Where do you want to go? Picture it & set sail.
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. One year 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. It’s never easy to picture where you want to go. It’s often more difficult to set sail.
Here’s how I can help you realize your travel dreams:
Travel Planning and Booking: I’m thrilled to have joined the travel consultant team at Expedia Cruise & Vacation Centers, Saddleback Valley (on Via de Carlota, right next to Trader Joe’s in Laguna Hills). Working wirelessly, I can even bring my laptop to my Laguna Beach neighbors’ favorite coffee spots or book travel for clients anywhere in the world (from anywhere in the world). we work with G Adventures, Rocky Mountaineer, National Geographic Expeditions, Trafalgar, Globus, Viking, AMA Waterways in addition to all the leading cruise lines and many more trusted travel companies. We offer concierge service at Expedia prices.
Custom Itineraries: I create itineraries for Australian-based Outtrippin, where travelers pay a flat fee to receive personalized proposals from three travel writers. Travelers choose their favorite from three pitches and the lucky writer gets to plan their trip. It’s a win-win idea that lets writers get creative and the clients enjoy the insider experience of a trip designed just for them. My latest itinerary was a ten-day budget honeymoon in Half Moon Bay, Carmel/Big Sur and San Francisco.
Personalized Travel Planning: If you’re craving a trip filled with cultural discovery, active adventure and relaxation 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. Just fill our travel survey and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
Consulting Services: Writing; content development, editing, photo research and communications strategy (from developing blogs to launching digital newsletters).
No matter where you go or how you travel, there’s always another amazing destination just over the horizon. I look forward to talking travel with you in Gold Boat’s second year. Please contact me to discuss the possibilities or just talk travel!
Ellen Girardeau Kempler
Chief Navigator and Founder