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Blue Fusion Escapes and Insights

February 2024


I can't believe how quickly January went by and it's  February.  Blah.  My least favorite month of the year.  I'm always ready for winter to be done by February.  I've had enough windstorms, ice storms, bitter cold and gloomy dark days. Unfortunately, here in Portland, we have a long way to go before warmer sunnier days.   My winter getaway is overdue.  

Thankfully, by the time this newsletter hits your inbox, I will have gotten my winter blues escape.  

I hope you had a chance to embrace winter blues this year by jetting off into the blue skies to land somewhere that lifted your spirits and warmed you☀️


Fiji: 10 Unforgettable Adventures

Imagine palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, and a tropical paradise teeming with adventure - welcome to Fiji. This captivating group of over 300 islands in the heart of the Pacific Ocean is more than just a picture-perfect destination. From sunbathing on the pristine Coral Coast, exploring vibrant coral reefs, and immersing in the rich local culture, Fiji offers a slice of paradise for every traveler.  Here are ten must-see destinations and enchanting experiences Fiji has in store.

Travel Tip: Pre-Check Your Bag Size

Eliminate travel day stresses by pre-checking your luggage size if you live near the airport 🧳

Airlines have different size restrictions especially for international flights.  Use the bag sizers at ticket counters to verify your luggage fits within the airline's standards.

This quick check can save you time, avoid last-minute surprises or extra charges, and contribute to a smoother journey.


Did you know?

Most Visited Country

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) France is the most visited country in the world, followed by Mexico, then Spain.

Have you visited any of these countries?

An Underground River

Rio Secreto, an underground river that runs through a spectacular cave system near Playa del Carmen is a must-see while you’re visiting the Riviera Maya.

You’ll get to explore the cave system and see thousands of geological formations. It’s a truly memorable experience. 

A significant percentage of the profits made on tours to Rio Secreto are used to help sustain the local flora and fauna, and fund environmental education programs.

An Unexpected Surprise in Rome

During my recent trip to Rome, amidst the awe-inspiring monuments and historic treasures, our tour guide pointed out an unexpected but delightful surprise that left a lasting impression - a bay leaf tree. As a familiar ingredient in my cooking, the sight of a real-life bay leaf tree was an unexpected highlight, reminding me of the beauty of the simplest things.

My encounter with the bay leaf tree became an unforeseen highlight of my trip, serving as a sharp and pleasing contrast to the man-made wonders surrounding us. Like Rome itself, the tree was a living testament to history and tradition, standing there quietly, reminding us that the ordinary could be extraordinary if seen with fresh eyes.

In the grand scheme of things, the bay leaf tree is not the Colosseum or Vatican City - it is not a sight that tourists flock to, it doesn't hold deep historic significance, nor is it part of the acclaimed Roman skyline. In the context of everything Rome had to offer, this humble bay leaf tree still managed to etch a special place in my heart, transforming a reasonably typical cooking ingredient into a delightful travel memory.

Through this simple yet impactful encounter, I was reminded that travel is about the places we go, the experiences we have, and the new perspectives we gain. Like the bay leaf tree standing in the heart of Rome, every travel experience has the potential to surprise, delight, and transform our outlook on something we might have considered ordinary.

So the next time you embark on a journey, remember that sometimes, a simple bay leaf tree can bring as much joy as a visit to a world-famous landmark. Here's to more unexpected delights on the road, the extraordinary ordinary things, and the endless surprises that travel holds.

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