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Bankers Talk Back: What’s a great bargain trip you’re planning?

Bank travel leaders answer the question: “What’s a great bargain trip you’re planning?” See what they say to find travel tips.

Ann Snow
First Security Bank | Gold Club Searcy
Searcy, Arkansas
Thanks largely to the terrific help of the Tyler, Texas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, we have a four-day trip planned for less than $100 per person — with two terrific meals included.

We’ll spend time on an azalea tour that takes us into the back yards of personal mansions and an exceptional high tea at Roseland, an antebellum plantation home.

But, the reason I theme this trip “The Big Texas Treasure Hunt” is because of our abundant time at First Monday Trade Days, the largest flea market in the United States.

Joanne Anderson
Citizens Union Bank | Cub Classic
Shelbyville, Kentucky

We are planning a Christmas trip to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have five Nativity scenes, carriage rides, caroling, a unique gift store, a private collection of books and a little restaurant. And, it’s free admission.

On the way back, we’ll stop at a favorite destination, Pigeon Forge, to see all the lights and do a little shopping.

Esther Scott
Hinsdale Bank and Trust | Platinum Adventures Club
Hinsdale, Illinois

While no one would look at the price and think this trip is inexpensive, our 11-day trip to Tanzania with Viking Travel Service is a trip of a lifetime and worth every penny. We’ll be spending time in the Serengeti National Park, spend two nights in a luxurious safari lodge, go on safaris almost every day and see all the animals in their natural habitat. The price includes everything — I think it’s a great bargain.

Darlene Garner
PriorityOne Bank | Diamonds
Magee, Mississippi

This is my first year on the job, so I’m still searching for a bargain. But in my humble opinion, from all that I know about the history of this club … our excursions with Trips have always sold out, so our customers must think they are good bargains. They’ve offered terrific experiences, and we’ve had no complaints about their prices.

We’re going with them this year for not only a Canadian/New England cruise but also a tour of Ireland.

Suzie Glisson
Jacksonville Savings Bank | Prime Time
Jacksonville, Illinois

I think all of our trips are good bargains — or a better term would be “good values.” I work hard to make sure our travels have great value. That is a crucial aspect of our program.

If I had to pick one trip, I’d say our six-day excursion to Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg [Virginia]; and Baltimore to see all the sights and eat great food stands out, thanks to the terrific response. Eighty-four people are on board.

Julie Peyton
West Central Georgia Bank | 
Banking Buddies
Thomaston, Georgia

We are going to the new Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. While there is something blooming there all year long, 20,000 daffodils will be in bloom during our visit. They have a nice place to have lunch — such a good day trip to welcome warmer weather.

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