A Vacation State of Mind
People of all ages visit the McHenry County Travel Show in hopes of finding their perfect vacation.
Karen Kramer from Crystal Lake visited the travel show for the first time this year.
“I’m just looking,” she said. “I’m not planning on taking a vacation until later or the end of the year.
For others, the travel show is a yearly tradition.
“My husband is why I come every year,” said Mary Flannigan of Cary, who was at the show with her husband, three children and grandchild. “We travel as a family, but we’re not planning on booking a trip today. It’s hard to coordinate between four families,” Flannigan said.
Flannigan said her family used to travel together once a year, but now it’s become every other year.
“We’re considering a Disney cruise or and Island [this year.] The Caribbean or cruises are our favorite vacations,” Flannigan said. “There’s something to do for everyone.”
Possible trips included guided vacations for groups and private parties, cruises, destination weddings, all-inclusive resorts and European vacations. Popular destinations included Hawaii, Alaska, the Bahamas and theme parks.
Henry Schmitt of McHenry, who was a show newbie, was there with his wife to look for a special vacation this year.
“We’re probably not going to book anything, but we’re looking for couples’ vacation spots for an anniversary trip,” Schmitt said.
The event took place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and featured more than 20 vendors including AMA Waterways, Carnival, Apple Vacations, Sandals, Real Resorts, Walt Disney, Outrigger Vacations, Blue Sky Tours, Club Med, Universal Orlando and more.
Cary Travel Express hosted the event and offered free drawings for trips and other prizes. Vendors handed out freebies to promote their vacations and all on site offered pamphlets and brochures for further destination information.
Any trip offered at the show as well as other vacation packages can still be booked through Cary Travel Express by visiting www.carytravelexpress.com or calling (847) 639-3300.