Morale is important, isn't it?
I mean, happy people do happy work, don't they?
But what is the outcome of work?
When you work, someone helps you turn your time into money. You then use that money to buy things including, ironically, ways to spend your time.
Travel is an interesting concept as an investment, it's both a product and a service. Some of you may be wondering what it is exactly that makes it at all investment-like...
Well, consider it. You invest in a property, typically you sleep there and keep all your things there. There's value in the appreciation but you also take value in its day-to-day use.
You invest in a car, but it also gets you from A to B, you could also argue that it loses x% after driving off the lot. I can't comment on that phenomenon.
After these two expenses, you may find travel to be the next most expensive single-transaction item you purchase. Let's make another consideration about the cost (value) of travel that gets left out: people don't often consider the element of time.
What is your time worth? What is your free time worth? The answer to both should be, "priceless".
A short while back, March to be precise, I achieved my 5-Star certification with Celebrity Cruises. Just a few weeks back, in May, I finally managed to round off the rather intense College of Disney Knowledge (from Disney, obviously).
I have heaps of qualifications from a variety of travel related sources, but these two stand out in my mind and I'm not one for collecting junk.
The Disney lithograph, for example, even comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity and a little story about the artist, one Don "Ducky" Williams.
My long-winded point on the matter, is this: When you're shopping a mortgage provider, a brand of automobile, or even a supplier of travel - do you simply consider the price or are there other facets of the product or transaction that help you make your decision?
When it comes to choosing how you'll invest your time and money, wouldn't you consider not only the track record of a given supplier, but how they treat their entire chain of service personnel? What service do they give to those who themselves give service?
I'll certainly say this about both Celebrity and Disney, as a travel professional, my interactions have been nothing short of excellent.