Subject: Re: Life-changing trips

I loved your story :)

Mine was a trip to NZ's beautiful South Island in October 2000. I spent two weeks there and I went on an overnight boat cruise on Doubtful Sound. I was the only guest - just me and the captain and first mate :) (and some dolphins!). The captain had been a high school principal for decades and decided to throw it all in - job security etc - for a change of pace and doing something purely for him (hence becoming First Mate!). He couldn't emphasize enough the value of doing something that you enjoy for a living; that sometimes fate forces a choice on you that is in your long term best interest.

Well two weeks after getting back from that trip I was made redundant from my job! So Carpe Diem it was! :) Megan Brisbane, Australia