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Brain Benefits of Volunteer Vacations and Citizen Science: Boomer Options

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Being Purposeful and traveling are two of the most robust paths to keeping your brain firing and engaged.  So think about this…. The world of travel is about to face an incredible opportunity — millions of Baby Boomers looking to fill their lives with purposeful, constructive, educational experiences that make them feel alive.

Train and Cruise through Alaska

I am one of that army of educated people looking to serve my purpose, enjoy life, and engage more fully in the world but I have a head start…. Unlike my peers though, I found what excites me more than just about anything — being a Citizen Scientist on a volunteer vacation. I caught the bug on trip to Belize in November where my husband and I participated in a reef conservation project with ReefCI .   We found this oh so life changing experience through an incredibly well run organization out of the UK POD Volunteer.

Learning on the island

Learning about lobsters before we go hunt them with Jason, marine biologist extraordinaire! Photo was taken by Polly, the founder of ReefCI! www.reefci.com

Both my husband and I work…a lot… and lead really  busy lives so when we found a way to really contribute to the scientific body of knowledge while traveling AND that travel fit into the limited spaces of time we could take away from work, we were thrilled.  Combine that with something we love — scuba diving — and we had a recipe for something life changing.  And that it did…. We are currently planning our next adventure.  It might be an archeological dig or could be a turtle preservation project or we may be working to restore a habitat somewhere cool but it will be something purposeful and engage our minds on a whole new level — up the challenge and keep our brains firing and re-wiring!

Airport Traveling

I plan to write each week about volunteer vacation opportunities and how to use those to both maximize your brain health and amplify the quality of life. Find something you love — something you are passionate about — and see if you can find a trip.   Better yet, tell me what you love and are passionate about and let’s explore together.  

This piece was originally published on www.craniumcrunches.com/blog

You're Just In Time for WAVE Season!

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Just in time for wave season, Sheila Korte of Korte Travel receives an Accredited Cruise Counselor designation.

Wave Season is the time of year (January – March) that you can pick up fantastic cruise deals including possible free upgrades, onboard credits and other perks!  Many cruise lines offer sales during this time, and Korte Travel can help you take advantage of these promotions to get a great deal on your next cruise vacation.

Sheila of Korte Travel, has been designated as a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Cruise Counselor after recently completing the organization’s Certification requirements.  Sheila is now recognized within the cruise industry as an Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC).

Sheila Korte achieved Cruise Counselor Certification by completing a comprehensive program of cruise sailing training and product instruction, delivered through a combination of extensive classroom training and personal cruise experience.  CLIA’s Certification program graduates are widely recognized as the foremost cruise vacation experts among American travel agents.

Korte Travel is one of the more than 16,000 North American travel agency members of CLIA.  According to CLIA statistics the overwhelming majority of travelers – about 90% – book their cruise through a travel agency and for good reason – travel agents understand the products they recommend and excel in finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ needs, lifestyle and budget.

About Korte Travel
Sheila and Chris Korte of Korte Travel are Cruise Planners/American Express franchise owners and travel agents. They have traveled the world for over 20 years and proudly served their country in the U.S. Army.  They use all of their personal travel experience to provide full-service cruise and vacation planning for individuals, veterans and families.  For more information, please visit Korte Travel atwww.KorteTravel.com or call 631-893-4232.

CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702

 

WHAT A TRAVEL AGENT CAN DO FOR YOU!

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Travel and happiness: As I said in my first article, those words go together, kind of like peanut butter & jelly. For my second post on Time To Play website I’m going to give you a couple tips that will help make the planning process much easier and help you get to the happiness part of your vacation with less hassle and in less time. It’s like the old saying, “Leave the driving to us”. To have a near flawless vacation experience “Leave the Planning to your travel agent”.

Do you usually call your travel agent to assist with the planning? Most people don’t because they think it will cost them more money. That is a myth. Using a travel agent can actually save you money. Travel agents have relationships with travel suppliers and we can usually get a much better price then most people can by “trolling” the Internet. Your agent receives continuous training to keep them up to date on how best to assist their clients. On a complicated itinerary there might be an additional fee for the consultation with an agent, but the value you will receive will outweigh any fee that might be charged. Also, if something goes wrong and you’ve booked with a website, who are you going to call if you run into problems? If you’ve booked with an agent you will have a liaison in your corner that will work to get most difficult situations resolved.

So next time you are thinking of getting away and you’re not quite sure where, when or how you will get there, pick up the phone and call your local travel agent. Remember I said I was going to give you a couple of tips on how to get to the HAPPINESS part of your vacation in the most-timely fashion? Well, here goes:

  • CALL YOUR TRAVEL AGENT
  • CALL YOUR TRAVEL AGENT

The tip is worth repeating to guarantee the most unique and inspiring vacation experience. After all who wants to take a boring, humdrum vacation. We all want something different and the best way to achieve the ultimate vacation is to:

Call Your Travel Agent!

My husband, Chris and I are certified, bonded and insured agents and we would be glad to give you a hand. We’re both veterans and we own and operate a Cruise Planners/American Express Travel Franchise right here on Long Island. Thanks to the Internet we can service clients nationwide.

Here’s our contact info. www.kortetravel.com – 631-893-4232.

We’re waiting for your call! Happy Travels!

CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702

 

Every Vacation Experience is Different (or should be!)

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We often get the question, “What trip would you take?”  I want our clients to understand that Chris and I believe everyone is different.  There is no “one size fits all” vacation experience.  It is very important not to judge what people want to do on their vacations.  By asking the correct questions, Chris and I are able to drill down to the essence of what they really want to do during that precious vacation time.  We create an entire experience around those details and expectations.  It’s like Travel Therapy!

I am currently involved in creating a unique vacation experience for a client that didn’t know how to juggle multi-generational travel requirements.  As part of the “Sandwich Generation” more people are traveling with their children and their parents, and hoping that everyone will enjoy the experience.  I think we can all relate to this!

They came to me for help and together we concluded that a cruise vacation fit the bill.  After comparing land vacations and giving them 3 or 4 options, I was able to show the extensive value of a cruise.  On a cruise, the kids will have age appropriate fun and they and the older folks will be catered to and everyone will get to enjoy nightly entertainment and great food that is included in the package price.  To build excitement for the trip, I sent them video brochures showing what they can expect.  They are very excited and I can’t wait to talk to them when they return.

Our services even extend to tweaking the experience while it is happening.  If the client doesn’t like the room or feels that they need something while in the middle of their vacation, we tell them to call or email right away, so that we can intervene and hopefully get them satisfaction during the vacation.  As Cruise Planners/American Express travel agents we use preferred suppliers. That allows us to book vacations with every confidence that our clients will be satisfied.

Your time is valuable and you should expect to get the most out of the vacation time you have each year!  As travel agents, we research and develop a unique experience for our clients.  This is our number one goal!  Korte Travel Online

CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702