For our family, 2019 is all about new travel experiences.
It’s something we committed to as a family during the last week of December and it’s something we’re sticking to throughout the year. As a family of seven, traveling isn’t always easy but it’s something that we love to do. Thankfully, AAA has so many resources – both online and off – to help our family navigate the planning waters. With the AAA Travel Marketplace kicking off March 1 (thru March 3) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., we’ll have the opportunity (firsthand) to meet with AAA agents and see what we can plan this year.
AAA Travel Marketplace
If you’re like me and looking to book a vacation this year (solo or not), you must head to AAA Travel Marketplace. There will be AAA expert travel agents and more than 100 vendors representing thousands of destinations around the world. The beauty is that you’re getting up close and personal attention from travel experts who will answer your questions and book trips for you at incredible prices and value. You can’t beat this kind of treatment and access, especially when it comes to purchasing and booking a vacation.
Whenever you book a vacation – whether traveling solo or with family or friends – it’s something you’ve thought about, wondered about and mostly likely saved up for. When our family travels, we often research destinations, looking for the best family-friendly places to explore. With five kids, I want to go where we’ll all have fun, especially since my kids are in different age brackets. William and Alex are teenagers, Ben and Henry are tweens and Victoria is 5 years old. I want to make sure there’s something for everyone to do, even the adults, too!
A Lesson Learned the Hard Way
I’ll never forget booking an all-inclusive vacation for our family back in 2014. It was great fun, but we missed the mark big time on finding the best resort to cover all age groups. I found a great ‘random’ deal online and just booked it. And I learned a valuable lesson on this trip – I quickly realized that what I thought we were getting was not actually what we got.
I had booked two rooms (since we’re a party of seven) only to find they weren’t even near each other at the resort. Online, it said that there were tons of activities for toddlers. But when I got there, I found that Victoria was too young to participate in any of them. I thought all the food was included in the package too, but learned that only ‘certain areas’ of the resort were included in the food package. I spent a good amount of money with the add-ons and that was something I was trying to avoid.
Lesson learned. Never again.
I love that at AAA Travel Marketplace, I can sit and talk with a AAA expert travel agent, ask questions and get answers on the spot. I can work with the experts to find the best travel destination for our family. It’s great that they can work within my budget and really help me isolate what will provide the most ‘bang for my buck.’ Traveling is an investment and it’s something I’m willing to pay for, but I can’t go over a certain amount. I appreciate that someone can work with me to stay within my budget.
The Event Experience
I also love that I can bring my kids to AAA Travel Marketplace. When you’re there, you can expect on-site-only specials, giveaways, travel presentations and a free gift for anyone who books at the event! Not too bad, huh!? It really is a great event to attend and spend some time walking around, asking questions and visiting all of the vendor booths to find the best travel fit for you (and your family).
Make 2019 the year you take that dream vacation by booking at the upcoming AAA Travel Marketplace. You only live once, and traveling is one of the best experiences we can give ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling near or far, time together – away from regular life – is such a wonderful gift to the body, mind and soul! We’ve already traveled this year to Boston, Vermont and New Hampshire. We have 10 more months left to explore and are thrilled to have AAA help us discover where to go next!
Remember, the AAA Travel Marketplace will take place at the Putnam Club East at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., from March 1-3. The show runs from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, March 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. See you there!
Audrey McClelland is the founder of MomGenerations.com, a parenting and lifestyle blog where this article originally appeared.