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DEPARTURES

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Old Friendships,
New Sails

If anything can be more rewarding than an enduring
friendship, it's one that's been forged with shared travel
experiences. That's certainly the case with my friend, Rob
Huffman, and me.
Our friendship began almost 25 years when ago when
Rob was the Business Development Director for Carnival
Cruise Lines, one of AAA's preferred travel partners. Our
travel paths merged often - both stateside and across the
globe. We've enjoyed European river cruises, holidays in
New York City and many adventures in between.
Those shared experiences have created the perfect climate
for a seamless "changing of the guard" at Traveler's helm,
as Rob joins our team as Vice President of Travel & Branch
Operations. Many of the destinations highlighted in this
issue of Traveler have been places Rob and I have either
visited together or have a common fondness for.
One example is our "Magical Markets" feature (page
24). It showcases the fairy-tale like atmosphere you'll experience in Europe during the holidays, with all the
sights, sounds and aromas. The Christmas markets in Krakow were really something, too. People who like
Prague would love Krakow. Krakow's like a Prague that hasn't happened yet.
"Strasbourg's Christkindelsmärik is probably my favorite," shares Rob. "The town's charming wooden
chalets, all the Christmas lights, and the bredele cakes and mulled gl√ľhwein - it's such a magical ambiance."
Another holiday travel tradition of ours is our annual trip to New York City with our spouses. It's our
favorite time to be there - and a visit to Eataly is a must. It's a huge store with varied restaurants. You can
enjoy fresh pasta or cannoli there, or purchase the ingredients to make your own.
Rob adds: "The seasonal rooftop restaurant at Eataly is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, too. The
views of the city are amazing. Also, walking around 5th Avenue and exploring Rockefeller Center really puts
you in the holiday spirit. I always stop at Tiffany's for a gift for my daughter. It's all about the blue box!"
(Check out "Bright Lights, Big City" on page 18 for other winter must-dos in the Big Apple.)
From blending our own Cognac during a Bordeaux itinerary with Viking River Cruises to plying the Baltic
sea together, we've logged many miles on land and sea. Everything's better with friends - especially travel
- and I couldn't be more thrilled about Rob joining our team.
What are your travel aspirations? Exploring a national park (page 14)? Taking a scenic train ride in the
Swiss Alps (page 28)? Immersing yourself in Italy's local culture (page 8)? Whatever's on your list, let this
issue of Traveler inspire you to grab a friend and start planning your next adventure together!
Travel well,

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Sarah Henshall

Rob Huffman

Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations

Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations

VISIT YOUR LOCAL AAA OFFICE

CALL 800-750-5386

CLICK AAA.COM/TRAVEL


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