A Summer to Remember

Summertime is synonymous with travel. With a much-needed break from school, warm days and pleasant evenings, it’s the ideal time to hit the road (or the sea) for a little quality time with your family.

I believe that passing the “travel gene” to your children and grandchildren is one of the greatest gifts you can give them — and creating family memories each summer is a big part of that. Whether it’s an annual pilgrimage to your favorite theme park or a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to the Caribbean, experiences beyond your home borders offer a global perspective your family will likely cherish and often look back on.

One of my favorite family vacations was our Disney Cruise Lines cruise with my son and his family. Disney cruises are often a vacation that families save up for. It’s an experience well worth the investment. While the focus is certainly on delighting younger passengers with opportunities to interact with Disney characters and offering engaging onboard activities, they also provide top-notch entertainment for the adults who brought them. 

Multi-generation cruising continues to rise in popularity, and for good reason. In addition to serene, adult-only spaces and dining options, the onboard experiences give grown-ups a chance to relive their own childhood. This issue of Traveler includes “Your Story," which shares the story of two families and their multi-generational cruise experiences (see page 24). Our “Because Someday” article on page 3 features the highly anticipated Celebrity Edge, which boasts all the technological bells and whistles you can imagine. Our “Sail to the Unexplored Caribbean” (page 14) offers many lesser known excursions available on a Royal Caribbean itinerary. Let these articles inspire your family to plan an unforgettable sea vacation.

Theme parks are also a popular summer destination, and Orlando teems with places to visit. Universal Studios Florida continues to thrill guests with new attractions and experiences. Stay in the know with a read through “Even More Reasons for a Universal Orlando Vacation” on page 17. Of course, a trip to Orlando can include more than big theme parks. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Orlando Sea Life Aquarium, Sea World and Busch Gardens are just a few of many family-friendly diversions. Of course, an old school road trip across the U.S. can be a fun summer adventure. Check out "America's Best Diners" on page 30 for retro dining options along the way.

If you’re like me (and most people!) and have Cuba at the top of their travel wish list, let our article “Demystifying Cuba” on page 8 motivate you to check it off. Throughout these pages you’ll find many destinations to choose from, like a dreamy trip down the “Delightful Danube” (page 27). Budapest is one of my favorite cities and a trip down (or along) the Danube is a wonderful way to experience it. At night, the lights of the Hungarian Parliment Building are all aglow. The whole city looks magical.

Whatever you’re up for this summer, our AAA Travel Agents are experts in planning your perfect family vacation. Sit back, enjoy sweet summer days, and leave the planning to us.

      Travel well,
      Sarah Henshall, Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations