So, let me introduce myself.
I’m Traci Conner. I am a mom, military spouse, travel advisor, and a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Due to my husband’s military career we have lived all over the country, moving 11 times in 18 years, from the Pacific Northwest to the Mojave Desert of California to south Alabama, and currently in Central Pennsylvania. Although we have not gotten the opportunity to live overseas, we love to travel and enjoy new experiences. My favorite location was at Fort Lewis, WA. It was our first duty station and I had never been to the West Coast. It was beautiful with so much to see and do. We loved whale watching trips and hiking around Mt. Rainier, but also just driving out on the peninsula or crossing the sound on a ferry and exploring a small town.
Several years ago when my girls were still young I was struggling to make it through the day. Eventually I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and I was frustrated trying to learn how to manage my day to have the energy to care for my kids. Work was out of the question. It took time but I slowly learned to manage my disease and I was able to return to school to pursue my OTA degree.
You might be surprised to learn that leisure is a part of Occupational Therapy. OT is holistic and we focus on the client’s wants and needs. Leisure is important for everyone’s quality of life and that includes travel. With my CFS, I have had to learn to plan our trips keeping my condition in mind so that I can enjoy them fully. That usually means planning activities in the morning when I have the most energy, and afternoons are rest time for me while my husband often takes the kids to do something. Then by evening I can rejoin them. I also like to put a complete rest and relax day in the middle of our trip to give me a day to sleep in and not have a schedule to follow. My family has adjusted their travel expectations to accommodate my needs and allow us to continue to travel, preferably to my favorite destination: the beach and I am not picky about which one!
This year has seen many challenges for everyone as we try to navigate how travel may have permanently changed. But we will travel again. My family is dreaming and planning future vacations. What are you dreaming of? Do you have challenges you think will keep those dreams from happening?
If you are ready to travel, get in touch with me. I would love to help you plan your next vacation, especially if you, like me, have any sort of medical challenges that complicate travel. I can help you plan the perfect vacation that fits your needs and fulfills your wanderlust.
To get in touch with Traci Conner, fill out our trip planning form and choose Traci as your travel advisor.