"You must live in the present. Launch yourself on every wave. Find your eternity in each moment." – Henry David Thoreau
With many of us feeling the heat this week, why not travel north this summer? An old friend and former BAM colleague is doing just that. He contacted me with a last minute request to tack on a vacation after a work conference in Vancouver this week. We had a lot of fun planning this "cool" Canadian escapade - beginning with a majestic, two-day journey through the Canadian Rockies from Vancouver to Banff (including an overnight in Kamloops) aboard the Rocky Mountaineer - the same wonderful train company that took me from Denver to Moab last month! Once in Banff, a mountain resort is home base for fun tours that will be spectacularly beautiful like white water rafting, trips to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, a wildlife safari in Banff National Park, plus an all day excursion along the Columbia Icefields Parkway and this glacier walk pictured above. That's one way to beat a heat wave!
I visited this part of the world as a teenager and have vivid memories of walking on the glacier in this photo, throwing summer snowballs with my family, marveling at the unbelievable blue of Lake Louise, and singing the Ricola song over and over from the doorstep of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Canadian Rockies are indescribably beautiful, and I'd love to help you plan a trip like this too!
Other bookings heated up this week too including trips to Costa Rica for a lovely couple looking for a mix of authentic local culture and beachy paradise in a safe destination plus a fascinating faith-based escorted group tour through Portugal, Spain, and France filled with legendary pilgrimage sites. I even put my own trip to Paris on the books for 2023 when I'll redeem my two free nights at the magnifique Paris Peninsula hotel. It's located in the 16th arrondissement, a neighborhood replete with Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture (which I LOVE) as well as Modernist buildings by Corbusier, etc., so I'm really excited for the private "Modern Paris Architecture Tour: Guimard to Le Corbusier" I booked with the exemplary Context Travel - tours led by PhD and MA level experts. I can't wait!
Lastly, one of my favorite river cruise lines, Avalon Waterways, has a great promotion right now where if you make a booking by July 31, you'll receive $399 airfares per person, plus save $2,800 per couple from select U.S. cities on select 2023 Europe cruises. That's one HOT deal for one hot week!
Image credit above: Mike Seehagel / Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection
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