Shelley Picard

Title: Travel Advisor
Branch: Abbotsford
Branch Address: 32500 South Fraser Way
Phone: (604) 746-4041
Toll-Free: (877) 313-7344
Email: Spicard@maritimetravel.ca
Business License #: 51188

An Interview With Shelley Picard

How many years have you been selling travel?

Who would have thought that when I booked that cruise for my 10th Anniversary . . . was that really 23 years ago? . . . it would develop into what would become my much loved vocation.  I started out, 23 years ago, selling travel  . . . . but the truth is that after 23 years of passionately discovering the world in which we live and introducing my clients to it as well I don't sell travel any more.  Now I realize that I sell mental health.   Refreshment and the chance to realize life long dreams . . . .that is what I sell.  How much better can it get?

What are your hobbies?

Give me a spotlight and I am good to go.  I have been acting since I was 13 years old (and believe me that was a long time ago).  In the last few years I have also enjoyed writing (3 full length plays) and directing for local theatre companies.  Photography is also a love I enjoy with my family.  I have documented our travels and special moments - especially with the advent of digital photography - a whole new world of possibilities has opened up.  I make jewellery in my spare time - mostly natural stone and pearls - it is fun to be creative in a "hands on" way.  I love to send cards to friends and family - I just feel it is nicer to have something in your hands in this electronic world rather than just another email.. Music . . . reading . . . movies and playing games round out my interests.

What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?

I will admit that - given a choice - you will usually find me on a cruise ship.  I love the flexibility that cruising gives me.  I can lay by the pool . . . visit the beach . . . tour a new location and discover a new destination . . . .shop  (of course - I am a girl) . . . . see incredible entertainment . . . meet new friends . . .  dine like royalty . . . read a good book . . . and all at the best value you can find in travel. When I am not cruising . . . . I love to really get into a destination and explore.  In China I walked the Great Wall . . .  strolled through history in the Forbidden City and marveled at the thousands of life size Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an.   I remember sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Paris and falling in love with Gelato in Barcelona while being awed by the intricate art and architecture melting together at the Sagrada Familia.  

What are your favorite destinations?

2011 took me to Africa and now I will never be the same.  So many destinations have changed my perspective on the world but nothing like Kenya.  The first moment we drove in Samburu and we saw our first animal in the wild just meters from the van - the collective gasp - I am certain - could be heard for miles.  2013 I returned to further explore and be awed - am counting the days already as I will be returning to Africa - Uganda, in fact - in May 2019 and take some tiem to walk with the endangered Mountain Gorillas. I will say, however, that I have a large list of places I would be happy to return to . . . Paris . . . Barcelona . . .Beijing . . .  Venice . . . Santorini . . . Antigua . . . St. Kitts  . . .  Danang . . . .  Hong Kong and Istanbul to name a few.  I know that as I continue to see our world that list will grow.

What languages do you speak?

English.  That's pretty much it.  What I have learned in my travels is a phrase here and a word there in Japanese . . .Chinese . . . French . . . Spanish . . .German . . . Finnish . . . Italian & Dutch . . . oh and did I mention . . . a smattering of Swahili - "Jambo!"  The funniest thing is when I actually get the opportunity to test run one of my words and phrases and the receiver actually thinks that I can speak the language.  They will start going in their native tongue and all I can do is smile and nod.

Do you have a family? and if so what type of family travel have you done?

I have a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter. Both of them are total "cruise-a-holics".  Pierre and I enjoyed our first cruise for our Honeymoon - 25 years ago.  Chloe started cruising at the tender age of 4.  As a family we have visited the Caribbean . . . Mexico . . . .Central America . . .China . . . Vietnam . . . .Cambodia . . . .Hong Kong . . . .Singapore . . . Thailand . . . France . . . Spain . . .Italy . . . Greece . . . but there is still so much to see. In March 2010 Chloe travelled with me and my happy group of 19 to Jordan and Egypt.  Our bucket list seems to grow with regularity even as we cross destinations off the top.  Travelling together as a family has always been easy and afforded us the opportunity to give Chloe the kind of education she cannot find in books.

Places I've Been

  • Africa
    • Egypt
    • Kenya
    • Safari
  • Asia
    • China
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Japan
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
    • Cambodia
  • Australia
  • Canada
    • Atlantic Canada
    • British Columbia
  • Central America
    • Belize
    • Costa Rica
    • Panama
    • Honduras
  • Cruise
    • Bahamas Cruise
    • Bermuda Cruise
    • Eastern Caribbean
    • Europe Cruise
    • Exotic Cruise
    • Florida
    • Holland America
    • Mexican Riviera
    • Norwegian Cruise Lines
    • Panama Canal Cruise
    • Princess Cruises
    • RCCL
    • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
    • Southern Caribbean
    • Western Caribbean
    • Celebrity Cruise
    • European River Cruising
    • Alaska Cruise
    • Paul Gauguin Cruises
    • River Cruising
    • Avalon Waterways
    • AMAWaterways
    • European Waterways
    • Uniworld River Cruises
    • Hawaii
    • Mediterranean
  • Cruise Specialist
  • Europe
    • Austria
    • Coach Tours
    • Czech Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Poland
    • Hungary
    • Monaco
    • Croatia
  • Great Britain
    • Coach Tours
    • England
    • Ireland
    • Scotland
    • Wales
    • Northern Ireland
  • Group Specialty
  • Honeymoons
  • Middle East
    • Turkey
    • Israel
    • Jordan
  • New Zealand
  • South America
    • Colombia
    • Peru
    • Ecuador
  • South Pacific
    • Australia
    • Cook Islands
    • Fiji Islands
    • New Zealand
    • Tahiti
  • St. Thomas
  • Sun (Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii)
    • All Inclusives
    • Antigua
    • Aruba
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Cuba
    • Dominican Republic
    • Florida
    • Hawaii
    • Jamaica
    • Martinique
    • Mexico
    • Puerto Rico
    • St. Kitt's
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Maarten
  • United States
    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Chicago
    • Florida
    • Las Vegas
    • Nashville
    • New York
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
  • US Virgin Islands

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