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You Only Have 18 Summers! Travel Planning is your FRIEND.

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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Only 18 Summers - Travel Planning is your friend

“One day...we’re going to take the kids to Hawaii!”, “We really want to travel over to Europe,

but we’re waiting until the kids are older”; “We really want to go out West and see the

Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, but our summers are just too busy”. Do any of those

statements sound familiar to you? The average American family doesn’t think they

spend enough time together (guilty). Between school, work, sports, and

extracurricular activities it’s no surprise that we are all feeling disconnected and

burned out. The best way to reconnect with your loved ones is to getaway. No

distractions and no excuses: just you and your kids (or Grandkids) spending “quality

time”, enjoying each other’s company and maybe even experiencing an unfamiliar

culture together. “Next Year, maybe” turns into the year after that...and so

forth...until you “blink” and are sitting at their high school graduation wondering what

the hell happened!

Travel is proven to be a wonderful learning tool for children. Seeing how people live

in other countries can open their minds and hearts and expand their imagination

exponentially. With a little planning, we can educate. Between all the ocean cruising destinations, the numerous river cruise itineraries, and guided tours (relaxing AND active) available, there are opportunities abound!

Here are a few things that travel can provide for your family:

1. It can create lasting relationships...both between your own family members

and people you meet while on the road. These folks that you run into along

the way give you a glimpse of what life is like outside your regular circle of

friends and can give you a fresh perspective on how other cultures live.

2. You can learn another language...There is something very exciting about

being able to throw around a few words of French, knowing how to say hello

and thank you in Portuguese, or ordering off of a menu written totally in

Italian...and hoping you don’t end up with something inedible! And...knowing

that if you do accidentally order goat’s testicles, that your whole family will still

be laughing about it 20 years from now!

3. It gives you and your kids perspective...Meeting folks from other cultures

will teach you that the way you look at the world (maybe through the distorted

lens of our mass media) is not the way everybody does – and that you could

be dead wrong about some things! We have had many meaningful

conversations about why Europe is so far ahead of the U.S. in its

transportation infrastructure, why people of Native Hawaiian descent still

protest becoming a part of the US, and why so few French and Italian

teenagers feel the deep temptation to drink alcohol to excess like ours do here

in America.

Are you reading this and thinking “Boy...I’ve always wanted to see the Pacific Ocean

with my kids”? If you want to do it now, you’ve probably always wanted to. You’ve

imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? Now’s the time to DO

IT! I have several vacations on my desk right now for folks just like you, who are

wanting to finally take their 16 and 21-year-olds to Europe before they are “gone”...or

who are celebrating high school graduation with a trip to Hawaii – the destination

chosen by their son. only have 18 summers!

Erin Smith ~ Affinity Group Travel Advisor

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