BUT, IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY


Thankfulness is not just a feeling; it is a state of mind. 

In a couple days families all across America will celebrate Thanksgiving.  This particular day is one of the most anticipated, planned and heavily traveled days of the holiday season.  BUT, Thanksgiving 2020 is shaping up to be anything but normal.  Now more than ever, thoughtful planning and careful consideration must be incorporated into the celebration to protect the people we love most – family and friends.

Customarily, gatherings large or small would unabashedly socialize with those they had not seen all year long.  The day’s activity would include hosting, dining, laughing, catching up, relaxing, and maybe watching a game of football. These are all part and parcel of what makes the day exciting, for young and old, and what makes it so special to everyone.  BUT currently, new directives outline all get-togethers should be small, preferably to include only those in the immediate household or bubble. 

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Leading up to the merriment, retailers and supermarkets tend to pull out all the stops to ensure shoppers have their turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry, apple pie and all the fixings that go into making the feast.  However, the menu I suspect with all its delectable, mouthwatering servings, is not the only reason for families wanting to come together during this stage.   BUT, as health authorities would have it, they prefer outdoor assemblies versus interior, and if indoor, suggests that the count be kept to a minimum.

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Besides a heightened sense of excitement, and meticulous planning, some form of transport will bring everyone home for the occasion.  As of writing, the airwaves are reporting high travel volume, over 4 million persons and counting are transiting airports, bus, and train terminals.  People from all walks of life are determined to reunite with relatives no matter the cost.  BUT, yet again the health czars are recommending staying put.   

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Community Peeps, undoubtedly Covid-19 has proven to be a challenge on every front.  It has impacted the way we live, work, and socialize even to the point of muting current celebration plans.  BUT in all this, thankfulness should still be the mindset.  Being thankful is certainly the best attitude one can have to keep a healthy outlook on life.  Take the time daily to be thankful for your blessings and appreciate family.  Only those above ground can do so.  I am thankful for all of you.  And oh, if you must travel, do so safely.  I implore you to wear a mask, sanitize and physical distance.  Please share what you are thankful for in the comment box below.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Travel Itineraries Celebrates 1st Year


1st Blog AnniversaryIt is amazing how time flies when you are having fun.  A year ago, this month, Travel Itineraries (TI) was created.   Made to talk about travel-related matters with a special emphasis on itinerary planning, TI took shape.  What started out as a fledgling website, supported by thoughtful planning re: leisure travel, budget information, and how-to methods to get the most bang for your buck in your travel experience, TI has morphed into a productive website where clients trust their bespoke itineraries will meet their specific needs.

In addition to the website’s pages, blogging too has become a fun byproduct and my creative favorite action, only if to share experiences, opinions, advice or industry information, and generally to express my point of view.  TI’s presence has gained a following who help to make the website a viable entity.  Without you, it would be less engaging.

Throughout the year of ups and downs, of navigating a steep learning curve on website creation and management, and of making decisions that one way or the other affected the advancement of the site, have brought me to terms on how to best manage the blog-website that works for my community peeps and me.

Here are some things I have learned in the past 12 months of online activity:

  • Write what inspires me.  To thine own-self be true.
  • The only person affected by a missed deadline is me.  Likes and comments will come anyway.
  • Publish once a week but reserve the right to occasionally increase postings if there is pressing information to share.
  • Do not overwhelm my followers with too many postings.
  • Knowledge is power, share it.
  • Own the website, don’t let the website own me.
  • “Like” the work of my competitors, it does not detract from my business’s vision.
  • A positive write-up goes a long way and is better than a negative comment.
  • Be empathetic and generous with my “likes” and “comments.”
  • Fun and enjoyment must be active ingredients in bringing each post to you.

Folks, it has been a wonderful year operating in blogosphere.  Thank you for your interest, and direct support in the forms of your likes, comments and follow.  Everyone is appreciated.  While there is every intention of growing the business and taking the blog-website to the next level, still it would be wonderful to hear directly from you whether a second year is justified and how TI can do it better.

Please express your comments and recommendations for TI in the box below.  As usual, I encourage you to click follow to receive timely updates, select like to show your love and support, and share on your social media sites.  It has been great.  Happy first anniversary Travel Itineraries.

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