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AAA wants to help plan your vacation

With temperatures still flirting with freezing on some nights, it might be hard to imagine a warm breeze blowing over the deck of a luxury cruise ship or the rushing wind as you scream down a rollercoaster.

But AAA is getting ready to help you plan for those sunnier, outdoor days with a AAA Vacation Expo set for Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Hilton Garden Inn on Airport Boulevard. The show will run from 1 – 4 p.m.

“AAA hopes people attending the travel show will get a better understanding of the many types of vacations offered around the world as well as the top travel destinations this year,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “Our goal is to inform travelers so they can make the best vacation plans and get the most value for their money.”

There will be 10 cruise and tour companies at the free event, including Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, Viking River Cruises, Insight Vacations and more. Those who attend the show will receive up to $500 in savings or shipboard credit in addition to any other supplier offers.

The show will have information pertinent to both the seasoned traveler and someone planning their first vacation, Jenkins said.

“AAA travel agents and representatives from some of the top travel agencies in the industry will answer questions and share details on some of the top destinations and itineraries across the globe,” he said. “We will have travel agents and other travel experts onsite to book trips for those who know where they want to go as well as consult with novice travelers to help them identify what type of vacation is best for them.”

Jenkins said the personnel at the expo will be sensitive to all budget levels. Vacations can even be paid off in installments.

“Our agents always ask travelers what their budget is first so they can identify the best vacation with maximum value for their budget,” he said. “This is why now is a great time to book because of all the various ways to save money.”

The expo offers insights that booking travel online may not provide, he said.

“Oftentimes when searching on the Internet, it’s all one-sided,” Jenkins said. “At the AAA expo, travelers can meet with people who have been to the top destinations in the world and can provide recommendations based on experiences and first-hand knowledge. Agents can share their experiences and have a discussion with travelers to get an idea of what their interests are so they can tailor the perfect vacation to your tastes.”

Anyone wishing to pre-register for the show may visit www.AAA.com/TravelEvents or call (850) 477-6860 and select Option 5.