Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
Richard would have celebrated his 86th birthday today, (January 24th) and I think it is fitting to formally announce my new endeavor in his honor, TLO Travel and Tours! For those who have been reading my blog since Richard was diagnosed with esophageal cancer will know that TLO was the fun-loving acronym I used in my blog posts to describe him when writing about our caregiving journey. TLO simply means, “The Little One” …remember, Richard stood a foot shorter than me! Richard loved to be called TLO, and Richard loved to travel.
As I continue to advocate for family caregivers and for those like myself, whose caregiving journey has ended, I wanted to find an opportunity that celebrates our love, care and commitment in all shapes and forms in a way that is unique. During our eleven years together, we spent time cruising in Europe and traveling by car and plane throughout our beautiful country. TLO Travel and Tours is not only dedicated to Richard, but to all current, past and future caregivers and their caree’s. Traveling with your caree may not be as impossible as you might think.
I can imagine that many of my caregiving friends are thinking…”Travel with my caree…how can I do that?” Well, let me tell you about a wonderful program called Special Needs At Sea. I learned about Special Needs at Sea when Richard and I were booking a cruise in January of 2014. Special Needs At Sea can provide you will just about any durable medical product, from oxygen to a hoyer lift and most importantly, a scooter to help make transportation easy on any cruise ship for your caree. Special Needs At Sea can deliver the product to your stateroom, your hotel room and even your home. Special Needs At Sea is located in Fort Lauderdale and available in over 150 ports world-wide. As a certified Accessible Travel Advocate, I can help arrange all your durable medical equipment needs with our friends at Special Needs At Sea.
What’s ahead for TLO Travel and Tours? We have group cruises on the horizon, four international train tours planned through 2020 including, The Canadian Rockies, Italy, the United Kingdom, and a very special Passion Play tour in 2020. Through my association with Travel Planners International, I have access to all the best rates for land, air and sea travel that you would see on any travel website. As we grow into the travel business, TLO Travel and Tours will focus on group tours for current and former family caregivers, retreats to re-energize, while engaging organizations to bring their conferences and workshops aboard a cruise ship or a retreat center.
TLO Travel and Tours is pleased to announce our association with Hope Love Company. Hope Loves Company (HLC) is the only non-profit in the U.S. with the mission of providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s. TLO Travel and Tours is the preferred Travel Company of Hope Loves Company as this wonderful organization travels to Iceland in the summer of 2017 for a terrific international camp for kids who care for their parents with ALS. To learn more about Hope Loves Company, be sure to visit their website Hope Loves Company (HLC) and listen to my podcast with Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, Executive Director of Hope Loves Company. [/audio
Richard and I were fortunate to not only spend 11 wonderful years together., but to spend quite a bit of time traveling as well. Whether it was sporting our Bow Ties on a formal night on our cruise, dining in the French Alps, or just hanging out together, we always found something to do together. Making travel easy for those we love and care for is possible.
This is an exciting time for me as I continue to grow my Whole Care Network brand with new radio shows, individual and corporate training events and now travel and tours. Our new TLO Travel and Tours website is now live, but still in the development stages. You can visit the travel website by simply clicking here!
When caregiving ends, its not surprising that we find our self lost and picking up the pieces of a life that was left behind. That has been me for quite some. I started to turn the corner with my grief about six months ago which means, I don’t miss him any less, I can now be present to myself and move on with my head held high. Now, my next challenge is to step outside my comfort zone and get back to things that I am passionate about…travel and advocacy equals passion for me!
Welcome to TLO Travel and Tours, part of the Whole Care Network! Feel free to contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org