Plan the Perfect Holiday Getaway
As we get closer to the holidays, I look forward to spending time with friends and family again. I haven’t seen many of them since the pandemic began, and I hope this will change over the holidays and in the new year. Travel makes for an excellent holiday gift, too. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. You can give airline gift cards to help folks come to you, gift yourself tickets to visit your kids or parents, or give your significant other a ticket to see a best friend. One great way to reconnect with friends and family is to drive or fly to a central location and share a rental house.
Lisa Anciaux, AAA Washington’s director of travel products
Personally, I’m itching to go a little bit bigger. It is greatly satisfying to see your family’s faces light up when you tell them you’re all going on an adventure, whether it’s a stay at a quaint all-inclusive resort in Mexico or a river cruise on the mighty Mississippi. Now that’s holiday cheer! When your vacation finally arrives, the special moments that only come while traveling will be even more extraordinary because they are shared with family or friends. But, if you’re a solo traveler, the holidays can be the perfect excuse to gift yourself that bucket-list trip.
One word of caution: Planning a family vacation can be complicated and time-consuming to tackle yourself, even if you’re an experienced online booker. Every family member may have different needs, interests and desires for the trip, especially when multiple generations are involved. Plus, it can be difficult to navigate the many special packages designed especially for family travel, many of which include group-travel savings. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, think about making travel a part of your giving. AAA Travel is here to help you gift-wrap the perfect adventure.
–Written by Lisa Anciaux, AAA Washington’s director of travel products
Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more.
This column appears in the the November/December 2021 edition of AAA Washington member publication, Journey.