Dec 072011

Hello Darlings,

Expensive air fares for cramped planes, irritating baggage fees and exhaustively long security lines – traveling isn’t what it used to be in that bygone era when boarding a plane for exotic destinations held the imagination. But world traveler and writer Henry Biernacki says travel doesn’t have to be a trauma – it just depends on how you approach the journey.

For Biernacki, a luxury airline captain who has explored the world on meager means and reaped a lifetime of experience, it truly is about the journey as much as the destination. Biernacki is the author of the recently released novel No More Heroes (, which explores the inner journey of a young man who finds deeper joy in life, spiritual growth and love as he crosses borders.

“Travel allows people to live with intensity, follow their interests and enjoy the fleeting moments of each passing day spent with people they care about,” says Biernacki. “People are genuinely attracted to unknown parts and far off countries. Who cares about being lost? That is where you find the best experiences.”

Biernacki has been traveling with his rucksack since he was 17 and boarded a Greyhound bus for a journey from Colorado to Mexico. In 1997, he traveled around the world, sleeping in the streets and living amongst the humblest people, spending a scant $3,700 to circle the globe. On that journey, though, he experienced one of the most significant moments of his life:  meeting Mother Teresa just three days before her death.

He has traveled to 120 countries, including such difficult locales as North Korea, never staying in anything more luxurious than a guest house and carrying only a small rucksack and a few plastic zipper bags as luggage.

Surprisingly, it is Biernacki’s profession that gives him such an unusual perspective on travel: He’s an airline captain for Virgin America Airlines, an airline most travelers associate with the height of luxury.

His novel explores the inner journey of Niklas, a man searching for deeper meaning in his life when a series of unexpected friendships sends him to an exotic and difficult destination. The novel has been praised for its rich detail and sensitive exploration of the innately human need to connect with others, no matter where they happen to be.

“Traveling makes people adapt to new situations and open their minds to new cultures and people in a way that can’t be achieved by staying with what is familiar,” Biernacki said. “It is because it’s uncomfortable, unusual and there are strange sights and new foods you’ve never seen before that it opens up your mind and your soul to others.”

So with holiday travel, vacation or business, Biernacki advises travelers to enjoy the unexpected. Doing that allows them to enjoy the journey and the destination equally.


About Henry Biernacki

Henry Biernacki has traveled to more than 120 countries and continues to travel as a pilot for Virgin American Airlines. A four-sport letterman in high school and a two-sport letterman in college, Biernacki holds a Bachelor of Arts in romance languages and international affairs. He lived in France, Germany, Taiwan, the West Indies and Mexico before settling in his current home in San Jose, California.


Nov 102010
Calabash pool with view

Just imagine – after the hectic holidays, you can actually start the New Year with fresh tranquility.  Close your eyes, and see yourself surrounded by white sands, clear blue seas with matching skies to offset the perfect getaway, staffed with warm & friendly natives, complimenting the climate.

Yes, all of this is not just an imagination away. You can make this beachfront boutique resort and spa, set in the romantic island of St. Lucia, West Indies; your reality. Your luxurious accommodations are adorned with 1,000 square-foot Water-Edge Cottages featuring secluded plunge pools, outdoor rain showers, and private hammocks, in addition to unique Swim-Up, Sunset and Oceanview Jr. Suites.

Recharge after those holiday stresses with a rejuvenating escape to the peaceful, picturesque Calabash Cove Resort & Spa; where temperatures this winter are predicted to average 80 degrees, with calm breezes to whisk away the worries.

Lavish your senses, while renewing the body & mind at the Cove’s very own Ti Spa, Fitness Center & Beauty Parlour; located next to Sweetwaters – the resort’s 100 foot infinity-edge designer pool.  Spa features private treatment rooms, staffed by skilled associates, and an array of stress relieving anecdotes, like:

  • Island Romance – a candlelit aromatherapy massage for two, using specially blended essential oils. Ignite the flames of passion at the boardwalk or gazebo, as the waves serenade your souls.
  • Mineral Mud Body Mask – a nutrient-rich body mask which gently cleanse, tightens and purifies; leaving you refreshed and radiant. Rinse in the Caribbean Sea before enjoying a relaxing massage.
  • Sea Salt Scrub – savor the sounds of the sea while your body is exfoliated using natural sea salt blended with ginger, lime, cucumber and almond oils. Dip into the ocean, then lavish in a light massage to relax your mind and body.
  • Island Fruit Body Scrub – an exotic blend of island fruit, natural oils and sugar used to create this tropical sensation, uniquely formulated to enhance skin tone, detoxifying the body and help restore skin ‘s youthful vibrancy.
  • Seaweed Body Wrap – captivates the richness of the sea with its potent antioxidants and cell-regenerating properties that help rejuvenate skin. This body wrap gently purify and detoxify while improving circulation and toning.

Entice the senses as you indulge in a feast at the onsite Windsong Restaurant which boasts an unobstructed view of the Caribbean Sea flavored in seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients. Order up international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid lively island music at the C-Bar; choose from the European Plan (EP), featuring a daily island breakfast buffet, or the Luxury Gourmet Plan (LGP), a convenient, all-inclusive option that includes all meals and beverages throughout your magical stay.

And don’t forget to soak up the island’s sun and absorb its beauty at the resort, or explore land and sea through excursions offered. Glide through a rainforest canopy on a zip line, try deep-sea fishing, or fall in love again (or for the first time) on a romantic champagne sunset cruise while gazing the green flash at the most majestic hour of the day. Snorkel or dive in the translucent Caribbean Sea, hike the summit of a breathtaking Piton, or simply jog/stroll barefoot on powder white sandy beaches, only to cool off at the waterfall.