A "Year of Yes" to Travel + My First Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas!

I'm not one to make new year's resolutions but this year I did come up with a theme for 2018. Welcome to my "Year of Yes" for Curated Travel. 

I said yes to a Princess cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with my husband and dear friends. 

Yes to a hosted luxury event with Nebe Club at Lake Como, Italy

Yes to a family vacation in Maui. Yes to getaways to Walla Walla, Washington, Portland and Bend, Oregon. 

Yes to a birthday weekend away in Napa Valley.

Yes to writing my first feature article in Upgraded Living Magazine.

Up Next:

Yes to Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas for a week.

Yes to a hosted luxury travel event in Los Cabos to check out the latest in luxury hotels with my wonderful travel agency, CADENCE.

Yes to another hosted travel event at the Phoenician in Scottsdale.

Yes to a CADENCE event at Lowe's in Hollywood. Most definitely this travel schedule ought to keep me busy for the next 7 weeks!

The only event I had to say no to, due to a prior commitment, was a hosted Ferrari/Pavoratti Gala Event in Italy. That one hurt just a bit, I must admit. Jet lag would have been tough combined with all the other travel commitments this month but I do love how the Italians celebrate.

As I pack for my first Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I'm feeling a bit nervous. These events are jam-packed with luxury travel brand meetings, events, networking, cocktail parties, dinners and galas that sometimes last into the wee hours of the morning. This is a far cry from the rare travel I did in the field of education and I want to keep up the pace. The more I learn about the latest in the travel industry the better for my clients. So wish me luck! 

If my luggage shows up this time, rather than the 6 day delay when I flew to Italy, I should be in good shape to enjoy this jam packed travel week in Vegas. 

On another note: I'll be meeting with travel brands from all over the world. If you have questions about certain destinations, hotel brands, cruise lines or experiences let me know. I'm here to do the research for you!

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An Elegant Party at Villa Balbiano on Lake Como in Italy

An Elegant Party at Villa Balbiano on Lake Como in Italy

It was a chilly day at Lake Como but that didn't stop our Travelux 2018 group from feeling warm and celebratory for our final party of this truly memorable luxury travel event. Villa Balbiano, with roots in the mid 16th century,  has recently been renovated by the famous French designer Jacques Garcia. An invitation to a party in this splendor was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy and it took my breath away.

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Curated Hotel: A VIP Visit to the Luxurious Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui

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During our recent getaway to Maui, we had the pleasure of spending the day at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. It was impressive to be greeted with, "Mrs. Lindstrom, we've been expecting you" as we drove up to the stately entrance lined with pots of fresh orchids, swaying palms, breezy island furnishings and the sound of softly falling water.  

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Until Further Notice... Celebrate Everything!

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At the risk of sounding downright sappy, I must confess I have romance on my mind today. With several of my client couples traveling to Italy this summer we are feeling the love la dolce vita style around here. This image above was sent to me by a a dear client couple enjoying a fabulous three weeks in Italia.

Clearly, it's a trip of a lifetime and just what I hoped for them. Can you tell I LOVE my career in travel?

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Planning for your dream vacation can be so exciting โ€” you are already daydreaming of where youโ€™re going to stay, what youโ€™ll see, the shows youโ€™ll take in, and all the amazing food youโ€™ll eat. But what about prepping, packing and organizing all your travel documents? Are they all in order? It can be overwhelming.  Hereโ€™s a list of everything you need, plus practical tips on how to keep everything organized, safe, and accessible.

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Move a little bit every day youโ€™re on holiday, especially if your job is the kind that has you sitting at a desk all day long like mine is.  This isnโ€™t about working out; itโ€™s just about doing what your body and brain want you to do, which is move around a little. Lounging is great โ€” there should definitely be time for lounging โ€” but only lounging for days on end has an ironic de-energizing effect on the body. (Itโ€™s part of why desk work can be insanely exhausting, even though you technically didnโ€™t do anything physical all day long.) 

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Dear Mom, A Letter to My Mother (Revisited)

Dear Mom,

From you, I've learned the value of a strong work ethic, tenacity, and the importance of leading with a warm smile.  From you, I've learned the value of cultivating lifelong friendships and nurturing those friendships with love and care. From you, I've learned when to let things go that aren't important in the scheme of life and thatyou can never please everyone.

From you, I've learned to enjoy the indulgence of a Belgian chocolate, a fine pair of Italian leather shoes, freshly cut flowers, and a strong cup of coffee, with cream, in the morning. From you, I have seen the life-altering power of faith, generosity, living with integrity, having a signature perfume and 'keeping it classy'.

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