The past 10 days have been full of fun and adventure! I really love traveling, especially when I am able to go to new destinations. My most current trip included several such stops. First up... London, England! It doesn't really matter how many times you've been there because in a city of more than 8 million people, you can always experience something you haven't before. I love the "proper" Queen’s English, the “tube” (London’s underground transit system), the food and the history that is a part of one of the world’s greatest cities.
After London it was off Maidstone, England for some meetings. Maidstone is about 30 miles southeast of London with its city center built around a river and beautiful parks. After a quick trip there, I made my way to Kettering, England – the location of RCI Europe’s headquarters, which is in a beautiful building right next to the motorway. I was able to catch up with some friends and find out about some of the exciting things RCI is rolling out for its subscribing members! The next day I was headed north... this time to Preston, England. I wanted to see my son, Parker, who had just moved to Preston the week before and is planning on staying in the area for the next 2 years. It was great to see Parker and share his excitement for spending some quality time in the UK.
The next day I flew from nearby Manchester up to Helsinki, Finland. I was meeting up with one of our film crews to film another episode of New Ways to Play, the travel show we produce for RCI TV (you can watch RCI TV at RCI.com). From Helsinki I took the train up to Saimaa on the eastern coast of Finland. We stayed at a stunning resort called Holiday Club Saimaa. The entire region has a close connection with Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in the country (and that's saying something because Finland has almost 200,000 lakes). Holiday Club Saimaa can hook you up with fishing trips, boat trips, helicopter rides, ATV adventures... and I was able to do it all! It was SO much fun! And the one day I stayed on property was awesome! They have an indoor water park and an adult "Sauna World" - 6 different types of sauna with one goal in mind... to help you r-e-l-a-x. Just one note here... remember: you are in Finland, so swimsuits or towels are rarely (or never) worn inside the sauna.
The last day was perhaps the best – we went on a boat out on Lake Saimaa to a small island about 20 minutes out from the resort, where we had salmon with freshly steamed crawfish, shot some archery and finished it all up with a visit to a sauna built from 100 year old lumber. And when you had enough of the heat... you just popped outside and ran a few steps onto the dock and dove straight into the lake. WOW, now that's the way to enjoy Finland! Check it out for yourself on RCI TV and let me know what you think!
I've just heard that we are filming our next episode of New Ways to Play in another location I haven't been to before…stay tuned to find out where!