2019 ~ A Year (and Decade) in Review

Looking back at this past year (and decade), I summed it up during my New Year meditation and intention ceremony down to one word… Overwhelming.

2019 and this past decade has been so hard but so f*@&ing necessary.

This past decade I dealt with the fallout of my father’s death on my family, I left a controlling religion that held me back since childhood, my marriage falling apart because my husband cheated, restarting my life from two suitcases, loss of fur babies due to old age, divorce, started a proper career in travel, traveled to 22 new countries, started to go hiking, skiing, downhill mountain biking and enjoying other things that make me happy again, climbing the corporate ladder very quickly to have my own shop, closure of my shop, growing my travel influencer/business coaching/marketing business, launched a podcast to landing on my feet finally on the ground floor of a brand new premium travel agency brand.

Reading back this list, I can’t help but feel proud. It’s been overwhelming, but so amazing at the same time. I found my authentic self.

I grew as a person so much over this past 10 years. I gained so much strength from within to deal with everything. I didn’t let my situations define me. I learned what I want and what I didn’t in my relationships (for love and in friends and family), and I won’t settle. I learned so many valuable lessons in life this past year and decade and also in business.

So now let’s dial in how this past year was for me.

What did 2019 teach me overall about myself? It taught me to be open, trust the path I’m on, manifestations do come true. I needed to see the value of me, my health and put myself first. I felt feelings of failure and vulnerability. I realized that there are always ebbs and flows to life and it’s how we react to situations that determines if we’ve grown or taken a step backwards.

In 2019, what are you most grateful for? I’m grateful for all the lessons learned, positive and negative. I’m grateful for my friends (old and new), my family and my clients. I made some great new connections in my business this year. I’m grateful for my travels, being able to recharge and the ability to see five new countries this year (Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia). I’m grateful that I believed in myself and had the courage to start and launch a podcast (The Wanderlust Journey Travel Podcast).

My biggest accomplishments in 2019 was being a store manager for a Flight Centre store and all the learnings that came from that. Also, focusing on my business coaching, targeted growth on my social media platforms, working on my own business projects and launching a podcast this year all by myself. Landing a position in a new brand of Flight Centre, the first one in Western Canada, a new premium travel agency called Laurier Du Vallon.

2020 and this upcoming decade is a blank canvas for me.

During my intention setting and meditation ceremony I ended with how I want 2020 and beyond to look. I got very specific in my goals and set metrics for them. I even did a few exercises to come up with my “words” and “mantra” for this new year. So I’m going into this next year with a positive outlook and a mantra of “I am worthy of love, peace, balance and abundance”. I’ve set my new goals personally and in my career using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based) goals. The words that I chose for this year are Success, Abundance, Love, Health, Wealth and Positivity. I summed it down to “I am worthy” of these things – so my one word for 2020 is Worth.

I’ve got so much planned for 2020 already. In travel, I’m heading to Norway, Germany, France and England in May. In July, I’m heading back to England to take in the British Formula One Grand Prix, then flying to Denmark to do a Baltic Cruise and visit Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden. My last trip on the books as of right now for this year is in September, I’m leading a river cruise from Switzerland through France, Germany, Luxembourg and finally ending in the Netherlands. If you’re interested in joining me on this cruise please contact me. I do still have cabins available on this sailing through the Rhine Gorge. It’s going to be a great year, I’ll be adding a minimum of eight new countries to my list! I’ve got some great guests coming up on my podcast this year and excited to see where this goes and takes me.

2019 and this past decade were so f%$ing necessary. It’s set me up to absolutely slay in 2020 and this decade to come.

2020, I’m ready.

Ariane

Ep. 5 Surviving the Holiday Travel Season

Aloha from The Big Island of Hawai’i! Today on the podcast I’m chatting about Holiday Season travel tips.

I’m diving into my own recent flight woes and how to prepare yourself and your family for a busy travel season. Stresses are high and tempers are short, but there are ways you can alleviate some anxieties while travelling during the Christmas Holidays.

Here is the link to find out your rights when it comes to compensation from the airlines due to delays, cancellations, etc with flights departing to, from and within Canada: https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/air-passenger-protection-regulations-highlights

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Thanks again for listening, as always if you’d like to get in touch to be a guest on my podcast or to give an idea on an upcoming episode topic, please contact me.

Ep. 4 Travel Safety Tips and Tricks with David

I chat again with a really good friend David about travel safety tips and tricks. We chat about muggings, natural disasters and travel scams we’ve seen on our travels and how to do your best to prepare yourself. Knowledge and preparation empowers you to be a more confident traveller.

The Government of Canada has a great travel information website: https://www.travel.gc.ca On this website you can find travel warnings, safety information, visa entry requirements and health information.

Follow David on Instagram at @attraversiamoinsieme

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Thanks again for listening, as always if you’d like to get in touch to be a guest on my podcast or to give an idea on an upcoming episode topic, please contact me.

Ep. 3 Solo Travel Questions Answered

In this episode I’m solo answering some solo travel questions that I received through Instagram and Facebook.

I answer questions such as “Isn’t is weird to eat alone?” to “Do you find it lonely travelling by yourself?”. I discuss why I personally love to travel solo to some of the challenges faced when travelling alone. The biggest takeaway is that solo travel should not hold you back! It’s so rewarding if you’re prepared.

A great resource for cruising (especially if your travelling alone) is Cruise Critic, you can join roll calls for cruises you are travelling on, etc – https://boards.cruisecritic.com

The Government of Canada has a great travel information website: https://www.travel.gc.ca On this website you can find travel warnings, safety information, visa entry requirements and health information.

Some of the apps that I use when I travel are: Google Translate (make sure to download the languages so you can use while off data, etc), Google Maps/Streetview, WhatsApp/Facebook Messenger (to stay connected to home), Airline apps (Air Canada, WestJet, etc, whomever I am flying as some planes don’t have in seat entertainment, they require that you have the app to watch movies, etc), Various Hotel apps (Marriott Bonvoy, etc), the Weather Network (to get up to date weather information to plan your days) and of course Uber/Lyft.

To listen to this episode of the Wanderlust Journey Travel Podcast or past episodes, visit one of these links (click on which platform you use to listen):

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Thanks again for listening, as always if you’d like to get in touch to be a guest on my podcast or to give an idea on an upcoming episode topic, please contact me.

Ep. 2 Talking Travel Anxieties with David

I chat with a really good friend David about travel anxieties that we’ve experienced with planning our last trips to Brazil and Italy. We also cover anxieties in the airport, flying and once you arrive in a new destination. We share our tips and tricks to help you prepare and manage stress while travelling.

For information on what you can and can’t bring through security check points in your carry on or personal item, visit the CATSA website: https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en

Did you know YVR (the Vancouver International Airport) has a “quiet area” to meditate and relax prior to your flight: http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/navigate-yvr/quiet-area

YVR also has some great Autism Travel Resources found here for families: http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/navigate-yvr/accessibility-at-yvr/autism-travel-resources

A great app for travelling (or just even for relaxation at home after work, etc) is the Calm app. You can find it in your Apple App Store, Google Play or where ever you download your apps.

Follow David on Instagram at @attraversiamoinsieme

To listen to this episode of the Wanderlust Journey Travel Podcast or past episodes, visit one of these links (click on which platform you use to listen):

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Thanks again for listening, as always if you’d like to get in touch to be a guest on my podcast or to give an idea on an upcoming episode topic, please contact me.

It’s Podcast Launch Day! ~ Ep.1 Hello From Italy!

I’m so excited to be launching my Wanderlust Journey Travel Podcast today!

My first episode is called “Hello From Italy!” and I recorded it from beautiful Minori, Italy on the stunning Amalfi Coast. It’s a glimpse into what my podcast will be all about and you’ll get to know me a little more through questions I’ll be asking some of my guests in upcoming episodes!Here’s where you can find my podcast (click on which platform you use to listen):

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Interested in being a guest or advertising on my podcast, please contact me for more info.