This Week In The Travel Hub….

March 30, 2019 john 0 Comments

Hi There,

It is a beautiful warm, sunny Thursday afternoon here in Perth as I write. Tomorrow Nilla and I head home to Albany for the first time in 4 weeks.

What an incredible 4 weeks it has been. So many new experiences for which we count our good fortune to have had. From Nilla’s successful hip operation to every day waking up to life and vitality that Harvey brings to each day.

For Nilla and I who are experiencing our first grandchild, it could not have been more rewarding.

For those of you who have one or more Grandies, you know all too well what I am saying. If you are still waiting… it will be worth it.

This week I want to change things slightly. And also reach out for some feedback on whether I am on the right path with this idea.

  • Is the election influencing your travel planning?
  • Scientist have found the wanderlust gene. Do you have it?
  • Viking – Michelle shares her onboard review.
  • Wondering which River Cruise will work for you?
  • An apology from John…

For the last 3 days, I have debated within myself whether to ask this question and because our business has always been based on openness, honesty and transparency I feel comfortable in asking.

Is The Pending Election Influencing Your Planning?

I ask this because new enquiries are not as strong as past years for March. Or perhaps is there something else I need to know that is of concern to you?

It would be great if you could reply with your thoughts either via email to [email protected] or call me directly on 08 6830 1920. Thanks in advance, I do appreciate you.

I mentioned earlier that I am trying something a little different with this week. And that is why I am sharing the following article which resonated with me. Again please let me know what you think and whether you would like more articles in our Travel Hub newsletters.

I mentioned earlier that I am trying something a little different with this week. And that is why I am sharing the following article which resonated with me. Again please let me know what you think and whether you would like more articles in our Travel Hub newsletters.

The Wanderlust Gene – Do You Have It?

Scientists may have found the “wanderlust gene.” Do you have it?

You know them when you meet them: those people who always keep their passport on hand, who can pack for an international trip in about twenty minutes flat, who’ve almost never met a travel idea they didn’t like, who would rather take three international trips a year than own a car. They never get tired of exploring.

Scientists might have discovered why some people tend towards wanderlust and others don’t. One gene in particular, simply known as DRD4, is associated with dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is one of the brain’s natural “feel good” reward chemicals. For example, it’s released when we eat a delicious piece of chocolate cake or when we win at a race after training for months.

A derivative of DRD4, called DRD4-7R, is what’s come to be known as the “wanderlust gene.” In people who have it only about 20 percent of the population it shows up with an increased curiosity, restlessness, and desire to explore. And the one thing that almost all people who have DRD4-7R share in common? A history of traveling.



Michelle’s Viking Experience

Elegance…Grace…Class….Let me introduce you to the Viking Sun! What a ship she is!! At just over 40,000 tonne and carrying 930 passengers, the Viking Sun is the perfect ship for anyone looking at a small to medium size cruise liner.

Viking Cruise Lines pride themselves on their onboard service. With a one staff member to two passenger ratio, their service is exceptional. All their staff are employed directly by Viking Cruises and no contracting staff are used. In fact, Viking are so particular when it comes to their service, that all staff are sent to finishing school in Switzerland so that each and every member of their team has been trained the same way.

Nothing is done by half on this cruise ship…even the patisserie chefs are shipped off to France to learn how to make ‘proper’ pastries and breads… and even the flour used onboard the ship is milled and imported from France! When you are eating a croissant …you will know that you are actually eating the real thing!!!

Which River Cruise Will Work For You?

When Will You Join the River Cruise Revolution?

From the Missisippi to the Mekong, the world’s rivers are becoming the hottest way to travel. This is music to our ears as it means more ships are being built to meet the demand, with each more spectacular and luxurious than the last.

There has also been a noticeable ‘upping of the ante’ when it comes to guest offerings. Whether it’s active excursions for health-conscious travellers, a cookery school, voluntourism options, state-of-the-art amenities, or itineraries geared at families or younger holidaymakers, there will soon be a river cruise to suit every type of traveller.

A poll taken by the world’s largest cruise site, Cruise Critic, found Amsterdam to Budapest was the most popular European route for a river cruise.

But with so much choice the task of finding THE perfect river cruise becomes that much more complicated. Fortunately we’re here to help point you in the right direction! Click below to take a closer look at our mostly highly reccommended cruise line operators.

An Apology From John…

I promised and have not delivered as of yet, so you deserve my apology. Two weeks back I thought we would be sharing our exciting new cruise update service.

What I did not know at the time was, that we would encounter a techie issue between us and the new program that is still not resolved. Fingers crossed it can be resolved in the next 24 hours. So at this point, our goal is to deliver this to you on Tuesday.

That’s the Travel Hub for this week. I would love to hear from you so please email or call.

Until Next Saturday,

John Spark