My first international trip was in 1998. My cousin Kim and I sold candy, hot fries and anything we could for an entire school year to raise enough money to go to Jamaica. I was 16 years old and this was my first mission’s trip. Initially, we stayed at a hotel and eventually moved in with host families. Now, of course anytime you stay with someone you don’t know there will be a bit of adjusting but before long we settled in like family. We brought all kinds of supplies with us and we met some of the most beautiful and intriguing people I’ve ever encountered. I realized how blessed we were when little girls were asking me for earrings from my ear!!! At the time, 33 of their dollars was only $1 in U.S. Currency. But the people of Jamaica were rich in culture, community, and history. Everyone knows each other and there was a strong sense of belonging. I made several friends while I was there. Once I came back to the states, I would write a few of them until we lost contact. I still remember some of their names.
From a vacation standpoint, the water was absolutely beautiful. Cool and as clear as a princess cut diamond! The island vibes filled the air as you could hear music, singing and people having a good time all around you. I recall visiting Dunn’s River Falls. The water was freezing but it was also exhilarating to conquer a fear of mine in such a beautiful place. I remember the sweetness of the pineapples and the smell of Jamaica’s delicacy, Fish & Ackee throughout the entire island. That was 20 years ago. I’ve gone back once in 2009 on the original “Girl’s Trip” but that’s another post… This September, I will get the chance to visit again but this time with my love for our anniversary. I’ve visited several other countries and most of the United States but Jamaica will always have a special place in my heart.
Why am I talking to you about Jamaica? Well… it’s not as much about Jamaica as it is about me encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone and see the world!!! God did not create all of these “Wonders of the World” for you to be sedentary in one place! It is meant for all of us to enjoy! Many people tend to steer clear of travel because it’s expensive, too far or out of fear. Did you know that travel can actually reduce stress, help you change your mindset, you could possibly meet your soulmate or find your purpose? Facts!!! With proper planning, you can explore your wildest dreams when comes to travel. Whether you want to do a Baecation, Mission’s Trip, Self Discovery or a Sabbatical it can all happen for you with proper execution. Past The Ports gives you the opportunity to book Luxury High-End Travel without the stress of paying all at once. With proper planning, I can assist you in booking a trip up to a year in advance with a low deposit, optional monthly payments, and travel protection. I encourage all of my clients to immerse themselves in the food, culture, and people. To go deeper and go PAST THE PORTS!!! Below, I’ve also listed a couple of links to discuss the benefits of traveling even more. If you are looking to book an experience I would love to assist you along the way. Please visit http://agcox.com/service/past-the-port/
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-xoxo A.G. Cox