The Group Travel Leader

APR 2017

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5 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E It's a tie between climb- ing part of the Matterhorn with my grandfather in Zermatt, Switzerland, and a trip to London, where we visited Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guards and did a brass rubbing at Westminster Abbey. But most importantly, we went to a little toy shop that sold the original Paddington Bears. I still have mine 37 years later. — Kelly Tyner, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING On family road trips, I always claimed the backward-facing bench seat at the back of my family's nine-pas- senger station wagon. I watched large swaths of America play out in "high- definition" from my large-screen window view of this great land. It was the best way to travel. I would travel this way again in a heartbeat. — Donia Simmons, CREATIVE DIRECTOR My family went to San Antonio, Texas, for a business trip with my dad. On that road trip, I learned all the ways I wanted to kill my sister in her sleep, what the word gringo meant and that I can travel from Indiana to Texas with- out using the bathroom once. Oh yeah, San Antonio was cool, too. — Stacey Bowman, DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING SALES I remember a particularly fun trip to Cave City, Kentucky, that my family took when I was probably 9 years old. Exploring Mammoth Cave felt like entering another world to me, and my brother and I loved the midway rides, go-karts and bumper boats at the nearby enter- tainment centers. Every time I pass the exit for Cave City on Interstate 65, I think of that trip. — Brian Jewell, EXECUTIVE EDITOR As kids, we joined our cous- ins from North Carolina for a trip to the beach each summer. We went to Crescent Beach, which has since been swallowed by North Myrtle Beach, I think. We'd spend our days in the ocean and our evenings playing games. My uncle had a boat, and sometimes we'd go f lounder fishing or set crab traps on nearby piers. For years, I never knew a vacation could be anything else. — Mac Lacy, PUBLISHER During the holidays one year, my family stayed at Great Wolf Lodge and received a noise complaint because of a lengthy pillow battle instigated by my dad. — Savannah Osbourn, STAFF WRITER EDITOR'S NOTE Welcome to Staff Sound-Off, the monthly column where our staff members answer questions about their travel practices and preferences. We hope you enjoy these tips. If you have a question you'd like to see us answer, send it to me and it may appear in a future issue. BRIANJ@GROUPTRAVELLEADER.COM s o und - o ff STAFF H A T I O U A V O I T A V O Y F O H I H O O ?

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