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Wake Up and Smell the Sweet Olive!

Welcome back to Philip James Travel!

Before talking about the relevance of sweet olive trees, I want to first highlight my next hosted webinar on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, when I will welcome AmaWaterways as my guest.  Many of you will certainly recognize the Viking River Cruise brand because they are the only river cruise company that does any major advertising, but I will suggest to you that if river cruising is of interest to you, it is not only a fabulous way to travel but that AmaWaterways for many reasons is really the best.  Please join me on Tuesday evening to learn more.  A registration link is below.

I can’t believe it’s really time again to watch the oak leaves fall and accumulate in my yard such that I worry about raking them up.  Maybe this is the year that I should just let them fall where they may and let nature take her own course.  Let it go, so to speak.  My question and point is this: Are we going to stop and smell the sweet olive trees when they alert us each autumn to impending weather changes, and simply enjoy that unique olfactory treat, or are we going to choose to become obsessed with each leaf that falls that messes up the lawn?  In other words, are we going to worry about the little things we can’t control?  Won’t you join me this autumn in trying to see both the forest and the trees?

In the years since Susan and I have been married, we have lived in three homes, and outside the front door of each house we’ve had sweet olive trees to greet us and our guests upon entry and exit.  This tradition comes from one of my very happy smell-memories and my grandparents’ home where sweet olives and big MeMe hugs always welcomed us.  In many places, the pineapple is used as a symbol of welcome (and luxury), and in bonny Scotland, it’s the thistle, but for me, it will always be the sweet olive.  

What is your idea of welcome, and which of your senses are activated when you feel welcome?  How do you want to feel when you travel, and most importantly, why do you want to go?  These are just a few questions I’ll ask when we talk about your travel plans.  Give this some thought and let me know how I can curate your whys into itineraries.

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Philip James Travel is grateful for you taking a few minutes to read this newsletter, and we hope you find it a valuable connection.  Wishing you kindness and patience in this pandemic world where these virtues don’t get enough airtime.  


“Travel – It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta,  14th Century Moroccan Explorer


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