Travel brings out the best in people

KamloopsTravelClubEDITOR’S NOTE: The Armchair Mayor News is pleased to welcome our newest contributor, James Gjaltema. James is with the Kamloops Travel Club as well as being an associate with the Flight Centre. He’ll provide travel tips and ideas on a regular basis.

COLUMN/ TRAVEL — My name is James and I’m addicted to travel.

Travel provides opportunities to relax, be active, learn, grow, connect and live life to the fullest. I love exploration, discovery and experiencing foreign cultures. I have been in the travel and tourism industry for 20 years, doing what I love – travelling the world. I will be writing regular travel articles with the goal of providing inspiration, tips and specific travel deals.

Gjaltema, JamesOne of the great things about travel is that it can bring out the best in people. Often, when we are travelling, we forget our everyday stresses and can live in the moment. We are happy. We are better able to appreciate the beauty in the world. The world is an amazing place full of natural wonders, interesting people, unique foods, impressive history and so many things to do.

Connecting with people and sharing experiences is a joy. I have met many lifelong friends in my travels. The best conversations I have are often with people who are well traveled; they have a wealth of life experiences and have seen so many interesting things.

A great way to connect with other travelers in the area is the Kamloops Travel Club, an informal group of people who get together regularly to talk about travel. There are no fees or memberships, just casual meetings of like-minded individuals.

The Kamloops Travel Club will meet at 7 p.m. on July 24 at a downtown apartment complex. We will have a projector to share pictures and videos of trips. We’ll talk about trip ideas, travel resources and travel deals. If you are interested in attending please call me at 250-879-0873.

Future travel articles will follow a theme and provide related specific trip ideas. Everybody has different circumstances and tastes. It is rare that one of the trip ideas is a perfect fit, but travel agents are great at customizing trips to your situation.

There is a misconception among some that using a travel agent costs more than booking on-line yourself. I work with clients to ensure that they are getting the best value, and can almost always get prices that are as good as or better than on any web-site. I recommend forming a relationship with a travel agent that you trust and working together to find travel solutions.

As promised, I have included some travel ideas to inspire you. The theme is longer trips.

Cruise from Vancouver to Sydney 21-nights, $2,575. Visit Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. Departs Sept. 24. When you fly back, you can choose to stop in China and see the great wall. A 4-night package including 5 star accommodation, meals, transportation and tours is only $579.

30-day Indo-China Discovery, $2,519. An amazing adventure travelling like a local with a small group using buses, trains, tuk tuks, sailing junk and walking. Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, chill out on golden beaches, cruise magical Halong Bay, scour markets across four unique countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Trip includes accommodation, transportation, guide and some meals.

22-day Africa Overland Adventure, $3,899. Track the Big Five in three different ecosystems, meet mountain gorillas, tempt fate with adrenaline-inducing activities, view wildlife in our 4×4 safari vehicles in Tanzania, discover Zanzibar’s spice plantations and crystal-clear waters. Experience some of the best safari destinations Africa has to offer in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania: Lake Nakuru & Naivasha, Serengetti and the Ngorongoro Crater. See Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Transportation, guide, accommodation and some meals included.

Cruise from Vancouver to Sydney 21-nights, $2,575. Visit Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. Departs Sept. 24. When you fly back, you can choose to stop in China and see the great wall. A 4-night package including 5 star accommodation, meals, transportation and tours is only $579.

Cruise to South America. You can choose how long to go: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica & Peru (16-nights $1739). Continue to Chile, Falkland Islands & Argentina (27-nights $3520) Carry on to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (31-Nights $4100). Departs Dec. 3.

James Gjaltema is a Flight Centre Associate who works from his home office. He can be reached at 250-879-0873 or through his web-site:


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1 Comment on Travel brings out the best in people

  1. And for those who have a bit more available time & money:

    Cruise Around Africa 85-nights $11,140. Sail from Rotterdam, through the Mediterranean & Suez Canal, visit Dubai, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, round the Cape of Good Hope and visit many African ports before heading back to Europe. Departs Sept. 27.

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