Imagine Going There Travel - August 2022

Tales From Our Sails

This segment of “Tales From Our Sails” features our two daughters, Cherise and Meredith, who recently sailed on Viking’s Romantic Danube itinerary. The girls have taken an adventurous spin on a sibling rivalry in a race to visit the most countries. Both have visited more than 35 countries, and Meredith has seen every continent but Antarctica (much to Cherise’s chagrin). They took advantage of Viking’s reduced

Cherise’s comments from her first river cruise were that

the guests on the ship were fascinating to meet and had a gold mine of wisdom. Additionally, the local tour guides shared amazing historical stories at

air and added an air deviation so they could explore other parts of Europe in addition to their river cruise. This was Meredith’s second river cruise. Her first was a mother/daughter trip to Lyon and Provence to celebrate her master’s degree. While she thoroughly enjoyed both itineraries, this time she embraced “exploring the world in comfort.” As a connoisseur of food and wine, she says her favorite memory

each port. She said, “You could tell they were really passionate about hosting Viking guests in their homeland, and it was a gift to learn about their experiences as locals.” Being travelers who are used to doing it all on their own, a Viking river cruise opened up a new way of seeing the world. “We enjoyed having everything taken care of. Viking made sure none of the art, history, and culture was missed, as it would have been if we were traveling alone.” Cherise playfully jokes that while she wants her next Viking itinerary to be Pharaohs and Pyramids , she would also settle for Antarctica “to beat her sister in continents.”

Cherise, 28, and Meredith, 31, at a spa in Budapest

was scenic sailing afternoons, sitting in the lounge enjoying the Silver Spirits package, and reading a great book before savoring the evening cuisine with an unforgettable view.

Breaking the Busy-Bored Cycle


It’s a common problem: People spend most of their days feeling too busy, only to feel bored during their free time. So how can you break the habit of scrolling through your phone and watching TV and make the most of the little time you have for yourself? Let’s talk about ways to break the cycle of boredom and busyness thus creating a more fulfilling life. 1. PLAN AHEAD. Schedule your days and weeks for an even workload to ensure your day doesn’t have huge gaps or work overflow. For example, if you have a large project, you can divide it into smaller tasks to keep yourself busy, yet not overwhelmed, throughout the week. You can also plan fun activities each day. This will help fight boredom and give you something to look forward to when you’re at work or while completing daily tasks. 2. PRIORITIZE TASKS. If you have trouble managing projects to the point where you feel you don’t have enough time, begin prioritizing specific tasks. It’s essential to complete the highest priority tasks so you won’t be up late in the

day trying to finish something important. If you plan ahead, you can number your tasks from most important to least. This will help ensure high-priority tasks are completed on schedule. 3. BE CURIOUS. One way to mute boredom and implement more creativity is by setting daily learning goals. These goals can be anything you want! Setting small goals and accomplishments will keep you curious, motivated, and focused. They also give you something to look forward to each day. Ask yourself what you want to learn today. Do you want to learn about a new culture? A language? If there is something you’ve always wanted to know, now is the time to put your thinking cap on! Boredom and busyness derive from the same source — there is a lack of quality in how you focus your attention. Luckily, the same strategies apply to both boredom and busyness. These tips will help you create a balanced mindset and allow you to push through your day without feeling overwhelmed or uninspired.

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