Before we leave...Let's do EVERYTHING!

by Sunni Chapman

Have you ever had a client say,   “While we're there we want to make sure we visit ALL of the major attractions before we leave.”  That is not only a mouthful, it is such an ambitious idea that it is nearly impossible to do, EVEN if the trip lasted a year and they had an unlimited budget!
What about the clients who simply want to pack as many things into their trip as they can. It’s understandable that they want to do as much as possible while they are in Italy considering the expense of travel and accommodations.
The main problem and there are several, with doing this type of trip is that people usually become fatigued and when that happens,   their ability to experience and enjoy the full range of amazing sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy becomes muted by their lack of energy,  and filtered through the frenzy of thought regarding the next item on their agenda.
These types of trips usually are perceived to be   about as satisfying as eating your favorite meal while you have a cold.  Because no matter how flavorful, aromatic or expertly prepared the meal was, your senses simply aren’t able to provide your brain with an accurate experience.
Life changing, lasting memories are made when you are able to fully experience everything, sights, sounds, smells and most importantly, the people you meet during your travels through Italy. Please resist the temptation to overbook or over schedule your clients.   They will forever be grateful to you for your wisdom if you help them avoid this pitfall. 
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As you know from   last week’s newsletter, we are moving to Sicily, for a year at least, this fall.   Our mission as a family is to do as much as possible, to visit as many local sites, to eat at as many of the best places in California, and to build as many memories as we can before we leave… 
…the only problem is that   although we’ve only been doing this for a week,  I can tell you that our goal is going to be a lot harder to accomplish than I thought it would be.   I’m EXHAUSTED.  I feel like a tourist in my own city, the city where I’ve lived for 20 years and   I am tired and the thought of keeping this pace up for any amount of time truly frightens me. 
I’m sure you have already thought,   “Laura, why don’t you listen to your own advice?”OK, it did take me a week of this pace to realize that no matter how much I wanted to pack into our remaining time in San Diego, the fact is that we were missing out on truly experiencing the beauty and unique qualities that make our home “America’s finest city.”
There is a reason that the phrase,   “Take time to stop and smell the roses”  is universally understood. We all have lived through the hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century and we all know that we need to take time to pause and let ourselves enjoy the beauty and wonder of our surroundings.   Since this is true in our normal lives don’t you think it doubly true when traveling? 
I can attest to the fact that quality is far superior to quantity, especially when making lasting memories while experiencing remarkable locations. Our family motto now is,   “Whatever we don’t do or see NOW will be at the top of our list of things to look forward to on our next trip.” 
Take a moment, enjoy your surroundings and most importantly, until next time, take care and God Bless!
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