Friday, December 9, 2011

Becoming The New Jet Set

The term jet-set originated in the 1950′s through reporter, Igor Cassini, of the New York Journal-American who wrote under the pen name "Cholly Knickerbocker". Ironically, I had a chance encounter with his grand-son a few years ago while sipping a Bellini at Caffe Paszkowski in Florence one evening. I digress. Back to the jet-set. Originally, this term was to describe a fashionable, international social group, composed of wealthy people who travel frequently by jetliner to stylish destinations, exclusive parties and such. It's a wonderful fantasy for most, just jetting around from one location to another without a care in the world.
For Rob and I, the idea of jet-setting or being jet-setters is kind of, well, whatever. It's just not what we set out to become or promote. It's not who we are inside. We are not little silver-spoon, rich-kids with Daddy Warbucks footing our bill. We are not fancy-pants, over the top show offs that the word jet-set somehow describes. We don't have to fly first class, although it is nice to wake up from an overnight trip to a freshly made-to-order omelet, I'm not going to lie. But, we do however love to travel; we travel often and we do love to hit great destinations, cool hotels and sexy parties. So the original definition of jet-set only half-represented our lives.
That's why we created our own definition and call ourselves The New Jet Set. We are about spending our money on the things we absolutely love to do, on the places we love to stay and on the activities we know will give us a once in a lifetime experience. We don't spend just for the sake of spending. We are most likely not buying bottles of champagne to spray the crowd. We like leave that to the people who truly get enjoyment from that and there are always a few around.
The New Jet Set live life by their own rules. They don't fall for the trappings of societies "rules" of working 9-5, Monday through Friday for 50 years and cashing out. They don't skimp on everything now, with big plans for "when they retire". They're smart enough to save for a rainy day, but also realize that eventually it will stop raining. They begin checking off items in their Bucket List in their 20′s and 30′s and don't try to get it all done in the months before their last breath. Simply put, The New Jet Set doesn't live by anyone's rules except their own. They make no excuses for choosing to live their life on their own terms.
So how do you join The New Jet Set?
Rule #1: Take Responsibility and Control of Your Life. If you find yourself reading this and saying, "Must be nice." or "Wish I could travel all the time." or "You're so lucky." It's time for you to start taking responsibility for your life, your actions, your business and your dreams. Don't leave it to chance. And be damn sure you don't leave it for someone else to handle. Again...This is YOUR life. YOU are in control of it all. No matter your age, if you're 20 or 60, it does not matter. You can still create the life you want! Everyone goes through ups, downs and stresses in life. The ones that are successful learn to either control it or change it. The ones who are unsuccessful are usually the same people who blame others for the cards they were dealt or to chicken to try to make shit happen for themselves. Think of the Rags to Riches stories like Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling and Richard Branson. They weren't dealt a great set of cards. Yet, they knew what they wanted, were willing to put in the time and effort to get it and never stopped till they did. Remember what you parents said, "Where there is a will, there's a way.".
Rule #2: Find something you love and do it. Obviously for Rob and I, it's traveling to chic destinations. But listen, if you absolutely love national parks and want to visit every single national park before you die, perfect! Do it! Being part of The New Jet Set doesn't have to be glamorous, it just has to be real. If lounging on a sun-bed all day at St. Tropez's Club 55 isn't for you, then don't just do it to show how cool you are. Find your authentic self and don't stray from that.
Rule #3: Be positive. People like positive people. Don't be the Debbie Downer that always has to talk about the problems they have, or they create. Keep focused on what you want. Keeping your self up-beat and positive is one of the most important parts of getting what you really want in life. I know, I'm giving all "The Secret" on you but it's really true. What do you think an high-diver is doing the night before the final rounds of Summer Olympics? I can tell you. He's visualizing a perfect dive, not a belly flop. Ask him what he's saying to himself when he's on that highest diving board with his heels hanging off the edge. Is he saying, "I can't do this, it's too hard, the other diver is so lucky because he can do it."? Hell No! He's focused on perfect form and having a great dive...and I promise you, he's only being positive.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Top Things To Do In Vancouver

As the largest city in Western Canada and blessed with a wonderful location and mild winter climate, Vancouver is always perfect for vacations. Its festive mood all-year round makes for an ideal holiday destination. Vancouver has ranked highly in the worldwide "liveable city" rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments and it was also acknowledged by Economist Intelligence Unit as the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years.
There is so much to do in Vancouver, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Here's a little help for you who's planning to visit Vancouver.
Spend the day in Stanley Park. It is an ideal place get a feel for the great outdoors in the heart of the city. Stanley Park is a city park with bike and hiking trails, rollerblading and walking routes. There are picnic spots everywhere. Spend time with family, take pictures, play with your pets or just unwind and enjoy the outdoors.
Go up Grouse Mountain. This attraction is open all year round. During summer you can enjoy nature trails and events such as Birds in Motion Demonstrations, The World Famous Lumberjack Show and The Refuge of Endangered Wildlife. In the winter you can have fun with with winter sport activities. 26 snowboard and ski slopes operate here, as well as the snowshoe trail, sleigh ride and skating rink.
See the Vancouver Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in Canada and houses no less than 70,000 marine life in 116,000 square feet of facility space.
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. It houses the brilliant works of Canada's significant artists. There are more than 10,000 artworks here, making it one of the most important collections in Canada.
Experience Whistler Village. It's paradise for people who love snow. The 8,100 acres of slope is just perfect for all kind of winter sport. You can also enjoy the snow by just walking around the village while admiring the luxurious chalets.
Try mountain biking in the North Shore. Experience the best mountain biking trail, get dirty and feel the air.
Walk around Granville Island Market. It's a public market filled with all kinds of delicious food. A must-activity for a tourist in Vancouver. Buy local fish, vegetables, spices, cheese and many more, have them cooked right there and start enjoying the taste of Vancouver.
Shop at Robson Street, Yaletown, Commercial Drive. These are the best shopping areas in the city.
Enjoy the scenic drive along the famous Sea-to-Sky Highway. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, experience the sparkling turquoise inlet, rocky cliffs and the old-growth rainforest.
Take a tour to Vancouver Winery. Wine tours are available and it will take you to an abundant vineyard where you get to taste all of Vancouver has to offer. Party bus is also available for rent.
Check out Vancouver's free museums. There are a lot of free museums in the city like BC Golf Museum. It's a great way to discover more things about the city without spending a lot of money.
Swim in the beaches of Vancouver. There are plenty of beaches to enjoy swimming. There are also boardwalks for cycling and blading. You can also get pleasure from water sports.
Those are just few of the things to do in Vancouver. Spend more time in the city and discover more of its beauty.