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Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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Family Reunions


ore and more families are searching for their “roots” and as a result, family reunions are becoming increasingly important as people turn towards their family for a sense of belonging. family reunion crossing sign

With improved communication and transportation, families are in closer contact with the more distant members of the clan. These days, a reunion might involve at least 50 people from thousands of miles apart. The host family doesn’t live in the same village as in days of old. The large multi-generation farm or house is long gone and Grandma and Grandpa are unable to put everybody up for a week

Bed and breakfasts make fantastic locales for family reunions. One of the beauties being that family groups can be accommodated in one homey place and if the reunion has larger, multiple family groupings they can be accommodated at nearby inns. Some inns have wonderful spaces designed for all sorts of gatherings where the group activities can take place. In other communities, local community centers, church halls and other rentable spaces can be used for larger events with favorite family activities held in the evenings at the inn or inns. Hearts or checkers anyone?

a scenic panorama of the ozark mountains and valleys

My family holds an annual reunion in semi rural Indiana that takes place in bed and breakfasts, family members homes and at a nearby state park and lodge. The event culminates with baseball, a potluck (with traditional family dishes of course) and a hilarious white elephant gift exchange.

a beautiful waterfall nestled within the ozarks

Where a family reunion is held depends on a number of factors. Many families want to return to the area that they consider the family home. While other families prefer a destination where they won’t be interrupted or bothered by outside distractions. What works best for you? The first phase of planning is up to you. Only you know the guest list and where everyone in your clan will be able to enjoy some time together.

Each family is unique, and as various options are discussed there will probably be a marvelous mixing of ideas or perhaps an obvious and mutually agreed upon proposition on which to follow up. You want your reunion memories to be good, so take the time to plan a great one.



Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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