The Travel Insider: Moments that matter

Joe Maloney

As we wrap up the year, we head into 2022 with a new appreciation for a chance to build impactful memories with our loved ones. For many of us, the opportunity to travel has grown in significance. It’s become more than just checking places off our bucket list. It’s about those real, experiential opportunities, and true connections with the people and places that inspire, motivate, and change lives for the better. Here are some ideas to make those travel moments matter.


Many of us have placed a new importance on spending vacations with our families. All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean or Mexico offer something for everyone in the family. Beach-lounging, toes-in-the-sand travelers can truly unwind, while adventurous travelers can choose from unlimited water sports, bikes, hikes, live entertainment, and sightseeing.

Another option with all-inclusive perks is ocean cruising. These are ideal vacations for multi-generational families looking for different experiences, while still building life-long memories together.

For families seeking roller coasters, water slides, movie sets, and cartoon character encounters, theme park vacations are always a big hit!


I can’t think of a better way to inspire romance than by traveling. From experiencing chance travel encounters that lead to weddings to rekindling decades-long relationships, these memories are built exploring the world and sharing a once-in-a-lifetime connection.

Some of the oldest cities in the world can be experienced on a European river cruise where you wake up each morning to a different view of another city or country. From wine-tasting to sightseeing to leisurely strolls through quaint villages, a river cruise experience brings the romance to you!


This means something different to everyone. Perhaps you’re an extreme adventurer who seeks out expeditions to Antarctica, zip-lining in South America, or biking through Switzerland, or maybe you’re one who prefers a tamer adventure experience.

Regardless of which type of adventurer you are, many travel companies, including river cruises and guided vacations, will give you a variety of choices to personalize your experience. Some will even give you a choice of gentle, regular, and active tour paces. Your AAA Travel Advisor can help find a travel company that fits your preference for adventure!

Immersive experiences

At AAA Travel, we know travel can create life-changing memories, and we strive to bring you the most inspiring and fulfilling experiences. We curate unique journeys around the world for you by carefully selecting hosts who are true destination experts, and offer VIP experiences you won’t find anywhere else, giving you the opportunity to build incredible friendships and memories. Our AAA Travel Advisors will use their travel expertise to customize experiences to your hopes and dreams that deliver beyond what you envisioned to help fill your next vacation with life-changing memories that matter. We invite you to experience Inspiring Journeys by AAA Travel at

Joe Maloney is vice president travel and retail operations for AAA Colorado.