Bursting Forth From Your Chrysalis


Merriam-Webster defines "chrysalis" as not only the pupa of a butterfly and its hardened outer protective layer, but also as "a protecting covering, a sheltered state or stage of being or growth." I've chosen to view these months at home as my personal chrysalis; my walls are providing a hardened outer layer in a sheltered state, and masks are my protecting covering. While safely inside, I've had a very active stage of growth. I continue to update my business operations, marketing, certifications, and insider knowledge of the travel industry and its leading public health safety standards and protocols. Personally, I've been undergoing a transformation too!

Through the Real Appeal program (a surprise benefit from my health insurance provider), so far I've lost eight pounds, exercise five or more times a week, eat a nutritious and balanced diet, and put every single calorie to work for ME now. I can't remember the last time I felt this good in my body all day every day. I decided I want a good story to come out of 2020, and under the cover of social distancing, I'm slowly and steadily transforming myself here inside my chrysalis home. Even my hair is growing longer, just below my shoulders now. I fantasize about what sort of butterfly wings I'll sprout when I emerge at the end of this "sheltered state" and brilliantly flit off to Portugal's Azores, Madeira, and Algarve regions, Morocco, or Rwanda - all high atop my travel list! 

I've been thinking too how a post-election getaway could be so restorative. Aren't we all ready for the election to just be over and done already? Whomever wins, you'll either want to celebrate or scream into your pillow, pack a bag, and leave the country for a few days. Either way, there ARE places you can go, and I work with a truly wonderful tour operator who's got a GREAT promotion running until the end of October. We can book a customized vacation for you RISK FREE because they're waiving penalties on changes up to just seven days prior to travel, and the changes can be to the trip dates and even the destination! I'm already working with them for two clients on 2021 trips to Wales and Portugal - both favorites of mine. 

When you're ready to burst forth from your chrysalis, how will you be transformed? Where will you want your new wings to take you exploring? For what kind of new life are you preparing and planning? Let Nine Muses Travel take the burden of all the little details off your back, so you can effortlessly soar off to new adventures, with new eyes and a renewed passion to get out and go!


I creatively customize luxury travel highlighting local arts and culture, history, and cuisine for intellectually curious clients longing to feel deeply inspired by exciting destinations, culinary delights, and authentic cultural experiences on a life-changing, joyful journey of discovery.


Danielle Dybiec

Founder & President of Nine Muses Travel

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