Join a Relay For Life Event to Support the American Cancer Society Today!

I just signed up for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and I’m hoping you’ll support my son, Justice, who is a Survivor currently working toward his 2-year remission status.  In 2016, Justice spent the last 5-months of his Senior year of High School battling a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage II Cancer diagnosis so this endeavor is very near and dear to our hearts.  Find his Relay For Life support page here!

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At the Relay For Life, teams of people take turns walking in order to raise money for cancer research, patient support, and other essential programs that save lives. Cancer has caused me, my family and others I love a lot of pain, stress, fear and sadness. I’m sure that you know someone who’s fought cancer as well. You can make a difference when you invest in the organization that fights all cancers on all fronts, each and every day.

Will you support my son, Justice Coltrane, by making a donation to his page for his contributing efforts as a student at Elon University? 100% of the money goes to the American Cancer Society, which funds more cancer research than any other non-governmental organization.

Justice’s personal fundraising page can be found here:

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Find out all about the Relay for Life events and how you can participate at Elon University as well as a location near you here on Justice’s page.

Thank you so much for your consideration and support of the American Cancer Society!

Tina Little-Coltrane; TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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To Travel or Not to Travel? A cause for concern question for many Mosquito Magnet Travelers

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post: “Mosquito Magnet! Yes, that would be me!”, I must add with all humor aside, the mention of some serious concerns that are increasingly circulating in the media regarding disease carrying Mosquitoes, specifically one being the Chikungunya Virus carried via Mosquitoes around many places including the Islands of the Caribbean.

As a self labeled “Mosquito Magnet” and for others like me, we are placed at a much higher risk for contracting one of these afflictions due to the fact that Mosquitoes, for whatever reason, are drawn to us at increased rates.  Our susceptibility to contracting these virus’ does not only occur when we travel, it’s a real situation for us in any warm climate destination where Mosquitoes habitate.  Of course, any place that has been classified as a serious outbreak area is a reason for pause and serious consideration that begs to question, “Do I really need to be traveling to that destination now?”.

 

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Speaking for myself personally, I love the Caribbean Islands and the thought of not going back to any one of my favs because of a mosquito, well, that’s just not going to happen! Travelers should heed to precautions while keeping themselves aware of any potential health risks for anywhere they want to travel to.  If/when the decision is made to travel to any specific high health risk area, I do recommend that you follow the CDC’s “Prevent Mosquito Bites” suggestions.
Understandably, the Caribbean Islands continue to be amongst some of the favorite places to vacation each year so travelers should be aware of growing concerns about Mosquitoes so be sure to thoroughly review Chikungunya in the Caribbean on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website as well.

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Lot’s of research has been happening for a while now on this problem of Diseases carrying Mosquitoes that seems to be growing year after year,…. “So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet?”  – Great question to which the answer might be found in this TED talk!

via Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease | Talk Video | TED.com.

Re-Engineering Mosquitos to Fight Disease – TED Talks

 

 

A Mosquito Magnet, Yes That Would Be Me!

Once again, I’ve been MAULED,… by Mosquitoes!! Just got off the plane late last night from a “3 Caribbean Islands in 3 Days” familiarization trip and I’m scratching and aching in freezing cold North Carolina with irritations from no less than 20 Mosquito bites starting at the top of my head down to the sides of my feet!  😦  After a lifetime of dealing with this problem, I really would like to know; “What is the deal with Mosquitos ??” Why do they fly right past and over some folks just to make a Bullseye shot on me?!?!  I get it, that I really am a Mosquito Magnet, but WHY?!  😦

Out of at least 180 Travel Professionals, only about 10% of us were talking "Mosquito Bites" problems.

Out of at least 180 Travel Professionals, only about 10% of us were talking “Mosquito Bites” problems. While I had numerous bites, most others had not even one!

Mosquitos are very particular little creatures! They like what they like, are immediately drawn to a specific type of Molecular biology that has yet to be defined, well, to my satisfaction anyway.  This affinity that the mosquito has for me, (and that would be any mosquito, anywhere, not just in the Caribbean), leaving me with a “Kryptonite” type of effect has been a #PITA in my life since childhood!  Very similar to a Potato Chip where “you can’t eat just one”, the Mosquito cannot stop at just one bite of me either!  I am their “Free for all Buffet” with a shout-out to all family and friends to feast on!  I have to just about bathe in Bug Spray to make them stop! It’s nice to be loved but I wish the Mosquito would take me off of their “Gotta have me some of her” list!

Early Morning, day #3; Smiling but irritated by at least 15 bites at this point!

Early Morning, day #3; Smiling but irritated by at least 15 bites at this point!

So, as I go about my next few days of unpacking (and scratching), reviewing the multitude of pictures I’ve taken from this, yet another, fabulous trip to the Caribbean (and scratching) and other daily tasks of life while rubbing with more scratching of mosquito bites to satisfy these itching calls from all over my body, I just want to say to the Mosquito population;   This long-term, one-sided love affair you have going on with me is not appreciated! This “thing” you have for me really is getting old and sitting on my “piss’n me off” nerves at this point in my life.  Please cross the street, take another flight path and just miss me with all that love the next time I’m inside or outside of warm weather climate anywhere around the world!  Sincerely and Thank-You, Tina Little-Coltrane of TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

SN: In spite of them dang Tina loving Mosquitos, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Sandals Resorts over the last 3 days! I will be posting pics with reviews of my #3IslandsIn3Days trip on my photo blog soon so stay tuned! – #TLCTravels -aka- #NCTina

A WELLNESS Retreat,…just what does that mean for you?

Increasing in popularity and awareness are the benefits of travel for your health and wellness but what exactly does that mean for you?  Where exactly will you need to go to achieve “your” optimum “wellness” results?

I pose this question because how/where that works for one guest does not necessarily guarantee a beneficial outcome for another. Not to worry though, as there are a variety of different venues set in various destinations throughout this big beautiful world where you are sure to find your Health and Wellness niche.

Let’s keep in mind for a minute that there are actually folks who “get well” from loud noisy, busy type adventure travel every year.  They need to go-go-go with lots of activity during the entire time of their trip.  Now we also have, way down on the other end of the spectrum (this is so me), other travel types who actually benefit from #PEACE and quiet.  Guests like myself love having 1, 2 or 3 days of doing absolutely nothing other than being pampered.  Here we have a classic case for the phrase, “Different strokes for different folks” which is not just an idiom, it’s a fact!  A Duck wading in calm waters is just as happy as a Squirrel jumping from tree to tree!  Two totally different paths leading to “Happy”.

My new tagline to overuse, on purpose, this upcoming year is “Freestyle Group Travel” just for this exact same reason.  My “Freestyle” travel theory allows for people to travel together with having the options to individually move in different directions to do what makes each one happiest while also traveling with the benefits of being within a travel group.  My mission moving forward is to promote and offer some of the best travel packages, including Cruises for a Health and Wellness Travel experience which ends with the word #HAPPY being at the top of my client’s description list.

So, what’s your preferred method of attaining Wellness when you Travel?  Is it in the traditional sense of attending a Wellness Retreat/Spa or is it through Adventure/activity Travel? Maybe, it’s somewhere in between the two.  There is only a “wrong” answer if you choose the venue that does not work well with your personality type as well as your likes and preferences.  Just be sure to “know thyself” before you book your Health and Wellness trip and examine all of your #Travel options. – #NCTina -aka- #TLC

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“Today, an increasing number of travelers are choosing holistic holidays that emphasize their interests in health, wellness and anti-aging. A visit to a wellness-minded retreat gives visitors the chance to unplug, unwind and undo some of the damage caused by everyday life.”

via Escape Magazine: Wellness Retreat, Rejuvenating Escapes

Just how did Stella get her groove back? She went to Jamaica of course!!

Yes, she sure did!  That’s not the Hudson River providing the backdrop in this pic!  That’s the Island of Jamaica floating out in the Caribbean sea! (I’m not 100% sure but you get the point! 😉

Stella's Groove "Got" Back in Jamaica!!

Stella’s Groove “Got” Back in Jamaica!!

“How Stella Got Her Groove Back” a popular movie released in 1998 and based on the same titled novel written by Bestselling Author Terry McMillan tells the story of two long time friends, living separate busy lives, meeting up and experiencing #Jamaica at a critical time in life for each of them.  I won’t go into a long synopsis here as that has been done and done again so if you are not already familiar with the novel and/or movie, read about it here.

While thinking of destinations to promote for the upcoming 2015 Travel Season, my thoughts went to Jamaica of course and how this story of “Stella” touches on the unimaginable that happens when visiting the beautiful Island of Jamaica.  From adventure to relaxation, and/or cultural awareness to a Spiritual awakening,  Jamaica offers you countless opportunities to “Get All Right” however you need to accomplish just that.

So, is it about that time in your life for you to visit Jamaica?  Do YOU need to get your groove back?  Well, you know what they say; why rewrite the story? Do as the groove-backers have already done for “umteen” years now, plan to go to #Jamaica and now would be the perfect opportunity for you to do just that!!  Our Ladies Days Jamaica Getaway invites women from across the globe to experience Jamaica over Mother’s Day Weekend 2015.  This “Freestyle” group is open for booking to the young at heart seasoned traveler to the 1st time “going anywhere” travel late-bloomer.  Mothers and Daughters, BFF girlfriend groups and Solo/Single travelers are welcome to come to Jamaica to “Get Your Groove Back” or just “Get All Right” on a beautiful Caribbean Island.

“Freestyle” means you are free to “do-you” in whatever way you want and need to (law-abiding of course 😉 .  Whether your choice is to fellowship privately with your friends/family, experience new island excursions/tours or just to get some “me time” in with Spa pampering and Zen relaxation, your choices are endless at the Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

You are invited to contact Tina at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises for more information and reservations!

Tina Little-Coltrane, Group Travel Coordinator – NCTina -aka- TLC

When Life Gets Down to “Bucket List” Traveling Time

Such an unfortunate and sad situation for Brittany Maynard and her family to endure right now.  November 1 is just 4 days away as this is the date choosen by this young 29 year old wife and daughter who is being agressively attacked by Cancer to die with dignity.  I’m keeping them all in Prayer for comfort and Peace as they continue toward the very difficult days ahead.

Brittany Maynard and her family tick off the last item on her "Bucket List",...the Grand Canyon.

Brittany Maynard and her family tick off the last item on her “Bucket List”,…the Grand Canyon.

“My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity,” -via- Brittany Maynard ticks off last item on bucket list – CNN.com.  I whole-heartedly agree with you Brittany.  May your mind, body and Spirit find rest and comfort as you sleep in eternal PEACE, free from this sickness and pain. – TLC

11/2/14 Update: Brittany has decided to postpone her originally planned to die date of November 1st. Read more about young Brittany Maynard here: Brittany Maynard Could Revive the Stalled ‘Death With Dignity’ Movement

11/4/2014 Update: After several news reports last Friday night- 10/31/14, stating that Brittany had decided to postpone her original 11/1/14 date to die, it has now been confirmed that she actually did not postpone it. Condolences to her family.

Rest in Peace Brittany Maynard. –  Death with Dignity advocate dies at 29yrs old.