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Ted Blank

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Ted Blank

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 7
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The Only Thing You Buy That Makes You Richer

Travel enriches!
Travel enriches!

It struck me during my annual spring cleaning that I had too much stuff. That extra crock pot, a great deal, sits untouched five years later. I’m not sure where I ever thought I’d put that (admittedly very cool) lamp, and I have enough dress socks to last a lifetime or three. It all cost money, but it sure doesn’t add up to wealth.

In contrast to stuff, I can confidently say that there is one purchase we can all make that does indeed make us richer, and that’s travel. Not wealthier in the material sense, of course, but richer in the ways that count. Travel makes us each richer in memories, experiences, personal growth, self-confidence and happiness. In fact, a recent study by Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich confirmed that investments in experiences – like travel – bring longer lasting happiness than money spent on material objects.

That’s a long lead in to introducing a series of blog posts based on columns in my local newspaper, the Forest Lake Times. The “fasten seat belt” sign is turned on, so please put your tray tables and seat backs up to enjoy a journey with me as I share my travels, experiences and tips to help inspire you to visit interesting places, make memories and, hopefully, learn to be a better traveler.

A little bit about myself to get started. I’ve been traveling my entire life. My first flight was at age 4 months, my first trip to Europe at age 6, my first cruise at age 12 and my first solo trip at age 17. In 44 years, I’ve visited 40 countries, five continents and all 50 states. I caught the travel bug at a young age, and it’s never left me.

That’s what prompted me to start my career in the travel industry!

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All My Travel Albums

A Beautiful Resort in Cancun, Mexico
Experience Mayan Heritage in the Yucatan Peninsula
The Canals of Amsterdam
Rhine River Cruise
Hotel barge Luciolle on the Canal du Nivernais
Barging in Burgundy
The Queen's Room with Nightly Dancing
Unmatched Style and Discovery on Queen Elizabeth
Onboard Queen Mary 2
You'll Feel Special on a Cunard Luxury Cruise
Canal barging is an authentic French experience
By Barge Along the Nivernais Canal in France
Dining room on a French Canal Barge
An Introduction to French Canal Barge Cruising
Dining with a view
Seeking the Harmony of Terroir
Beautiful Caribbean Sunset - Windstar Cruises
Yachtsman's Caribbean by Small Ship
Riquewehr, France near the Rhine River
A Day in Alsace, France on a Rhine River Cruise
The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy
On the Trail of Michelangelo in Rome, Italy
Fountain in the Parque de Maria Luisa, Seville
Beautiful Seville, Spain
Views of the Texas Hill Country from the Pool
Luxury Ranch Resort in the Texas Hill Country