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USE YOUR SENSES WHEN TRAVELING
On vacation you relax, forget the stress of daily life, have fun, are more adventurous and include activities normally outside of your comfort zone. Back home, you resolve to change your life but soon return to your old routines and the sense of adventure is forgotten. Using your five senses to the fullest every day will improve your life and also help retain some of the sense of adventure you experienced when you traveled.
The gift of sight - Look for interesting, cultural, scenic and beautiful images on vacation, keep your camera ready and take pictures! Nature, views, sunsets, people, places, situations and anything that can be photographed will make your travel memories and experiences come alive, long after your vacation has ended. Isn't it a great feeling when you edit your vacation pictures and they look great?
Listen and remember - Nothing triggers memories more than indigenous destination music. Listen to traditional music, ask locals about their artists and the history of their music. Look out for local musicians performing in restaurants and bars, on sidewalks, on tours and in tourist areas. Buy appealing local music and listen and reminisce when you return home. Purchase a wind chime on vacation and remember your trip every time the wind blows.
Touch and feel - We touch and feel flowers, fruits, vegetables, foods, handcrafts, jewelry, clothing, fabrics and more when visiting markets, museums, local stores and places of interest on vacation. We seldom purchase any item at home or on vacation, that we haven't touched and felt.
Tickle your taste buds - Eat at restaurants and try local cuisine while on vacation. Ask your servers about local dishes, order different local plates and sample all meals served. Note the names of the most delicious dishes and research recipes. Broaden your home menu, prepare and serve your favorite travel choices.
Smell the Roses - "Stop and smell the roses". Our sense of smell is so powerful, seldom fully utilized and often taken for granted. While on vacation, we tend to be more aware of the many different and unusual smells around us. Walking in a forest in Germany, flowers in a marketplace, after the rain in Hawaii, perfumes purchased in Paris, the aroma of food served in restaurants. These are just some of the unforgettable smells we will always associate with a vacation.
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In all our years of traveling, we have learned something about the little things you can do proactively to make your trip run more smoothly ... things that you might not think of as you prepare for your journey. We'd like to share some of our most useful advice with you and for convenience have divided our travel tips into easy to navigate sections, each with it's own content index.
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful and important holiday in the busy lives of Americans. It is a time to kick back and relax, watch a football game, spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving feast. It's also time to pause, appreciate and give thanks for all the good things in our lives.
Gillian, Rick, Debbie and Bob wish you and yours a Happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
YOUR PHOTO GALLERY VISIT FOR NOVEMBER IS HONDURAS, THE THIRD AND FINAL PART OF OUR CENTRAL AMERICA BLOUNT SMALL SHIP CRUISE.
Sixteen incredible days of fun and good times in the sun and with only 75 passengers on board. Destinations were Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, all beautiful but so different and interesting. Snorkeling and swimming in gorgeous crystal clear water, every day on a different and deserted tiny Caribbean island, was a major highlight of this cruise. Our super crew and on board naturalists all went above-and-beyond to make for an unforgettable travel and learning experience. Home cooking and sharing daily experiences with new friends at the dinner table, just made the whole cruise package absolutely perfect. We enjoyed every minute of this one-of-a-kind cruise and want to share our Honduras pictures with you.
Honduras is located in Central America. Its northern border, between Guatemala and Nicaragua, lies along the Caribbean Sea. The southwestern tip of the country, between El Salvador and Nicaragua, borders the northern Pacific Ocean. The second-largest country in Central America, Honduras is larger than Tennessee and the second-largest country in Central America. A mountainous country with fertile plateaus, river valleys, and narrow coastal plains, it is a democratic constitutional republic with Spanish the official language. Agricultural products are bananas, coffee, citrus, beef, timber and fish. Natural resources include gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony and coal.
We visited Roatan, the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands and docked at the beautiful Fantasy Island Resort. A 21 acre private island with friendly service, comfortable accommodations, and a wealth of resort activities to suit every taste. We were allowed use of all available resort facilities while docked there. We then sailed on to Utila, a very small flat island with one small hill and "the place" to learn to scuba dive. Utila has a British and African heritage with cultural influences from Jamaica and the Central American mainland.
Utila's distinctive attraction is its bustling main street, constantly congested with overloaded motorcycles, quadbikes and motorcycle taxis which race up and down the island. No cars are to be seen and one has to be careful when negotiating the local chaotic and sometime dangerous narrow road. The main road also has many stores, bars, restaurants, scuba shops and local gift shops as well as interesting local housing, good and bad to explore. We were welcomed by the locals like old friends.
For more information on available Blount Small Ship Cruises call 719 593-1591 or contact us.
To see more travel pictures, visit our Photo Gallery.
YOUR TRAVEL QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain.
Samuel L. Clemens, under the pen name Mark Twain wrote two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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