5 Reasons Why Couples Should Travel Together

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When you think travel, you think of dreamy destinations, romantic hideaways, untold adventures, and a world waiting out there to discover. What better way is there to find the hidden world with all its magic than to travel together with your significant other. Whether you are dating, engaged, or married, you should be traveling together. Traveling together is not only fun and a great time to try new things, but travel provides some great building blocks for couples. I’ve heard it said, a couple who travels together stays together.” Here is what travel can do for you.

5 Reasons Why Couples Should Travel Together

Strengthen your bond. Traveling together gives you time to strengthen the relationship as you face challenges. An opportunity to build and grow trust in the relationship. A time where there are no outside forces of daily life to pull you away from concentrating on each other.

Discover more about each other. Now is a perfect time to see one another’s true colors, reactions to change, and stress management skills. Are they able to let loose and enjoy, or are they fit to be tied? Learn something maybe you didn’t know as far as a like or dislike or even a future dream.

Learn to compromise. As you discover each other’s styles, likes, dislikes, you will learn to compromise. Quite often, in a couple, one is the daredevil, and one is not. You may have different visions of what relaxing means. Through travel, you will learn to sort through the differences and select destinations and activities that appeal to both of you.

Make memories. Travel will create stories and make you storytellers. You will have moments to share deep into your relationship. “Remember when we….” And be sure to capture those personal photos and pictures to go along with the many adventures.

Rekindle the romance. Traveling together definitely provides an opportunity to keep the sparks alive. We all need, and I think even more so when we are in a relationship that, time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle to become human again. Whether you go near or far, time spent away as a couple for a weekend, week, month allows you time to reconnect and remember why you first came together.

Want to liven things up and have a less boring relationship, then make time for travel as a couple. Not only does it do all the things above, but it is safer, can be less money than single travel, creates quality time, and is double the fun!



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Passport for Your Palate-Avocado Toast

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Where did Avocado Toast come from?

If you look up the history of avocado toast, you will see various claims from Sydney to New York and a few places in between, saying they were the first to bring this Instagram sensation to the table. There are even notes pointing to the origin in Mexico, where the growth of avocados is most known for and started as avocado on a tortilla. No matter where this creation began, which we can assume was more than a century ago; the delicacy has become a favorite worldwide. I often order it from the menu and certainly duplicate it at home. In fact, it is one of my youngest daughter’s daily routines to begin her day with avocado toast. 

Avocado toast can is either with a mash or sliced bits of this smooth, creamy fruit. It may have eggs on top or stand on its own. It can be fancy with additional details of seeds, sprouts, truffles, and so much more. There doesn’t seem to be a wrong way to enjoy it. 

At home, we like to make it with a mash and add the eggs. I know I will always have these basics on hand, and when I go out, I sample all the incredible chef creations. I recently had an avocado toast in Austin, Texas, that had sprouts and pepitas with goat cheese topped with eggs over easy. The toast pictured was eaten in Washington, D.C., and used quail eggs and truffles. I’ve eaten it in Europe and of course my beloved Australia. Today, I will share our simple, quick take that will have you seated and eating in minutes. 

How to Make Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

1 small to medium ripe avocado

1-2 slices of bread. We use gluten-free due to my daughter’s dietary needs, but your favorite bread will do. I prefer thick multi-grain bread with seeds in it. 

1-2 large brown organic eggs. If you have fresh from the farm eggs, that is even better. 

Coarse ground black pepper

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Lemon Olive Oil. We use California Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.

Directions:

  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Add the eggs and cook for 5 minutes. You can opt to poach or fry, but we like a quick, easy, soft boil. Run under cool water and set aside. 
  2. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop out one-half of the avocado into a small bowl. Mash the avocado with the back of the fork or an avocado masher—season with sea salt and pepper.  
  3. Toast your bread. While bread is toasting, gently peel your eggs. 
  4. Spread toast with your mash. Drizzle lightly with some of the lemon oil. Place egg on top of toast and cut the egg in half to expose the yolk. Hopefully, it is nice and runny. 
  5. Season with additional salt or pepper as desired. Or add some of your other favorite seasonings, such as hot red pepper flakes or seeds. 

Enjoy! It serves 1 to 2 depending on how much you want to indulge. 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Passport for Your Palate-Lobster Roll

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Seafood is in my blood. After spending near a third of my life in New England, I am no stranger to the delicacies of the sea. Lobsters and clams were something I grew up with.  I learned how to play cards during clam boils, and it was a ritual to have lobster and steak every year for my dad’s birthday.  As I grew older, visits back to New England almost always meant I would get boiled lobster as a treat.

Of course, there are various ways to eat lobster, but one of my favorites is to make a lobster roll when I am not just eating straight from the shell.

A recent visit to Quincy’s Original Lobster Rolls in Cape May and alerts from my Cousins Maine Lobster have this treat on my mind.  While I typically order them versus make them, they are easy to make at home.

While lobster is harvested year-round in New England, it is typically a summer food. Making these sandwiches a perfect cool yummy treat paired with some pickles and chips.

How to Make Lobster Roll

  • You will need some quality lobster meat. You can cook your own lobster or buy fresh lobster already cooked from your local seafood store, or even used thawed frozen. I prefer to cook my own.  The best meat is the meat in the claws though you can use other parts of the shellfish.
  • You will want good-quality rolls but can use hot dog buns in a pinch. Since my daughter has celiac, we have found a couple of brands of rolls that work well for her. You can always do a carb-free option and serve the meat in romaine lettuce boats.
  • You will want some butter, lemon, seasonings, and a bit of mayo to bind the meat for your roll.  The mix of these is up to your personal taste. I prefer to go light on the mayo.

Ingredients:

3-4 oz of cooked lobster meat.  (about 3 claws)

1 tsp Lemon juice

1 Tbsp Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp melted butter, plus additional butter for your bun.

1 tsp Chive or scallions

Pinch Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Pinch Black Pepper

Roll ( use gluten-free rolls or romaine lettuce as other dietary options)

Cilantro or another favorite herb for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  • Rinse and pat your meat dry.  Separate it into large chunks.
  • Mix the mayo, lemon juice, scallions, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Adjust amounts to taste.
  • Place the butter in a pan to melt and toss lobster meat in the butter. Warm for about 2 minutes.  Remove the lobster meat with a slotted spoon and toss lightly into the bowl with the mayo mix.
  • Spread butter on the inside of your roll and lightly toast on a grill pan, grill, or wipe out the skillet from lobster.
  • Load your bun with the coated lobster meat.
  • Garnish with favorite herb

Serves 1


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Destination Spotlight-Cape May Food Tours

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Are you a food lover? Do you love design? Does the history of a place intrigue you? If you answered yes to any of these, then keep reading. I want to share a fantastic activity you need to include when visiting Cape May, New Jersey.

Be sure to block some time on your weekend docket for Cape May Food Tours.

 

Cape May Food Tours fits the bill to all three of these questions. It is a food tour that delivers the history and points out the unique architecture this town is famous for. In just a half-day, you will enjoy some of the best eats along with some fascinating discoveries.

The tour recently re-opened on June 19, 2021. The creative director, Mary Ockrymiek, has taken what used to be a favorite past-time with visiting friends and expanded it to the public. Mary and her guide Susi Bithell, are excellent at sharing their knowledge and passion for the area. I had the pleasure of taking a mini custom tour along with a handful of other agents. And we all agreed definitively that this is a must when visiting Cape May.

The tour currently runs on Saturdays and Sundays. The length of the tour is approximately 3 hours. They have a Historic Downtown tour and West Cape May option. Visitors may also book a private tour. The maximum group size is 8. This activity is great for celebrations, clubs, family reunions, girl’s getaways, and more!

To learn more about booking this tour or an east coast beach vacation, email us at info@boomerangescapes.com.



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Passport for Your Palate-Jalapeno Infused Vodka

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Recently, I was in Cape May and visited Nauti Distillery. We were fortunate to arrange a tasting with probably one of the best mixologists I have met, “Rita on the Rocks” The distillery makes rum, gin, and vodka. Vodka is definitely my preferred choice of poison!

After a complete flight sampling of shots, we moved onto their signature cocktails. I fell in love with the “Krabby Patty” made from their jalapeno-infused NS Vodka, lime, and orange-oleo Saccharum. And don’t forget to ask for the Old Bay Rim.

I, of course, bought a bottle of the NS Vodka to bring home, but unfortunately, they did not have the jalapeno-infused vodka yet bottled and ready for sale. Rita did share a simple way for me to make this wonderfully tasty infusion at home.

How to make Jalapeno Infused Vodka

-Grab your vodka. I highly recommend you visit and grab a bottle of Nauti. Some of the smoothest I’ve tried.
-Slice your jalapenos. At the distillery, Rita said they use about 24 per 750ml and include the seeds. You can remove seeds and/or use fewer jalapenos, depending on your personal heat level.
-Put your vodka and jalapeno slices into a bowl or other container that is larger than the bottle and seal.
-Let sit. The length of sitting time will vary depending on the desired heat level. Rita recommended you check it every few hours, but they tend to let theirs sit 24hours or more.

Some like it hot, hot, hot, and if you like a bit of spice, I highly recommend not only a visit to the distillery in Cape May but trying this with your own vodka at home.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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The 4 Most Significant Benefits of Rising Early on Vacation

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Are you a morning person? Maybe not. And you’re probably thinking, isn’t vacation when I get to sleep later?

And there is truth in that question, but I would like to share with you 4 of the most significant benefits of rising early on vacation. 

A chance to watch the sunrise

I absolutely love to watch that big ball creep up slowly from the landscape and cast light on the day. Getting yourself up early and watching the sun’s ascent is a one-of-a-kind experience, especially when you are in incredible foreign lands. There are few experiences better than, say, watching the sunrise on the African savannah or atop a mountain peak.

A chance to enjoy the quiet

Early in the morning is a great time to take in the silence before the hustle of the day begins. Take your coffee out on your ocean-view balcony with only the sounds of waves and birds in the air. Use the time to journal or meditate—just a time to inhale and exhale. 

Avoid the crowds

Getting up and out to popular spots means fewer people. Beat the crowds and get to take advantage of the attractions you have planned to see. Smaller crowds mean fewer lines and waiting time.  

More time in your day

Rising early means you’ve added hours to your day. For those of you who love to fit as much in as possible when away in a new destination, rising early, you those few extra hours.  

I hope I have enlightened you on why getting up early the next time you are on vacation is worth it. I would love to hear about your early morning vacation experiences during your travels. 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Top 3 Tips to Getting the Most out of your Travel Consultant

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If you are looking for an unforgettable Australian Holiday, European Vacation, or Relaxing Beach Escape where all of the details are taken care of, all you have to do is show up. At the same time, your dream holiday unfolds, then you need a travel consultant, planner, agent, or personal concierge. A travel consultant can mean the difference between getting a mediocre holiday in a hotel that is not quite right for you but looked good on the Internet to a memorable holiday at a resort you didn’t even know existed. It’s about finding a perfect fit for you. We use our resources along with your desired requests to match you with a plan that infuses your passions into your vacation experience.

Now that you have decided to retain the incredible services a travel consultant provides, I would like to share some advice on getting the most value out of your travel consultant.

Here are our top 3 tips for getting the most out of your travel consultant here at Boomerang Escapes:

1. Discuss with everyone traveling what you want out of your holiday. You do not need to decide all of the details, but we recommend that you make sure you are all on the same page. For example, is everyone looking for relaxation, or is it about adventure? Do you know the time of year you want to go away for and for how long? Make sure everyone who is going on holiday is involved in the planning. If friends are going as well, they need to be part of the planning meeting too! But beware of too many cook’s in the kitchen. There should be one person or heads of household that make the final decision in the group and serve as the main contact with the travel consultant.

2. Fill out our questionnaire. Depending on whom you are working with, you will receive a questionnaire before your first initial planning session. The answers to this survey provide your travel consultant with the information necessary to start crafting your holiday. It helps to guide that initial session where the first mapping out takes place.  Answering completely and honestly as possible means that your travel consultant will find the perfect holiday for you sooner than there are gaps in the survey. Some of the questions are designed to find out what you want from your holiday so that we can do our best to make sure that you get the experience you were after. Simultaneously, other questions are designed for those necessary details such as the number of people travel, for example.  For us, it is all about infusing you and your passions into your holiday experience.

3. Schedule a Complimentary Planning Session phone call so that we can call you at your convenience. In this call, we like to find out more about you and your travel style, discuss the destination and recommend some things before crafting your itinerary. We ask that you have an open mind during this phone call and share as much as possible with us. With your feedback, we will be able to enter the planning phase. To enter the planning phase, you will be asked to pay a consulting fee. We then take what we’ve learned to research, present options, and tweak as necessary. We may suggest other recommendations that will suit your time, budget, and desires.

Now that you know how to get the most out of your travel consultant let’s get started! Have your trip meeting, fill out our questionnaire and schedule your Complimentary Planning Session with one of your planners. There is a full directory of our agents when you call our toll-free number 1-884-386-3600 or visit our website www.boomerangescapes.com/contact-us. We can’t wait to start planning your Australia Holiday, European Vacation, Beach Escape, or whatever destination you are looking to explore!!

*Originally written April 22,2014

*Revised March 28, 2021



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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“Draw Me a Bath”-Hot Bath Benefits

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Are you a bath person? Better yet, a deep soaking tub with jets kind of bath person? I don’t know many who don’t love to sink into the warm, often aromatic waters of a tub.

A good soak for me served as a critical need during my many years of migraines. Whether you disappear in silence, with a good book, maybe with a glass of wine, or just some soothing music, this escape can be achieved both at home and away.

Here are three main categories of benefits: “draw me a bath” more often.

RELAX-Stepping into a bath is like taking a deep breath. Those moments lost in the tub let your mind slip into oblivion. Soon you have emptied your brain, and your feel all your muscles settle back into their comfort state. Stress and anxiety literally get washed away. You step out of that tub a new human.

REFRESH-Baths make us clean. The dirt of the day, whether physical or mental, washes away. Warm water works to replenish the moisture and nourishes the skin. We step out with a new perspective and often increase energy to carry on the day or have a more profound slumber.

REJUVENATE-A good bath can cure what ails you. It relieves muscle soreness, joint pain, and overall body aches. Time spent soaking can alleviate cold symptoms. The circulatory system reaps benefits from sitting in the water through better heart health, improved blood flow, and even calorie burning.

The water should not be overly hot. The addition of fragrances, oils, or salts can increase the healing benefits of a hot bath. It only takes 10-15 minutes of soaking to achieve the benefits. Your happy place is just one bath away.



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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5 Benefits of Taking a Vacation

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Americans are notorious for not taking their vacation time. We have work, work, work mentality, and a belief that no one can fill our shoes if we go. With the circumstances surrounding us, it has never been more critical to plan and take that vacation. Whether you travel near or far, the benefits will be well worth it.

Here are 5 Benefits of Taking a Vacation

  1. Lower stress-When you get away from the daily grind, you will tune-up your brain and be more productive when you return. 
  2. Lowers the risk of heart disease-work is stressful. Working “under the gun” day in and day out taxes our systems. The more taxed you are, the harder those systems have to work. Taking the break lets us system restore and repair. Just like a vehicle that needs its maintenance, so do you.
  3. Improves your outlook on life-Vacation provides a time to “stop and smell the roses.” You slow down and get the opportunity to see and enjoy the things around you, lift your spirits, and provide a new perspective on your current situation.
  4. Motivation-When you are relaxed and energized, you are automatically more inclined to work on things. We may even come up with new ideas we hadn’t thought of before now that our mind is clear. 
  5. Improves Relationships-Vacations provide a space and time to be together. A time where you can focus on yourself, your significant other, and your family. Allowing time to see one another and not just be “ships passing in the night.”

The crazy thing is most of these results come about when in the planning phase of your vacation. Just planning the trip can start to increase your motivation, lower stress, improve your outlook on life, and deepen your relationships. Whether you are ready to embark now or whether you want to plan deep into the future, now is the time to start reaping the benefits of a vacation. 



Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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My BEST Mood-Boosting Tip

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I will come right out of the gate and tell you that music is my best mood-boosting tip.

I know you were expecting me to say travel. When I am off and about on one of my memorable trips, I can’t be anything but happy. However, the past year had us working to keep those spirits upbeat.  

I am more fortunate with a naturally happy state every day, but I do get down like the rest. The fastest way for me to shift gears is to turn the music up. We all know how music can elicit an array of memories and emotions, one of those being elation. We all have that song or songs that will instantly get us moving. I am very fond of pop and dance tunes that take me back to my days of clubbing. I love to dance. I go for artists like JLo, Pitbull, Shakira, and others and good rock classics. My artist tasted across the full musical genre. My choices always get my body moving. Before long, I forgot what even had me down, and I am ready to party. 

Here are three of my favorite ways to enjoy the tunes and super boost the mood.

  1. Take my nature walk up a notch by popping in the earbuds to my best motivational get-moving songs. One of my favorites to this day is “Danger Zone” from the Top Gun soundtrack. I used to run to it.  
  2. Have your own at-home dance party. I pop over to Youtube and find a song and turn it up. I turn my living and office space into a party. I love that Youtube seems to pick several in a row to go along with my first selection. Both one and two are also useful for shedding pounds too. 
  3. Turn it up in the car. Nothing beats a car ride with good tunes, especially if it is a day where you can have the windows and sunroof open too. My vehicle has Sirius XM. Soulcycle and the Pitbull stations these past months have been my favorites. The DJ’s morning wake-up shows are fantastic for getting you pumped. A twenty to thirty-minute ride, and I ready to face the day ahead. 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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