Monday, July 18, 2011

My New Business!!!

It's official...I'm a small business owner!  There's not much to it yet, but Palm Paradise Travel is all mine and it will be whatever I make it.  I'm in the process of getting everything set up and then I'll be open for business.  This isn't like all my other ideas where I just talk about them.  I'm doing my best to not overwhelm myself to the point where I do nothing.  I'm taking it one step at a time.  I have the LLC set up and a tax ID number and a few other things are in the works like the logo and web site.   It might take another month or so to get it all up and running, but very soon, I will be a travel consultant for my very own company.  I will be focusing on the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and cruises, but will be able to book other places as well.  Oh, and I'm not quitting a my day job.  This will be an at home business on nights and weekends.  More details to come!

So...anyone want to book a vacation???

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Travel Bucket List

Continuing on my posts about bucket lists...since my passion in life is travel, here are places I want to go.  I work my #$%^ off these days at work so most involve a lot of relaxation.
  1. Lizard Island, Australia
  2. Over water bungalow in Bora Bora
  3. Champagne region of France
  4. Cook Islands
  5. Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia
  6. Peter Island, BVI
  7. Palm Island, St. Vincent & The Grendadines
  8. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Spend an extended period of time in Paris
  11. Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon and then go river rafting on the Colorado river
Should I ever become fabulously wealthy and want more adventure, here are some more places.
  1. Pyramids of  Giza
  2. Safari in Africa
  3. Machu Picchu
  4. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  5. Drive across the country
Here are some the more interesting things I've already done.
  1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  2. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  3. Saw an opera at the Sydney Opera House
  4. Climbed the harbor bridge in Sydney
  5. Hiked the Na'Pali coast in Kauai
  6. Climbed Uluru (walking around it was better!)
  7. Watched the sunrise and sunset over Uluru
  8. Went to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  9. Went to the top of the Empire State building
  10. Had a drink at the top of the World Trade Center in New York
  11. Took a bus tour thru Europe
  12. Mountain biked thru the Alps
  13. White water rafted thru the Alps
  14. Swam under a waterfall in Hawaii
  15. Visited the beach bars of the BVI, including the Soggy Dollar Bar
  16. Had a picnic in the French country side
  17. Christmas in New York
What's on your list?  What have been some of your favorite place you have visited?

Friday, July 8, 2011


My last post got some interesting feedback.  One person actually reminded me of something that absolutely belongs on my bucket list...owning my own business.   This has always interested me, even when I was a kid.   I not only wanted to be a chef...I wanted to be a chef in my own restaurant.  In college I took a class on entrepreneurship and interned at a non-profit that helped women start their own businesses.  In grad school I took another class on entrepreneurship and interned at an incubator that helped international companies get a presence in the US.  I have the passion, but am too risk averse.  I scrapped the idea of the dog bakery because I just didn't stick with it.  I didn't have a passion for it and I had to admit that to myself.  Also, many of the online dog bakeries I was tracking went out of business. 

I have something else in the works right now that I do have a passion for, but there is very little money in it.  Since my day job pays the bills, I'm going to give it a go in a side business that I do have a passion for, even though it won't pay the bills, but could make me happy. 

Any guesses???