To all siblings and spouses-sorry, no kids on this one
During our reunion this summer, Scott advocated that we all make efforts to go with Mom and Dad on a pilgrimage to the land of our forefathers - Scotland. We discussed it with Mom and Dad over Christmas holidays, and there was concern from our parents that due to national economic instability, perhaps it wouldn't be such a good idea. Of course, I am the first one to say" wow, the cost of this isn't convenient for me"...but then again, I don't when we could all do something like this again. I would like to do more....all it probably takes is planning and cash....sounds simple, huh?
Anyway, we have targeting August 1, 2009 to embark on a journey to Scotland-due to Mom and Dads' request. My company has its own travel agency, and there are several different types of tours....the packages include airfare to Scotland from the international place- New York. The cost would be roughly $1600 a person, including airfare and all activities.
I am including links to the journey itself. We are needing feedback from everyone in 2 weeks. The journey is a 9 day trip-and it looks like there is a lot to enjoy....
I realize that economic challenges hit everyone, therefore I think its crucial that we decide what we are going to do....at least it lets us prepare for a few months, save money, etc. I know at the reunion that Dad generously offered to help maybe those who can't totally swing it, but I feel strongly that everyone do all they can to prepare.
Also, Mom as also interested in a Book of Mormon cruise in October, or a Greece and Turkey cruise, etc...there is a lot to choose from. Also, renting a villa in Italy for a while was considered....perhaps next year??
What an awesome experience we would all have. Everyone needs to go...it won't be near as great if someone is missing, and I know Mom and Dad would appreciate it. Let's remember, this is for them.....I will be getting more information and sharing as I get it.
Let me know your thoughts.