We are Anne and Angela, a fun-loving, dynamic mother-daughter team who share a profound passion for travel, and we are so excited to share it with you.
Looking at us now, you might not expect that we spent many years living far from one another (like on the other side of the planet) and that we each developed our appreciation for travel separately, in very different and very personal ways.
Most people I meet are surprised to learn that I’m in my 70s. (Maybe it’s because I’m still doing things like playing pickleball and dancing and hiking when many people my age aren’t as lucky.) Some people even ask if I have a secret to staying so youthful and mobile. My answer: Good genes and travel!
Now, I was not born with an adventurous spirit and it certainly was not cultivated in me when I was growing up. To give you an idea … I never learned how to ride a bike because my mother was afraid I would get hurt.
Yet, when it comes to travel, I find myself saying yes to things that are outside my normal comfort zone.
Like the time my friend invited me to do a marathon in Dublin. I was in my 50s and I was FAR from being a runner, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Ireland. So I trained for a few months and walked the entire 26 miles.
Or when another friend invited me to Machu Picchu and, despite my hesitation, I hiked to the top of Huayna Picchu. I was 67 at the time, and I credit much of my accomplishment to the support and patience of my traveling companions, but still … I did it!
Travel has allowed me to stretch myself and believe in myself and shatter my own expectations of what I can do.
As I get older, even though my body is changing and I prefer a pace that keeps getting slower, my thirst for new experiences keeps getting stronger. So I keep finding opportunities to see the world in new and interesting ways.
That’s why I am focused on helping my clients tap into their youthful spirit to stay vibrant and vital through travel as long as humanly possible.
Unlike my mother, I was born with an adventurous spirit, but it took me awhile to figure it out. I was living a generally successful life (at least on paper), but I couldn’t escape the feeling that “something more” was out there for me.
Taking one short vacation a year certainly wasn’t cutting it, so I managed to accumulate four weeks of time off from my corporate job, and planned an epic solo trip to France for myself. The word “glowing” was used a lot to describe me when I returned to work.
Something was ignited in me on that trip. I liked myself better. I appreciated my life more. I had a newfound confidence to make decisions that were right for my own happiness.
Fast forward a few years, and I was no longer figuring out how to save up vacation time to visit new countries, I was living abroad, teaching English, and having new cultural experiences on a daily basis.
After living in South Korea for two years and Bangladesh for 11 months, and traveling to many, many other countries, I knew that the world would be a much better place if everyone could experience even a fraction of what I did. I also knew that if I could do it, anyone could do it … with the right encouragement and guidance.
MOTHER & DAUGHTER UNITE
Travel That Matters and our mother-daughter partnership was born from a shared desire to help people explore the world and discover themselves the way that we had.
We have come together at this later time in our lives because we believe in the power of travel to make life richer, fuller and more meaningful.
Of course, we would love to help anyone and everyone, but our true passion is working with people who are in their second half of life and are dedicated to remaining vibrant and vital as they age.
Instead of feeling lonely and unsure during your sunset years, you can build connections, confidence and increased gratitude.
Whether you’re hiking a mountain in Peru or sipping a glass of wine from the deck of a river cruise ship, you are out in the world, meeting new people, seeing new things, trying new food, and becoming a new version of yourself.
If you’re ready to explore the world -- and discover yourself in the process – let’s talk! We’d love to help you create your next amazing adventure.