Traveling Vicariously for a Loved One
“Last August, I had to cancel a trip I had planned to Greece. This year, I’d like to be able to reschedule it (fingers crossed). Greece was a dream destination for my mom. She can’t travel anymore, so I’m helping her live vicariously through me.
The trip I had planned was an UNESCO Heritage tour – my mom was a history major and dreamed of seeing the Parthenon. Supposedly there was a way I could sneak in a sailing tour, which would be an absolute treat since my mom Googles pictures of Santorini obsessively. I hadn’t figured out how I would be able to fit that into the original schedule but, maybe the change of plans will let me come up with something different.”
Lee Ann Brown, FEMA Account Manager
A New Year of Travel with Friends and Family
“My brother and his wife had a new baby in August that I haven’t gotten to meet yet. I’ve been dying to head out to St. Louis to visit my brother, sister-in-law and my two little nieces, but COVID has made that difficult. I hope to go out and visit them soon and spend some time in the city with them as well. When I visit, we like to head to Ballpark Village for lunch and walk over to the Gateway Arch Park from there.
I also have two childhood friends with destination weddings this year! One of the weddings will be in Las Vegas and the other in Cancun. I’m looking forward to a new year of travel and making special memories with dear friends and family!”
Kelsey Morgan, Morgantown Travel Specialist
Big Goals for a Big Year
Spend a week traveling Europe with a friend
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Take an AMA Waterways Christmas Market cruise with family
Andy Morrison, Director of Sales, Marketing and International Relations
Set Sail on a New Year
“I was in hopes of taking my rescheduled 7-day cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line Escape. We stop in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay.”
Elizabeth Walker, General Manager/US Courts
Taking to the Skies Again
“After being a flight attendant for almost 20 years, I came to National Travel about a year ago. Little did I know that covid would upend the travel industry as it has. It has been over a year since I have taken to the skies. I miss the freedom of being able to hop on a plane and see the world, and I look forward to getting the covid vaccine and being able to once again reach for the skies and see the rest of the world.”
Cruising into 2021
“My resolution is to travel to Alaska with our 4 granddaughters, since we had to cancel the June 2020 cruise we had booked with them. Also to book a Viking river cruise!”
Jill Robinson, Vice President of Morgantown Operations
Across the Globe in the New Year
“I want to re-book everything I had planned for last year! I have a friend who lives in Hong Kong I had planned to visit last May and a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest. I have been to Oktoberfest 3 times. It is a great experience!”
Mack Johnson, Executive of Quality Assurance; Corporate/VIP/Government Group
Outdoor Adventures in 2021
“I was planning a trip to British Columbia before covid and I cannot wait until I get the chance to schedule and finally travel internationally! I have always wanted to go skiing and hike in the Canadian Rocky mountains and I think that will be the first travel bucket list destination I check off when I get the chance!”
Justin Myers, Corporate Travel Specialist
Back to Travel Again
“My 2021 travel resolution will be to use all of my vacation time traveling, no staycations for me!
I have already rescheduled a trip to the Caribbean that I intend to take this year and also want to see my 92-year-old grandmother that I didn’t get to see all of 2020.”
Taylor Self, Morgantown Travel Specialist
Be More Active
“Like many others, I also have the New Year’s resolution to be more active; however, I mean more than just exercise! By being active, I want to explore different parts of my state, meet new people, and gain other perspectives.
Also, my sister (who lives in SC) is due to have her baby in early March! My hopes are that either she can visit us during maternity leave or that our family will be able to visit her and meet our baby girl!”
Halee Ring, Concierge Desk
On the Sunny Side
“My trip to the Outer Hebrides was cancelled last year so my first resolution is to reschedule this trip. I have a friend with a cottage on the Isle of Lewis and plan to spend some time by the sea. I also haven’t been to our company condo yet and this was another trip I had to cancel in 2020. I’d like to take my daughter there and enjoy some time with her. Lastly, I’d also like to get a river cruise scheduled to go on with my boyfriend.”
Tera Hunt, Leisure Travel Specialist and American Express Scotland Travel Insider
Travel to Honor Loved Ones
“My grandmother and aunt both passed away this year (non-related to COVID). They both loved New Orleans, where my uncle is from. They would take trips down there multiple times a year but didn’t get to visit one last time due to the pandemic. One of my hopes is to be able to take some of their ashes down there to spread in a place they truly loved!
Another goal is to make my way back to NYC, LA, Las Vegas and Houston. These are just some of my favorite places to visit and a few of these trips were cancelled this year due to the pandemic!
My ultimate 2021 goals are to better myself professionally, fulfill my aunt & grandmother’s wishes to finally return to New Orleans, and finally get back out in the world and travel!!!”
Jamie Messer, FEMA Travel Specialist
New Year, New Adventures
“I have never taken an international trip and would love to go to quite a few places but number one on my list has always been Ireland.
Last year we took my 18-month-old granddaughter on her first vacation to Destin, FL. She absolutely loved it so I can’t wait to take her back. And once cruises resume taking a family cruise will be a top priority to go on with my children and grandchildren!”
Crystal Leach, Corporate/Small Government Supervisor
“My travel resolution is to take as many weekend getaways as possible with my family.”
Brianna Kinder, Morgantown Travel Specialist
Meet a Star
“I want to get to travel a lot more in 2021 and meet Dolly Parton again!”
Benjamin Fitzwater, FEMA Travel Specialist
Reunions and Revisits
“I want to take a family vacation with my grandkids and extended family to Florida where my middle son lives. I am hoping to get together with my other two children, their kiddos, the grandparents, and possibly the aunts and uncles to have a true family week together!
Also, my husband and I have been married for 35 years and we have two couples that we used to hang with all the time before kids and life took over. One of those couples was deployed and has been living overseas for years. They are now retired and living in TX, so we are trying to get all of us together at his home there just like old times!
I would also like to revisit Las Vegas, Nashville, and Salt Lake City and spend more time in each just exploring what those cities have to offer!”
Susan Toney, Accounting Department
Venture “Out West”
“My husband and I were planning a trip out West last year (Vegas, Grand Canyon, etc) but COVID ruined it for us. So, we are hopeful we will be able to proceed with those plans this year.”
Ember Caruthers, US Courts Travel Specialist
The Windy City
“I have had a trip in the works for Chicago that COVID postponed, and I would love to be able to make it happen and see the city and all the sights!
I am also resolving to finally get my passport and put it to use!!”
Samantha Stanley, FEMA Travel Specialist
Traveling Outside Your Comfort Zone
“My travel resolution for the new year is to go someplace I have never been!”
Terri Byrd, FLETC Travel Specialist