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|GREAT WALL WINNER: Shari Ashley liked Friendly Planet,
and now she’s going on a free trip to China
If you’re anything like me, you couldn’t help but smile at Shari Ashley’s excitement when I told her she was the third winner of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes. What a rush!
Once everything cooled down, I asked Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin to talk to Shari a little bit more about herself, what she’s most looking forward to seeing on our Taste of China tour, and other places in the world she hopes to travel to.
What we learned from the conversation is that Shari is quite the traveler — she’s been to Costa Rica, Italy, Egypt, and more! I’m so glad that someone who finds so much passion in travel will have the opportunity to visit another wonderful destination with us.
In the podcast, Shari describes her lifelong goal to visit every continent. Her next trip will probably be to South America, though she can’t decide between Machu Picchu or Iguazu Falls as her destination. If she chooses our new Sensational South America tour, she won’t have to. It includes both destinations in one great program, and new dates and prices will be posted shortly. So, take a look Shari.
Stay tuned, because we’re kicking off the second phase of the Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes on May 1. That means that EVERYONE will have the chance to enter again for three free trips — Best of Turkey, A Taste of Ireland, and Taj Mahal Express. So starting May 1, visit the Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page, enter your information (even if you already have before!), and your name will be in the pot to win! Hopefully I’ll be calling you on June 1 to let you know that you’re going on a free trip to Turkey!
As the cliché goes, tomorrow is only a day away. For us, that means the next meeting of the Friendly Planet Travel Book club is almost upon us. “Last Dance in Havana,” a novel by Eugene Robinson, was chosen for our second book club meeting scheduled for tomorrow night, April 17. We’ll be meeting at 7 p.m. at the Jenkintown Library in Jenkintown, Pa. to chat about all things Cuba.
We’re excited for another book club meeting that is sure to have lively discussion about the fantastic setting and culture that offers itself to the story. We’ll talk about how Cuba has changed since Robinson wrote the book, as well as what to expect if you travel to Cuba.
Expect to meet new, like-minded people; have more than a few laughs; and enjoy the company of fellow travelers and readers. Also, a few attendees have just returned from our People-To-People Cuba programs and are eager to share their experiences!
If you plan on attending, please RVSP to the event on Facebook, or email Liz Hutchins, our book club coordinator, at EHutchins@FriendlyPlanet.com. It’s bound to be a fun-filled evening, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!
With the deadline for tax filing just around the corner, a majority of Americans have already submitted their paperwork and are awaiting their refund check. If you are one of these people, then you’re probably already thinking about how to spend this year’s refund. What would I recommend you do with it? Travel, of course!
One of the five choices listed is our Colors of Cuba tour. I couldn’t agree more that now is the time to explore Cuba‘s beauty and vibrancy, as it’s the first time travelers have been able to visit in over 50 years.
It’s definitely worth the trip!
|COLORS OF CUBA: Now’s the time to make your visit!|
I’m often asked what advice I have for travelers who are leaving the country for the first time. While I have lots of advice of my own, like purchasing travel insurance, we also have a network of travelers who have some great knowledge to share.
- “Be friendly to the locals and be respectful … you are a guest after all!”
- “Pack light!”
- “Be flexible and don’t sweat the small stuff.”
- “Keep your passport with you.”
- “Eat local and try everything.”
- “Bring an extra charged battery for your camera so that u can take pictures of all the memorable places and things u see along the way ”
- “Keep an open mind.”
- “Take public transportation and find your way off the beaten path.”
- “Be patient. Pack only what you can carry. Learn ‘thank you’ in every language!”
Quiz time — How much do you know about the city of Philadelphia? Our offices are located just a stone’s throw away from there, in Jenkintown, Penn., so we spend a lot of time in the City of Brotherly Love.
We like to consider ourselves local experts, and wanted to know if the attendees of The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel show were just as savvy. Friendly Planet Travel blogger, Caitlin, quizzed passersby on famous Philadelphia landmarks, noteworthy Philadelphians, and how many people visit Philadelphia every year.
Think you know the answers? Hit play to find out!
Can you name five famous Philadelphians? Let me know in a comment!
|THEY LIKE FRIENDLY PLANET: Liking our Facebok
page won Lillian and her husband a free trip to Peru
We just announced the third winner of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes, where Shari Ashley and a guest will go on an all-expenses-paid dream vacation to China. All the excitement made me want to check in with Lillian Mayes, the winner of our Amazing Peru trip.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Lillian. We’re looking forward to hearing about your trip to Peru when you come back!