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Agent Profile: Nancy Fowler

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How did you get into travel?

I grew up in the country near the Oregon coast, on a dead end road, with few neighbors.  Books were my escape to exotic places. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up, so I attended a business school for a travel and accounting course. My first job in a travel agency was in 1978, handwriting Pan Am tickets for their Hawaii tours.  Next up was a full time position, selling air tickets (only 3 fares –remember Continental’s Chickenfeed fare?) all done via the phone, as there weren’t computers yet.  Soon I was trusted to discuss Hawaii, Mexico, some cruises with clients.  My first work trip was Amtrak to San Francisco, followed by a trip to Hawaii.  I was hooked!

What’s your favorite trip/memories of travel?

I’ve been fortunate to have so many wonderful trips over the years, and there hasn’t been a destination that didn’t become my new favorite.  Call me fickle!  A travel consultant is ALWAYS on the job, so a favorite personal escape is Hawaii.  It is exotic, only 5 hours away, and very welcoming. Memories?  Galapagos and the crazy marine iguanas!  Snorkeling in Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos.  Holding a young wombat and rubbing her tummy. Driving in Western Australia while a lizard races me (and wins).  Watching cattle dogs work in New Zealand. A cooking class in Vietnam. Getting lost in Provence and missing our train to Paris. A walking tour in Regensburg while on a Xmas Markets cruise with my daughter. Visiting New Orleans post-Katrina.  Attending a party on the heli-pad of the Celebrity Eclipse.  Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage.

What’s still on your bucket list?  

Norwegian fjords in the winter,  Argentina, safari somewhere in Africa, Kangaroo Island, Arctic, Myanmar, Black Sea, Ireland, Molokai.   And if time,  return visits to Galapagos, Alaska, Australia, Scotland, Fiji, and Panama Canal.

What’s one tip you always tell your clients? 

Be sure to take your brain and your common sense on every trip, along with an open mind for impromptu new adventures!

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All About Fiji

Fiji is a beautiful is country that consists of 110 inhabited islands. Two of these, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, are the political and cultural centers of the Melanesian nation, though most resorts and tourist accommodations are on the western coasts of Viti Levu and the islands off the shore. Fiji has much to offer the traveler, from coconut plantations, rainforests, and cultural delights to sparkling beaches and volcanoes rising up from sandbars.

Fiji also has a variety of great island activities. The Pearl Fiji Championship Golf Course and Country Club is surrounded by beautiful tropical forests, and features a challenging course of water traps and bunkers designed to test the seasoned golfer. Head down to the water and go sailing, whitewater rafting and sea kayaking. Check out the Blue Lagoon’s stunning limestone caves, or the awesome Naihehe Caves and their sacred pond and Cathedral Chamber, where cannibals were once roasted. Fiji is extremely popular among divers. Among the best dive spots are: Bligh Water, Taveuni, Kadavu, Viti Levu, and Vanua Levu. Fire walking is a terrific tourist attraction in Fiji. Watch daring performers walk bare foot over a bed of red hot coals! These fire walking tours include the preparations and spiritual cleansing the walkers do prior to the performance.

When to Go? Cyclone season is from November to April, so it’s best to visit the islands during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Did You Know?

–          The people of Fiji are comprised of Fijians, Indians, Pacific Islands, Chinese and Europeans.

–          They practice sustainable tourism

–          Cannibalism was a widespread tradition and continued until 1837.

–          Fiji lies precisely on the global date line. On Tuveuni Island, you can place one foot in one day and another foot in the previous day.

–          Volcanic Mount Tomanivi on Viti Levu is the highest point of Fiji, measuring 4300 feet high.

–          As it was a British colony for over a century, everyone is taught English from the first grade. The portrait of the Queen of England still remains of Fijian currency.

Stay tuned until Monday, when we discuss our wonderful and special offer packages to Fiji!

For more info on Fiji, check out our previous blog post on the islands.

Thinking about a family getaway, a romantic honeymoon, a destination wedding? Call us for some great packages available now! 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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Fiji

This week we’re featuring three of our favorite South Pacific destinations—Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands. Our WIT Agents have traveled these regions extensively and love any chance to chat about them!

Next spot on our idyllic tour through Polynesia is Fiji, the small island nation located in the South Pacific. With over 300 magnificent islands, there’s no shortage of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and pristine oceans. While Fiji is a year round destination, the best time of visit is from May to October—clearer water, less rainfall, lower humidity—and lower risk of cyclones!

photo by Miguel Sanchez, Creative Commons

Fiji has enough varied landscape to captivate any traveler: from rainforest and orchid gardens, to dark caves and coral reefs. Backpack through the jungle and the national parks, go whitewater rafting, join a local guide on a spelunking trip. Head out to the water and learn to jet ski and parasail. Want an adventure that will give you goosebumps? Participate in shark feeding or swim with giant manta rays. Prefer a more languid vacation? Relax by the pool, indulge in an oil massage, have a destination wedding! Fiji is also renowned for its cruises, on lines or yachts. Sail from Nadi to the sandy beaches of the Mamanucas or the Yasawas.

The Great Astrolabe Reef that surrounds Kadavu Island is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world. Here you can spot marlin, sharks, giant trevally, mahi mahi, snapper and manta ray. Varying from 25-32 °C (77-89 °F), with an average visibility of 25 meters, the reef is a main attraction for scuba divers.

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Fiji’s culture is a diverse tapestry of indigenous, Indian, European, Chinese and other influences. Though English is the official language, native village chiefs still exist, and public holidays include Diwali, Easter and the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday. Learn about the ancient culture that still thrives today—watch or learn how to weave mats, masi hats, or baskets—or listen to native storytelling, song and dance. Dine on traditional Fiji food like taro, sweet potatoes, coconut and fish. Delicious Indian spices such as turmeric, cumin, and chilies have contributed to the unique taste to Fijian cuisine.

photo by Yuko Hara, Creative Commons

Whatever your fancy, with so many fun things to see and do, Fiji will captivate your heart and give you that special vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

Did you know? Fiji is home to the only hot air balloon flight in the South Pacific!

Our agents Christina, Linda and Nancy have all been to Fiji and would love to share their knowledge with you! Call us up for a chat at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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