“She’s amazing.” “Hilarious” another woman whispered to her friend. “Holy (profanity) this is amazing” came from a young man in the crowd. “Wait, she’s so cool I want to hangout with her” from the mouth of yet another woman to her aging mother. Normally whispers during a speaking engagement are discouraged and seen negatively, (especially by the people who coordinated the event!) however, Judith Fein’s ability to engage the crowd created such an open arena for expression that even the Vita Team found ourselves muttering under our breathe to each other, “Wow,” and “This is absolutely amazing,” at numerous times throughout her talk.
Words cannot describe how honored we at Vita Travel feel for Judith Fein coming to our store for this special event. We are a retail store, but we are more than that. Vita Travel helps people plan trips and experiences through our social trip planner and has an entire “giveback” philosophy of connecting and giving back to communities people visit with either their time or money (through offsetting your carbon footprint from your trip itinerary using our custom carbon calculator, or choosing from curated giveback opportunities).
Judith’s talk about “Deep Travel” connected to the heart of Vita Travel through her humorous and unique stories of her own travel experiences. She expressed that authentic connection is the most beneficial way to travel and that when we look back on our travel experiences later in life, it’s not the large tourist attractions we remember; it’s the personal connections. It’s those children you asked what interesting cultural game they were playing and then were asked to join them and had the time of your life. It’s the open communication, as a representative of your culture, to allow those from other cultures to ask you questions – not just the other way around. It’s the elimination of stereotypes from one-on-one cultural connections that can create an entire mind-shift. Judith’s talk was inspiring, humorous, thoughtful, and educational all at the same time. The outpouring of support and gratitude we have received from attendees has been amazing. This event added more levels to how we here at Vita think about travel as an experience and inspired us. Thank you Judith, and the fabulously talented Paul Ross of course, for gifting Vita Travel with your enormous and beautiful presence. The way we recommend travel gear, help people plan their trips, and plan our own experiences, will forever be changed to something much deeper, unique, and more meaningful, due to how inspired we feel from this talk. “Deep Travel” is not just a mindset when you are traveling the world; it is something to carry with you in daily life. And we at Vita Travel will do just that.
Here's a couple testimonials from some attendees! We love to hear from you!
From Michelle Quinn on Instagram:
And Chrissy Monir on our Facebook Event Page:
Thank you for the kind words ladies!
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