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Cruisy Susie Accepts Blogging Challenge

Bring it 2021… This is the beginning of a 10x Challenge, which means I will be doing 10 Blogs/Videos Every Month to rekindle the love of travel, embrace the new norms of travel, revive confidence and get 2021 off to a dream vacation extravaganza!

I have been working with a few inspiring coaches, one within the travel industry and one general business development, which will be proud of this project, as it merges two of their approaches designed for me.

My name is now Cruisy Susie, and I am a Master Cruise Counselor and Certified Group Travel Specialist.   I often get a chuckle from people when they her my name, so let me fill you in on how it came about.  I had been in travel a few years, using my more grown up name, Susan Conger, as I had acquired in my prior professional career in real estate and mortgage lending. I was asked to write a monthly travel article for a trendy community magazine, but the publisher recommended I create an Avatar for the column and suggested Cruisy Susie.  Now my first thought was “that is cheesy!!!”  and I just could not imagine what that would do for my professional image (which was actually rather boring at the time)  Well after some contemplation and reflection of who Cruisy Susie really was, I came to realize that it was that eleven year old girl that danced to her own drum, but all grownup into that favorite, goofy Aunt that everyone has; someone to share dreams with, rely on in times of need, and trust to have your best interest at heart.  That was me; I had those traits instilled in me from childhood from those fabulous parents, and I wanted to be that person within my professional life.  Well, I embraced that persona, adopted the name and have not looked back!.  I want to be your “Aunt” in the travel business!

Bucket List Travel and Vacation Dreams

My Mom wrote a Bucket List almost 10 years ago; it is written on yellow notepad paper in red ink, and has been pinned to her corkboard ever since… sadly she has yet to actually mark off any item on her list, mostly due to lack of finances.  I recall this as my father, her spouse of over 50 years, is now battling a serious health condition and wanting to spend his days making her dreams come true. Miraculously, thanks to my Grandmother, he now has the ability to accelerate these activities.  I so hope they can enjoy marking off some of Moms Bucket List Travel dreams before it is too late.  This has invigorated an interest in sharing and helping people realize their dreams of travel, sooner rather than later.

So where did this whole Bucket List concept come from?  I started hearing the term used many years back, never giving much tho

ught to it’s origin or significance.  In my research, here is what I learned: Term is derived from kick the bucket (“to die”) + list; hence “list of things to do before you die”.  Coined by screenwriter Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the 2007 film The Bucket List; articles about the movie are the earliest known uses.  I of course had to search to find and watch the movie (to which hit closer to home than desired) in an effort fulfill my due diligence in becoming a expert Bucket List Travel Planner.

Now days, as I am older and see my aging parents not fulfilling their dreams, I realize that one should not wait to see the places of their dreams, and see the sadness of never dreaming of the world beyond your own little comfort zone.  I found the most important element to achieving your Bucket List dreams… start making the list!  Writing out the people, places and things you want to experience in your lifetime, gives you a roadmap to get started; next is to just get started… even on the simplest of items!  As an avid traveler, Bucket List Vacations come to mind as soon as I hear of someone talking about the subject, but clearly there is much more to those lists than just travel.

My goal here i

s to make this an interactive read… so pull out your “yellow notepad and red ink pen” and lets start writing.  I will say try for 15-20 things you really want to experience in life. Get detailed in destinations, points of interest, accomplishments, and activities; it makes it easier to shout “I’ve done that, been there!”, which is the ultimate Bucket List Goal.  Next is read it, dream about it, and layout just one step to moving closer to marking off one item… then repeat that every day of your life.  You can and will move closer to your dreams, but do not forget to continue dreaming and adding to your list forever!

My life passion is  helping you plan your dream vacation, and marking off your list.  If you have a Bucket List Travel Adventure that you would like to get started planning, call me and let’s visit… Cruisy Susie 208-968-9007

Cruise Perks For Military Service

Cruise Perks For Military Service

Let’s talk Military Benefits When Cruising.  Since it is the week of July 4th, and that means celebrating our country’s freedoms, independence and appreciation to those that have sacrificed to uphold those glorious privileges. First, to those of you whom have served… Thank You For Your Service!

Did you know that many cruise lines will often give added benefits to active duty military personnel, and even to veterans and retirees of prior military service?  Indeed, just by presenting your DD-214 Form, you could generate $100 in on-board credits for spending on any Princess Cruise, find reduced travel rates with Norwegian Cruise lines, get a 10% discount with MSC sailings or receive an appreciation gift from CruiseOne.  These may be non-published or exclusive to your chosen agency, therefore it is important to state your military affiliation to your travel agent at the time of booking to get access to these added perks.

Another benefit to our revered military veterans is an opportunity to meet and mingle onboard the ship.  Reading the daily news for onboard activities, look for posted time and location for Military Mixers, then join in and share a few stories with the others that “have been there, done that too!”  On cruises, many of the crew and officers are prior military as well and may have a public moment of recognition for military patriots. These events are always a favorite for my husband and son, both Marines, plus a great way to meet fellow cruisers.

A few reminders for active duty military wishing to cruise: be sure every port of call is approved for visitation by your commanding officer, understand that under no circumstance is service weapon allowed on-board, and when selecting a cruise with subsequent travel protection, be sure to look for a policy that covers deployment or recall of leave, to protect your vacation investment.

We at Cruisy Susie – CruiseOne are a proud military and law enforcement family, and offer exclusive appreciation benefits to Military Service Members and other First Responder’s, past and present, to share our gratitude for your commitment and sacrifice to protecting our freedoms!

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