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The Great American Travel Migration

I’ve enlisted in the great American travel migration to Europe this year and I can’t wait.

My wife and I will join three other couples on a Danube River cruise with Avalon Waterways in September. The two of us have traveled with Avalon twice before, most recently on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia in 2016. What a cultural feast that was.

These couples had originally booked their cruise for 2020, and we had passed due to other travel plans that year, but after the groups rescheduled three times due to COVID, they checked with us again this year and we joined the party. Steve Born of Globus Family of Brands has worked with me on other Avalon trips, and when I contacted him, he had the trip set up the next day.

I’ll cover this one in our winter issue of Select Traveler. Since I have done several river cruises, my angle this time will be to see the trip through my friends’ eyes. This will be their first, and I’ve told the guys there is nothing like heading back to a ship the in late afternoon for a beer or bourbon. After a fascinating day in a city like Prague or Salzburg, the top deck of a ship that is untying and preparing to make way provides one of the best settings for a drink you’ll ever enjoy.

At our recent Select Traveler Conference, I heard story after story from planners about joining the travel renaissance that is upon us. I hope you and your group are leading the way in your community.