Post caroling season, my thoughts turn to travel….

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So now that the caroling season is essentially over (just one more gig – New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens), my thoughts are looking forward to what’s next. (And also still feeling awesome about our 2nd appearance on the Rachael Ray Show!)

In my case, as many already know, it’s gearing up for a trip to Europe in February. I will be living in Europe for seven weeks pursuing auditions in Austria and Germany (and surrounding areas) to see what I might be able to accomplish. For those of you not in-the-know as to how things work in that regard, I’ll be sending my materials out to a bunch of agents before I head over, and hope to set up some auditions. There are absolutely no guarantees, and I’m going over with no advance preconceptions of what may or may not happen.

This kind of trip is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but always thought I couldn’t do it. However, as the years go by, you realize that you’re not getting any younger and you can’t keep putting off certain dreams until the non-existent “ideal time” comes along to go for them. So I’m giving it a shot. I’m one of those people that doesn’t want to have a whole bunch of regrets later in life when I look back…. this particular trip is just one of those things. In general, I like to think that’s how I want to live my life all the time – I’d rather put myself out there and get hurt or fail, than never try at all: career-wise and in my personal life.

Although these plans have kind of kept my personal life in a weird state of limbo, I’m at a point in my life where I am unattached, so I really can go where I want, when I want.

My first priority is to get my audition repertoire in good shape. After spending over a month singing nothing but Christmas carols every day, my voice is not in it’s tip-top opera form. I will spend the next six weeks working my butt off to get my rep ready to go.

I’m also going to start thinking of what places I’d like to visit while I’m not singing. The travel agent part of me can’t wait to explore different cities and countries, while I expand my knowledge to help others book awesome trips. Since I’ve been to Vienna twice already, living in Vienna for seven weeks will surely make me a top notch super expert in this particular area of Austria. And I can’t wait to just expand my knowledge of Europe in general! I’m going to explore and have the trip of a lifetime! And as a girly-girl who loves to plan, I’ve already started thinking about what outfits I might take – for auditions, exploring, social outings, etc….. and they all have to fit in my suitcase and carry-on!

As I said in a previous post, I will be posting regularly on this blog to update everyone on my adventures – from both the singing and travel perspectives. So.. stay tuned!

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Jennifer was initially drawn to Europe for two reasons: music and love.  She lived in Vienna for four years, and now calls Croatia home for much of each year, as she married a native Croatian. Since 2015, Jennifer has worked as a tour director and cruise director on European river cruises for a major American travel company, and has become an expert in all of the cities along her routes on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. She also has traveled to Disney World almost every year since 1985, and knows Disney World inside and out. As a travel agent, Disney World is her primary specialty, and she has helped many Disney newbies and veterans have amazing trips with her insider information.

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