Hamilton Insurance Group - January 2020

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My Dream Travel Experience

In the weather app on my phone, I have the forecasts for four different cities: London, Tokyo, Cape Town, and Buenos Aires. I often use this app to check the weather in different cities before I visit them; that’s why I have the weather information for these four cities, on four different continents, right where I can see them. I might not be visiting them any time soon, but I can dream, can’t I? Jan. 13 is Make Your Dreams Come True Day, which got me thinking — if money were no object, what dream would I make a reality? It was surprisingly easy to come up with an answer: I would take my entire family on a yearlong sabbatical and just travel around the world. The farthest away from home I’ve ever been was Tijuana, Mexico. I’ve also been to Jamaica. I don’t want to just visit tropical locations to sit on a beach, though. A beach is a beach, but I want to experience different cultures, and I want my family to experience them with me! I’d want to spend three months each on four different continents: South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. I don’t want to just visit those cities I have on my weather app either — I want to see it all! In South America,

we really want to visit Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and Cartagena, Colombia. A woman I work with, who is from Colombia, recommended Cartagena to me; she told me that “Cartagena is for lovers,” and said that I should take my wife there. I don’t know what the kids would do while we’re there, but whatever. In Africa, I want to see the Sahara. I want to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain into Morocco, visit the Pyramids of Giza, and just wander all the way down to Cape Town. Africa is such a huge continent, and I would just want to get lost! In Europe, I’d of course visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In London, I’d want to visit Lloyd’s of London, the inventors of insurance. They’re now one of the most diverse insurance providers in the world (I think Tina Turner’s legs are insured there, if you can believe that). In Asia, I’d have to stop in Tokyo. I’ve heard their fashion districts are a must-see. I’d also want to visit Hong Kong, the Korean Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and Phuket, Thailand. Even though I’m not a fan of beaches, my family loves going to the beach. So if I’m going, I at least want it to be somewhere interesting for my family as well. Done perfectly, I don’t know that there would be any sort of itinerary for any of the cities we visit. I picture

–Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855 again. That said, if you ever got an opportunity to take a year off from your normal day-to-day routine to travel the world, wouldn’t you do it? myself with my family, sitting at a restaurant in southern Spain or something, just picking the waiter’s or waitress’s brain on their favorite places in the city to hang out — and then visiting those places. If we’re going to be traveling for a year, I want to act like a local wherever we go and for our experiences to be relaxing and educational. Right now, this trip exists only in the musings and conversations that I’ve had with my family, but it really would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I don’t think I could do it forever though. I once read somewhere that an ambitious man has a schedule, and I know that eventually, I’d need the discipline and structure of work

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