Some individuals are simply born to journey.
the kind — they’re at all times on the go, posting scenic images overlooking a overseas capital. Or crusing on the deep blue sea.
Janine Amon is a kind of folks. With greater than 1.7 million miles on Alaska Airways, she commonly makes the top-tier frequent flyer degree: “MVP Gold 100K.”
Though Amon is at all times at house on an airplane, her past love is the ocean. “I’ve at all times been a sailor,” she mentioned. “I arrived in Alaska after crusing up from Hawaii. It took three weeks on a Nordic 44 referred to as Midnight Solar.”
Dwelling in Anchorage, she traveled the world encouraging teams to come back to Alaska.
However for the final eight years, she’s curated particular journeys that embody the issues she loves about touring: adventures, crusing on tall ships, seeing new locations, having fun with great native delicacies … and yoga.
“There often are between 25 to 36 folks on my journeys,” mentioned Amon. “About half of them are from Alaska, whereas others are associates from different locations.”
Amon’s concept of “journey” varies, relying on the vacation spot. “Typically the journey is driving on horseback up a volcano, or visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Website,” she mentioned. Different adventures embody snorkeling with manta rays or mountain climbing by the jungle in Cambodia.
Final summer time, Amon took a gaggle on the Star Clipper, a four-masted tall crusing ship within the Mediterranean. Leaving Venice, they sailed down the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, previous Dubrovnik to Montenegro.
On that journey, whereas docked in Dubrovnik, Amon took among the group to scale the wall of the outdated metropolis. “I feel all the outdated metropolis of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Website. We hiked round on the wall. Then we went to the Buza Bar, which is actually constructed into the aspect of a cliff,” she mentioned. “I wore a sundress, so I may bounce off the cliff into the water!”
You don’t must take part within the yoga periods to go on the journey, however it’s at all times a part of Amon’s journey. The Star Clipper fleet has its personal yoga teacher on board, however Amon brings a instructor only for the group.
“I just like the Star Clipper fleet due to the informal luxurious really feel to the ships. They’re very clear, well-organized, with wonderful meals and nice service,” mentioned Amon.
Amon’s subsequent group journey is to the Caribbean in March. The ship will name in ports like St. Bart’s and Antigua. “Within the central Caribbean, the wind is blowing,” mentioned Amon. “The ship has 18 sails and so they’ll all be up!”
The Caribbean crusing journey is offered out, however Amon is engaged on two different particular adventures: Fiji and the Nile River. Final 12 months, Amon sailed on the Nile to take a look at the operator. And subsequent month, she’s flying to Fiji to sail on the ship she’s planning to make use of for a week-long itinerary by some distant Fijian islands.
Carl Propes of Anchorage went on two of Amon’s journeys final summer time. “It’s an effective way to go on a cruise with out crusing on an enormous ship,” mentioned Propes. “There are nice meals, wine and leisure.”
Propes sailed on the Star Clipper alongside the Dalmatian Coast. After returning to Venice, he joined a number of different vacationers in a van for a visit to Rome to select up the subsequent cruise. In Rome’s port metropolis of Civitavecchia, Propes, Amon and others boarded the Royal Clipper. The ship sailed south to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily.
“Every boat is totally different,” mentioned Propes, “however there’s yoga within the morning earlier than breakfast and once more within the late afternoon.”
Though Propes loves the Star Clipper expertise, he’s additionally hooked on the land-based yoga adventures supplied by Anchorage Yoga, the place he attends yoga lessons.
“I like all the pieces about these journeys,” Propes mentioned. “They display the situation, so that you’re not by yourself. You go to a good looking resort and it’s very wholesome.”
Anchorage Yoga house owners Joshua Love and Katey Inman have organized many yoga retreats all around the world. There are two journeys listed on the studio’s net web page proper now, to Mexico and Peru.
“I’m occurring the journey to Mexico,” Propes mentioned. “For six days, the fee is between $2,500-$3,000, relying in your room. The worth contains your yoga, some meals and your lodging.”
Since occurring a yoga retreat to Bali in 2013, Propes has been on “six or eight” journeys. “I’m a junkie,” he mentioned.
It’s clear Alaskans like to journey in a pack. And whether or not you wish to journey on the wave or at a flowery resort, there are many choices.