Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Are You Mentally Ready For Success?

Many of us want to have our own business. Whether it is the time freedom or the extra income or some other reason, we yearn to "call the shots". But, before we embark on our entrepreneurial journey, have we trained our mind to be in the proper frame for success or difficulties. When we start our journey, we may believe that our way business will go straight to the top or that others will see our vision and want to assist us in our endeavor. However, some of our closest family or friends may be the first to talk negative about our dream and vision. Are we mentally ready to deal with that? Are we ready to stand alone despite what others think or say? We may believe we are. But, what we may need is to fortify ourselves mentally before we go into business. Maybe we should increase our belief of success and find inner motivation to get us through those tough times. Maybe we should surround ourselves with others who are successful and allow them to help us on our journey.
There is a new company that can help you do all of those things. It is called Novae Life and it will assist by providing inspiration and education so that you can succeed in making your dream a reality. Get inspired to do more with your life. Make better decisions. Get information on how to budget and spend so that when you get the type of money you want, you will be a good steward of it. Take the time to educate yourself before you get into business. Or if you are in business, and are not seeing the results you desire, this may be a great option for you.
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After viewing the website if you still need more information, you can call me at 704-294-9150. My office hours are Mon-Friday 9:30am-7pm EST.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Think Vegas!

Get your own visitors guide to Vegas by clicking on the link below.

And when you get ready to go, call travel doctor Brenda McMillian at
McMillian Travel at 704-994-8747 ext 1 and we will take care of your
travel needs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ready for racing?

It's about that time! NASCAR starts in February 2015. Are you ready? Do you have your package deals? If not, please give us a call at McMillian Travel. We have packages to all the races. We also offer packages to college and pro sports including basketball, football, golf, tennis and more. Visit our website at and look under Travel Deals for more information. Availability is limited on some packages, so make sure you book early.

Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Mardi Gras

Need to go to Mardi Gras and haven't made reservations yet? We may be able to help!
Click on the link below and call us so we can accommodate you.
2015 Mardi Gras

As always, if you need assistance with your travel plans, do not hesitate
to call or fill out our vacation intake form on the front page of our website

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What Do You See?

I was watching television a week or so ago and I heard this, "The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." Wow! As I think of this statement it can make a lot of sense in a lot of ways. For example: If you are in a relationship and know he is cheating BUT you are not prepared to confront him about it. You are afraid that he may lie or try to make you feel bad or admit it and leave you. Whatever the case, you are not prepared to deal with any of the outcomes that could happen if you bring it up. You may somehow think that ignoring it will make it disappear. It won't! But until you are able to face it, you will continue to be angry/hurt/mad/sad. We all have things that we may not be able to comprehend at any given time in our lives. So, as you go through life, ask yourself: "What am I not facing because of a fear of the outcome?" It may make us more aware of who we are, what we want and how we are going to achieve our goals and dreams in life. Be honest with yourself. It is the only way you will allow yourself to grow and move forward in life.

--Brenda McMillian is Vacation Travel Doctor with McMillian Travel. Let us assist you and/or your busy family in reconnecting through personalized, well-planned travel experiences. Call us at 704-994-8747 ext.1.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MSC Divina Port of Call: Cristobal, Panama

We did our own walking tour of Panama. The town where we were was poor. But the people were friendly and the shopping was good. I really need to brush up on my Spanish before my next visit because some people mix the two when speaking to you. They start talking in English and end up talking in Spanish. so, it is easy to get lost in the conversation. Also, some things are hard to translate into Spanish from English. So, knowing common phrases is very helpful. Even if only, hello, how are you, thank you and good bye. That is a start. It might be helpful to know phrases like "Where is the bathroom" Or "How much (does this cost) in US dollars?" Once I found out the exchange rate,  I was able to use my calculator to make sure I was paying the correct amount according to the prices on the merchandise. Panama is a great place to shop. Just make sure you ask if you can get change back in American money.

Monday, December 8, 2014

MSC Divina: Opera At Sea

Even though the ship is the most beautiful one I have sailed on thus far, I must say there are not a lot of activities that interest me. Don't get me wrong, there are activities from morning till late evening. And there are some interesting activities, but not things that I particularly am interested in. To be fair, there is at least one dance class every day. If my feet didn't ache I would definitely participate in that. Some of the dance classes were: line dancing, cha cha cha, Jivebachata, rock and roll and salsa. They also had Italian lessons (it is an Italian based ship), table soccer tournaments, scattegories challenge, adult basketball tournament, fashion shows, jenga challenges, napkin folding demonstrations, bingo and more. So there are things to do while on the ship.  There is not much to watch on TV, especially in English. Some of the TV shows were in English but had a different language for the voice-over. So, if you are not good at reading lips or know a language other than English, bring your own DVD's and player or have some movies on your laptop or tablet for when you are in the room. If you are looking to relax, sleep, eat and see some interesting places, this cruise might just be what you are looking for. We have certainly had enough time to relax while on the ship.  
Tonight in the Pantheon Theatre, I enjoyed an opera. Yes, an opera! (Well, don't knock it until you have tried it!) The name of the opera is Love Me (as Much as I Love You). T have always had a fascination with opera singers. They have such rich and amazing voices. I admire anyone who can sing like they do. This is the first time I have seen an opera performed on a ship. It is only my second opera attendance. The first one was Phantom of the Opera when I was in Las Vegas. Although Love Me was in Italian, I appreciated it because the actions of the ballet dancers and the singers allowed you to understand the story without knowing the language. If you have yet to experience an opera, I highly recommend you attend one just to see what it is like. Who knows, you might just enjoy it! 

Photos taken with Samsung Note 4.

Friday, December 5, 2014

MSC Divina Port of Call; Cartagena, Columbia

Forget all the negative things you have heard about this place. Cartagena is interesting and the city is full of hardworking and friendly people. We had a taxi driver named Luis. He was very knowledgeable and showed us all around the city. We went up to the old monastery at the top of the highest hill overlooking the city. The view from there was beautiful. There were people there selling their wares. Any type of souvenir you wanted, they probably had represented there. From tablecloths to leather purses to shot glasses (which I collect) to sliver jewelry. There were many buses and vans along the winding road leading to the monastery. The drivers are very skilled and able to negotiate those huge buses in the smallest of spaces. I was able to get a pair of souvenir shot glasses partly covered in leather. I also got a key chain (another collectible for me) at a location down the hill. We toured a jewelry factory/store where the harvest and sell emeralds. We received a behind-the-scenes look at how they actually cut and polish the stones in the upstairs area before they are made into jewelry and taken downstairs for sale. I also didn't realize North Carolina produced emeralds. They had a display there with the areas around the world that they bought emeralds from. The tour was informative and they even had mock scenes of people mining for the gemstones. There was also a video playing of people in mines working and actually finding the stones. We went to the fort, the old city and a couple of shopping areas. We even went on some walking excursions to see the sites and important landmarks.
All in all, the trip was a really enjoyable experience. We spent about 3-4 hours touring and learning many things about Cartagena. There are over one million people who live there. There was a very noticable police presence everywhere we went. I did not go a couple of blocks without seeing a policeman. Of course, it made me feel very safe to know there was such a strong presence of law enforcement. The sunsets there are breathtaking (so much so I had to insert myself in on of them). I was able to take all of my photos with my camera phone! This Samsung Note 4 is amazing! The photos are clear and the color seems to jump our at you. I even learned there is an all-inclusive resort there across the street from the beach. I will have to look that up when I get back to my office.
One note of caution in Columbia. People there will try to convince you to buy wheat they are selling. They will get into your personal space and saying no does not seem to dissuade them from continuing to try. We even had people come to our van and stand in the doorway to sell us things. To me, it was rude but to them, it is how thy make their living so they ten to be aggressive. So make sure you take some extra manners, patience and empathy when you are touring.
Don't just read about it. See it for yourself. Book your cruise to visit Central America today with McMillian Travel. Your adventure awaits....