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Custom Designed Vacations Are Your Key to Fulfilling Your Dreams

a young woman raising her hands in the air, on her dream vacation after Enlightened Journeys Travel created for her one of the most transformational custom designed vacations

Travel is easier to do and more accessible than ever before, and our idea of travel and what it does for us is changing to custom designed vacations.

While large-group, pre-packaged travel works for some, more travelers are now seeking journeys that transform their lives; they want travel that is personalized to them. They want new experiences and to gain enriching knowledge by engaging in cultures. Some ask for physical activity to be incorporated in their travel for the whole or a part of their vacation; others want to incorporate their interests. And a growing number want to know that in some way their travel is helping the destination they visit.

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Go Here, See This: Vacation in Abu Dhabi – A Welcoming Destination

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Reflections Night, vacation in Abu Dhabi

Thinking about a vacation in Abu Dhabi? As a luxury adventure travel expert and blogger I get to go to some pretty cool places around the world. And I love it – even the hectic pace as I make as many meetings as I can in new vacation destinations, and see contacts I already have relationships with in places I have been (and my clients love).

I am always on the hunt for new luxury and adventure travel experiences and insights. But when I get to come HOME, where is that? All photos on this blog post are provided by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. (more…)

Vietnam Vacation: Your #GlobalLocal Answers Your Questions About Experiences You Can Have

Vietnamese on a park bench in Hanoi, Vietnam, vietnam vacation travel for good, image source Lukasz Saczek 36808

I have just returned from my Vietnam vacation. It was my first time there, so I would say my trip was an overview to gather intel on what you can incorporate into your own trip. I looked for experiences around the interests of history, architecture, relaxation, ecotourism and adventure.

You may have questions about my vacation and want ideas for yours. Photo by Lukasz Saczek on Unsplash (more…)

Travel to Abu Dhabi – A Unique Taxi and Cab Service Helping and Empowering Women

female woman taxi and cab driver in Abu Dhabi, travel to Abu Dhabi, empowering women through employment

Are you thinking about to travel to Abu Dhabi? On my most recent trip to Abu Dhabi, I was staying for a few weeks and didn’t need a car full time. I decided to do like so many people do – tourists and residents alike – and use cabs as my major form of transportation (when I wasn’t car-sharing with friends).

Many people travel to Abu Dhabi for short and long term stays for leisure, business or for medical treatments in their world-renowned hospitals. Often car rental is not necessary or wanted, and cabs are commonly used for visiting attractions or for a night out. Cab fare is extremely reasonable, so it is a great alternative to navigating the busy roads on your own and paying for parking.

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Hanoi Vietnam Food Culture: The Story of a Restaurant with a Heart – Part 2

owners of Hanoi Food Culture restaurant in Hanoi Vietnam

Did you already read the first part of my Hanoi travel for good story? Then you already know that I was invited to go on a G Adventures National Geographic tour to explore its charity arm, Planeterra as a luxury travel advisor with a certification in Sustainability and Responsible Tourism. And you know that this Hanoi Vietnam story is all about food, sustainability, and #GlobalLocal.

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Hanoi Travel for Good: The Story of a Restaurant With a Heart – Part 1

luxury travel advisor Theresa Jackson on her Hanoi travel sustainable tourism tour

On a recent Hanoi travel for good trip, I spent 4 days exploring this bustling (some would say chaotic) city.  Not only was I seeking culturally immersive experiences, I was looking for ways to give back to the locale. And, frankly (did I mention Hanoi is, um, busy?), I wanted a navigator in the maze of ancient streets and alleyways and through the ever-beeping rush of motorbikes.

One way I did this was in hiring local guides. The guides I work with are community members and have expertise in whatever I want to explore. In Hanoi, my interests were food, the colonial period, changes from the communist era to today, and shopping.

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Colombia Travel – Where in the World is Theresa now?

woman at sunset in Colombia, Colombia travel photography from Oscar Ivan Esquivel Arteaga

Is a Colombia travel adventure on your bucket list? Hi! I’m Theresa, founder of Enlightened Journeys Travel, a place to explore the world in life-changing ways that also change the world for the better. I believe we all should have adventures, and that the NEW Luxury in travel is personalized but not stifling, customized without being overscheduled, and leave you feeling free but supported. I believe that #sustainability creates unforgettable moments for you, and a world of good. I travel the globe to seek out what makes each place special so that you have a #GlobalLocal as your partner in planning your journeys. Photo by Oscar Ivan Esquivel Arteaga on Unsplash

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Your Super Power in Travel: How to Have New Luxury Travel Experiences

luxury traveler on her life-changing vacation, explore one-of-a-kind luxury travel experiences with luxury travel advisor Theresa Jackson

Are you looking for new luxury travel experiences? Yesterday I got a call out of the blue from a sweet elderly gentleman who found me on an internet search. “How wonderful!”, I thought, “Someone looking for the luxury adventure of a lifetime.” Instead, this man and his wife wanted to drive from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina with a stop in Richmond, and wanted advice on the route to take and places to stop for the night. Coincidentally, I have lived and traveled along this very route during significant portions of my lifetime.

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Vietnam Travel: The Joy of the Unexpected – A Personal and Life-Changing Experience

luxury travel advisor Theresa Jackson with one of the outstanding students from the Planterra Foundation's "Oodles of Noodles" Project, helping students to have brighter futures through sustainable and life-changing Vietnam travel

I have just returned from my G Adventures Vietnam travel as an #AmbassadorofChange2017 where I was sent “on assignment” to Vietnam on one of the most eye-opening and life-changing trips. Although I have many great partners with whom I had worked for Vietnam trips for my clients, this was my first time there. So I was expecting a deeply cultural exploration from the journey, especially since this was a National Geographic trip, and boy, did I ever experience that!

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Top Spa Destinations in Europe: Get Away From It All The Luxury Way

pink flowers, sea shells, sea salt, and massage towels, symbolizing the beauty and wellness at top spa destinations europe

If heading to the crowded ski slopes, a Caribbean island or a cruise with (seemingly) everyone else is not your cup of tea, or you have “been there, done that”, why not use your break for true rejuvenation? Rather than rubbing elbows this year to get in a line or a spot at the pool, you could be relaxing and healing mind, body and spirit after a hectic fall and holiday period at one of the top spa destinations in Europe.

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