Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 60
Why I Travel
Natural wonders and great golf greens keep Anne Toal and
Paul Brisson on the go. INTERVIEWED BY DAVID HOCHMAN
And take a map. Yes, we live in
a world with GPS and Google.
But you go off the beaten path,
you get lost on a country road -
you might lose service.
Nature is what interests us.
Seeing different types of
animals and birds and landscapes, but also the world's
great golf courses.
For wildlife, Botswana is
definitely the place. The birds
and the elephants, the leopards and the lions. Then again,
the penguins in Antarctica are
Paul Brisson and Anne
Toal exploring the Amazon
and (below) Angkor Wat.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
hole in one at Desert Willow in
Generally, we give Sheila a list
of places we want to get to.
From there, she starts sending ideas, articles, side trips we
might not know about. She picks
up on our interests and then fills
in the blanks with her expertise.
What we love about cruising with Lindblad is its small
groups. You're on a ship with
the need to avert misadventure
by planning with an experienced
and reputable travel advisor. Both
now 61 and retired, they explore
prodigiously, with nary a hiccup,
thanks to Ottawa-based Virtuoso
advisor Sheila Gallant-Halloran.
Our philosophy in travel is
to always go with a plan, but
expect the unexpected. Have
patience, take deep breaths,
and leave your type A personality at home.
FTER A CANCELED
flight on their honeymoon in Greece 32
years ago, Anne Toal
and Paul Brisson of Ontario,
Canada, were stranded in Corfu
and missed boarding their cruise
in Athens. They scrambled to
change plans and meet up with
it in Crete. Their ship eventually
came in, Anne explains, but it
reinforced with these practicalminded travelers - they both
spent their careers as actuaries -
We played Pebble Beach on an
absolutely perfect day. On a
round at Tralee in Ireland, the
wind was blowing so hard, we
thought we'd blow off the cliffs.
I was lucky enough to have a
"Take a map.
You go off the
you get lost on
a country road -