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Go Away – planning my getaway and my bon voyage from TRO

It’s that time of year again. Old Man Winter has started to show signs of his arrival, and Wave Season is just around the corner.

Undoubtedly, as soon as the first big snowfall hits, there will be people calling our office in a panic, desperate to turn their minds to something other than shoveling, snow-blowing, and trying in vain to keep the salt on the roads from eating through the paint on their car. They’ll be looking for something warm… something that doesn’t require three layers of clothing. 

My mind, too, turns a bit tropical this time of year. I start thinking about what my next cruise will be. I’ve decided on early spring, but other than that, I’m in a quandary. Even the best cruise agents have difficulty choosing sometimes. Do I go with a cruise line that I know well, or a ship I’ve sailed before, or a place where I know I’ll get a few perks due to my loyalty/training status? Or do I try something new? A line I’ve never been on, or ports I’ve never seen? Tough call. I’ll be pondering this over the next couple of weeks, talking to colleagues and friends, maybe putting together a group of people, just for fun. It’s not often that I actually go on a vacation, a trip where I’m actively relaxing rather than working.

This is also where I sign off from this column. It’s been great being a part of the TRO family this year, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I hope that you have too. May the rest of your year be delightful. If you are traveling during the holidays, I hope that your flights are on time and uneventful, that winter storms do not strand you anywhere unpleasant (like, say, your mother-in-law’s house). May you have prosperity in the coming year ahead, may Norovirus touch nary a client in your database, and may all your tire-kickers come back to book suites.

Thank you for reading. Bon voyage!

Crickett Lancaster is the owner of the home-based agency Go Away! in Brooklyn, NY. She’s an avid knitter, a karaoke fiend, and loves the freedom of being able to work in her pajamas if she so chooses. She occasionally posts travel-related rants and reviews at http://www.crickett.net, and can also be found on Facebook or email

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