A Look Back At An Extraordinary Year and A Look Forward To A Hopeful New One

A Look Back At An Extraordinary Year and A Look Forward To A Hopeful New One

A Look Back At An Extraordinary Year and A Look Forward To A Hopeful New One

From March of 2020 onwards most of us haven’t travelled farther than the neighbourhood grocery store or a friend’s front yard for a socially distanced chat.

Although The Divine Destination Collection had to postpone its much anticipated trip to the Sacred South of France – the Mystery of Mary Magdalene, and put future trip planning on hold, co-founders Deb Niven and Allison Frame knew they had to do something to keep their community of travellers engaged.

“We knew our people were really missing the chance to experience different cultures, ways of life, and amazing wildlife and scenery – so we reached out to our teams around the world to see how we could continue to offer some incredible adventures,” says Allison.

The result was Divine Live and Online, a series of virtual experiences that took participants everywhere from a boat ride on Nimmo Bay in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, to Sue Kenney’s Life Lessons from walking Spain’s famed El Camino de Santiago paired with a tasting of fabulous wines from the region.

“We were thrilled with the success of Divine Live and Online. People really responded to the opportunity to continue exploring the world even though we couldn’t jump on a plane and travel together as a group,” says Allison. “It was also good that we were quick off the mark. We got to work planning these adventures as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown began.”

Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment -Skyscrapper
Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment - Climate Change
Perfect Group Cathedral Shot - Camino, Spain
Zelda & Mandela
Black Lives Matter
Varty Camp, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Churchill Polar Bears

New Challenges for a New Type of Travel

Although Allison and Deb are used to taking guests to some of the most exotic and remote places on earth, creating virtual adventures that can truly captivate people while they sit at home in front of their computer screens had its own unique challenges.

“It was a real learning curve,” says Allison. “Not only did we need to select destinations that would work well virtually, but we also had to ensure the technology wouldn’t let us down.”

Bringing a producer on board helped ensure each call went as smoothly as possible. “I think the best advice our producer gave us was to let go of trying to create a super polished, perfect production. The cracks are where the magic happens.”

As a result, last year Divine Live and Online participants had the chance to experience three speaker-driven presentations, and three guide-led action adventures.

An intimate conversation with Zelda la Grange, who worked with Nelson Mandela for more than 19 years, proved to be timely, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement for freedom and justice, as well as inspirational, as she talked about the ability to change not only yourself, but others.

Later on, participants returned to South Africa to visit Boyd Varty, who spoke about spending 40 days and 40 nights by himself in the wilderness of the Londolozi Game Reserve. “People became very emotional when Boyd told his story of encountering a leopard and an elephant and how the experience literally changed the way he saw himself and his place in the world,” says Allison.

Then there was the opportunity to get up close to gorillas in Uganda. “The point of view was incredible – and we didn’t have to hack our way through the forest to see the gorillas,” laughs Allison. “The same holds true for the polar bears in Churchill. We didn’t have to brave the minus 40-degree weather to meet these beautiful animals.

“What makes these adventures even more amazing is the fact that some of our participants were able to experience places they wouldn’t normally be able to because of physical challenges.”

In fact, Deb and Allison were so happy they could take their fellow travellers on such amazing adventures they decided to continue offering Divine Live and Online as a permanent part of The Divine Destination Collection – even after it is safe to travel again.

Monarchs Michoacán Mexico
Varanasi Sadhus
Varanasi River Ganges

Another Year Full of Exciting Destinations

For 2021, Divine Live and Online is venturing even farther afield to provide first-hand explorations of exotic locations most people may have not been to, or even thought of travelling to, such as a visit to see migrating butterflies wintering in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, and a boat trip on India’s Ganges River at Varanasi to witness sacred rituals that have brought the faithful to the shores of this holy river for centuries.

“These virtual experiences could be potential trips for when we can travel again,” says Allison. “Divine Live and Online is a great way to check out the desire of our travellers to visit these diverse and incredibly fascinating destinations.”

And just like the physical trips The Divine Destination Collection plans, each virtual trip contains a spiritual element. In fact, an emphasis on the spiritual has become even more important.

“The events of the past year have made us all become more mindful of our actions and the consequences and impact of those actions,” explains Allison. “We are thinking more deeply about where we want to travel to and why, and to find ways to make meaningful connections when we get there.

“We will also continue to be committed to leaving a place better than when we found it by making a donation to a local charity – even on our virtual trips.”

Pyramids of Giza
El Refai Mosque, Cairo
El Refai Mosque, Cairo
Galápagos tortoise
Marrakech, Morocco
Imlil, Atlas Mountains Morocco

Where To Next?

You can feed your sense of adventure and wonder on Sunday, January 31 when the 2021 edition of Divine Live and Online kicks off with a trip to Pyramid Power in ‘DeNile’ – Inside Egypt.

Besides a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, we’ll take a journey through the ancient streets of Cairo to where three of the world’s oldest religions meet – the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which dates back from the 9th century AD, The Hanging Church, where Mary, Jesus and Joseph hid from King Herod, and the El Refai Mosque, one of the most fascinating Islamic architectural structures of its time.

In February we will be visiting the migrating Monarch butterflies in Mexico, and in March we will be heading to Varanasi, India for our trip down the Ganges River.

Then we will follow in the footsteps of Darwin with a trip to the Galápagos Islands in April for an up-close look at the unusual plant and animal life that helped Charles Darwin form his theory of evolution, and in May we will travel through the markets of Marrakech and experience the Berber way of life in the High Atlas Mountains.

To learn more about all these upcoming adventures, visit Divine Live and Online. These virtual experiences are available by subscription and you can choose one, three, or all five. Each call is recorded, so don’t worry if you have subscribed and are unavailable for the live call. It will be available to you for private viewing at your leisure.

“We are hopeful we can travel again soon, especially now that vaccines have been rolling out around the world,” says Allison. “But until then, these virtual adventures keep us safe while still helping to connect us to the world, and to each other.”

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More Amazing Virtual Experiences Ahead

More Amazing Virtual Experiences Ahead

MORE AMAZING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES AHEAD

While COVID-19 forced us to turn to virtual travel to ease our wanderlust – it turns out virtual journeys can be quite fun and fulfilling.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our virtual experiences this year,” says Divine Destination Collection co-founder Allison Frame. “We were so happy we could continue taking our fellow travellers on amazing adventures around the world that we decided to continue offering Divine Live and Online as a permanent part of our Divine Destination Collection – even after it is safe to travel again!”

To continue feeding your hunger for travel, Allison and co-founder Deb Niven have developed another great line-up of virtual travel adventures for the first half of 2021.

“I know our fellow travellers are going to be excited by what we have in store for them in 2021! In fact, the upcoming series would make a great holiday gift for anyone who desperately misses travelling, or for those who love to discover new and exotic locales – but without the hassle of airports, extreme climates and packing and unpacking.”

 

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Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment -Skyscrapper
Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment - Climate Change
Great Pyramids of Giza
El Refai Mosque, Cairo

The Second Series of Divine Live and Online

The second series of up close and personal virtual experiences kicks off on Sunday, January 31st with a trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

With Pyramid Power in ‘DeNile’ – Inside Egypt, there really is no ‘denial’ that this is a great chance to experience the mystery of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before travelling along the bustling streets of Cairo to where three religions meet in one of the oldest and most spiritual parts of the city.

We’ll visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest Jewish temple in Cairo, which dates back from the 9th century AD, and where a nearby spring is supposed to mark the place where baby Moses was found in the reeds. We’ll also visit The Hanging Church, with its wooden roof in the shape of Noah’s Ark, where Mary, Jesus and Joseph hid from King Herod, and the El Refai Mosque one of the most fascinating Islamic architectural structures of its time.

Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment -Skyscrapper
Lessening the Impact of Flying on the Environment - Climate Change
Great Pyramids of Giza
Monarch Butterfly, Mexico

Fly Away with Some Beautiful Creatures

Next we’re off to Mexico on Wednesday, February 24th, for The Butterfly Effect – The Majesty of the Monarch Migration.

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies migrate more than 4,300 kms (2,700 miles) from southern Canada to spend the winter in Mexico. We’ll travel to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where these magnificent creatures literally paint the trees orange and bend branches as they converge here each year. Since the monarch butterflies usually return to Mexico during the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the butterflies have come to be regarded as the souls of departed ancestors returning to earth for their annual visit.

Varanasi River Ganges
Varanasi Sadhus
Varanasi River Ganges
Varanasi Sadhus

A Passage to India

Take Me to the River (the Ganges that is) and Varanasi, India – The City of Light & Death is our setting for the Wednesday, March 24th Divine Live and Online adventure.

You’ll experience the early morning sunrise from a boat on the holy Ganges River as the ancient city of Varanasi comes alive along the banks of the river. Known as the spiritual capital of India, pilgrims come here to wash away their sins in the sacred water of the Ganges, cremate their loved ones, or to die themselves – as it is believed if you die in Varanasi you break the cycle of rebirth and go straight to heaven. You’ll see this faith and piety in action right along the riverside as priests lead the faithful in prayers. 

Despite its association with death – Varanasi is best visited while you are very much alive! This extraordinary city is filled with more than 2,000 temples, and Buddha is believed to have founded Buddhism there.

Galápagos Marine iguana
Galapagos tortoise
Galapagos land iguana
Galápagos Pink Flamingos

Following in the Footsteps of Darwin

On Wednesday, April 28th, we will be Coming Back to our Own Nature…Galápagos Islands – A Natural Selection as we Zoom to the incredible group of islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands and surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique living museum and showcase of evolution. Due to the seismic and volcanic activity that formed the islands, together with its isolation, it has developed the unusual plant and animal life that helped Charles Darwin form his Theory of Evolution. Since it has been declared a national park and an UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll be able to experience the penguins, giant tortoises, and other species found only on the islands much like Darwin did back in 1835.

Imlil, Atlas Mountains Morocco
Wool hanging in Souk, Marrakech
Marrakech Square
Galápagos Pink Flamingos

Play It Again, Sam!

While Casablanca was actually filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, you are going to have the chance to be transported to the real Morocco on Sunday, May 30th with Marrakech Expressions…The Magic of Morocco.

Known as the “farthest land of the setting sun,” Morocco sits at the intersection of Europe and Africa and is bordered by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll start our journey into this exotic country with an exclusive guided adventure through Marrakech where we’ll stroll through the Medina, an ancient part of the city with high stone walls. This is where we will find Marrakech’s famous souks, traditional marketplaces full of everything from handmade rugs to spices and clay tagine cooking pots. We’ll then leave the city to explore the Berber way of life in the High Atlas Mountains with a local mountain guide before joining a family for traditional bread baking and a cup of mint tea.

And because it is our vision to always leave a place better for having been there – The Divine Destination Collection will make a donation to a charitable organization selected by our host in each destination.

Choose your adventure

These amazing Divine Live and Online adventures are available by subscription and you can choose one, three, or all five.

Affordable and unique, it is just $229.00 CDN + HST for all five, $149.00 CDN +HST for any three, and $59.00 CDN +HST for one. As a bonus, if you refer a friend who signs up for a subscription – you’ll receive 10% off your next subscription!

Each call is recorded, so if you have subscribed and are unavailable for the live call, it will be available to you for private viewing at your leisure.

Why not register right now!

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season

Do you have a friend or family member on your gift list that misses travelling as much as you do? A subscription to one or all Divine Live and Online experiences makes the perfect holiday gift. It’s fast and easy and you don’t need to put on a mask or go into a store.

Order a subscription for them here.

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Pyramid Power  in DeNile – Inside Egypt

Pyramid Power in DeNile – Inside Egypt

Experience the hustle and bustle of modern Cairo...and then let us take you to the most spiritual and oldest part of the city where the three Abrahamic religions meet - where the oldest synagogue was built, right next to the Hanging Church and El Refai Mosque, one of the most fascinating Islamic architectural structures of its time...
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The Butterfly Effect – The Majesty of the Monarch Migration

The Butterfly Effect – The Majesty of the Monarch Migration

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies migrate over 2,700 miles from southern Canada to spend the winter in the sanctuaries in Mexico. We will bring you into the heart of this marvellousness of mariposas that will expand your heart and transform you as intensely as the monarch’s march from caterpillar to majestic butterfly.
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