I was born curious, and that curiosity has led me around the world! I’ve been hooked on traveling since my first trip abroad in the mid-70’s. My subsequent travels have taught me countless life lessons, which I apply to my corporate keynotes and training programs as The Civility CEO™. I travel regularly for both business and pleasure, which are synonymous for me!
Where else do you like to visit and do you use any travel websites to help you?
I love the energy of a cosmopolitan city, the majesty of a mountaintop, the rhythm of an ocean, the solitude of a secluded beach, the melody of a foreign language and the taste of an unfamiliar flavor.
In addition to business travel, from May to September I commute by air weekly to be with my husband, who spends summers at our lakeside cottage. Each winter we alternate vacation locations by visiting Maui one year and somewhere we’ve never been to the next. Because I love to explore I tend to avoid doing too much research for pleasure trips so that the destination remains a mystery. For business, however, I always do my due diligence so that I am fully prepared.
What are some of your travel challenges you would like to reduce?
My biggest concern is security. As solo women travelers we cannot be too careful about our safety. My former career as a Forensic Death Investigator at the Medical Examiner’s Office taught me to become a very astute and safety conscious traveler.
What are some Pearls of Travel Wisdom you would like to share with other women travelers?
There are so many, but here’s a very practical one. I learned the hard way to always bring a wrap, coat or shawl on board an airplane. Not only will it keep you warm, it can also bail you out of an awkward wardrobe situation! A few years ago on an international flight I unknowingly sat on 2 chocolates that had been left on the seat. You can imagine what my beige pants looked like when I arrived at my destination! Thankfully I had a pashmina shawl with me. I wrapped it around my waist like a sarong and sashayed to the baggage carousel with my head held high. Along the way, someone even complimented my fashion sense!
Any other info you’d like to share (marital status, kids, hobbies, etc.)?
As The Civility CEO™ I help companies create courteous corporate cultures. I am passionate about living life with no regrets and I love a good personal challenge. I have completed 3 full marathons and enjoy hiking, cycling, reading, entertaining & writing. My husband is my best friend, and my personal motto is simple: When in doubt choose kindness.
Home base – Calgary, AB Canada