Written by: P. J. Thomas
No matter how much I’ve learned over the years, that knowledge is increased while working on our Vacation Planning issue and Family Reunion Planning insert, two arduous projects that require a great deal of time, coordination and energy—much like our personal travel plans.
Weller, my husband and the publisher of Pathfinders, generally makes all of our travel arrangements, and can spend hours searching various websites, calling hotels, attractions, and airlines before finally booking a trip. (I humbly admit the couple of times I made flight arrangements; I booked the tickets for the wrong date.)
Travel takes a coordination of efforts by those going on the trip, and/or the resources of a good travel agent. Now, I research as much as I can about the destination before departure.
We travel often with our granddaughter who, like a typical 7-year-old, is full of questions about the journey, destination, people and even the food. It keeps us on our toes as we sometimes have to scramble to the internet or library to find the answer—which is okay, because it helps us to continue seeing the world with profound appreciation.
And isn’t that what travel is supposed to be about? As you read the March issue, the stories on dining in Virginia, cultures of Vancouver and Antigua, adventure in North Carolina, or the women artist of Haiti, it is my hope that you enjoy them with the wonderment and appreciate each writer felt while discovering them.
The family reunion information was culled from volunteers who tirelessly work to research the genealogy while taking on the awesome task of planning these family gatherings with a minimum of resources.
The Pathfinders Reunions Online is also a work in progress, and we invite you to visit (www.pathfinderstravel.com) to share your photos, suggestions and questions with this new community.
And of course, we want to hear about your vacation plans. With the economy and fuel prices taking us on a reluctant ride of its own, tell us if your travel plans have changed because of the economy, and especially if you’ve canceled an international vacation, beach house rental or other plans.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you.
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