President’s Message: Tailor-made vacations

Linda Cavanagh

Planning a vacation is one of life’s treats. But, as you put together your dream trip, have you ever worried that you were going to miss out on something? After all, it seems like there are so many possible sights to see, so many experiences, and so many different websites promising so many different travel deals to choose from.

I think that we worry about “missing out” because, no matter why you decide to travel, where you decide to go, or what you decide to see or do, at the end of the day we all want the very best vacation experience for our budget. How you travel is just as important as where you travel.

That is a lesson that AAA Colorado travel agent Vicki Kistler knows well. With nearly 50 years of experience curating international travel excursions, cruises, escorted tours, Disney vacations, and more, Vicki has been repeatedly honored with AAA’s national superlative award – and recognized as one of the best travel agents in the entire country. We are lucky to have her right here at AAA Colorado.

So, how is working with an expert like Vicki different than booking your own travel? Her many satisfied clients will tell you that the best part of Vicki’s expertise is the peace of mind they get from knowing they are not missing out on anything. Travel agents know everything there is to know about the places you want to go. They have insider knowledge informed by years of experience, and their own travels. They also know people in the regions they book – so they can make a call to local contacts to arrange one-of-a-kind experiences you would never be able to find online. Travel agents also take the time to get to know you, your passions, and your budget. Every experience on an expertly assembled vacation is designed to enrich another stop along the way. By working with a travel agent, you can rest assured your vacation will be one of a kind. After all, it was tailor-made just for you.

You might think that working one-on-one with your own personal travel adviser is a luxury that might cost you. In fact, you will find the opposite to be true. Our travel agents usually provide their services at no cost to members. Even better, they save customers more than $450, on average, by leveraging savings that you would not be able to find online. You will also find that AAA Colorado’s travel agents will always go the extra mile to ensure you have the time of your life. After all, as seasoned travelers themselves, they know all about those memorable experiences that you just cannot miss.

In this edition of EnCompass, you will find immersive accounts from AAA Colorado’s team of travel experts on some of their own “must-see” moments at sites around the globe. We are also debuting our new “Three Days In” feature to help you make the most of a long weekend at world-class destinations a little closer to home.

I hope you will join our travel experts at this year’s Vacations Showcase presented by AAA Travel, February 1-2, 2019, at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, in Denver. If you are looking to take a hand-crafted vacation you will never forget, you won’t want to miss out. I will be there, so please do stop by and say hi.

Linda Cavanagh, AAA Colorado President and CEO