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Celebrations International Travel...Celebrating Life Through Travel

Our agency’s new tagline is “Celebrating Life Through Travel”.  We’d like to share some of our thoughts on it:

People travel to celebrate. People travel to celebrate life’s special occasions and milestones, or just to get away for a while, in which case they’re probably celebrating time off!  We see all travel as a way to celebrate life’s joys, challenges, and opportunities.  Celebrate life by seeing the world!

Travel brings people together. When was the last time your entire family got together, or when your kids had the chance to travel with their grandparents?  Celebrate life by creating memories with loved ones!

Travel enriches us with new discoveries and experiences. I often marvel at the amazing world we live in.  Whether you choose to travel close to home or venture to exotic destinations, there will always be something new, different, or unique for travelers to experience, no matter if it’s your first visit or a repeat visit to a favorite place.  Celebrate life by discovering a world of new experiences!

Avid travelers are curious and want to explore. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate life, good health, and good fortune (probably my Chinese heritage voiced here) than to explore the four corners of the world.  Or at least the parts of it that are on your wish list.  Of course I’m talking about the trips you’ve been dreaming of, but what about the trips you’ve always wondered about and weren’t sure you’d ever take?  Celebrate life by exploring the world the way you want!


Two separate conversations I had yesterday with professionals in the world of foodie Web sites left me bewildered, and inspired me to write this entry.  I’m still not sure what to think of these interactions, and would be interested to see if readers out there have any thoughts to share on the subject.

Call #1: I was explaining my agency’s approach to culinary tours, when the person asked about Italy.  I responded by using our Tuscany sample itinerary as an example, and mentioned that we suggest guests stay at a villa outside of Florence, using it as their home base for a few days to explore the Tuscan countryside.  Mid-sentence, she cuts me off with “So you do luxury tours?”

“No,” I said, what we do are custom tours.  If a client asks for a luxury tour, we can certainly arrange that, but if someone asks us to put together a culinary tour on a budget, we can do that as well.”

Her answer:  “Oh, that one sounds expensive.”

Well, I can’t argue with whatever gold-tinged images she might have had in mind, but what this experience taught me is that people’s perceptions and other long-held notions can be difficult at best to change or even influence.  But what stood out even more was this person’s apparent unwillingness to even hear me out, or to be open to ideas in the culinary and related realms.   Baffled as to what else to say, we ended the call with formalities.

Call #2: This time I’m explaining our approach to culinary tours (i.e. Get out of the tour bus and actually experience the destination; per my earlier post “Escorted Tours My Way:  No Whirlwind Bus Rides”.) to Caller #1’s designee.  This time I decide to explain simply that our tours are customized to accommodate whatever the traveler is interested in seeing and doing, but that our culinary tours are designed to be more than just restaurant tours, that we give travelers the chance to do more than just sightsee, eat; sightsee, eat.

Her Response:  “Now that’s my type of tour.”

Normally, her answer wouldn’t have bothered me, except that instead of listening or wanting to learn anything about our tours, she proceeded to tell me that “For those of us who live to eat, that’s what we want,” and that our culinary tours wouldn’t work in the foodie world.

As much as I respect every individual’s right to their own opinion, I take our work and professional stance in the travel and culinary worlds very seriously.  I would not want anyone to ever think that the intent of our culinary tours is anything other than to introduce travelers to the joys of the culinary world.  By all means, the highlight of any culinary tour is for travelers to enjoy all the food, wine and other delights their destination has to offer.

The point I think both callers missed is that Celebrations International Travel’s culinary tours are 100% customized to give travelers the opportunity to experience their destination in ways that best suit the travelers’ interests and needs.

That is not to say that enjoying a host of different restaurants isn’t one way to experience a destination, but good meals can be enjoyed anywhere, without necessarily having to travel.  And good memories are created through good, enriching experiences, which exploration and travel provide.


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This is blog based on the experiences and interests of travel agency owners Adrienne and Agni Mitra. Through our blog entries, we will share our travel experience and expertise. We will also have other entries of interest to inspire your travels.

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