TRAVELER, BLOGGER, JOURNALIST & VOLUN-TOURIST
EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL
If you've seen the movie, "Pretty Woman", you'll appreciate the music and my response to the most luxurious, opulent, incredible room I've ever stayed in - The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Arabian hospitality knows no end! Thanks to Jauntaroo.com for organizing this dream holiday!!
BLINK AND IT'S OVER
BREATHE AND IT'S ONLY JUST BEGUN...
How do you stop and cherish a moment when life has accelerated from 0 to 60 in under a second? Just like the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa at Abu Dhabi Ferrari World, the last 6 days have raced by in the blink of an Arabian eye.
Did I really fly half way across the world with a group of complete strangers? Did I really sleep in layers of luxurious down feathers, soak in a gold-rimmed tub and call the halls of a living, breathing Palace home at the world’s second only 7-star hotel? And did I really experience over a dozen insanely wonderful Emirati activities on someone else’s planning, dime and vision?
Throughout the trip I joked, “If I am dreaming, I never want to wake up.” Consider myself pinched.
Sitting alone, on a Jet Blue A320 bound for San Francisco, I fly away from this experience with a full heart. I may not have clenched the coveted Jauntaroo - Your Vacation Matchmaker Chief World Explorer position but I leave with something far greater - a wealth of new friendships, experiences and memories to pull form.
Am I sad? Angry? Frustrated?
I think it is only natural to feel sadness. I mean heck, when you’ve put your heart and soul into a project for 5 months in hopes of winning a “dream job”, you’re bound to be a little disappointed. An emotion I would question the lack of more then the presence of. But in saying that, I must confess a different emotion. Happiness. Happiness for Tyson Mayr , your new Chief World Explorer.
Diversified on many business and volunteer fronts, extremely travel savvy and packing a giant social media punch, Tyson will continue to do amazing things! Congratulations buddy and I look forward to following your adventures. I am also extremely thankful for the friendships I leave the competition with. Jon, Cody, Annie, Jonathan, Christopher, Tom and Travis we have shared a dream together. A dream I will never forget.