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As winter morphs into spring here in the Carolinas, thoughts often turn to planning our summer and fall travel. If you’re like me, though, your mind is always set on planning the next adventure!

It’s never too early to book your next vacation, especially when availability plays such a big part of a successful trip. Whether you’re looking to sail across the ocean or take a national parks vacation here in the states, booking early gives you more options. It also allows more time for you to get excited about what lies ahead!

Travel gives us the opportunity to connect with other cultures, increase our knowledge and even expand our palate. It also provides us with interesting stories to share and offers a better perspective of life beyond our close environs.

This issue of Traveler is brimming with ideas to add to your summer and fall calendar. Consider a trip to Bonn or Vienna to celebrate Ludwig von Beethoven’s 250th birthday (page 30). Vienna is easily my favorite city in all of Europe. I love the old-world charm, the architecture and you just simply must try the wiener schnitzel at Figlmuller. This famous restaurant has been open for over a hundred years and the wiener schnitzel is so big, it hangs over the side of the plate! Enjoying the history of classical music that surrounds you in Vienna adds to the allure of this delightful city.

If you’ve ever considered a European river cruise, don’t miss our feature “Red and Green on the Blue Danube” (page 20). While it highlights Christmas Market itineraries, a river cruise is a fantastic idea any time of the year. During a European river cruise, my wife and I enjoyed one of our favorite meals at Hungarikum Bistro in Budapest. This small, quaint restaurant serves authentic Hungarian cuisine at a terrific value. Read “Cities We Love” (page 7) for more things to enjoy in this enchanting city.

If you’re looking to plan a bucket-list vacation, consider exploring the Amazon River with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection (page 6) or visiting Machu Picchu, a destination that is top of my list (page 14). If you prefer something closer to home, soak in the scenery of a luxury rail vacation through the Canadian Rockies (page 8). Yet another popular option this year has to be expedition cruises, so be sure to check out the exciting itineraries sailing to Antarctica, the Galapagos or Iceland aboard a luxury ship (page 27).

Wherever the roads, skies or seas take you this year, begin your journey at your local AAA Travel office. Our travel professionals are ready to make your dream trip a reality.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Enjoy Your Journey,

Rob Huffman, Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations

(Traveler Spring 2020)

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