Past President enjoys convenience of exploring with Kiwanis travel partner

| Mar 06, 2018

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Scotland 3 Sue Petrisin has always wanted to explore the landscape of Scotland and meet the people she’s read so much about. It’s a trip that has been on the 2015–16 Kiwanis International President’s bucket list. When she saw it was offered this year by AHI Travel, Kiwanis International’s travel partner, she jumped at the opportunity.

In her role as associate director for the Michigan State University Alumni Association, Petrisin has participated in several group travel trips. She loves the experience and is excited that Kiwanians have the same opportunity with AHI.

“These trips are so well planned, with every detail taken care of,” Petrisin said. “The hosts are well-educated, very knowledgeable about the communities that are on the itinerary, and they always have suggestions for other places to see and things to do.”  

With a bit of Scottish heritage, Petrisin is looking forward to the historical aspect of her trip and the beauty of the country she’s only seen in photographs. This trip, August 20 to 28, includes a ticket to the unforgettable Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual spectacle of military bands; Highland dancers and fireworks; a journey to enchanting Trossachs National Park and its pristine lochs; visits to medieval castles and ruins; an excursion to St Andrews, the birthplace of golf; and even a whiskey tasting. The cost is $2,895 per person and includes first-class hotel accommodations, excursions that highlight the local history, enriching lectures, deluxe motor coaches, a generous meal plan, and a travel director to manage the details.

Scotland 1 Even though a person might be able to travel on their own for less, Petrisin says a Kiwanis Travel trip is worth it.

“I don’t have the time to research all the places, events, museums, restaurants, and hotels — I wouldn’t know which part of what city was safe and easy to get to. Some of the places we’re going require reservations a year in advance. Kiwanis Travel does all that work for me,” she said.  “Because the tour guide has done the legwork, all you have to do is go. And since I’m not sure where everything is, it would definitely take so much time to figure out an itinerary.”   

Petrisin said first-time group travelers could be unsure about traveling with people they don’t know, but that doesn’t last long. “For example, when I travel with my alumni association, I don’t know anybody until our first reception. But we have one thing in common — we’re all Spartans,” she said.  

Scotland: Aug. 20-28
Cost: US$2,895 per person
Amenities: first-class hotel, excursions that highlight the local history, enriching lectures, deluxe motor coaches, meal plan and a travel director to manage the details
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“I’m sure we’ll have some networking time with our fellow travelers on this trip, and if we find that some are Kiwanis club members, or are members of any other service clubs, we can go to lunch or sit down for coffee. And for those who are not members of Kiwanis, we can tell them about our service club and let them know about all Kiwanis has to offer,” Petrisin said.  

“I’m looking forward to this trip, learning about the history, getting to know other people, meeting people in Scotland. You can really see the life the way it’s lived there, so that’s a great plus. And of course, everything is planned so I know what I’m doing every day.  There’s a lot of free time in this program, so travelers will be able to pursue their own interests, too."

Visit the Kiwanis Travel website for information about the Scotland trip and other and other upcoming trips. You can also sign up for the travel email, read about upcoming trips and see testimonials from travelers.

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