Wanna see the cherry blossoms?

f you’re wanting to go see our nation’s capitol, now would be a great time to go because it is beautiful with cherry blossoms. Today lets look at some hotel packages that are available.

  • First, let’s look at the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. This place has been recently renovated and has been designed for comfort and rejuvenation. You are going to be on the water at this place. They have a package that will be available through May twenty-fourth, and you can get this whenever you stay more than two nights. You will get a hanami style picnic for two. You will also get breakfast each day of your stay.
  • The Rosewood Washington D.C. is located in Georgetown, and again, this place is designed for relaxation after your days of touring. You are going to get breakfast for two each morning. You will also get a tour of the city, and a kite-flying kit.
  • If you stays at the Hay-Adams, you will be staying near 1600 Pennsylvania avenue, which is where the first family lives. Here you will get a nice pastry. You will get a full American breakfast each morning of your stay. You will have to stay three nights to get this package.

I would love to know your thoughts on any of these. Let me know your questions.

 

Another interview

I have gotten several interviews, and think I am going to post one each day.. Thanks, Lynne, for sharing.

 

My name is Lynne Gallagher 51 yrs old and very happily married. I have threE fabulous boys 14, 12,
and 9 5 cats and three dogs. Real family of animal lovers and very inspired by nature. In my down
time I run a local wildlife rangers group for 9 – 18 year olds, photograhy is a passion especially
wildlife, I work on self improvement through Yoga and meditation.
My business is an online makeupsuperstore, basically it was set up as niche filler when Avon pulled
out of Ireland. I wanted to work with makeup as a way to empower women to feel good about
themselves. To encourage them to just try a bit of something to make you feel special even if its just
a bit of lipstick. I also wanted to discourage the notion that only supermodels wear makeup and look
fabulous. Even if you are a novice or other people look at your makeup and think oooh wouldnt
have done that, enjoy how makeup makes you feel not how the media tells you too.
For most people they would say that my work/life balance doesnt exist. And from the outside thats
how it looks but to explain, I had a serious heart attack nearly 5 years ago and have a
pacemaker/defibrilator fitted, couldnt work and stuck at home feeling useless so first thing I did was
take the boys out of school and home schooled them. The two eldest are at secondary school now
doing honours in all subjects so did a reasonable job there and smallest is still being schooled by
me. It might sound like I have no work/life balance but in truth I do. We get to share special times
when we can go out in thesnow and watch animals for school work, they trust me more and its a
very harmonious household.
\When I mine is fairly good.
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the kids loved it but I really dont like travelling so it was a nightmare going and coming back,
holiday was great tho.
Planning holidays for us is deciding where to go and then going to a really good travel agent who
knows wht they are doing, the best plans, hotels, flights etc. I have zero interest in trawling the net
for cheap flights etc, a holiday to me means starting as you mean to go on and letting someone
qualified do the work.
If I could ask a travel agent something, hmm, can you find find me the best place to just relax with
family where the kids can be entertained doing outdoor pursuits and interesting stuff and we can
just chill and have spa days or just a bit of leisurely activity to keep us from boredom.
You could ask Danielle Rock Kealy just mention me, and Laila Ali again mention me.
Please do send me travel newsletters especially anything on the ice hotel in Svalbard and holidays
to see the polar bears in same place.
Thanks hun and a pleasure to help you out.

Another interview

I final figured out how to print and paste this interview correctly. So here it is.

First, tell me about yourself. Are you married? How many kids do you have? What do you like to do in your downtime?

I am a working mother who owns Bowers Occupational Therapy Services Inc. I have 3 step children and 1 natural born child. I usually watch tv, go hiking, look at face book and make crafts, along with gardening.

Tell me about your business. Why did you start it? What made you decide to go into that particular business?

My business is to house my Occupational therapy degree. I started it out of need to be paid by the school districts and not to pay so much in taxes. I decided after I graduated from school.

Tell me about your work\life balance. Do you feel like you are balanced?

I work with children who have disabilities in a public school setting. I do feel balanced because I work from 8-3:30 mon through fri.

Do you set aside time each day\week to be with your family? Do you have certain things you like to do together? Do you and your husband do date nights? Tell me about those.

I don’t set aside time per se but I spend time with them everyday. We like to do crafts. We do not do date nights. We really enjoy having Bess around.

If you’re feeling like you are not getting enough time with your family, do you think that a family vacation might help?

I would love a family vacation to a tropical island, I would like to invite my best friend and her family also.

When was the last time you took a vacation? Did you enjoy it? Did it bring you together?

I take several vacations but mostly we stay home or do stuff like camping, fishing and hiking.

Did you plan it yourself? Did you enjoy planning it?

Yes we plan it.

Have you considered using a travel agent? Why or why not?

Yes I have considered it. But think that it would be expensive so I have not used one.

What would you like to ask a travel agent?

How much does it cost to have some one plan my vacation? Can you get deals that I cant get?

Do you know any other women business owners who might be willing to take this?

I don’t know any others that will take this. Sorry

Would you like to receive travel newsletters online?

Not at this time. Thank you though.

Thank you very much. I truly appreciate your

 

About travel agents

I got another interview yesterday, which is always nice.. I plan to post the interview later… Well, I planned to post it earlier, but the computer does not want to cooperate with me.

This blog, and hopefully my book, exist to help educate people about travel agents and what we do. And I was a bit discouraged to see that the person I was interviewing thinks that travel agents are expensive.

First of all, I have personally decided not to charge you, my guest, any additional fees. We make money when you book your travel through us. And that includes things like hotel stays, car rentals, cruises, and amusement parks. I’m sure there other things, but I ca’t think of any more right now.

And since this is what I do from day to day, I’m always learning more and more about this industry. I’m always hearing about deals. I’m also part of a large group of travel agent whose brains I can always pick with all kinds of questions.

I would love to know any questions you have for a travel agent.

An interview with Wendy

Everyone here knows that I’m starting to write a book. Well, because of the book, I have started interviewing women who own a business who are also raising a family. This first one is from my friend Wendy. And Wendy says :

First, tell me about yourself. Are you married? How many kids do you have? What do you like to do in your downtime?

 

Married, 3 kids.  In my downtime, I love to read.  Or go for a walk.

 

Tell me about your business. Why did you start it? What made you decide to go into that particular business?

 

I promote literacy through a franchise with Usborne Books & More.  I heard about it at a book party at a friend’s house and couldn’t decide what books I wanted for my kids, so I hosted my friends to earn a plethora of free ones for myself.  I was hooked because it was a business I could take with me, whereas with my previous business, personal training, I had to leave clients behind every time we moved.  I also saw that I could give more through their matching grant program.

 

Tell me about your work\life balance. Do you feel like you are balanced?  I love to work.  To me, work is fun, and I live to work.  However, God placed me with a man who does not feel the same way.  My husband’s view is that we work only in order to live.  I am blessed that he balances me out – or attempts to, anyway!

 

Do you set aside time each day\week to be with your family? Do you have certain things you like to do together? Do you and your husband do date nights? Tell me about those.

 

Yes.  Friday nights are sacred.  We usually try a movie, or a game, karaoke, or a read aloud.

 

After dinner, averaging twice a week, we read a fun story, and then a short Bible lesson and devotional.

 

My husband and I used to be able to go out when we lived near family 3 years ago.  Or, we could count on Army mandatory fun events for our dates.  Now that we have moved to a smaller Army post, we are in the middle of finding out how to date each other.  It is turning out that lunch dates (with my 3 year old in tow) are great!

 

If you’re feeling like you are not getting enough time with your family, do you think that a family vacation might help?  Always.

 

When was the last time you took a vacation? Did you enjoy it? Did it bring you together?

 

We took a vacation I earned with my company last year, for a week, to Ireland.