Jeri Donovan is the founder of Well Traveled. Her wellness story began in her college days, when living well became a conscious daily decision. Since then she has continued to be an advocate for an active and healthy lifestyle. Jeri conquered the grueling Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, ran many times San Francisco’s infamous Bay to Breakers and even completed a hilly arduous century bike ride.
In 2011, Jeri was diagnosed with a brain tumor (mere months after completing a century bike ride). Long story short; most of the brain tumor was safely removed. Unfortunately in 2013, a parathyroid tumor was found and removed. Then, if you can believe it, in 2016, Jeri was diagnosed with a rare (1 in a million) appendix cancer. Her continued recoveries, propelled her forward into making more lifestyle adjustments, both personally and professionally.
Jeri began to embrace different activities that suited her new life. Yoga was at the top of the list. Jeri knew this was an activity that her body could practice now and for many years to come. Long walks and hikes replaced running. Miles covered by her road bike continued to create a Zen sort of experience; engaging both her mind and body. Water is also her happy place where she loves to swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard and practice water aerobics.
While changing her fitness components, it was also time to leave the teaching profession. Having long hindered a desire to work in the travel industry, Jeri jumped in with both feet. It was a perfect fit; given her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and her years of personal travel. Living with a brain tumor, Jeri felt compelled to focus wellness travel and wanted to weave components of wellness into her clients’ vacations. It suited her soul and combined her insatiable passion for travel with her personal commitment to well-being. Well Traveled, Your Wellness Travel Agency was born.
Jeri’s inspiration for wellness can be found within her family. Her mother, at 83 years old practices both yoga and Tai Chi as well as lifts weights weekly. How’s that for inspiration?
Joe Fairchild is an avid enthusiast for luxury travel, specifically wellness travel. After an early retirement from technology, Joe decided to put his Masters of Business Administration to excellent use and joined Well Traveled, Your Wellness Travel Agency, an affiliate of Andavo Travel, a Virtuoso Member.
During a recent unforgettable sailing on Uniworld's, (recently ranked as the world's number one river cruise by Travel and Leisure), "Castles Along The Rhine" sojourn, Joe reignited a contagious passion for luxury cruising. He is devoting his training resources and travel experiences to provide his clients with the most current knowledge on the subtle and not so subtle differences between the luxury ocean and the luxury river cruise lines. Joe has fine-tuned his ability to tailor his sailing recommendations to each client's personal travel preferences. "Wellness on the Water" is a unique niche that Joe is rapidly accumulating high level expertise with the assistance of Virtuoso training and participating as a host in the Virtuoso Voyages program.
Reach out to Joe for your luxury small ship cruising needs. He will match your unique needs and desires to the perfect luxury cruise line, may it be at sea or on one of the world's many spectacular rivers.
When Joe is not holed up in office curating travel or off traveling himself, Joe can be found on pickle ball courts, enjoying the cycling or hiking trails, kayaking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico or singing karaoke. And, on occasion, Joe can be talked into attending yoga.
Join Joe and Jeri on one their hosted Virtuoso Voyages sailings. You will be their honored guests at a private cocktail party and receive a fabulous exclusive excursion available only for our registered Virtuoso guests.