I love my job. I really do. My friends might question this statement (and my state of mind) but today I am filled with immense pride and excitement as I follow the adventures of Guy and his Guatemala team summitting volcanoes and re-vamping a school we sponsor. "I haven't felt this alive for years" were his words last night, "this is awesome". How good is that?
I know, I get it - I felt the same way in Namibia and it's really hard to put it into words, (where's my sister when I need her?). For just over a week you are transported to another universe - you are living in the moment, exploring, laughing and challenging your self beliefs. These are no normal adventures, holidays, tours - these are utterly brilliant and I wish I could make everyone venture out and bang the MidLife drum. To feed our souls is essential.
So, let's get a few thing straight...
The family will survive.
I get it – kids, dogs, fridges – other halves - so much to organise. Lists, favours and military precision is required. Having been the one that’s gone and the one left behind 9 days goes super quickly. Our trips avoid school and uni holidays. Uni’s not so much as they seem to be more out than in – but that’s another story.
You will make friends.
After the first day of school butterflies has disappeared, you won’t look back. These trips are actioned packed and full on – everyone will find their pace and a friend, and that’s a pinky promise.
You can conquer parent guilt.
This is an interesting one and I think needs re-framing…we all feel guilty about heading off into the sunset and leaving everyone behind BUT this isn’t your regular jolly. My kids are really proud of what we do and root for us. They are super impressed knowing their Dad is tackling altitude sickness, zero temperatures with a smile on his face.. they are so “ go dad”, he is inspiring and reminding them that life is not over in your 50's!
You can rough it.
You so can – we are not putting you in grim hostels full of bed bugs – remember those days in Thailand. Far from it – the accommodation is mixed – and different trips offer different comfort levels so it's up to us to make sure you find your best match. In Guatemala, for example, you wlll stay in the glorious Good Hotel - honestly this is utter heaven, a tent (up the volcano) and an uber cool, clean and groovy beach side hostel.
You can spend this amount on myself.
I get it – there’s always a family budget for holidays but hold on when were you last completely selfless? How many festival tickets have you paid for this year? Is it not your time?
You do not need to be an experienced traveller.
Not at all – we take all the pain out the experience. All you need to do is turn up at the airport and switch off. We take care of the rest and even have spare band aids.
You are brave enough to press the book button.
Of course you are – everyone is brave enough to venture out on one our trips – we are kind and embracing. We understand these adventures are pushing people out of their comfort zone so we are ready to support, push and catch when required. Dare I say it but we are good at what we do – team travel is our forte.
So, come on, give yourself permission and lets do it together.
Exciting times ahead.
PS. If you want to arrange your own trip, with your own group of friends, company, pilates class, book club - get in touch, we can do bespoke.
on 01 / 03 / 2019