Life Changes

Life Changes

It really is amazing how fast life changes. What is even more amazing is how fast life passes us by and before we know it our next chapter in life has begun. Our lives can be like a novel with continuous changes. Our lives are really not as predictable as one may think.

You have plans when you finish school in hopes that the subject in which you study becomes your career. In reality, most people not only change jobs but change careers a number of times before finally retiring. Then there are those people that never retire because of one reason or another.

Statistically, a large percentage of people will change careers 3 to 7 times in their lifetime. While 54% of people consider changing careers, only 44% of those who have considered changing have truly changed.

If we look at this in a few ways from the time you would graduate with say a 4-year bachelor’s degree. You would be approximately 22 years of age. By the time you reach the average retirement age of 65 years old or 43 years of employment. You would have changed careers almost every 6 to 10 years.

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Why do People Change Careers?

There are a great number of reasons why people would change careers. According to some research by talent solutions which helps employees and employers connect. Most people change careers due to an increase in salary, usually between 3% and 5%, while others prefer to change for goal or philosophy changes. This goes back to the finding that the career they went to school for just is not what they expected.

A few other reasons are as simple as not being satisfied with the leadership. Something I have brought up in a past post regarding true leadership and why people lead the way they do.

People may also choose to change due to Life Changes including the birth of a child or just lifestyle-alone changes. When thinking of some things in life that change those things that are unpredictable. Our lives change so fast at times that the last thing we realize is life has passed us by.

Conclusion

Don’t get caught in the trap of “this is what I went to school for, so this is what I will do the rest of my life.” This statement is really an old thought that is now no longer true. I tell my boys that the money and the education are nice. However, your happiness to enjoy your career is more important.

If you enjoy your job, you never work a day in your life.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

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Which Cruise Line is Best for You?

Before I get into this post today. I want to be perfectly clear. These are only my opinions and not those of anyone else. If you have any input or experiences I would love to hear your comments below.

Which Cruise Line is Best?

When deciding on which cruise line is best for you, we need to look at a bunch of factors. One of the first things is with all the cruise lines in the world it could get very overwhelming. There are river cruises, ocean cruises, long cruises, and short cruises. Then there are the different brands from Azamara to Virgin, from Carnival to Royal Caribbean. There are also some smaller cruise lines like Silversea or Viking.

Keeping in mind that before you start looking it may be a good option to contact a travel advisor who specializes in cruises. They can give you a general idea of the price point and onboard amenities you may be looking for. Remember, the small the cruise lines the higher your price point may be. You will also be looking at more luxury and fewer amenities.

The purpose of this post is to look at which cruise line is best for you if you are considering larger cruise lines. In the future, we will do a comparison of the smaller cruise lines.

Let’s Get Started

You have decided to take a cruise this year for your vacation/holiday. You and your family are trying to decide which cruise line is the best for you. There are a number of cruise lines to choose from, so let’s round it down to a few of the larger cruise brands. Here we will be looking at the cruise line we feel are the current most popular brand, Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. Not to leave out Disney, they are great for children and you have to love the Disney theme.

These 4 cruise lines have their own special flair. Each comes with pros and cons as well as a host of signatures to the brand. The first thing we want to point out is the itineraries that each of them has. This will not help you decide on the cruise line, but it is a good place to start when you think of your travels. After all, isn’t that how you plan your travel anyway? Where do you want to go?

All 4 will take you to locations in the Caribbean, Alaska, and many locations in Europe. The time of year will become very important at this point. During school breaks, holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, and even hurricane season should be considered. Sailing in these times could vary on the cost and experience.

For example, you will obviously be paying more for the cruise during school breaks and holidays. While during hurricane season the cruise may be less costly, the cost of your travel insurance may be a little more.

Rounding Down

Now that we have come up with a time of year and a location. What are you looking to get out of your experience? We are always looking to have a good time and create lasting memories. Sometimes those memories can become a little clouded depending on how many “adult beverages” are consumed on your cruise. Don’t get me wrong, I even enjoy a few drinks on my travels. However, when it comes to creating memories, you do want to make sure the ones you remember are enjoyable.

Each of these cruise lines has its own great list of onboard experiences. Onboard experiences and activities can help with those longer days at sea. Sea days are those days that if you don’t have enough to do, they could make or break the trip.

Carnival and Royal Caribbean have the most to offer during these sea days. Including activities like waterslides, roller coasters, and bumper cars. If you are more adventurous. Royal Caribbean also has rock climbing walls, zip lines, and the signature FlowRider.

All 4 do offer activities for kids as well. These are best for families with kids of all age groups and when parents want to have some time to reconnect as a couple. These activities fill up fast, so the sooner you can get your kids signed up, the better chance they have to enjoy these activities.

What is Your Budget?

We would like to say that money is no object when it comes to your travels. The fact is that in my experience most people don’t plan their finances around their vacations. If you are like a majority of people in this world we never think of the financial part of planning our travel. You just “wing it” or hope to have enough when it’s all over.

Looking at each of our 4 cruise lines, they all have pretty similar price points. The question comes in now, “What do I get for the money I have spent?”

Let us say you wanted to go on a 7-night Caribbean cruise leaving from Florida. Each one will have a set of itineraries and dates to choose from. Trying to avoid hurricane season and school breaks you decide on the second week in November. You can choose from 2 of the newest ships in the world Carnival “Celebration” and Royal Caribbean’s “Wonder of the Seas,” which happens to be the current largest ship in the world. (Icon of the Seas will be sailing from Port Canaveral in 2024).

These price ranges start at around $529pp for an interior cabin on “Celebration” to around $1608pp for a large balcony on “Wonder of the Seas.” You could always go all out on the “Wonder of the Seas” for a royal loft suite for the cost of around $20,608pp. This will all depend on what you are looking to get from your travels. I have always preferred an ocean balcony, only because I like the feel of the sea air while sleeping or taking that afternoon siesta.

A few other things to consider, if you are going to fly? Are you going to include that in your booking? This could become important if you are traveling on the date of your embarkation. The cruise lines have ways to package your airline the date of embarkation. This will be important when it comes to flight delays or cancellations. The cruise lines, in most cases, will fly you to the next port-of-call and provide a hotel for the night to meet your cruise ship at no cost to you. There are a few fine lines however at times. Some require you to have purchased travel insurance at a reasonable fee. Which I feel is always worth the extra expense.

Cruise Crowds

If this is important to you. Cruise crowds are going to be in different places at different times, especially on sea days. Thinking about this from a perspective. These cruise ships are basically floating cities in some cases, with upwards of 5000 people plus 2500 crew members. They are putting over 8000 people on these floating cities that have a turnaround time at the port of fewer than eight hours in some cases.

If you are thinking of wanting a younger more party type with a short cruise Carnival has been called the “FUN” ship for a reason. If you are looking for a longer cruise with luxury in mind, Celebrity or Norwegian has what you are looking for. When it comes to more activities for those sea days, Royal Caribbean has got you covered.

Age groups will vary on each of these cruise lines since they do have some people who are very loyal to one brand or another. Each has something for every age group. However, if the brand is not as important to you. Carnival is more of the younger crowds, and Royal Caribbean is the middle age and early families. While Celebrity and Norwegian can be considered an older crowd looking for more luxury with fewer activities.

One other thing to keep in mind is that Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are owned by the same cruise groups that also own Azamara and Silverseas. So if you are looking to stay loyal to a brand, Royal Caribbean may be your choice.

Summary

With all the different cruise lines in the world, it may be best to seek a travel advisor who specializes in cruises. They will be up to date on all the ins and outs of the cruise industry to give you what you want from your cruise. Every cruise line has there unique signature restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. When it comes to the experience from the activities to the entertainment onboard, you have many to choose from.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

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True Leadership

True leadership can be defined in many ways. In my career, I have worked under some good leaders, some great leaders, and some who just have to respect their titles. Today I’m going to share with you what you will find in a True Leader.

Leadership traits can be learned throughout a career. These are traits that are taught through experience or education. Sitting in a classroom for hours and days on end does not make a true leader.

Good Leaders

Although there are many leaders in this world that believe education is the only way to be a good leader. A good leader is one that has that education, however, really has no way of how to use it. A good leader has difficulty applying what they have learned. A good leader has difficulty admitting they are wrong.

Good leaders find ways to prove how much they know. They find ways to make a situation easy for them to manage using their education. A good leader does not work very well with others.

Great Leaders

Great Leaders are the ones that have the education and are willing to share what they know. They are willing to listen to their subordinates to devise a plan that will not only work but make the team look good in the end. A great leader will give the team the recognition they deserve.

Great leaders are never afraid to admit they made a mistake. The reality is that not everyone is perfect and accepts this for what it is. Great leaders are always willing to stand up for their subordinates when the time comes.

TRUE LEADERS

True leaders lead by example. True Leader is not afraid to get their hands dirty. They are willing to go the extra mile to work with the team for success. Then be humbled in the end by giving all the credit to the team. They will stand behind the team members above and beyond. Even when the team member may be in need of so assistance. NOT LEAVING THEM OUT TO DRY!

True Leaders will get down and do the work or show you how they expect it to be done. They may even be willing to hang out with you for dinner or a few adult beverages while leaving work where it belongs. This is the leader who is not only knowledgeable from education and experience but has the ability to know where they came from.

Then there are Those

I saved this one for last because that’s where they belong, at the end. These are those leaders no one wants to work with. They will do everything to leave you hanging or anything to make themself look good. They take credit for success and point fingers for the short fallings.

These leaders are not willing to work well with others. They do everything they can to let you know they are in charge. Never willing to help or work well as a team. One of the things I see most in these leaders is if something goes wrong, it’s never their fault. One thing they do is talk behind your back as they are plunging a knife into it as well.

Conclusion

I am sure you have had a few of these or will have them at some point and time. You can pretty much place a finger on which one you would follow and support in any situation. Then the others that you would never invite to lunch.

I have my picks for each of these. Without adding names, what kind of experiences have you had with a leader? I would like to hear from you.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

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Happy Holidays to All

Getting Through the Holiday Blues

Getting Through the Holiday Blues

Every year some of us get those holiday blues. Remembering when I was a child the Christmas displays came out after Thanksgiving. This year I started noticing these displays came out in some locations before Holloween. Is this the reason most people are getting the holiday blues?

This brings me to the question of when did this change? Our lives are so full of challenges day in and day out. Everything from trying to meet deadlines, attending meetings, and maintaining that work-life balance.

We meet these challenges all year long before realizing the holidays are upon us. Then the time comes to fit in holiday shopping, planning time with the ones we love and attending holiday gatherings with friends or employers.

It’s no wonder we have some type of difficulty getting through the holiday blues. It seems as time goes by the displays start coming out sooner and sooner. I just hope they don’t start setting up the displays after Independence day.

Meeting Your Challenges

Meeting your challenge just may be the way of getting through the holiday blues. You need to take some time for yourself, even if it is just five or ten minutes in the day. Whether it is during your commute to work, create total silence within the area and focus on the air around you. Focusing on things like smells or just the air moving in and out of your lungs.

There are times when it takes more than just a few simple things. Creating time to manage all that comes with the holiday season takes patients. The one thing not many people have in this day and age. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry they don’t realize that time goes by so fast. As a society, we really need to slow things down.

I cannot be the only person in this world to say this, but life moves too fast. Putting displays up before the “True” holiday season really is just another way of speeding time up for the consumer.

A few other things you can do is to try sticking to a routine. One thing I have learned is that we all get some type of anxiety or depression when it comes to the holidays. It’s never easy and there is no one way to afford the holiday blues.

Don’t get trapped in the holiday blues. Before you know it they will all be over.

What are your plans for the holidays?

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

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Why Take a Cruise?

Why Take a Cruise?

This is a great question if you have never taken a cruise before. To answer this question you need to not only think about why but why not? Everyone has their own opinion of the cruise industry. Where did you get your information to make the decision you are making? What is the reason you are making this decision?

Most people I have spoken to have made their decision on cruising based on what little research they have made. Others feel they would develop motion sicks that would eventually ruin the experience. After reading this post you will have a better understanding and hopefully, make your own informed decision.

To answer some of those questions you will want to read this post. Today we hope to clear up some of those questions along with some of the myths about cruising.

Myth 1

” I don’t feel like rocking back an forth the whole trip.”

The cruise ships of today are not the “SS Minnow.” Todays cruise ships are designed with stabilizers that can retract while at dock. While underway these stabilizers can eliminate as much as 90 percent on ship roll. This is obviously based on a number of factors include wind speed and direction along with tide height.

We all have those images from videos seen on the internet or on the Discovery channel, wave as tall as a duplex house. These images have been captured by vessels mostly in commercial fishing or unexpected storms. Captain and crew are so well training that they do everything to avoid these types of weather fronts. Yes they “could” happen, so blue moon. Meaning it is rare, the best way to do you part is to not travel during hurricane season when its expected to have drastic weather.

I remember my first cruise on the Carnival Miracle. I was so excited to go on my first cruise, it was a dream of mine to be on a cruise. Leaving Tampa the ocean was calm with a slight breeze in the air. If you have ever sailed out of Tampa you will know that the first hour or so you are in calm waters since it is a harbor. More of the rougher seas usually start after you have been on on the ocean for a while.

Again my first time out. Once we started hitting open water the ship started to shake just a little. As time goes by it seemed to have been getting a little more, maybe that was just me. I did not get any sea sickness, however a few people did. My thought was great, this is going to be a long week.

During that first night the ship continued to roll, just slightly, enough to make you think ” what did I get myself into?” We attended the evening show in the theater. Thinking to myself, “how do they do that with the ship moving so much?” Guess this is going to be interesting.

After a long night of the ship moving back and forth I decided to head to the café to get a little something for breakfast. To my surprise in see this gentleman all dressed in a white uniform, guess he looked important. I got into some small talk with him to find out he was the Captain.

So I figured what the heck, “Pretty rough seas since we left Tampa?”

Captain: “Yes, a little more than normal.”

I had to ask: “Is it going to be like this the whole week?”

Captain: “No, we hit a weather front last night with a strong wind across the bow and some pretty high seas. We should be clear of it and stabilize by noon today.”

As our conversion continued then briefly ended. I started thinking what the Captain said. Was he sure this was going to end or was he just trying to make a passenger feel comfortable?

To end this story he was 100% right, It seemed like at around noon that day someone flipped a switch. The motion stopped and the ship became stable. To the point where the only time I knew I was on a cruise ship, when I looked out the window.

But if you still have that fear on motion sickness. There are some great remedies for sea sickness and motion sickness to help you enjoy your cruise. You will see plenty of people on the ships with patched behind their ears or some of the fancy wrist bands. The remedy that works for someone else my not work for you. I suggest try the least evasive first and work your way through a couple that work best for you.

MYTH 2

The rooms are too small.

First, your on a cruise, so we call the cabins, state rooms or suites. Different cruise lines will have there own identification when it comes to the more luxury accommodations. But in reality, todays cruise ships are being built with large accommodations that are, in some cases larger than your standard hotel room.

I suggest to people that ask me, think about a few things when booking your accommodations. Will you be in the room more? Do you think you may get motion sickness? How many nights will you be cruising? Do you want a place to relax to call yours from the time your onboard? And where on the ship would you like to stay?

In general, a standard inside cabin is about 180 square feet and balcony rooms up to about 220 square feet , compared to you standard hotel room of 300 square feet. Do you get complimentary dining in your hotel room? Maybe a continental breakfast, but not all meals. Besides, if you looking for a place to lay your head and shower while enjoying your vacation, guess that’s really not such a big difference.

If you are in the market for a little larger room. You could book yourself into a luxury suite which will be upwards of 600 square feet, or about the size of a New York City apartment. These accommodation on cruise lines like Royal Caribbean will give you added amenities and a Royal Genie that is your personal butler for your trip.

MYTH 3

“I don’t want to get stuck at sea when the ship gets quarantined.”

You may not want to get stuck at sea for a long period of time such as in the case

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that for vessels operating in United States waters that the “Cruise ships should develop and maintain COVID-19 response plans to prevent and mitigate introduction and onboard transmission of SARS-CoV-2.”

So what does this meant for you as the cruise passenger?

All cruise vessels embarking from US water have a lengthy line of regulations to follow. Theses regulation include pre and pos boarding testing along with testing while underway. There have been a number of different reports of people being quarantined in their room or moved to a different location on the vessel.

Most of the research I have found that you should get a COVID test at least 2 days prior to boarding. If you feel any symptoms while on you cruise. Notification of the staff and stay in you cabin as soon as possible. This will help prevent the spread on any viruses.

Now I mention COVID, but there have been other outbreaks on vessels in history and most of the time the cruise lines have been accommodating to the passengers. We have all heard the horror stories all over the internet. Keep in mind their are thousands of cruise ships sailing the world every day. The number of ships that do end up in quarantine is very low.

I am not saying don’t worry about it, what I am saying in the risk is low and you should check what your cruise line is doing for restrictions. Over the past few month the CDC continues to update consumers on their website. It really is your responsibility to make sure you and the other on the cruise are safe in order to enjoy the time.

MYTH 4

To me this may be one of the biggest myths of them all. Cruises are expensive.

Reality check for you all. Lets sit here for a minute looking at two different types of vacations, a cruise and and All-inclusive. Sense they are both similar in what they offer the consumer we will break this down simple. Both offer luxury accommodations and both include some complimentary offerings.

I am not going to identify any resort or cruise time. My wife and I have booked our next cruise for 7 nights for a total cost estimate of $3500, less airfare and ground transportation. I looked into a compatible All-inclusive was in the estimated range of $7000. Honestly, the price is really not the point.

My point is simple put. Do you want to be in the same location everyday for 7 nights or do you want to explore some place new every morning? That’s where I see the biggest value. not to mention it does appear to me if you don’t mind the few myths of cruising, it is the biggest bang for the buck.

I would love to know you opinion.

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Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

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Archer Travel Scam?

What is Archer Travel?

Archer Travel is an MLM travel business based out of California. Some may look at Archer Travel as a pyramid scam costing $69.95 a month. Agents can earn as much as 70% commission on creating travel bookings for clients.

They offer experienced agents opportunities to book clients with a multitude of travel options. Giving agents access to the best and most popular vacation networks from hotels, airfares, cruises, and much more. They are a hosting location for individual, group, and corporate vacation planning.

Does Archer Provide Training?

Archer Travel gives you access to a number of hosting programs, where you get some initial training in the hosting programs. Once you as are a part of these hosting programs you can continue all training needed for your particular niche in travel.

They offer two training calls a week, one on marketing and one that focuses on supplier education. Archer Travel Group’s host agency program also offers a mentoring program and a back office where their travel professionals can track commissions, and access their online training modules, and links to supplier booking engines.

Archer Travel is listed on Better Business Bureau as an A+ with a few reviews that are not positive. It’s like any review you read, some people prefer AT&T, others Verizon, and then some like other providers. It all comes from their experiences.

Full-time Job

Working with Archer travel can be full-time or part-time depending on your commitment. There are agents who make 6 and 7-figure incomes. You have to decide how much you want to commit to the program along with how much time you want to train within each supplier.

Conclusion

Do you want to learn how to become a travel agent without spending years?

Would you like to learn to make money from your home?

Take some time and effort into learning the fastest-growing industry. It is been documented that the income of the travel and hospitality industry will drastically increase after the pandemic because people are ready to get traveling.

Why not take the time to become part of the fastest-growing industry in the world?

Is Archer Travel a Scam? Only if you are not willing to take the time and learn.

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5 Steps to Challenge Yourself

Over the past few years, our society has gone through many changes, whether a new job working from home, finding a different place in life, or even making adjustments from losing a loved one. It may not be easy to take these steps in your life, you just need to take on these challenges to move into the next chapter. I want to share with you the 5 Steps I took to move forward and challenge myself.

Step 1: Set some Short-term Goals

We have all heard of those SMART Goals. These can be short-term or long-term goals. Since we are talking about overcoming challenges, these would be short-term goals.

Remember these goals are sustainable, measurable, attainable, and realistic, and have a time in which you want to achieve them. 

The biggest thing here is the time. Short-term means a realistic time frame say, this month, this week, or even today. 

Step 2: Surround Yourself with Good Mentors

This is easier to do than you may think. Evaluate the challenge of finding someone or some group of people who have similar challenges. Work together and learn from each other. 

Recently I started a new career in my retirement. In a career I never thought I would be in, even people around me said “You’re doing what?”

I noticed the people around me who have been in the business for some time. Did a little self-research listening to the way they succeed in the business. Took a lot of notes along the way of good behaviors, while ignoring the bad. Placed my own personality on my presentation, and now I have recently surpassed the goal I set for myself for this year.

Step 3: Never Giving Up

Never giving up is something we learn at a very young age. Having the mentality we did when we were learning to walk is really nothing quite the same. Yet our parents worked with us every day, never giving up in hopes that someday we would be on our own. 

All those days of never giving up eventually paid off. We started to walk a few steps, then a few more, then moved a little faster, and then began to run.

Step 4: Visualize Success

Let’s face a few facts, people like to see themselves succeed. Face this fact first and foremost. You will never see your name at the top of a leaderboard unless you can believe you are already there. 

I found one thing that works best for me is to take 5 minutes a day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. I do something I never pictured myself doing in my 55+ years. This takes some time to master, but it works for you in more ways than one. 

Find yourself a space where you feel safe and comfortable. Sit with your feet on the ground and your back straight. Focus on a sound, a spot in your vision, such as a spot on the wall. Think about your breathing while feeling the air as you inhale and exhale. 

Close your eye after about 1 minute of focused breathing. Visualize where you can see yourself based on your SMART Goals. Do this every day for a few months until it becomes a routine.

Step 5: Start Over

Now, I don’t mean go back to square one. What you should do once you have succeeded in some of those SMART Goals. Reset your goals just one more step higher, create a new challenge, and maintain the focus on the challenges you are setting for yourself. 

Remember the only true obstacle in your way is you.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

Are Cruises Really That Bad?

Have you ever thought about taking a cruise instead of staying on land?

The prediction for the next year is that the luxury travel industry will increase in numbers as our world begins to exit the pandemic. Whether you plan to travel on land or sea the industry is getting ready for a vast increase in numbers. People have had enough of staying home in quarantine. The world has decided enough is enough, it’s time to get out.

Face the facts, it’s about time to stop living within your four walls. Let’s get out and start living our life before it’s too late. As Brad says seek out a Travel Advisor to help you plan this year. With all the restrictions that may still be in place. Use a Travel Advisor to make your traveling safe and memorable.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli
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