Diane is the woman behind Travels with Diane. Diane has traveled extensively around the U.S. and Europe, and just returned from a three-week trip to Barcelona, Florence and Milan when we interviewed her. Her insights are very inspiring; she says that traveling can be one of the best ways to spend time with our loved ones. We can’t agree more!
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
A: I am doing this travel blogging/travel agent gig as a “second chapter” or maybe “third chapter” in life. After college, I worked as a CPA for several years (accounting), and then when we had children I stayed home to raise them. Now, my husband and I are “empty nesters” and I have the time and energy for a new pursuit. Funny thing is, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, until I had a conversation with a woman we met on a Tauck tour last summer. I was thinking about going back to some sort of an office job, maybe accounting again. She said I should do what I love to do. What I love to do is travel, plan travel, write about travel, learn about travel, and help others find great ways to see the world and have time with those they love! I don’t know why I didn’t see this was what I should do until she pointed it out, but that was how it went.
Q: What has your experience as a travel consultant/blogger taught you about travel?
A: The experience and life experience has taught me that you should not put off taking time away with those you love. You connect on vacations like nowhere else. Probably because all the usual distractions are gone. Life is short and once you let a chance to be together slip away, you may not get the chance again. Children will grow up and move on with their own families, parents will become too old or frail to take the big trips. Your own health may get in the way. Circumstances change, and usually with very little warning. One day you realize that things have changed. It is much better to look back and say, “I am so glad we took that trip together!”
Q: What drove you to start traveling?
A: I guess I have traveled my whole life. I was an only child and my parents took me everywhere with them. It has always been something exciting and fun for me.
Q: Tell us the most memorable trip you’ve had.
A: I enjoy most of our trips for all sorts of reasons. The most interesting and enjoyable trip was probably when my husband won a sales reward trip to Bali. Bali was never even on my radar. We live in the U.S. and it was just so far away, and I didn’t really know much about Bali. We had no idea what to expect, and everything was surprising and beautiful. I guess that is what I like about travel the most: learning about a new culture, history and tradition. The fact that the trip was paid for didn’t hurt, either.
Q: Any advice for travelers?
A: As I mentioned earlier, seize the day. Enjoy today while it is here. If you are lucky enough to have the time and some funds to get away with someone you love, then do it now while you can.