Welcome Aboard

Where do you want to go? Picture it & set sail.

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Necklace of Lights in Laguna Beach, California

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All Ways Lead to Somewhere at San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art 

Docked in the artsy tourist town of Laguna Beach in coastal Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Gold Boat Journeys (Live Write Travel Explore) is the kind of creative venture that Californians are known for. When I wrote my business plan, hired a logo designer and started developing the Ship’s Log (blog, aka slog) and website in March 2012, I still couldn’t see where the voyage would lead. Two years and many false starts later I have a clearer idea. Inspired by my memory of the little Iron Age boat I saw on a solo writing trip to Ireland, my dream become an ongoing lesson in patience, flexibility, determination, dedication and humility. Gold Boat Journeys is devoted to helping provide the inspiration, navigation and provisions to help launch your travel dreams.

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Quote by Poet W.B. Yeats on Wall of Bachelor Inn, Dublin

Here’s How I can Help Launch Your Creative Voyage:

I’m a skilled researcher determined to find my clients the best experience at the best price. I create itineraries for Australian-based Outtrippin, where travelers pay a flat fee to receive personalized itineraries. As a writer for Airspruce, I also help property owners create catchy profiles for Airbnb and other rental or home exchange websites. And I’m a certified travel agent and published travel writer and blogger with a diverse array of resources within the travel industry. Working wirelessly, I can plan, research and book travel for clients anywhere in the world (from anywhere in the world). My clients are my priority. I will never try to sell you a travel product just to make money. However small your travel budget, I specialize in finding creative ways to launch your voyage.

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Deco on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

Custom Travel Experiences: If you’re craving a trip filled with cultural discovery, active adventure, relaxation and variety but have no time to plan it, we can tailor an itinerary to your schedule, interests and abilities and save you money in the process. I have extensive experience tailoring trips to any taste, schedule, interest or budget: for  individuals, groups, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and tour operators.

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Alpspitz Trail, Garmisch, Germany

Travel Packages for Fundraising: Gold Boat Journeys is committed to creating good through travel. Our small advertising budget is devoted to helping community nonprofits raise money with donations of custom travel packages for fundraising auctions. These include a Gift Your Graduate weekend in Portland, Oregon, for Laguna Beach Schoolpower; a Laguna Beach Family Festival package for Nueva School in Silicon Valley; a Wild and Cultured Oregon Getaway for the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus; a Concert Weekend with Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls for KX93.5, Laguna Beach; and a Literary New York Escape for Newport-Mesa ProLiteracy. To create these packages, I rely on my extensive network of travel industry contacts, design a PDF certificate for the auction and personally handle all travel arrangements.

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Improvised Celebration in Barcelona Apartment

Custom Travel Gifts for Graduation, Birthdays & Celebrations: Current projects include a small group sailing trip through the Greek islands for a 50th birthday celebration, an all-inclusive family reunion in the Caribbean for an 80th birthday and a budget honeymoon in Central America for a local couple.

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Surfin’ Safari, California

Custom Group Travel for Nonprofit Organizations: For a nonprofit, group travel can help raise funds and build community. A custom group experience can also be an effective way for an organization to showcase an inside expert or personality. Current projects include a Give a Heart for Art Cruise to Tahiti to benefit Laguna Beach arts organizations; a Gardens of New York tour to benefit Laguna Beach horticultural organizations; and a three-city U.S. murals tour to benefit Oxfam International.

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Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, New York

Partnerships with Tour Operators:  Whether you need research, packaging, planning or marketing support, I can help tie up loose ends and give your bookings a boost. As a communications professional with over 20 years experience, I can handle everything from writing press releases to editing your brochures, overseeing the design process, creating e-mail blasts, writing content and developing your social media marketing campaigns.

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View of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Writing, Editing & Marketing: I have the writing, editing, visual marketing and social media skills to make your audience take notice. Although I don’t publish sponsored posts on my own website, I blogged extensively about my recent FAM tour to Patagonia, and have become an enthusiastic advocate for the destination. In addition to blogging for this website, I also write guest blogs, feature articles, editorials and narrative essays.

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Girl Writing by Henriette Browne via Google Art Project

No matter where, how or why you want to travel, there’s always inspiration just over the horizon. I look forward to seeing you off in Gold Boat’s third year.

Happy Sails!

Ellen Girardeau Kempler, Chief Navigator and Founder