“People get so excited about travel,” says Peggy Nixa, certified travel counselor and field manager for the Rochester/Burnsville AAA office. “And no wonder. It’s fun to see cultures and sights and make memories.”
According to Nixa, 90–95 percent of travel plans and decisions are made by women. With that in mind, Nixa organized a club four years ago in Burnsville specially designed for women of all ages interested in travel called Today’s Traveling Women (TTW). The club presents opportunities to learn about different destinations, gain travel tips and meet other women who love to travel.
“It includes all modes of travel,” says Nixa, “group, luxury, budget, with children, multi generational (grandmothers and grandchildren), girlfriend trips, couples’ travel and those looking for a traveling companion.”
After finding great success with the Burnsville TTW, Nixa is now starting a chapter in Rochester.
Rochester’s Traveling Women
TTW Rochester held its first meeting in November. The meeting included games, an opportunity to meet other women who travel, a featured speaker who discussed travel safety issues, as well as two travel agents who spoke about recent visits to Orlando and Croatia.
“It was interesting to hear what they saw and what they learned,” commented frequent traveler Lucinda Stockwell, who usually travels alone, but attended the first TTW Rochester meeting hoping to learn about group tours and other opportunities.
She found all of that and a bonus: a prospective travel companion. With traveling costs higher for single travelers, Stockwell was excited to find someone who shared her enthusiasm for Southwestern art and history, a yen to visit New Mexico and a reliance on pre-trip research.
At TTW meetings, information about tempting trip options abound, from two-week journeys, such as a South African safari, an Alaska Iditarod (dogsledding) adventure and a Pacific Coast wine cruise to local day trips like the annual “Grapes of Laugh” excursion.
“Grapes of Laugh,” an area wine-tasting day trip, is enormously popular with the Burnsville TTW club, says Nixa, who suspects the Rochester group will love it, too. Last September’s itinerary involved a melodrama at the Mantorville Opera House, a meal at the Hubbell House and sips of Minnesota wine at Cannon Valley Winery in Cannon Falls.
Plans for Rochester’s TTW club include spring and fall day trips. Nixa is currently considering a swing through the Swedish Circle (Chisago Lakes area), a St. Paul gangster tour and a possible autumn trip to Galena, Ill.
TTW’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m., January 31, at the Ramada Inn, Rochester. Nixa promises “an informative presentation, travel tips, tour options, food and fun.” For more information, call AAA’s Rochester office at 507-289-1851 or email email@example.com.