JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Dreaming of Disney…

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Any one who knows me won’t be surprised by the name of that title up there.  After going too long without being in Disney, I start to get serious withdrawal.  Not everyone “gets it”, but for those who do, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’m always planning my next trip, but that only partially calms the craving.  Right now, it feels like June is ages away.  I just want it to get here already.  I spend time every day on the with other Disney lovers and other people who are desperately trying to research their trips.  Not only am I keeping up my level of knowledge to help my clients, but I’m also getting my little Disney fix every day.  I may not be able to walk through Adventureland on a late summer night right this moment, but I can imagine that I am.  I may not be able to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade right now, but I can imagine it!  (Although with Youtube, I probably could watch it right now…. note to self –  head over to Youtube after typing blog post…)

I’m especially hit by the Disney bug right now, as I was over at my parents’ house tonight for dinner.  My niece’s already know about next year’s BIG family trip to Disney (their first.)   And they couldn’t get enough of my Disney pictures on Facebook after dinner tonight.  Lilli wanted to look at every Disney picture I had up there.  (I love it!)  My goal is to turn them both into super Disney World fans!

But it reminded me that I had wanted to go through the old pictures my parents had to find photos from our early Disney trips.  I knew that some had to exist, but up until now, I only had a handful.  But I hit the jackpot!  In an old box in one of the upstairs closets was a stack of photos from my earliest trips to Disney (in the mid to late 80’s.)  I’m so excited to scan them into the computer!  (I promise that I’ll post some here as soon as I get that done!)

It’s so weird to look back at my young self – that’s when the magic took hold of me.   Every subsequent trip was a true and absolute joy – and it still is.  It may be a cool March evening and I’m here in Pennsylvania typing a blog post about my favorite place in the whole world.  But inside my heart, I’m already at the greatest place on earth.  It’s just 104 days until my body gets to catch up.


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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