Welcome to our new members. If you are a single person or just travelling without a partner …that’s what this group is about. As well as all you people who have a partner. We all would all like to go somewhere but it’s a daunting exercise if you know no-one.
I have just returned from Fiji and shared with 2 other ladies. Cost each for the 14 day cruise was about $1650 each. We parked the car in the undercover carpark at Albury. That cost $230 for the fortnight. The flight to Sydney and return cost $350 each which was far too much I think.
However I have come back with details of a Repositioning Cruise (next year) 37 days from Singapore to Southampton for $6,039.00 per twin share. (For all you professional cruisers) Available from me or at the next meeting. And details of New Zealand and Japan for next year.
The next meeting is Wed 16th May. And a reminder the payment for the Eildon Social Bar B Q is due now. We will do a scenic drive around the area and ‘drop a line’ or ‘sink a few’ and get to know each other. You never know who you need to share a room with in the future. It is purely a social exercise in a magnificent setting. The barbeque shed is under cover, clean with good seating and tables. Fishing ramp is suitable for disabled and is 15 steps away.
Our first trip away to Kangaroo Island, via the cruise ship Eden, has about 23 people still laughing. On board the ship was a fantastic experience, entertainment and food was great and the company of so many Benallians made the cruise all the more hilarious. Our fancy dress nights on the ship were a sight to behold, and true to form, Benalla really got into the swing of things. There are photos circulating via Geraldine if anyone wants to copy some.
'Flappers' - Geraldine and Jan
Payment for the Eildon Social Barbeque on May 31st is due now. Contact Cath O’ Connor for details or you could leave the payment at the RedB4 bookshop clearly marked with your name . Cath’s number is 0428286556. Any changes to the itinerary or price will be announced at the April Travel Group meeting. This day out in a relaxing setting is a chance for you to get to know people you may be traveling with in the future.
Our first meeting was well attended with 22 present. We are a diverse age group with different requirements when it comes to travel. The aim of this group is therefore to organise a range of trips which will ensure everyone’s needs are addressed.
Our activities will include day trips as well as longer and may be by bus, train or ship. We may also consider international cruises.
We all appreciate it takes many months to organise a trip and to assist with this a questionnaire was distributed with an “overview of suggested activities” for the near future.
Your completed questionnaire may be handed in at next meeting or left at the Red B4 bookshop in an envelope addressed to U3A Travel Group.
Cath O’Connor volunteered to be secretary/treasurer when available. Rhonda and Dave Barry will convene the next meeting on 21 March assisted by Stella Wharton standing in as secretary. Many put up their hand to help where required and thank you to those people.
We had some discussion on travel insurance and some terrific ideas from around the room.
Samantha Riddell, a local travel consultant, attended to meet our group. Samantha will be guest speaker at our April Meeting. Her knowledge will be invaluable on the subject of insurance and she will outline how she can be of service to our group.
We are setting up a group email system to get information out in a timely manner. It is your group and your input is vital to its survival. Your input is much appreciated.
Don't miss out on the overview of suggested activities for 2018! We are meeting from 12.15 to 1.15 pm (after Meet and Mingle) to introduce and discuss the program of suggested activities for 2018. See you there!
Intrepid traveller Judy Perry has decided to share her love of travel with other U3A members in an active and exciting way. Judy will be running a new course in 2018 - the U3A Benalla Travel Club:
Judy has already designed the first trip - it will commence on March 18th and provides a wonderful way to travel and enjoy Kangaroo Island....
If you are interested in finding out more, please phone Judy as she needs expressions of interest as soon as possible.
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