It’s no secret that I love to travel. It’s my second passion, right behind eating (shocker, I know). Lorie Nearing of Memory Bank Travel, locally owned and operated here in Truro, gets that. I think its these mutual passions that drew me to her at events we were both attending in the community. After crossing paths so many times, we had to sit down and have a chat!
Know that I’m not exaggerating when I say I feel like Nearing is a Disney Fairy Godmother brought to life. She’s so easy to talk to with her bubbly personality, the warmest- most welcoming smile, and the twinkle in her eye tells you she literally just wants to make your travel dreams come true. See? Fairy Godmother! Except for the part where you have to pay for it, and not with your woodland creature best friends.
A Shelburne native, Nearing has been a travel agent for 7 years, but is a jack of all trades. She was working as a real estate closing manager when she decided to become a travel agent. “Before that I was a school bus driver!” Nearing mused. “ That was fulfilling, but I could write a book of the kids stories!”
While Nearing, her husband, Mark, and two kids currently reside in Truro, she’s actually left the town and come back three times before finally settling here for good. She loves the community and this is where she wanted to have and grow her business. Opening her own travel agency was important to Nearing. While her business is a proud member of Niche Travel Group (Dartmouth, NS), its not a part of a corporation. The fact that it’s locally owned and operated here in Truro means the money stays here in Truro. “I love being a part of this community and believe in investing where you live!”
She began this career path as an admin at a travel agency in Halifax, and started by bringing friends and family in as clientele. “It’s the happiness from everybody that I love the most. That’s where the name of my business came from – making memories one vacation at a time!” Nearing opened Memory Bank Travel, in October of last year and has been going steady ever since, organizing events like a Tuscan food and wine tour happening in October. “Italy has been on my bucket list and I’m excited to go! You have to experience it yourself to be able to tell people about it!” Music is a big part of her life and she is always looking at ways to combine music with travel. In the past three years, she has helped organize trips down south with Niche Travel group, featuring musical guests such as Paul Lamb and Corey Tetford. This year’s trip will be in Mexico with Shaydid.
When she’s not planning out peoples dream vacations, you can find Nearing cruising down the highway on her Honda CBR 500, who she affectionately calls Lucille after the bat that Negan had on ‘The Walking Dead’. Her and her husband love to ride their motorcycles, and they actually started with dirt bikes! She says there’s nothing quite like the open air and sense of freedom it gives you. Last summer they did a tour of PEI which was her longest ride yet, but this year they took a ride through the Cabot Trail.
If she’s not in the office or cruising the roads, you’ll find Nearing on the basketball courts! Her and her husband also coach under 16/ under 14 basketball, the CBA Tigers (Colchester Basketball Association). She started coaching when her daughter began playing. It began with just one main team in Truro and then they came up with this team to offer more kids a chance to play. They have grown to a game happening every weekend from October to April, and now play more games than the metro league. “Its completely volunteer, and we reach out to coaches all across the province. I love it – they keep me young. They keep me active!”
Of course I had to ask what Nearing’s favourite destinations have been so far, and with no hesitation she answered, “The Grand Canyon was surreal for me. It was almost spiritual. It lifted me. I could have sat there for hours.” Locally, she tells me she thinks the best beach in Nova Scotia is Hawk’s Beach on Cape Island, off Barrington.
You can follow along with Nearing’s travels and packages on her Facebook page Memory Bank Travel. While her office is physically located on Walker Street, she’s always open to meet and discuss your needs anywhere at any time. “My office isn’t my only office,” she says. She loves being able to offer flexibility to accommodate people’s schedules. Whether you’re a single, couple, group or family, Nearing can help plan the perfect vacation for you!