Celebrating the Good Life

Celebrating the Good Life

Every year, for the last 19 years, members of our industry get together to celebrate the holidays. In that time, SITE SoCal (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) has raised more than $2 million for local grassroots charities. You can only imagine the outrageous...

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Travel is Transformational

Travel is Transformational

For a long time, I've harbored a dream . . . ...to start a foundation that would, in essence, provide funds to a young person to travel far, far from home - to someplace remote and exotic and impoverished. The recipient would return home - transformed and inspired to...

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There is no “I” in TEAM

There is no “I” in TEAM

Ellen here. Giving Marilyn a week off from blogging and excited to share about our CTP Retreat to one of the most beautiful places on earth! Yep, I said it... ON EARTH! October 21st was a day of recovery. It was an opportunity to rest our overused stomach and cheek...

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Fabulous at 40!

Fabulous at 40!

I love party and event planning. Especially when it's my own party! CTP was turning 40 - so this one needed to top all the others! Many months ago, I scheduled the party date to coincide with a major industry trade show in hopes that some of our international...

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Looks Like We Made It . . .

Looks Like We Made It . . .

Throughout the process of planning our 40th-anniversary celebration, I traveled down memory lane, recalling some of the other parties we've hosted through the years. Oh, how times have changed! 1982 In 1982, I'd been with Creative Travel Planners for just over a year....

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How I Met My Company (Part 3)

How I Met My Company (Part 3)

"Mud season" is the unofficial fifth season in states like Michigan and Ohio - the period between winter and spring when one hopes for another snowstorm to cover the filthy piles of blackened snow that line the roads. Skies are always cloudy and gray. Add some drizzle...

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How I Met My Company (Part 2)

How I Met My Company (Part 2)

It's just before 11:00 AM when the phone rings in my office at the E.F.MacDonald Travel Company in Dayton, Ohio. "Hello, this is Marilyn." "Hi. My name is Herb Medrow. I'm calling because you sent me a resume. I own an incentive travel company, Creative Travel...

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How I Met My Company (Part 1)

How I Met My Company (Part 1)

In October 1977, Jimmy Carter is into his 10th month in office. With 33 home runs, Steve Garvey leads the Dodgers into the World Series against the Yankees, and the most popular shows on TV are "Laverne & Shirley" and "Happy Days." It's the year that "The Love...

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About the Author

I’ve been traveling - as a career and a calling - since I was in my early twenties. I have lots of stories, (mis)adventures and viewpoints to share, and have been publishing this weekly blog since 2009. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it! And I love to get comments and feedback. Thanks!

Coming up in 2018!

India Early March 2018 is a perfect time to explore the sacred south of India. Kerala is an enchanting tropical region with rivers, lagoons, backwaters and a rich tradition of culture and dance. It’s the most prosperous and literate state in the country.

Patagonia Plans are in the works for a fabulous adventure to Patagonia in Chile. Tentative dates are late November + first part of December, 2018.



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