Yes, that is me--completing a childhood fantasy as I toss my "three
coins in a fountain". And oh what luck has followed me since! I've not
only traveled to Europe regularly since 1987--I've gotten into this exciting
business of helping others put their European dream adventures together.
With my thirst for European travel combined with my resource and
information specialist training as a social worker, it was easy for
me to slip into the business of equipping travelers with the confidence,
knowledge and skills needed to travel independently, economically and
safely in a way that is culturally broadening. I started by sharing
what I had learned-- particularly from my misadventures and travel mentors--in Travel Skill classes
taught through Hawaii's Adult Education. The coconut wireless got the word
around and soon I was consulting with non-students too. And one thing led
January of 1994 TRAVEL EUROPE RESOURCE CENTER -- affectionately
called TERC--opened its French Door in my Hawaii Kai remodeled garage. Since
then the research book/ video library has grown beyond its bookcases and
even traveled from island to island and more recently to the mainland. The
variety of bags and travel gear has changed and expanded to meet client needs.
And over nineteen hundred Happy Travelers from around the
world have joined TERC's mailing list and traveled like pros!
During this time, I became Hawaii's (& now the
US's) European Rail and Trip Planning Specialist. Out of student requests,
I started small group
tours with an independent flavor. Privately, I find myself getting
"off the tourist map"
more and more and venturing into modes of travel that brings me closer to
the "winds of the past" as well as the Europeans of today.