Travel FAQ 2017-08-07T14:43:54+00:00

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Coaching is intended to assist people with identifying their goals, exploring the barriers to achieving those goals, helping to see options and opportunities, and ideally, supporting you in reaching your goals, or your travel destinations.

Coaches have different styles, skills and experience. I have long had an ability to connect easily with people. That is my foundation. I believe my highest values have grown out of my Mennonite background: to help people, be honest and ethical in all things and work hard. Those values strengthen my foundation.

As I continue on my personal journey, I have added the value of gratitude and living life to the fullest, as an adventure and as an education. I combine my background, experience and values with my fun spirit, coaching with a compassionate, lighthearted and self-reflective style. I utilize my career, life and travel experiences, which are many.

My Travel Coaching sessions can include the above plus help you find travel resources to explore areas you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Together we can get you to your dream destination.

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We can meet in your home or in a comfortable location like a coffee shop. Or, for more of a travel flavour, we could meet at the VIA Rail Station or YVR airport.

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Coaching sessions are available by package and dependent on whether you are also looking for a Travel Companion. Let’s talk. You can pay in cash, cheque or dark chocolate.

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No I am not a Travel Agent and I do not offer the services that Travel Agents are trained experts in, but I do know several great Travel Agents that can help you. For most travel arrangements like airfare, cruises, rail tickets, and accommodation, I’ll refer you to a licensed Travel Agent. In my travel experience, there are some travel arrangements that I have found easy to make  online, like purchasing a ticket for the Eiffel Tower a day ahead to avoid line ups, or my June 2014 EasyJet flights from Berlin to Madrid and Lisbon to Bilbao. I’d be happy to share my experiences with you and help you navigate the internet.

I have also made some of my own accommodation arrangements, like hotels fellow travellers have recommended to me along the road, hostels I’ve found while meandering without a firm destination (the most memorable is the beautiful Carbisdale Castle hostel in northern Scotland), and renting a camper van (Happy Camper in Iceland May 2014, what a trip!)

Travel agents have the training to make arrangements for us. I like to utilize their expertise in their areas.

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Many people avoid travel because they don’t want to travel solo. If that’s all that’s keeping you from achieving your dreams, then by all means take me with you!

I’ve traveled solo most of my travel miles. I’ve also been single for many of my adult years. So I’m used to doing things on my own both at home and abroad.

I’ve also have 13+ years experience as a part-time Personal Assistant for a stroke survivor. Assisting her with everything from travel packing, to preparing meals, to editing her speeches and escorting her to events has given me experience in assisting others with many personal and professional needs.

You may prefer a travel companion solely for companionship, or you might want someone to help you with your bags at airports, find you personal services at destinations, help you keep in touch with family electronically, or assist with any myriad of details.

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Travel Companion daily rates are negotiable depending on destination location and trip length. Iceland is my current favourite so it gets bargain rates! All travel expenses including airfare, accommodation, activities, meals, etc will need to be covered. A retainer will be requested.

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A few hours of Travel Coaching can make the difference between not knowing what’s out there and going on your own. I have many ideas on how to make travel safer and more affordable, or how to wet your feet in the oceans of the world. Let’s talk, and see where you could go.

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I grew up at my Grandfather’s knee, listening to stories from other countries, worlds that seemed far away. Then I watched my uncle and older brothers explore continents. By the time I was a teenager in the 1970’s, I was itching to go places. I hitchhiked to many parts of Canada from my hometown in Manitoba, I joined Canada World Youth and was part of a six-month exchange to Sri Lanka. Then there were years of motorcycle trips in Canada and the USA.

Since my 30’s, I’ve backpacked and traveled to South America, and Europe many times. Europe is my area of expertise and my favourite destination. I speak some German and Low-German, which helps in Germany and beyond.

Below is a list of the 23 countries I’ve visited.

The Americas Europe Asia
Argentina 1992 Scotland 1996 1997 1999-2000 2011 Sri Lanka 1980-1981
Chile 1992 England 1999-2000 2005 2006 2013 2016
Cuba 2004 Wales 2000
USA Lots Germany 2000 2007 2014
Switzerland 2000
Italy 2000
France 2000 2005 2013 2015
Czech Republic 2000
Austria 2000
Netherlands 2005 2008 2014 2017
Belgium 2005 2008 2013 2017
Iceland 2009 2014 2014 2017
Luxembourg 2008
Denmark 2010
Sweden 2010
Spain 2014
  Portugal 2014

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Besides loving travel, I am also a Professional Organizer. My skills could be beneficial to making your business trip more efficient, organized and profitable. If we are a good fit, I would be happy to accompany business travellers and provide Personal and Executive Assistance.

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Nothing is ever guaranteed in this world, including travel. One never knows what will happen, but then that’s the same every day in our lives if we stay at home. I’ve traveled to many parts of the world, mostly alone, had good and not so good experiences. Some have provided the best thrills, some the most learning, but none were the moments of most danger or pain in my life. It takes a certain amount of tenacity, courage, curiosity… and sometimes a “feel the fear but do it anyway” attitude, to take that first trip. I don’t think you’d be reading this FAQ if you didn’t want to go places. Let’s talk.

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Call or email me. With a 15 minute complimentary phone call, we’ll determine whether we are a good fit and whether my services will be a benefit to you. From there, we can book an appointment to meet for your first Travel Coaching session. Then get ready for Bon Voyage time!

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Well, I’m so glad you asked. Yes I can! I have 13+ years of Professional Organizing experience helping clients de-clutter, downsize, move, renovate, you name it, I’ve organized it. See the other pages of my website and contact me. If I’m traveling or booked up, my team of Organizing Angels may be able to help.

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