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The Power of Adventure and Inclusivity

Exploring new destinations, sustainability, accessibility, and mindfulness with Tricia's Travel Club

Article by Sara Hagen & Tricia Dejarnett

Photography by Tricia's Travel Club

Originally published in Woodstock City Lifestyle

Travel is much more than a luxury; it's a necessity for emotional health and holistic wellness. Whether you're looking for adventure, seeking to forge new memories, or simply trying to reduce stress, travel can offer a powerful remedy that can help unlock physical, mental, and emotional benefits that can enrich your life. Tricia, who runs Tricia's Travel Club, wants us to explore the advantages of traveling, how it can be enjoyed by everyone, and some new and exciting places that are becoming popular because of their great nature and unforgettable experiences.

Traveling with a Disability

Travel presents its own set of obstacles, especially for individuals with disabilities or mobility challenges. However, in recent times, there has been a notable increase in awareness regarding the difficulties encountered by individuals with disabilities, and thankfully, this awareness is often reflected in how people approach travel planning. For example, all major cruise lines in US waters must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Of those, the newer, bigger ships offer the best accessibility. More and more shore excursions are curated with accessibility, giving wheelchair users and other people with mobility limitations more options.

 Travel also offers a more predictable, stable experience for neurodivergent guests with the growth in Certified Autism Resorts, which provides sensory breaks from crowds. Having a travel advisor who knows the ins and outs of accessible travel can ensure you have a fantastic vacation while meeting your travel needs. 

Travel offers a restorative power that allows people to recharge and find a renewed sense of motivation, which fosters a healthier work-life balance. It can also help to combat mental and career burnout. Planning travel additionally adds a sense of exhilaration, a potent mood booster that can reduce depression. There is a direct correlation between travel and improved mental health.

Up and Coming Destinations

Paris and Rome may top the list for the most traveled locations, but a few others are gaining popularity, and for a good reason! Here are a couple of our favorites. 

Between the cuisine, culture, art, history, and natural beauty, Japan makes the list. This fascinating country mixes old and new with something for everyone. From the foodie to the techie, Japan has a bit of everything. Japan is home to stunning cherry blossoms with over 600 types of sakura trees with varying shades of pink blossoming every spring, signaling new beginnings. Summer boasts the matsuri festival season. The festivals are vibrant and fun ways to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. With its amazing landscapes, Japan is an eye-opening vacation for anyone. 

For the adventurer at heart, Costa Rica offers ziplining, kayaking, mountain climbing, a biodiverse wildlife population as well as "eco-chic" accommodations. Costa Rica is a wildlife paradise. Its natural inhabitants include sloths, macaws, howler monkeys, humpback whales, and sea turtles. It is also known as the hummingbird capital of the world, with over 50 species calling Costa Rica home. Costa Rica offers both Pacific and Caribbean beaches. It's home to dormant and active volcanoes and geothermal hot springs (imagine a natural spa experience). It is family-friendly and perfect for the coffee lover; after all, some of the world's best make their humble beginnings in Costa Rica. Additionally, Costa Rica is about a 3-hour flight from Miami, making it an incredibly convenient vacation destination. 

Meaning, Mindfulness, and Sustainability

Mindfulness when traveling is so important, especially when visiting different cultures. Kindness and compassion can go a long way in ensuring a fantastic vacation for you and the locals who call your vacation destination home. Traveling offers one of the most educational and enriching experiences available to us. Immersing ourselves in new locations and new cultures opens the door for us to gain a new understanding of the world and our place in it. Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, so we need to travel with mindfulness, compassion, and kindness. 

An important consideration is planning consciously. You will want to research where you are going, the traditions and cultures of its people, as well as the climate, history, and geography. This helps to give you a more local understanding. It will also assist you in participating in eco-friendly, sustainable activities and giving back to the community. Stay in the moment. Have a positive attitude and respect the people and places you visit. Practice kindness and compassion to help you make meaningful connections with the land and the people and step out of your comfort zone. These tips will help make your journeys meaningful, joyful, and sustainable.

Travel is a transformative experience that can help enrich your life in ways you never thought possible. Whether you're traveling solo or with loved ones, it's essential to travel mindfully, treating every destination and its people with respect and kindness. With the right mindset and planning, you can create lasting memories and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

You can find Tricia at and @triciastravelclub on Instagram

Having a travel advisor who knows the ins and outs of accessible travel can ensure you have a fantastic vacation while meeting your travel needs. 

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