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Where We’ve Been: November 2021

See where other planners have taken their groups in the November 2021 issue of Where We’ve Been.


First National Bank of Bemidji

Bemidji, Minnesota

Trip: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Tour Operator: Landmark Tours

Date: October 2019

First National Bank of Bemidji took a group of members on a journey through New Mexico to experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and other popular sites in the Land of Enchantment. Along the way, they visited Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and got a great view from the Sandia Peak Tramway. The group also stopped in Santa Fe to tour the historic town plaza. “The main purpose of the trip was to see the famous Albuquerque hot air balloon festival. The balloon festival has hundreds of balloons from around the world. It is a breathtaking sight.”

— Lynda Stenseng, retired but still running travel club trips

Relyance Bank Destination Club

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Trip: Western Caribbean Cruise

Tour Operator: Island in the Sun Cruises & Tours Inc.

Date: March 2020

Relyance Bank Destination Club took a Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn in February and March 2020. They flew into Tampa for a pre-cruise night and toured Ybor City the next day before boarding the cruise ship. Once underway, they visited Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize and Honduras. “At Harvest Caye Belize, most of our group took the morning tour to Mango Creek and Independence Village to get a detailed history of how the villages began and developed. The afternoon everyone soaked in the beautiful sunshine and beauty on Norwegian’s private island.”

— Cindy Cullins Brown, destinations club director