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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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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…)

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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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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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