Why are you on the road and how often do you travel?
This year I will be traveling to Italy from September 11-19 to teach my 2nd annual Italy Retreat for Women to Live La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). I’ve recently acquired dual citizenship with Italy, so I’m excited to return in September. The paradise where my group will stay for eight nights is in Monterosso, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre (five lands), on the Italian Riviera, bordered by turquoise water to the west, and magnificent mountains to the east. This is a three hour train ride from Milan. The fragrance of the air perfumed with wild herbs and lemon trees is heightened because cars are not permitted in the five villages, so there’s no exhaust fumes. They are connected by hiking trails, trains and ferries only. Everyone looks really strong and healthy, even the tourists.
Where else do you like to visit and do you use any travel websites to help you?
I love Portovenere, which is sometimes considered the sixth Cinque Terre town. It means the Port of Venus, once home to temples to the goddess of love. I encourage everyone to hop on the one-hour ferry from Monterosso al Mare to Portovenere, so that the majestic coastline of Italy can be experienced in all its glory.
The two main streets in Portovenere are charming with quaint shops selling pesto, artichoke hearts, limoncello and unusual shapes of pasta. The castle at the end of the cobblestone street with albatross squawking overhead takes you back a thousand years. Many poets and authors come to Portovenere to write and create.
We all found ourselves feeling spiritual and peaceful here. Maybe it had to do with the remains of the temple once dedicated to Venus.
The travel book that inspires me in Italy is Fred Plotkin’s book, Italy for the Gourmet Traveler. The 2010 revised edition is available on Amazon right now.
What are some of your travel challenges you would like to reduce? I have always tended to over pack. For European travel, I’m getting better, only bringing a carry which includes excellent walking shoes (I like Merrells) and one pair of light-weight dress shoes, but they must be comfortable for long walks too because we walk many miles in Italy.
What are some Pearls of Travel Wisdom you would like to share with other women travelers? Arriving in a more rested state will help you begin the trip on the right foot without too much jetlag. Sleep on the plane or at least keep your eyes closed most of the time, rather than watch movies or read a lot. I usually have ear plugs and a Bucky eye pad to block out the light. I always travel with a homeopathic remedy called nux vomica, which alleviates sea sickness, or any stomach upsets including those caused from eating something that does not agree with you.
My final tip is to avoid traveling to Italy in the summer months because it is crowded with tourists and very hot.
-Lenora Boyle, Iowa.
Lenora Boyle is a Speaker, Life Coach, Mentor, Workshop Leader, and Purveyor of Possibilities. She’s taught self-improvement workshops of some sort for 28 years, focusing on marriage, parenting, happiness, limiting beliefs and success. For the last 19 years, she’s been teaching Happy Beyond Belief workshops in the US, and Europe, to help people break free from the beliefs that bind them so they can be more successful on all levels… doing what they love to do.
Her focus this year is to specifically help women entrepreneurs in small businesses double their income by dividing their limiting beliefs.
She is a belief and happiness expert using the Option Method in her coaching. This inquiry system of questions hones in on the core of most problems—the core limiting beliefs. She is available for speaking, workshops, and sessions in person or on the phone.
Lenora also leads Italy Retreats for women, transformational workshops to live LA DOLCE VITA, the sweet life. Next one is coming up this September. She writes 2 blogs, a monthly newsletter, and website.
Married for 29 years with two children, she can offer you a way to open the door to options you may have missed.
One Blog: BeHappyLifeCoach.com
Italy blog: ItalyRetreat.blogspot.com