I was born and raised most of my life in the cradle of New England, New Canaan, Connecticut. I summered on Nantucket Island, an enclave of the planet's most established Yankee forebears and which at the age of 19 became the home of my first "official" business. While still in my 20s, I attended Harvard Business School's elite OPM Program. You can say that I truly am a "Connecticut Yankee in the Entrepreneur's Court" a knock off of the classic Bing Crosby musical production from the fabled humorist and writer Mark Twain.
Being a long time (since age 9) summer resident of Nantucket Island, a world onto itself 30 miles off the shore of Cape Cod, complete with cobblestone streets (formerly whaling ships ballast) and homes dating back to the 1700s, still in pristine shape -"Oh Whale" my own former cottage there was built in 1760- was a fabulous experience with many lessons learned. For instance, I learned about "reverse chic," well before that saying was even coined. Nantucket Yankees never broadcast their wealth, often extreme in many cases, and indeed wearing the faded "Nantucket Reds" from Murray's Toggery on Main Street with the resolute long-tailed Izod Polo (the more well worn the better) with sockless Topsiders was the "uniform." Think "The Preppy Handbook" a campy best seller hit from the 80s and that is Nantucket...then and now.
One could share Cape Codders (Cranberry juice and vodka) elbow to elbow with the likes of the Kennedy progeny, titans of industry like members of the Soros family and heirs to great established fortunes and philanthropists like the Beinecke clan. As time and fortunes moved on...the "new money" of Wall Street wunderkinds and billionaire entrepreneurs made their debuts but...the intrinsic flavor of the Island and its old Yankee influence remain...for the most part.
So...what is an example of "Yankee Sensibilities," you ask? Well, not wasting money is surely one of those tenets hammered into our New England newborn skulls. In my current endeavor of "luxury travel for less," I have been made aware of the the literally hundreds of millions of wasted money that we consumers spend on travel. One of our travel industry experts has prepared an eBook that shows you step-by-step how to "never pay retail for travel again." It's worth the read and here it is on the link below. Enjoy saving money and you too can act like a Yankee! lol