"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions." — Albert Einstein Sunday brought the first day of Spring, a time to remember we can always begin again and step into a fresh new world upon waking, leaving behind a dark slumber to venture out and continue our growth. The first day of Spring is for dreaming of all the things life will bring in warmer, brighter days. Like Einstein said, "Imagination is everything." I see the long-dormant traveler coming alive again inside so many of you with all the new requests last week, including beautiful adventures to Italy, England, Japan, and a Dutch tulips cruise featuring Floriade Expo 22, a spectacular garden festival held every 10 years in the Netherlands. The show starts soon, open from April 14 to October 9, 2022, and I'd love for you to experience it like a VIP too. Today, I'm attending a lunch event sponsored by the Austrian tourism office who arranged meetings between me and a fabulous list of Austrian partners and colleagues from classic hotels (Hotel Sacher Vienna and Hotel Sacher Salzburg, the Hotel Altstadt Vienna, the Hotel Astoria Seefeld, the Hotel Gasthof Post, and the Hotel Kristiania from Lech/Arlberg), Austrian cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Granz), cultural institutions (Mozart House Vienna and the Jewish Museum Vienna, and from the Tirolean Alps, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds), and two music organizations (Vienna Residence Orchester and Schönbrunn Palace Concerts). We see several of these in person too on our June 2023 Danube River cruise - see below for details. As the founder of a NYC-certified WBE (women-owned business enterprise), I not only keep up with what's happening in the travel industry, I often attend events for entrepreneurs to keep my business skills on point and enjoy time with other high-vibing, industrious business owners. On Saturday I'll be at BKLYN Commons in Flatbush, Brooklyn for the WE Series 2022 Women's Conference: A Day of Hope and Inspiration. I mean, who doesn't need a day of hope and inspiration? I'm looking forward to it! Also, countries around the world continue relaxing entry protocols as new paths forward are forged, and this Saturday, March 26 Hawaii will also remove its requirements for pre-travel testing, vaccines or quarantines, and needing a Safe Travels account to enter the state. Canada announced that beginning April 1 travelers won't have to take a pre-arrival test to enter. Did you know Cuba produced its own vaccines and has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world? Cuba is fully open to Americans who travel within approved U.S. guidelines and requires proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test to visit; Nine Muses Travel works exclusively with vetted tour operators who have proven, extensive experience seamlessly arranging trips in Cuba. And since March 15, travelers to Greece only need a passport and just one of the following: vaccination card, recovery certificate, or a negative test. All these re-openings and relaxing of restrictions are aptly timed for Spring, and I'm here to help you out of hibernation, into a world of new possibilities. Dream of where you want to be this year and with whom you want to share those experiences, then let me help you get there on an inspired journey.
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