We all have causes that speak to us, the ones we choose to support. It's a big wide world out there, and there are many volunteer opportunities for do-gooders, from one day stints to multi-month commitments.
In 1992, I cashed my sophomore year student loan check and bought a round-trip ticket to London and a Eurail Pass. I convinced my then-best friend Juliette to take the semester off. We devised plans to travel through England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Amsterdam. I rationalized that the trip would honor my recently deceased mother's end of life regret that she never went Europe. My father deemed the adventure reckless.
Until a few years ago, I was by most travelers' standards a bona fide jetsetter, logging more than 100 flights per year. I jaunted far and wide, saw the world's best sights and attended once-in-a-lifetime events. I stayed in rustic yurts and swanky five-star hotels kitted with personal butler service. I (nervously) flew in tiny twin-engine prop planes and luxuriated in Qantas' International First Class service.
Valentine's Day is just 24 hours, but the whole month of February can be a month of love.
For February, the month that celebrates love, here are my Top 10 destinations that I've loved to visit with my family as well as for business. I have a confession to make about my #1 choice. With all the business and personal travel that has taken me to many exciting and interesting places (while accumulating over 1 million air miles), I'm a country girl at heart.
What would you need in order to live a happy and fulfilled life? A successful career doing something rewarding and fulfilling? Living in a lean and healthy body? Traveling the globe? Giving back and serving in some way?