cruises, food, and a UNESCO-world-heritage-listed wine region on the doorstep, when Marlene says there is so much to do in her region, I believe her! Enjoy her recommendations here.
And on Boxing Day, we featured Maria Semenova, Clefs D’Or Concierge at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, in Nevsky Prospekt, close to Arts Square, in St. Petersburg, Russia. For Maria, being a concierge is more than just a job: “It’s more like a lifestyle because I never stop learning,” she says. Siberian-born Maria recommends we get out and about and savour local life in the second-biggest city in Russia. Find out more, here.
Right, it’s school holidays so I’d better dash and see what my boys are up to. Blind faith may work for me on the work front but keeping a constant eye out is a better recipe for life on the farm!