I'm wedged between two great events in the industry calendar this weekend. Following a quick stop in London for World Travel Market's 40th anniversary event, I'll be headed to Miami and Fort Lauderdale next week for CruiseWorld 2019 where I'm attending as a VIP guest of their STAR Program!
Industry events are typically a great time spent learning about the latest and upcoming highlights, but also a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues I might not always have the chance to see in person. They're also insanely fun.
During World Travel Market I was able to track down (or she me) my long time friend Mel of Mel B Travel and share a bit of time talking travel in a rather more formal setting than we've enjoyed in past. While we've been catching each other up on destinations and culture for years, it's more often at the pub or during a meal out with friends.
Here's her excellent blog: www.melbtravel.com
All good things must come to an end, once the day was out in London's East End I scarpered off to meet up with a friend I've not seen since our days in the army together...
Maybe 10 years had passed, I don't think we've seen one another since I posted out of Germany for the first time in 2010, but it always feels like an only yesterday moment when the Squadron was such a huge part of our lives.
Sam's been growing his talent as a photographer and employs some unique skills he's gathered from time in the armed forces to capture some truly amazing landscapes and scenery. He runs his work out of Stonestreet Photography, and while he's only taken his works from personal fulfillment to professional status in the past year or so, he's already won himself a Highly Commended result at the 2019 British Wildlife Photography Awards.
It's always difficult for we veterans to share our achievements, so I hope he doesn't mind me giving him a little plug and some encouragement to keep up with the creative efforts!
Here's some of Sam's excellent imagery: www.samstonestreet.com