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Getting ready for the holidays

It’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas in the Kelley home. With the addition of multiple work and study from home spaces as well as a home gym, we aren’t sure where the Christmas tree will fit this year. But some lights and decorations are making their annual appearance. Our traditions include going to church on Christmas Eve, seeing a movie in a theatre on Christmas, and heading to Beaver Creek for some skiing and snow shoeing after the New Year. Deb and Michael love to go out for dim sum on Christmas. We don’t know what this year will look like, but I am grateful that my sons are home and we will be together.

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A fun way to combine our love of traveling and reading

One of my favorite gifts to give and receive are books. I discovered which gives you book suggestions for locations around the world. Dreaming of a romantic beach vacation in Thailand, the Seychelles or a Mexican beach? Or want to read about safari stories from South Africa? Interested in some London history? Type in the destination and add filters and see what books come up. You can read the reviews and a short story synopsis.


Some of the books I’ve read that enhanced my travel

I read James Michener’s Mexico and Hawaii while vacationing in each destination. We listened to Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime on a family road trip through Colorado. (His stories about growing up biracial in South Africa are enlightening and memorable.) And reading plenty of Ken Follett’s books about London and Europe helped me grasp the incredible history of the streets and cathedrals as we walked the cities. And my husband Todd read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts which put India on the top of his travel wish list.

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Kelley family trip to Maui

Give yourself the gift of looking forward to your next trip

Books are a great way to keep the travel dream alive. And so is planning a vacation. Whether it’s for a transformative experience or a weekend getaway, right now is a great time to plan your travel for 2021 and beyond. If you love cruising, know that the cruise lines have taken this time to add sanitation processes to their ships and making plans with how to handle illness onboard. With numerous people rebooking their cruises from 2020 to 2021 and 2022 many cruises are selling out. If you want to go explore on land, many destinations and companies are offering flexible booking terms and discounted rates to attract travelers – understanding these terms is critical for booking with confidence now. We would love to discuss options with you and help you find a place and time that’s perfect for your next trip. Please reach out to us when you are ready to start planning!

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