My first post on Vacation Time is Precious was a year ago today.
Birthdays are a time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, how you got there, and where you’re going. So here goes.
The inspiration for starting the blog was a guest at Monteverde Lodge asking me if I could recommend a company that was, “like Costa Rica Expeditions,” for the Galapagos. It hit me that for years I had been making recommending travel companies to our guests and that a blog might be a vehicle for helping like minded travelers and travel companies find each other.
I emailed the first post to our list of past guests to ask them if they thought it was a good idea. I figured if I got at least 10 positive comments I’d keep going. I got 65, almost all of them positive.
Then Vacation Time is Precious took on a life of its own.
Though I have made many recommendations for tour companies, they turned out to be a relatively small part of the blog. For the most part the blog has been an ongoing conversation consisting of whatever I am thinking about and your comments.
I have posted on topics as diverse as a children’s book that saved a little red lighthouse in New York City, to complaints and how to handle them. I’ve written about how the supply chain in the travel industry is evolving, and how I made a fool of myself on an overnight train from Paris to Madrid.
If many of the posts have a unifying theme, I suppose it is precious time and the most nourishing ways we can spend it—not just our vacation time, put all of our precious time.
The important thing for me is that working on this blog has been a very nourishing way to spend my precious time. The relationships, new and old, that Vacation Time is Precious has fostered and renewed have been immensely satisfying, personally and professionally. It is also heartening that the number of subscribers is growing.
Chief among the satisfactions was the “Trip of a Lifetime,” which I have been sharing with you through Patty Chang Anker’s blog posts. Not only did I learn a great deal and get to read and share Patty’s posts, I made 5 new very good friends—no small thing at my age.
So where is this blog going? There are 9 more posts from Patty about Trip of a Lifetime.
After that, it depends in part on all of you. Please let me know what you want me to write about and I will do my best to comply.
To sum up, I do not know exactly where this blog is going, but I am very much looking forward to getting there and to another fun-filled year.
Photo November 2010 by Laura Hubber