Geezy peezy, y’all, Anahata Travel is a year old! While I’ve been in the travel industry longer than a year, I can’t believe I’ve been in business for myself an entire 366 days. I know it’s a bit cheesy, but milestones really get me in a reflective mood. So here are four things I’ve learned in the past year as your travel agent.
Last year, more than one BILLION people traveled internationally. If you were in that group of lucky ducks, I congratulate you, and most likely this post is not for you. But chances are better you’re part of the six billion (plus) who did not travel internationally last year. So, if you’ve never had a passport—or need to renew your old, expired passport—this week’s blog post is for you!
This week we are focusing on plain Jane passport requirements—passports that don’t require any special treatment. We’ll discuss children’s passports and other unusual situations in a couple of weeks.
So, how do you get your first passport? (Renewers, this post contains information for you, too—don’t skip ahead!)
If you tend to get scared and confused when you encounter something you don’t understand (like me), you’ve probably asked yourself at least once in the past year, “Just what the heck’s all this mindfulness drivel?” But maybe unlike me, you haven’t decided to check out book after book on the subject from the library until the librarians know exactly what books you’re going to be handing them on your return.
After reading up on the subject, and experiencing a lot of exercises firsthand in therapy, I’ve come to the conclusion that mindfulness isn’t drivel! It isn’t even scary or confusing! Mindfulness helps improve all aspects of your life. But since I am a travel agent, this blog post includes tips to use mindfulness to help improve your enjoyment of your trips. Because you only get 2 weeks of vacation a year—which is, frankly, absurd, but now’s not the time or place for that rant--and you want to maximize the vacation’s healing benefits.
Unless you’ve been living news-free the past few weeks, you have undoubtedly heard stories of animal & human interactions. And the animals having been getting the short end of the stick. Part of traveling sustainably is being animal-friendly when traveling, so, I’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts for interacting with animals when you travel!