Thoughtful Thursday: Is life not looking like you thought it would?


As we grow older, we begin to create ‘bucket lists’ to make sure we fulfill certain goals we set for ourselves.  Perhaps you’ve got a “30 Must-Do Things before 30″ list and you realize you’re nowhere near to completing them.  While you may not be a world traveler who has visited 80+ countries, it’s time to write a story that always keeps YOU in focus – even if it’s not exactly how you pictured it being long ago.

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday explores what to do when your life may not look like you thought it would, but how you can embrace how your life looks now!

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Bring a Mascot!

Kelley's GnomeThere are some items that we can’t travel without and, without even realizing it, we make them into our mascots for the trip. When Amy Paffrath and Drew Seeley traveled to Paris with Contiki this past year, Amy mentioned she couldn’t travel without her Pillow Pet.  Contiki guest blogger Kelley Last doesn’t go anywhere without her gnome in tow (see it on the left?).

That had us wondering – what item do you carry with you when you travel that is an extension of yourself?

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10 Contiki Questions with Travel TV Host & Writer La Carmina

La Carmina, lacarmina, travel TV host, travel blogger, young female travel As travelers, we uncover so much about ourselves as we discover new cultures, taste new and interesting foods.  In this digital age, it’s becoming easier for us to share our experiences.  At Contiki, we love profiling and interviewing travel writers, bloggers, and enthusiasts who love sharing their excitement for this great big world.

This week, we’re asking 10 Contiki Questions to La Carmina, a travel TV host and journalist whose vibrant style and exuberant personality capture the world in a cute and spooky light.  Check it out!

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O’Neill Surf Pro Malia Manuel Packs for Costa Rica

MaliaWe’re 2 weeks into the “Malia and Kiana Do Costa Rica with Contiki” sweepstakes – have you entered yet?  You have until February 15 to put your name in for a chance to win a 12-day Costa Rica vacation with Contiki!

We wanted to know what O’Neill Surf Pro Malia Manuel planned to pack for her Costa Rica trip after we got a sneak peek into fellow O’Neill Surf Pro Kiana Fores’ packing list!

Malia said, “My favorite part about the Spring 2013 collection are the suits! I can’t wait to wear all the bright,  fun colors in the tropical scenes of Costa Rica! I packed some fun beach cover ups and also my favorite O’Neill 365 gear for all the adventurous parts of the trip!

Check it out!

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