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Lotus Trips by Debbie Hudzik

THE PERSON BEHIND IT ALL

Meet Debbie Hudzik

Debbie Hudzik is a travel agent, retreat planner and the founder of Lotus Trips.

She helps plan travel packages for people who understand the importance of having experiences over acquiring things. Her motto is, “Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Travel to learn, travel to grow.”

Facing serious mid-life burnout while living so far out of authenticity, the time had come for her to be brave. At age 52, Debbie downsized everything, left behind the comfortable and familiar and set out for the unknown. She traveled the world –alone- for a year straight on a quest of discovery. “Sure I was terrified, but, at that point, staying put, staying numb, would have been fatal. I put on my ‘I’m not scared of you armor’ and literally fell off a train in a crumpled mess in Italy. And so it began.”

Realizing that many lives are spent, in one form or another, in the pursuit of happiness, she started hosting informal guided tours of the places she lived and loved. Working with contacts she established in several countries, she began sharing insider travel knowledge with anyone who asked. Word started to spread which led to the launch of Lotus Trips Company.

“Now we frequently work with self-help leaders and holistic practitioners who realize a live retreat is the best way for their tribes to immerse in whatever it may be they are studying. In addition to working with individuals and small groups, we are experts at handling the behind the scenes logistics for retreats”, says Debbie.

Today, the company’s mission is to redefine how you’ll plan your next getaway or retreat.

With a focus on wellness, healing holidays and local immersions, Debbie’s philosophy towards living and evolving with purpose shines in every trip she plans.

“Try a yoga class in India, learn how to mediate with monks in Thailand, take a cooking class in Mexico and hire a private guide in everyplace you visit. Why not?” Debbie is affiliated with Travel Planners International, the Tourism Council for the Palm Beaches and Holistic Health Connections.

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SIMPLY LOTUS

Why Travel With Lotus Trips?

I solve the problem of TMI (too much information) when it comes to travel reviews of our locations. You can trust me because I’ve spent tons of time doing the research, living the life there. I also solve the, ‘I don’t have anyone to go with’ concern. My small groups become fast friends; it’s like going on a vacation with your sisters from another mother. I find that the story of one woman is often the story of another too. And I will never use a big bus, or make you line up and walk around with a flag.

We are laid back, flip flop wearing, wind in our hair, not caring if we have on makeup kind of gals.

Our sisterhood tours bring women together to connect, uplift, celebrate and empower each other. We find strength in togetherness and explore together with wonder. Our ladies return home with a greater appreciation for their own lives because, besides having a week to unwind, they too, have expanded their beliefs and world views.

Lotus Trips is the name I chose for the company because it is symbolic of my personal life and a metaphor for my guests as they blossom through travel. May you find beauty and bloom in whatever you choose; sometimes it is in your own backyard. Namaste.

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TESTIMONIALS

Kind Words From Past Guests

I couldn’t believe it! When I got home from my Lotus Tour, my family and co-workers asked me if I got a face lift! There was a change on the inside that showed on the outside. Looking forward to making this an annual event. Thank you so much Debbie.
Wanda, Pennsylvania

A trip of a lifetime and a wish fulfilled. A fascinating peek into Balinese culture. Lotus Trips attention to details and sincere customer service will have me coming back for more.
Barbara, New York

Thank you Lotus Trips, Finally… a guided tour for women like me who need the Calgon Take Me Away kind of trip. You mixed the right amount of planned and free time, so perfect for my first overseas vacation. Seeing how people live from a far away culture makes me appreciate all I have, I can’t wait to book again with you.
Maryann, Florida

Stop wasting time reading all the online reviews of ‘what to do in this place or that place’. One call to Debbie at Lotus Trips and I just knew. My trip with her company did not disappoint. The entire experience was a treasure. Her itinerary has it down to an art.
Sue, New Jersey

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