As an introvert, there’s a good chance that you like having lots of time for self-care in your schedule. If you want to splurge on your next self-care activity, consider booking a cruise on your own with guidance from The Joy of Cruising! Here are a few other unique self-care ideas for introverts that you might not have tried yet, like enrolling in intriguing online classes, exploring sobriety, and more.
Invest Time in Lifelong Learning
Lots of introverts enjoy blocking off time for intellectual pursuits, like reading, creative projects, taking interesting classes, or learning a language. If you’re interested in pursuing a new career path, don’t let any social anxiety stand in your way - instead, embrace your knack for continuous learning as a strength and consider going back to school!
An online degree program might be the best fit for you. For instance, by earning your master’s degree in data analytics online, you’ll learn valuable professional skills that will prepare you for competitive positions in this field, like database applications, machine learning, and data mining. You may consider this as you peruse different degree programs - take the time to double-check that they’re accredited, and that you can comfortably afford their tuition rates.
Book a Solo Cruise
Do you want to get out and see the world, without having to coordinate your itinerary with other travelers and compromise on your plans? Give solo travel a try! A solo cruise might suit you well. You’ll have a schedule based on your arrivals in different ports, but you can enjoy your days on board as you wish.
Seek Help for Unhealthy Habits Like Drinking Too Much
Sometimes, self-care involves letting go of bad habits and committing to a healthier lifestyle. For example, if you tend to have a few drinks everyday, it may be time to think about how you could cut back on alcohol. If you’ve realized that you’re struggling with an addiction, you will want to seek professional treatment.
There are different treatment avenues for overcoming alcoholism, but if you’re thinking about going to a rehab center, spend time comparing several facilities. Look up the specific treatment programs that they provide, honest testimonials from their former clients, and their relevant credentials and certifications. You can choose from free rehab centers in the USthrough Medicaid or a local health program.
Exercise on Your Own Time
You don’t need to go to fitness classes or join a recreational sports team in order to work out. Instead, you can try solo forms of exercise. Pretty Opinionated recommends jumping rope, going running, swimming laps, or riding your bike. You can also do yoga at home!
Plan a Home Spa Day
When you’re an introvert, your home can be your sanctuary. While you could head to the spa for some pampering, you can also enjoy DIY versions of lots of spa treatments at your own home! If you don’t have many commitments on your schedule this weekend, you could turn your bathroom into a temporary spa and try out some homemade beauty treatments. Westgate Resorts recommends exfoliating with a coffee scrub, using essential oils to set the mood, trying out a banana and honey face mask, and relaxing with a cold cucumber eye compress.
For introverts, self-care is practically non-negotiable. You need time to relax and unwind on your own in order to recharge your batteries. With these tips, you’ll be ready to create a refreshing self-care routine, whether you want to enhance your professional skills, seek support for treating unhealthy habits, or treat yourself to a fun vacation.
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This week The Joy of Cruising Podcast is delighted to welcome Paul and Carole of Paul & Carole Love to Travel, a blog and accompanying YouTube channel, one of the leading UK cruise sources. I like to say to the cruise personalities I write about in the The Joy of Cruising books that we are forever connected—many years from now their friends and relatives will be able to read about them in a book written by me. Well, Paul and Carole and I are doubly connected because they are one of the very few cruise personalities that have been featured in more than one book. They first appeared in The Joy of Cruising in a chapter called “Cuba Cruising”, which chronicled the experience of three diverse couples—two from the US, and Paul and Carole from the UK—cruising to Cuba prior to Cuba being cut off as a destination for US travelers. So, it’s still on my bucket list. I had a lot of fun interacting with Paul and Carole in the writing of Cuba Cruising. When they talked about their bar crawl in Havana, I felt like I was on it with them. In the ensuing months, every time I saw photos or videos of Paul and Carole I would smile—they just exuded fun and always seemed to be having a good time. When I decided to write a follow-up, Cruising Interrupted, I included a section, “The Passionate Cruisers of The Joy of Cruising...What Are They Up To Now” and I reconnected with Paul and Carole. It was again a lot of fun, and I am delighted to once again reconnect with them on The Joy of Cruising Podcast .
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Jason Venner, Cruise Entertainment Producer, Director, Creator, MC Extraordinaire! The Joy of Cruising Podcast, Bonus Episode Monday, 6/26
This week The Joy of Cruising Podcast is delighted to welcome MC Extraordinaire Jason Venner. In a section called "Specialty Cruising: Fun and Quirky," I wrote about Jason in Cruising Interrupted--Cruise Entertainment Producer, Director, Creator, MC Extraordinaire! Jason Venner has spent essentially his entire adult life in the cruise world, mostly in a variety of cruise music and entertainment capacities. In other words, bringing the fun! Jason got his start in cruising in 2002 as a DJ with Holland America Line (HAL), a high-end cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation. At HAL, Jason progressed through the ranks from a DJ to over 10 years as a Cruise Director, to Corporate Trainer, to three years as Producer and Host of the joint ABC/BBC HAL production, Dancing with the Stars: At Sea. Since 2015, Jason has been self-employed as a Producer, Director, and Host of full-ship music charter cruises, primarily in partnership with StarVista LIVE, a leading theme cruise operator. For StarVista LIVE, Jason hosts the following annual cruises, each of which features scores of legendary performers as well as comedians, activities, and ship décor in keeping with the musical genre: Malt Shop Memories Cruise; Soul Train Cruise; The Country Music Cruise; Flower Power Cruise; Ultimate Disco Cruise, and more. The hundreds of entertainers Jason has introduced, interviewed, escorted, and accompanied include Smokey Robinson, Frankie Avalon, Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, Chubby Checker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Temptations. “It’s crazy to be on a first-name basis with the legends of the music industry.”
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This week The Joy of Cruising Podcast is delighted to welcome Scott Sanders, creator of The Disney Cruise Line Blog. My first involvement with Scott was when I featured him in The Joy of Cruising in a section called “Cruise Bloggers: The Reader’s Choice” comprised of finalists and winners in the 10best Readers’ Choice Best Cruise Blogger, sponsored by USA Today. Scott won for The Disney Cruise Line Blog. Since 2012, The Disney Cruise Line Blog and accompanying podcast has been an unofficial source of Disney Cruise Line news and information and a place where fans can share Disney cruise experiences.
I have told the various individuals I’ve featured in The Joy of Cruising books that we are forever connected. Many years from now a reader will pick up a book written by me and featuring them. Well, Scott and I share a special bond. In addition to The Joy of Cruising feature, Scott’s photo of Disney Magic against the midnight sun in Reykjavik, Iceland is on the cover of my new book The Joy of Cruising Again! When I included the photo and its backstory in The Joy of Cruising five years ago, I told Scott it was the most stunning cruise ship photo I had seen. Little did I know it would become an indelible part of my writing journey years later.
Scott lives with his wife Emily, and daughter Isabelle in Celebration, Florida, known as “the community Disney built.” Celebration is five miles from Disney World and was originally developed by the Walt Disney company. Scott and Emily were married in a Disney wedding at Walt Disney World Resort. Half of their honeymoon was at Disney World, and the other half on Disney Wonder. He was destined to create The Disney Cruise Line Blog!
This week The Joy of Cruising Podcast is delighted to welcome Matt Hochberg, creator of the Royal Caribbean Blog. My first direct involvement with Matt was when I featured him in The Joy of Cruising in a section called “Cruise Bloggers: The Readers’ Choice” comprised of finalists and winners in the 10best Readers’ Choice Best Cruise Blogger, sponsored by USA Today. Matt won for the Royal Caribbean Blog. Royal Caribbean Blog originated in 2010 and the accompanying podcast is now up to 500 episodes, and today is indisputably the leading unofficial source for all things Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. To say Matt dominates his space is an understatement. The Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube channel is the second most popular cruise channel in the world, with 235,000 subscribers, its blog is the third most visited in the world and the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is a consensus top three in the world—all the more amazing when you consider Royal Caribbean Blog exclusively covers a single cruise line.
How popular, and influential is Matt’s brand: search “Royal Caribbean” and one of the top results—the first result after Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will be Matt’s blog. He has become almost synonymous with the cruise line!
I mentioned my first direct involvement with Matt was his inclusion in The Joy of Cruising. However, I became really familiar with Matt well prior to that. After sailing my first cruise ever on Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas--the world’s largest ship in 1988, I got hooked and sailed many cruises in the ensuing years, but I didn’t return to Royal for 30 years. Then I booked Anthem of the Seas in 2018 (which turned out to be the genesis of The Joy of Cruising series). Matt’s podcast was the first stop for my research!
On this Monday Bonus Episode of The Joy of Cruising Podcast I am delighted to welcome The Jenn Danielle, whom I could refer to as a social media star, leading solo travel content creator, influencer, brand ambassador, or vlogger! I’ll refer to her as Jennifer, and ask her to share her insight into a topic of immense curiosity to passionate cruisers like our listeners: critically acclaimed, rapidly growing, and yet a mystery to most cruisers—cruising on Virgin Voyages. In the three books comprising The Joy of Cruising Trilogy, I have had little content regarding Virgin Voyages. When the 1st book The Joy of Cruising was published early 2019, cruisers hadn’t heard of the line yet. The new release The Joy of Cruising Again, was started when the cruise world was in a state of suspended animation, although I said this in the introductory section: I’m intrigued by Virgin Voyages; the upstart cruise line jettisoned two cruising institutions—buffets and, wait for it…kids! I got into travel at all-inclusive resorts where buffets were the “entry drug” that led me to try cruising. At first, I was put off by the prospect of no buffets. After COVID-19, buffets are no longer as significant a part of the cruise experience for me. Virgin’s no kids policy also gave me pause. Before the pandemic, I almost always cruised with my granddaughter. And as a young adult I grew up in cruising by taking my young daughters with me. So, it’s definitely a new passenger experience for me. Later in the book after cruising had restarted, I featured UK cruise writer legend Dave Monk (Shipmonk) whose photo at the naming of Scarlet Lady showing Richard Branson dancing on the table to Rihanna, was front page in UK. By the way, Shipmonk will be my guest on The Joy of Cruising Podcast in August.
Now, Virgin Voyages, whose Scarlet Lady was named Best New Cruise Ship in 2021 at the Cruise Critic Awards, dominated the Ocean Cruising category of the 2022 Cruise Critics Editors Picks Award (Best Dining; Best Nightlife; Best for LGBQT+ Travelers). We are booked on Scarlet Lady in Spring 2024, interest in the unique cruise line is sky high, and there’s no one better to share her perspective on Virgin Voyages than The Jenn Danielle!
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Going on a Cruise? Hire a Good Pet Sitter!
Are you heading out on a cruise but worried about leaving your pet behind? It’s essential to make arrangements for someone to look after them while you’re away.
Many pet owners prefer pet sitters, but finding the right candidate can be difficult. Below, The Joy of Cruising shares some practical tips on setting up a pet sitter in your home so that you can ensure your furry friend is in good hands!
Establish an emergency vet plan.
Before leaving your pet in the care of someone else, it’s crucial to set up an emergency plan. Let your sitter know of any emergency veterinary services if your pet falls ill or gets injured, and leave them with your vet's number and any other necessary details should an emergency arise.
Also, be sure to educate the sitter on the signs of parvovirus, a potentially deadly disease that affects dogs and puppies. Parvovirus typically happens to puppies under six months old. Since they’re not fully vaccinated, the virus can cause poor appetite, vomiting, fever, and more severe issues.
Stock up on pet food.
Make sure you’ve stocked up on ample pet food before your departure date. Talk to your sitter and let them know where the pet food is stored and the specific measures they should take when feeding your furry family member. If you have any particular feeding instructions, your sitter needs to understand and follow them!
If you’re open to trying a new food for your pet, consider air-dried dog food (click for more information). This type of food is cooked slowly and dried, which helps keep more nutrients and flavor than wet food. It’s also protein-rich and has fewer carbs!
Digitize your pet's medical files.
In the event of an emergency, you want your pet sitter to have easy access to your pet’s medical history. Create and share the records digitally with your sitter to keep them informed on your pet’s various medical conditions, medication routine, and instances when the vet can prescribe a new medication.
Keep in mind that PDFs are often the easiest format to work with. You can convert other formats into PDFs with an online tool and then compress, modify, or re-order your pages as needed.
Find potential pet sitters.
Finding a group of pet sitter candidates can be difficult, especially if you’ve never done it before. Friends and family are the best sources, but if they aren’t available, look for a sitter on a professional pet care website or social media account. It’s crucial to find a sitter who fits your schedule needs and, of course, and you want them to engage well with your pet!
Choose the right candidate.
Once you have a few candidates, there are a few things to consider to narrow down your options and make your final decision. Book a meeting between your pet and potential candidates to determine how your pet reacts.
Is it negative, positive, or indifferent? Also, make sure their availability fits your schedule, and check for other critical qualities (e.g., professionalism, experience with pets, good reviews).
Communicate with the sitter.
Keeping in touch with your pet sitter is essential, and thanks to technology, distance should not be a hurdle. Schedule daily updates or video conferences to check in on your pet and go over any details that may have been missed before you left. Further, provide your sitter with clear transparency about any updates on your trip so they can plan accordingly.
If you’re going on a cruise and leaving your furry friend behind, it’s vital to find the right pet sitter and give them what they need. The tips above can help ensure your pet stays safe while you’re on your cruise and that they get all the attention they could hope for. Remember to closely vet any potential pet sitter so that you can enjoy a stress-free cruise, knowing your pet is in the best care possible!
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This week on The Joy of Cruising Podcast I am delighted to welcome Donald and Heidi Bucolo, the creators of the popular and highly influential Eat Sleep Cruise, an award-winning blog. Eat Sleep Cruise was selected by Porthole Cruise Magazine to its list of the top 10 Cruise Influencers of 2019. Eat Sleep Cruise has been quoted regularly in places like Forbes, CNBC, AARP magazine, and Porthole Cruise Magazine. Eat Sleep Cruise was featured in my second book Cruising Interrupted amzn.to/3seFU8y in a section called Bloggers: Cruise Community Champions. Eat Sleep Cruise brings a very comprehensive and diverse perspective to the cruise conversation. Don and Heidi have sailed all the major mega-ships; they tend to try out every major new ship that is launched; and, they also have also sailed on more intimate vessels to unique destinations like the high-end Viking Ocean Cruises, and Windstar Cruises. They have sailed throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Cuba, Bermuda, Ireland, Iceland, and Northern Europe and have experienced bucket list excursions like helicopter tours in both Alaska and Hawaii; a glacier walk in Alaska, exploring Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico; a stop in St. Petersburg, Russia where they visited the Hermitage Museum and attended the Russian Ballet; Berlin where Heidi and Don saw the Berlin Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and visited the remnants of the Berlin Wall; the Game of Thrones tour on a visit to Northern Ireland. And, they have visited some of the world’s best beaches including Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda, Eagle Beach in Aruba, Waikiki Beach in Oahu, White Bay Beach in Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, and the Baths at Virgin Gorda. I could go on and on, but i just wanted to provide you a sense for what you can learn about by visiting the Eat Sleep Cruise blog and YouTube channel.