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Location! Location! Location!

Hibiscus International is an award winning full service travel company with over 35 years travel experience, living, breathing, eating and falling in love with diverse cultures. Our expansion 16 years ago into Real Estate Travel has been an exciting journey with Real Estate Agents and Investors from across North America. Now it’s time to grow again.

One of the pillars of real estate is Location! Location! Location!  So with modern technology and a creative spirit, we are launching our NEW series of VIRTUAL Interactive Real Estate Tours coming LIVE starting September 30th as we travel with you to the AMALFI COAST of Italy!

The Creative Traveler

No matter what the circumstances, if you were born to travel, nothing will keep you tied to your home for very long.  Seriously, how much gardening and baking can one do!  Gene Jochen, our COO here at Hibiscus International has some great suggestions for creating memorable experiences outside your neighborhood this Fall.

5 Step MIND RESET for Real Estate Investors

The prospect of investing internationally can be very alluring with beautiful locations, “made-to-look-easy” processes, and prices “too good to be true”. Everything you’ve done to date, every step you’ve taken has gotten you one step closer to your dreams of success investing in the global real estate market. 

You set your goals but then somewhere along the way you might have lost steam? We all do at certain points in our lives … and usually because the process gets frustrating, overwhelming or more challenging then we initially thought.  Perhaps life has pulled us in another direction.

If you feel you’ve gotten off track with your personal or career goals, it might be time for a MINDSET RESET!  Check out my 5 STEP process for getting back on track and living your best life!

Ste. Anne’s Spa – Best Ever Granola

The one thing we love about travel is the way it appeals to our senses.   Think about a place that you fell in love with?  I’m guessing you can probably still remember the smells, the sounds, the sights, the feeling it evoked and of course the culinary delights. 

During this time of restricted travel, it’s easy to forget about the places in our own region which have given us that ahhhhh feeling, where we felt whole and healthy.  One such place for me is Ste. Anne’s Spa here in Ontario where I’ve been a frequent visitor for over 25 years. 

When my colleague and fellow Travel Columnist, Chris Ryall said he had visited Ste Anne’s Spa last month, I couldn’t help but share his update and a recipe from the spa that I have been preparing for years – the best ever … Granola.  

I’ll Never Forget the Day . .

… I met Diane (pronounced Dee Anne) McTurk, the legendary Guyanese conservationist who was instrumental in changing the course of my life forever. Travelling has afforded me so many opportunities to grow as a human being and to learn my place in the world.  Upon reflection, the time I spent with Diane as her guest at Karanambu Lodge on the Rupununi River in the interior of Guyana, was like a scene from a movie – except I was living it!

In Pursuit of Lifestyle

Hibiscus International has been one of North America’s leaders in Real Estate Travel for the past 15 years.  We had the crazy notion of blending two of my favourite passions – travel and real estate.  If you click on our Real Estate Travel page, you will see the many ways we help investors explore global properties.  In response to the great interest, we have added a section to our quarterly newsletter sharing insights, thoughts and updates on what’s happening in the world of investment and second home real estate.   

Travelling Back in Time

Perhaps it’s the time of year or the stage of my life but I got to thinking about all the wonderful places I’ve travelled.  I’ve been blessed with a career and adventurous spirit which have opened the world to me. Sometimes I’ve returned more than once to those special places that have drawn me in and continue to occupy a piece of my heart.

Barbados – Beyond the Beach

Often times, when we think of cultural meccas we think of destinations like Europe and urban centres such as New York City, but today there is an emerging trend in the Caribbean as the world opens back up for travel …. Barbados, the easterly most island in the Caribbean.

Le Fouquet’s Famous Banana Cake

Several years ago I was in Paris, France to celebrate New Year’s Eve in classic Parisian style. During my stay, my friends and I indulged in a meal at the historic brasserie – Fouquet’s located in the Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet on the corner of Champs-Elysées and George V avenues. Since 1899, Le Fouquet has embodied the brilliant and festive spirit of Paris with its timeless bond to the Arts and Motion Pictures. The black and white photographs adorning the walls of the restaurant encapsulate memories from a bygone era.

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