Tracking Gorillas Down the Mountain in Uganda

The light filters through the mosquito nets draping over my bed at Bwindi Lodge.  As I begin to wake, my mind goes to the day's itinerary.  Nerves kick in--it's really today!!  We are going to...

Ciao Bellas Cruise the Canals of Burgundy

In March, our intrepid Ciao Bella travelers embarked on an adventure to the vineyard-covered hills of Burgundy, France.  We chartered a small canal boat to float along the still waters of the canals...

Bella Travel’s Favorite Reads for Summer 2023

Here at Bella, we take your adventures seriously, including the kind that whisk your imagination away. Whether it's a romance-and-rose-all-day or a tuck-me-in thriller, you'll love this curated...

Ciao Bella–Your Travel Girl Gang

Last year, Susan and I (Becky) launched Ciao Bella, a Travel Club for Women.  Over the years, she and I had ongoing conversations about women we knew who had these amazing Wander Lists, but no one...

Mayakoba, Playa Mujeres, Maroma, and Cancun

Early in January, I (Becky) conducted site inspections with a few Travel Experts colleagues from the Southeastern region.  I just love hanging with these smart, savvy ladies who are...

The American cemetery in Luxembourg

Last year I my mother and I went on an adventure down the Mosel, Rhine, and Main rivers on a ten-day Uniworld river cruise. What fun we had gazing at castles, tasting the lovely Mosel wines, and...

Have you traded Efficiency for Adventure?

Efficiency for Adventure. How often do we make this trade?Do I trade the chance to grow and stretch myself for the need to just get stuff done? Do I quash the creative for the efficient? Am I too task-oriented in this season of life?

Your Own Personal Board of Directors

Accountability matters. Connections matter. Having someone to listen and give feedback on your crazy ideas is just....well...priceless. As a small business owner, you need good connections to keep...

Versailles, The Sun King, and All Things Golden

Last fall, my mom and I spent a glorious day exploring all things Louis. It was Mama's first time in France (really the first time anywhere in Europe) and I was looking forward to delighting in the...

Punt or Pivot – A Business Strategy for Post COVID Recovery

We have to allow ourselves space to breathe and think and to act with purpose not out of straight fear.Then it may be time to pivot. If you take some time to evaluate first, then you can pivot with purpose.

The American cemetery in Luxembourg

The American cemetery in Luxembourg

Last year I my mother and I went on an adventure down the Mosel, Rhine, and Main rivers on a ten-day Uniworld river cruise. What fun we had gazing at castles, tasting the lovely Mosel wines, and discovering the beauty of yellow grape leaves in the vineyards planted...

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