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Last July, I was sitting in the bleachers of my daughter’s softball game. Because of COVID, at the conclusion of the game, coaches abandoned the traditional high fives with the other team, opting for a parade-like wave across the field.
But this was July. It was hot and sunny. We had vaccines and were feeling pretty darn good about the future. So, when the outcome of this particular game was decided, players lined up and high-fived the opponent. Touching another person’s hand? This would have been unheard of six months ago! But again, we were feeling pretty good in July 2021, so as the players congratulated each other on a good game, I stood up in the stands and announced to other parents, “The pandemic’s over, people!”
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
First, the left punch from Delta, then Omicron with a right cross and by January of this year we were feeling pretty crummy about travel. But lately, the clouds have parted and, again, we’re feeling pretty good about the future. Cases are down. Vaccines, immunity and therapeutics protect us. We’re more knowledgeable.
And it’s not just me who’s feeling good. A recent Longwoods International survey of American travelers shows that we are starting to look past the pandemic. News of the decline in new Omicron cases is impacting sentiment and only 24% of travelers say that COVID would greatly impact their travel planning over the next six months. While 31% say the pandemic has no influence at all. Additionally, 87% of American travelers say they will travel in the next six months, a clear indication that this is going to be a busy year of rebound for the travel industry.
With that being said, what’s your plan for gathering with friends and family? Where are you looking to meet-up? Fortunately, this edition of Destination Reunions has plenty of ideas with destinations eager to host your next gathering. From big cities to big mountains, beaches to Broadway theater, there’s something for everyone inside this edition.
Family travel has been one bright spot over the last two years and we’ve resolved to continue to provide unique ideas both through this publication, online DestinationReunions.com and in our InSite from Destination Reunions e-newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading the advice and destination stories we produced. If so, tell your friends and family about Destination Reunions and let’s kick this family travel trend into high gear!
Jeff Gayduk – Publisher
Considering the unique period we’re living through, it may be time to give up your hotel, cruise ship or church rec hall reunion and hold your next family get-together in the great outdoors.
It takes careful planning to make the most out of your group’s trip to the ultimate family travel destination.
Working with a professional travel advisor can reduce the stress, time and effort involved in planning the details of putting together a trip.
Mexico’s west coast offers a unique brand of vacation, with resort destinations along the rugged Pacific coastline including Puerto Vallarta.
Vacations can reconnect separated families and make them whole again. Having the right tour company makes all the difference.
Relax in this beautiful part of the country filled with picturesque natural beauty and a variety of unique attractions
Enjoy a reunion in Crystal Coast, North Carolina with 85 miles of scenic beachfront along with exciting activities and historical attractions
The ‘Birthplace of America’s Music’ stands out as a perfect locale for lovers of the great outdoors, delectable cuisine and rich history
Florida’s Historic Coast features 450 years of history, immaculate beaches and world-class dining and entertainment. With all of this, it’s obvious St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra is the ideal family reunion getaway
Shopping, free festivals, swamp tours and more are just what you need when planning a family reunion. St. Tammany Parish is the place to unwind and enjoy a cozy, small-town atmosphere
Surrounded by panoramic views of awe-inspiring mountains, celebrate the outdoors on your family reunion to the YMCA of the Rockies.
Find the Best Places for Outdoor Fun in the Deep Creek Lake Area
On the banks of the mighty Roanoke River, reconnect with loved ones in Halifax County, North Carolina.
Historical museums, rich arts and culture and the freshest seafood are a few of the things to look forward to on your family reunion in Plymouth, MA
Known for its outdoor activities and labeled as Ohio’s Natural Crown Jewels, Hocking Hills is a picture-perfect reunion destination
Historically known as a hub for innovation, Greater Akron stands out as the perfect Midwest locale for hosting your next reunion.
A great destination exuding Southern charm, Louisiana’s West Feliciana Parish has historical sites, outdoor activities and much more for a memorable reunion
Trying to find your next reunion destination? When it comes to excitement that the whole family can agree on, Arlington, TX delivers! Welcome to a World of Wonderful!
Chicago Southland abounds with family-friendly attractions and experiences that make it a great choice for family reunions
Experience the great outdoors of the Lake of the Ozarks on your next reunion
Reconnect with the ones you love amidst the beauty of Lake County as your backdrop. It’s the perfect destination for kids and adults alike.
Where should you have your next reunion? Make great memories in Branson, Missouri, where nonstop outdoor adventure and live entertainment will impress everyone who attends
Connect and celebrate amid spectacular mountain vistas where you can kick back and relax on your family reunion