When Annie set out to share her passion for travel, and specifically her obsession for hotels, last year she had a very certain set of goals and measurable benchmarks that would let her know she was on the right track. She knocked out all of her goals for her first year in the first 5 months. She then made bigger goals and crushed them as well.
All of her hustle is continuing to give her more options and opportunities to share her travels with people from around the world. And, as of today, she is now National Geographic’s Urban Insider.
“Our Urban Insider is your cosmopolitan culture connection — from great places to stay and one-of-a-kind things to do in her home base, New York City, to tips from locals in the know in cities around the world. If traveling well is an art, Annie is here to get you up to speed. Follow along on the blog and on Twitter @anniefitz.”
So excited for her and for all the new adventures that are ahead.
And, just as a reminder, I was her Number One fan on day one.
Lucky for us all, those two loves are beautifully intertwined and in today’s post on National Geographic, on full display: I Heart My City: Annie Fitzsimmons’ NYC.
So many treasures in this city of ours, now all in one place for your consideration.Tweet
When traveling, it is in the unexpected that real memories happen. When everything goes according to plan, the journey is forgettable. When there are detours and delays, that is when everyone finds out how much everyone else really wants to get to the final destination.
This past weekend, Annie and I traveled upstate to one of our favorite places in the world, The Sagamore. We’d gone before a couple of years ago and it was the most that I had ever spent on a hotel room but it was also the least I had ever cared how much a hotel room cost. It was just that terrific. And this past weekend was no exception.
But, both going to and coming back from our destination, there were some detours and a couple of delays. When we got off the major interstate and started taking some roads less traveled, the comfort level dropped and the Google Maps came out. And as we got further off the main road, the reception on the maps dropped as low as the comfort level and the surroundings looked less and less like what we thought we were getting ourselves into. But, in both cases, what we discovered when we found our way through the detours were fantastic memories that will last a lot longer than if the road had been clear and we’d made it where we thought we were headed the first time.
Over the past nine years, Annie has been there through the detours and the delays. When things have been rougher than I’ll ever admit to anyone else, she’s been the one believing with me that there is more ahead and that the destinations we’re seeking are ones worth fighting through rough roads and unexpected setbacks. And it is because we have and do fight through the detours and the delays together that makes the destinations we have and will arrive at that much more meaningful.
There is no one that I would rather navigate this journey called life with.
Happy Anniversary Annie, I truly am the lucky one.
It’s said that “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” And, while the sentiment of this statement would seem to imply that the man wouldn’t be who he is today had the woman not been a major part of his journey, there is also the undertone that the woman is behind the man and he is alone facing the world on their behalf.
Recently a friend of mine ended a relationship because the girl he was dating seemed to be a little too excited about being behind him on the journey. When they talked about the future and where they saw things going, it was all about what he was going to do to make the world what she envisioned it to be. A number of factors eventually played into his decision to end their relationship, but this was the big one. And, as he told me about it, he included the statement, “Unlike Annie. She is creating something amazing and telling her own awesome story.”
As I think about all that has transpired in the past year and the incredible ride that Annie has gone on as she leapt out and trusted her intuition and created Hotel Belle, I am so extremely proud of her and all that she has and all that she will accomplish as she is chasing down her passion and love of travel and hotels.
The thousands of folks that read her posts and see the world through her eyes each week on Hotel Belle, Forbes, National Geographic, or Travel and Leisure keep coming back because of the excitement that she has for the journeys, the destinations, and the real life stories that she shares. Annie has been working for years and years towards the success that she is beginning to see today and I am truly blown away by how incredible her story is and will continue to be.
As my friend related to me his admiration of Annie’s passion and pursuit of her own big vision, I was reminded again at how lucky I am to have a partner, and not just a passenger, on this journey through life. I know for a fact that if one day I am ever called a “great man” it will not be because I have a great woman behind me. It will be because I have had the greatest woman I have ever met by my side.
To my Valentine, I love you.Tweet