It took me 25 years to figure this out

It took me 25 years to figure this out

 

I love flowers. I’ve known that for a long time. I love walking through formal gardens. I also love looking for wildflowers when we go hiking. In fact, my family is accustomed to having to stop and wait while I take pictures of those wildflowers.

When my husband and I bought our first house, I started dreaming of the flower garden I would plant. I spent hours looking through seed catalogs (that was back before the internet) and loved wandering through garden centers to see what was new. None of that has changed. I still love to walk through garden centers and would be doing that this week if it weren’t for this pandemic.

But what I finally realized a couple of years ago is that while I love gardens, I don’t like gardening. What’s the difference? Gardens are the end product. Gardening is the process.

Some people love gardening. They love to dig in the dirt, plant, and maintain the gardens. It took 25 years for me to accept that I am not a gardener at heart, and my gardens will never look good if I am the person in charge of maintaining them.

To be clear, I have absolutely nothing against people who love to garden. On the contrary, I am very happy that there are people who love to garden so that I can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Perhaps you see where I am going with this. While I don’t love the process of gardening, I do love the process of planning travel. Our wise God created people to love doing different things. We can each decide for ourselves which tasks we want to do on our own and which we want to hire out to someone else. I believe we will be happier and will get better results if we identify the tasks that we don’t love to do and hand over the reins to someone else.

If you subscribe to my website, you probably love to travel. But I’d like you to ask yourself, do you love to plan travel? If not, have you ever considered putting someone else in charge of the planning?

Today is National Travel Agent Day. Even though I am not actively planning trips right now because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I do believe that it will eventually be safe to travel again. If you are not someone who loves the process of planning travel, I’d be honored if you would consider me for the job.

I am not going to try to convince you that everyone should use a travel advisor/agent, because it just isn’t true. I believe it’s a good idea for some people and not for others.

I thought about writing an article about who should and shouldn’t use a travel agent, but the other day I came across an article written by someone else who has a similar viewpoint to my own. Click here to read the article, 9 Pros and Cons of Using a Travel Agent.

I’m not on a mission to convince everyone that they should use a travel agent, nor do I feel like I am the best fit for everyone. My goal is to have an ongoing win/win relationship with about 100 clients who love to travel but want someone else to do the planning.

If you are interested in exploring this possibility, click here to contact me. We can set up a complimentary consultation with me to get to know each other and assess if I would be a good fit as your travel advisor/agent. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a particular trip in mind.

To those of you who are already my clients, THANK YOU for trusting me with your travel plans. Here’s fun video put together by another travel agent to thank our clients. While I didn’t get a speaking role, there is a picture of me at the very end of the video. 😉